Power: A+
Finesse: A+
129/88/111
18.6m @ 177cm
163,170,177,184
TBA @ 177cm
$775

Völkl Kendo 88

Unless you were on the moon last year, you know the M5 Mantra and its Titanal Frame design had a wildly successful debut. What’s all this Mantra mention got to do with the new Kendo 88? The new kid has finally stepped out of its sibling’s shadow. In the most hotly contested category, All-Mountain East, that’s loaded with star products, the Kendo 88 earned the highest score for every Power attribute as well as for Finesse/Power balance, the catchall criterion for overall excellence. The single most important quality an all-mountain ski can possess is total indifference to terrain selection. On this score, the Kendo 88 has no peer. It transitions from wind-affected crud to crisp corduroy as if those two conditions were the same. On hard snow, it’s so quick to the edge the skier can’t even tell it’s rockered and it’s so stable in crud you can relax, drop the reins and let the boys run. Jim Schaffner of Start Haus knew the new Kendo 88 was a winner from the first turn. “Let me begin by saying, this ski is going to end up being a category killer. A very well-balanced ski, easy to stay centered on and get pressure to the tip. A quick, lively ski that really held in the turn.”

Full Review with test scores available on members’ site.

    Find this ski at the following Realskiers Test Centers

  • ASPEN SKI & BOARD CO.
    1170 E. POWELL RD.
    LEWIS CENTER, OH 43035

    https://www.aspenskiandboard.com/

  • BOBO'S MOGUL MOUSE
    475 EAST MOANA LANE
    RENO, NV 89502

    http://www.bobos.com/

  • Granite Chief Ski & Mountain Shop
    11368 Donner Pass Road
    Truckee, CA 96161

    http://granitechief.com/

  • Peter Glenn Ski & Sports
    2901 W. Oakland Pk. Blvd.
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311

    http://www.peterglenn.com/

  • 11410 Deerfield Dr. Truckee, CA 961671

    www.starthaus.com

  • THE CITY GARAGE
    5 MONROE ST.
    ELLIOTTVILLE, NY 14731

    http://citygarageskishop.com/

  • Willi's Ski and Board
    3738 Liberty Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15234

    http://www.willisSkiAndBoard.com

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