Why We Chose The Volkl Kendo 92: Damp, powerful, versatile.
Lengths (cm): 170, 177, 184
Sidecut (mm): 130 / 92 / 113 (177 cm)
Radius: 19.8m (177 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 2,010g
It’s fair to say that Volkl knows a thing or two about making flat tailed, all metal, directional chargers. Their Kendo and Mantra series are testament to this. The Kendo 88 quickly became a classic all-mountain ski and now it’s got a bigger brother in this, the Kendo 92.
Precision and power is at the heart of the Kendo 92. Similar to the equally damp and powerful Katana 108, the Kendo 92 features a poplar and beech core and metal layup to help provide this power. Beech and poplar have been laminated together to run the length of the ski, while extra beech stringers are used underfoot to provide power and durability where it’s needed most.
“Volkl knows a thing or two about making flat tailed, all metal, directional chargers”
Sitting on top of that wooden core is what Volkl calls their “Titanal Frame”, a combination of two contoured 0.7 mm and 0.3 mm thick metal sheets that run for pretty much the full length of the ski.
Volkl has sandwiched this frame together to cover highly stressed areas, just where you’re going to want the power and energy transmission of metal. The sections of the ski not covered by the Titanal Frame have been boosted through the use of carbon – particularly in the tips and tails. Topping off the Titanal Frame is a dampening material that runs the length of the skis.
This beefy construction is topped off by full sidewalls running the entire length of the ski for flawless edge grip when you do decide to lay these over and flex their power.