The 3" rule was in effect in Aspen yesterday. Everybody at AspenSpin got the day off to ski the 3 inches of POW POW on Ajax. Our friends at GORSUCH SKI SHOP made the day a little more special by busting out a brand new pair of 2011 VOLKL KENDO skis. Gorsuch is always ahead of the curve when it comes to new equipment and they shared the wealth with AspenSpin by letting us rip the sick new 2011 Kendos.---an extension of the famous Volkl Mantra line.
Lets just say we're are stoked on Volkl. Our quiver of skis is already pretty full, but we're gonna make room for the Kendos next year. We rode the 177's, 88mm underfoot (127-88-109) with a slight kick tail---a slimmed down version of the Volkl Mantra. These sticks are so responsive that they actually turned themselves----for real. We took a few groomers to get the feel. The Kendos are extremely stable (full vertical side-wall) and super quick turning. They felt a little stiff at first, but once we got used to the ultra-engaging shape --these 2 planks rode like a finely tuned race car. We eventually took them into more challenging terrain-- The Dumps, Super 8 Gully, Henry's, Corkscrew etc. We avoided all rocks, stumps and obtacles (as we promised Jared). These bad boys gave us everything we needed. High performance does not even begin to describe a ski that converts flawed technique into downhill energy and confidence. If you're looking for an all mountain ski that's substantial, yet zippy and can take you anywhere on the mountain-- put the Volkl Kendo on your list for 2011.
Kendo means "way of the sword" and according to Andy-Party, these boards "carve dat sh*t up".