2020 Volkl Kenja 163cm Demo
Volkl broke out their all-new construction last year with the Mantra M5 and Secret replacing the old Mantra and Aura, respectively. Now for 2019-20 the Kendo and Kenja get the same treatment and the result is one of the best skis Volkl has ever made, and one of the best women’s skis ever built by anybody, period. Yea, these skis rip. By reducing the metal in the ski from two full sheets to a horseshoe-shaped frame around the edges you get a ski that’s lighter and significantly more nimble in bumps and trees without sacrificing any of the frontside performance and stability at speeds that the Kenja is known for. If you're looking to upgrade from your old race skis or have tried other sticks and thought they weren't enough ski; this is the ski for you.
What’s the difference between the old Kenja (pre-2019) and the Kenja 88 (2019-20)?
While the name change reflects the change in width (90mm to 88), that’s a pretty nominal change and the real difference is in the construction. With metal only where you need it, the new Kenjas are a lot more fun and nimble off-trail and don’t feel as heavy or planky as the older Kenjas. On-trail they’ll still rip like the old Kenjas did. If you’ve skied a previous model of the Kenjas and like them, you’ll love the Kenja 88.
How does the Kenja 88 compare to the Blizzard Black Pearl 88?
On paper these skis are very similar and are often compared, but the Black Pearls don’t have any metal and the Kenjas do. What that means is that the Kenja will grip better and the Black Pearl will float better; the Kenja will have a little bit more rebound and the Black Pearl will be a little more forgiving - more aimed at intermediates where the Kenja is really geared towards experts.
Price includes Full Tune and Demo Bindings.