2023 Volkl Kenja 88

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Tricia: Last year we were introduced to Völkl’s Tailored Titanal Construction, with the Volkl Secret 96. This year we get to see the successful construction brought into the long-loved Kenja. Being 88mm at the waist, the Kenja 88 goes up against skis in one of the most competitive categories in the women’s market. While the previous version of the Kenja was good, it lacked some of the snap and energy that was exciting about the Secret.

I skied the Kenja 88 in two different lengths to get a sense of the Tailored Titanal Construction. While skiing the 170cm length, I found it to be stable and ready to go with an energy and pop that made me grin. While I was skiing the 163 cm length, I found it to be quicker to turn, but with the same grin-inspiring attributes of the 170. We often found ourselves skiing boot top powder in bowls and trees with only a handful of groomers on this new evolution of the Kenja, and she checked all the right boxes for me. I am sure it will for you too!

Insider tip: This is a good ski to complement the Secret 102.​
One thing I'd change: Not sure there is anything I'd change​
 
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Who is it for?
A woman looking for a one ski quiver with energy and edge hold.
Who is it not for?
A woman who wants something super damp.
Skier ability
  1. Advanced
  2. Expert
Ski category
  1. Frontside
  2. All Mountain
Ski attributes
  1. Groomers
  2. Moguls
  3. Off Piste
  4. Trees
Segment
  1. Women

Specifications

Available sizes
149, 156, 163, 170
Dimensions
129-88-111
Radius
25/14/[email protected]
Rocker profile
  1. Camber with tip and tail rocker
Size Scaling
  1. Construction
Construction design
  1. Updated construction
  2. New graphics
Binding options
  1. Flat
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Jnewshel

In the parking lot (formerly "At the base lodge")
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how would the Kenja compare to the 2021/22 version?
 

Tricia

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how would the Kenja compare to the 2021/22 version?
Sorry I missed this question.
The newer Kenja is quicker turning and also has some energy to it that the previous version did not. I felt that the 2021-22 Kenja was solid but almost too damp for my liking.
 

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