I bought the 2013 Volkl Kendo after a ton of research online. Other skis I considered were the Blizzard Bushwacker, Bonafide, the Volkl Mantra, and the Volkl Bridge.
A little bit about me: Male, 24 yrs old, ~145 lbs soaking wet, east coast skier. I raced from the age of 11 through college (D2). I like to ski fast, and to carve. I also like to ski the bumps, trees, and whatever natural snow I'm lucky enough to find - powder, cement, chowder, crusty junk, etc. Once in a while I make it into the park for the big jumps, but rails are against my religion.
My setup: 2013 Kendo, 177cm, Marker Griffon bindings. The ski has89mm under foot, 21m turn radius, and a little bit of tip rocker.
The biggest impression the Kendo has made on me is just how confident I am skiing on it: at 177cm long, I can let loose and fly as fast as I want, and the ski stays stable for me - no chatter, no weird vibrations, or the sensation that I'm about to hurtle over the tips of my skis. All that metal in the core definitely helps in this department. At first I thought the 21m turn radius might be a bit much, but I have come to appreciate it on those steep, wide-open, icy groomers one finds at a place like Jiminy Peak, Mass (my home mountain). Nevertheless, I was surprised that I could make relatively quick, shorter radius turns (somewhere between slalom and gs-sized, say 15-17m radius) at high speed moving straight down the fall line. The Kendo does not, however, have the forceful pop that a true slalom ski might give you; these things will give back most of what you put in, but nothing more.
The Kendo works well in moguls, too. After demoing the Bonafide, I decided I wanted something a little narrower so as to better manage the bumps. The Kendo fits the bill. Yes, it is a little unforgiving here if you lose your rhythm, but I'll take that if it means good carving performance. These skis perform similarly in tight trees.
I take these things in the terrain park, too. They spin just fine (no crazy "swing weight" or anything to hold you back there), but I haven't worked up the stones to try landing switch off a real jump yet. There's just not that much twin tip on the Kendo. On the other hand, they provide a big sturdy base to land on which is nice if you're coming down a little off-kilter.
This ski performs great across all kinds of snow conditions. I had the opportunity to ski some newish snow at Magic Mountain a couple weeks ago, and never found myself bogged down like I used to with my spaghetti-stick slalom racers. On another weekend, I may have poached a not-to-be-named run on a not-to-be-named mountain with my Kendos and had a few of my best runs all season: The coverage was about 1' of 100% natural snow, albeit crusty on top. I just leaned back, and the little bit of tip rocker in these babies kept me afloat, bouncing of my tails from turn to turn all the way down.
So what is the 2013 Kendo? I'd say it's just about the perfect ski for the aggressive east coast skier looking for a 1 ski quiver who's more interested in actually skiing than jibbing. Yeah, it'd be nice to have something real fat for those one or two big storms we get each year, but let's be realistic: the rest of the time we have icy groomers and moguls. If we're lucky the glades will be open. And if we're really lucky there will be a rope we can duck under (well out of view of ski patrol) for some untouched "snow" that most west-coasters would turn their noses at. We east-coasters need a ski that can ride ALL of that stuff - the Kendo is that ski.