Nice review. I ski the east and am looking for a wide ski I can take west too. Did you prefer the Kendo or the Mantra's ? I'm a 5'11" and 195lbs advanced skier. I understand that the wide boards wont work the frozen bumps as well, but I ski the whole mountain short, long turns, groomers and glades. Sounds like the Kendo might be the better option, but the new Mantra sounds intruiging. Local rental/demo shops don't carry either unfortunately.
The Kendo was more familiar, like a wider GS Race ski. Definitely more eastern oriented. The Mantra felt wider but also very responsive. More of what I think I want for the occasional eastern day and western vacations. I was thinking of selling my AC30's but maybe I will keep them as well. I really do love them!