I bought a pair of 184 Volkl Kendos (as my first pair of owned skis) at the end of last season after skiing them for 4 days at Big Sky. The snow was in great shape, but we had virtually no fresh snow while we were there. So, I was mostly ripping down groomers or getting into some lighter stuff on the edges of groomed trails.
Having just returned from 4 days at Jackson Hole, I'm having second thoughts about my decision to buy the Kendos. Being that JH got slammed with tons of fresh, heavy snow, I ended up ditching the Kendos by day 3 in favor of some rented skis that were fatter under foot, the DPS Wailer 112 Hybrid.
Though it won't be surprise that the Wailers outperformed the Kendos in the deep stuff, it still left me wondering whether I picked the right ski.
Things worth mentioning: I'm 6'1" 235 lbs and an unexperienced powder skier, as I'm relatively new to the sport and live on the east coast.
I found the Kendos very hard to keep up in the deep stuff. However, I'm not sure if this is mostly my inexperience or the ski or the ski dimensions and my weight. When choosing the Kendos, I weighed in the fact that they get pretty good reviews for powder performance given their size and shape. I also found the Wailers incredibly easier to maneuver in bumps.
Anyway, while I still love the Kendos on flat snow, I'm left wondering whether I could get similar groomer performance from a ski with a bit of a rocker and that is fatter underfoot. Not the Wailer 112, but perhaps the newer Wailer that is 99 underfoot. Or maybe even the Mantra.