It's funny, but I see a lot of negative comments about the Volkl Mantra's on these pages. Maybe they lack the "cool' factor these days. I'm 6'1', weigh 200lbs, ski 40 - 50 days per year and am a lower end expert skier. I have the Mantra's as a one ski quiver because I travel by air a lot to ski - no chance of taking two pairs. I haven't skied the Wailers and a lot of the wider skis suggested here. But I have skied Pontoons, Coombas, Obsethed and a couple of the wider Icelantic skis extensively. I've found all of these wider skis great in deep powder, but they absolutely suck in anything else. The thing I like about the Mantras is that they make a very good fist of powder (I've skied them to about 18" of fresh), but are brilliant just about everywhere else - groomers, bumps, crud, you name it. Maybe there're other skis out there that are just as good one ski quiver, but I doubt there are any that excel it in this role. When these skis die, another pair of Mantras will be in my bag quick-smart.
Snodayz..............I agree with you 100% I, too, have noticed the "least than positive" comments about the 2012 Mantra. "To each their own" - I guess.
greenlander..........Like you, I bought a pair of Kendos after demoing them at Big Sky last year. This year, however, I am skiing on a pair of 2012 Mantras. Although I respect Philpug's advice very much, I disagree with his thought that the Mantras are like "Going from the frying pan to the fire" statement. The 2012 Mantras out perform the Kendos in every way. Again, "To each their own."
Before you rule out the Mantras, demo a pair. If you like the Kendos (I did,) you'll LOVE the 2012 Mantra. I'm 6'1" 205 lbs. and ski the Mantra in a 177 (the Kendos were 177, also.)