I've realized that my favorite two skis from the last two seasons were also the lightest: Volkl Bridge 2011 and this year's Kendo. The problem is that this year I finally learned how to carve and together with the more typical East Coast hard snow conditions I've realized what I really want is something with the same crazy-excellent edge hold as the Kendo and just as light -- but with a tighter turn radius (say <15m) and no worse in the bumps. Does such a beast exist?
I am 5'11", 180 lbs. I found the 170cm Kendo seemed to want to carve a lazy big turn -- compared to, say, a Head X-Shape STX -- and required quite a bit of work (or steepness) to bend/edge a tighter turn. I loved everything else about the ski, but want to spend less effort carving short radius turns. I didn't get to try the 163cm Kendo: maybe that would've helped.
Oh, and if it helps place the Volkls in context: I have demoed the 172cm Nordica Fire Arrow Pro 80 (heavy and a bit too stiff for me in the bumps), 163cm Head Supershape Titan (also heavy though extremely stable, though with nowhere near the same grip on ice as the Kendos), and the aforementioned Head STX. I actually quite liked the STX quite a bit, come to think of it, but something about the Kendo really inspired confidence and just plain fun, and brought memories of the Bridge rather than the STX (though it is also rather light).