bio: 5'11, 170lbs without gear, type 3, 309 BSL.
pref: I ski exclusively in New England, Decent all-mountain skier, having some issues in serious moguls, but other things are generally fine. And I believe I still have a long way to progress. Starting to get interested in park at a very late age(27), but that's a different story. Not really interested in back country (I'm too risk-averse), but in-bound trees would be sweet.
Looking for that "I buy this and I'll be set for life" kind of ski for anything-but-park, anywhere-in-bound skiing. groomer, ice, trees, cruds, in-bound pow after storm days, etc etc. I'll be getting 177cm length for sure. (even with tip rocker It's still cambered so I'm not sure I need to go long).
Here's the dilemma: I'm not a strong guy so I'm a bit concerned about if I can drive Mantra enough to utilize it to its max.(two sheets of metal is no joke) On the other hand, I'm not sure if Kendo is wide enough to handle trees/pow to have enough float. I have demoed Kendo in March, it simply drives through any spring snow they have in Cannon, which I like a lot. My current ski(168cm, 73 underfoot) just can't handle that.
btw, being a volkl/line fanboy please let's keep discussion on these 2 specific models.