Thanks for the reply! To clarify one my comments...I realize the new Mantra is 2mm wider than the 2013 Mantra, but what I'm actually I'm looking to know is if anyone can verify that the new mantra is a "mini version" or "skinny version" of the old Katana.
I've thought about going with the Kendo, but since its early tip rise, it really won't be much different than my current Mantra. In fact, i think it will perform worse than my current mantra in crud because it is narrower.
Regarding your comment about the tip of the 2013 Mantra: I consider my self a very aggressive skier (e.g. steep edge angles, dynamic, etc.)...sometimes too aggressive in the sense I can over pressure the tip of the 12/13 mantra and almost "stall out" because of the tip rise. I've found I've had to change my body position to be more upright/centered and less over the tip of the ski. With these small adjustments, I've come to love the 12/13 mantra. But what intrigues me, is the full low profile rocker of the new 2015 Mantra (similar to the 12/13 katana) that will provide a more consistent flex.
Which brings me full circle to my question at the top....is the 2015 mantra a mini version of the 2013 katana? Seems like it might be...
Next question for anyone, I'm currently mounted minus 2 from center on my 2013 Mantras because I like a more traditional ski mounting. Can anyone comment on going back from center?