Yes, I am female, but I definitely am not a lightweight. Trekchick can vouch for me there without going into specifics. Plus, I will be stronger and lighter before next season.
Right now, my 163 2010 Auras have been my primary ski (and now pretty much my rock skis). This is the pair I want to replace with something in the 80s. Reality is, this year with average snow conditions, I feel I might benefit from a different daily driver and the Kendo/Kenja is one of the skis I'm considering. I feel like I can get through almost anything with them, except the frozen crud at the start of a spring day. There are days I just wanted to go hang out until it warmed up a bit. And things didn't go well with me on Friday when I hit heavy powder at Loveland, but then again, I pretty much suck at powder--I need more practice. (While I ski primarily in Colorado and Utah, I'm still an Eastern skier at heart and like to carve and that gets me in trouble.)
My 170s--the 2014 Auras--I can fly on these but still feel really stable. I haven't been out on these as much as I'd like to due to hitting too many rocks with them in February. (I guess it's still like having a new car--until you get the first ding in it.) They like the steeps and respond well to me.
Conventional wisdom would say Aura/Kenja or Manta/Kendo are too close to live in a quiver and you'd be better off getting with more differentiated skis. I'd tend to agree, but I could very much see having a shorter Kendo/Kenja alongside a more normal length Mantra/Aura. The shorter Kendo/Kenja would be great for bumps and firm snow all year, but especially good early and late season.
@tball, I had the same concern that they might be too similar. After reading this and thinking more about it, I'm probably looking for a 163 for this category of ski. (I'm now 5'3"--I have shrunk almost 2" due disc compression and fusion.) I need to demo next fall. I have gotten some killer deals on Craigslist--that's how I got that older pair of Auras in the first place. So if I saw an older model for a steal, I might take the risk since I already know I like the Volkl, but just need something that bites a little more in the icy crud. It seems to be pretty easy to flip a pair back on Craigslist and get what you paid for them.