diane wrote an answer about Volkl Kendo Ski on December 7, 2012
I'm a chick ,and I ski Kendos for hard pack days inbounds and firm backcountry days. I ski 163s (I'm 5'5, 127 lbs or so); occasionally I wish I had more ski, so I would really chime in on the 177s for you. They are pretty whippy skis and can make fast turns around trees and other obstacles. Easy to ski. For me the Mantras are too much of a handful. I don't think I weigh enough to be convincing on them, but they are super super stable and make a smooth wider turn b/c of less side cut. NB: I haven't tried the rockered version of the Mantra.