Inspired/8800-PR-REXHad the R:EX's, for my tastes too stiff for powder, though excellent carver and runs like a fullback through crud. Really just a fat GS ski, but then, why not have a regular GS ski and enjoy the full benefit? Demo'ed the Pocket Rocket's and Inspired same day, a few days after snow so spent most of my time in trees. The PR's were too soft and springy, like skiing a pogo stick. The Inspired's were sweet: great float, stiff enough for most rough conditions, and quick edge to edge, regardless of their width. So if the 8800's are indeed the next generation of the Inspired, they're a great ski. Bought 'em, skied 'em, will be my "one ski" for any Western day within a week of snowfall.