I've been told by my local ski shop that it's predecessor is the Head ic180. I skied on it (ic180) all last season in the PNW. On the groomers it's a lot of fun! Holds the edge extremely well on hard snow and ice. It handles the crud pretty well too, but in deeper snow it's just kinda ok. I'm about 5'10", 180#'s and ski a 170cm and the ic180 worked great. One of my friends also rides the same ic180 and he's about 5'11", 220#'s. I think he probably overpowered it a bit...easy to get over the tips. However, we're both advanced skiers...both in ability and age
That means that we do a lot of cruising and some hardcore skiing.
One problem that we both had with the ic180, and this is why we've got the iXRC800 this year, is that the tails started to delaminate. It seems weird that both sets of skis would have the same delamination problem, but we bought the skis from the same ski shop and have similar skiing styles...a little old school, a little new.
Since the skis were under warranty we returned them to the ski shop at the end of the season. Head replaced them for us with the brand new iXRC800 skis. Both the ski shop and the Head rep. assured us that they were the same ski as the ic180. Well I'd prefer to switch altogether to a different ski, but that's just me wanting to try a different ski.
So, I can't say I've been on the iXRC800 but did ride its clone from the previous year. I like the ski, it's fun and I can imagine as a third year skier on the East Coast that it would be fun for you too.