RadRab... I am a 210 lb easy skier. I ski the 185 Pr's. I get plenty of float, and make nice easy turns. What you describe about the soft tips sounds like 'hooking' - if you are going real fast and make a sudden sharp turn, the flex that is meant to keep the tips afloat, can create a hooked turn when turned on edge.
What length of PR did you try? Are you an aggressive skier? Just wondering.
You are not alone in thinking that Pr's are too soft. But I did, and always will recommend a demo. I can't see putting out big money for a ski without a demo. Then demo shop at my local ski slope allows swapping skis all day for about $45. And there is usually a free demo day during the season. Several people 'regular skiers' that I know that demoed the Pr's were so delighted that they purchased the demo skis. When I first skied the PR, my first thought was that I was not going back to my old skis.
The 8800 sounds like a ski that I would want to demo. Here is a review worth reading:http://www.footloosesports.com/revie...le.php?prid=62
It mentions.... "....[the 8800] Like Salomon’s Pocket Rocket, it’s not quite burly enough for super high-speed skiing in chunky or firmer snow- ...." and "......This ski was very popular with women and smaller skiers in the 158 size- possibly because of the more relaxed sidecut. Other skis tout technology and complexity while the Legend 8800 is just a great, versatile all-mountain ski. Heavier and more aggressive skiers should ski this one long. Compare to the Salomon Pocket Rocket, Rossignol B3 or Scratch BC, and (for the ladies) the K2 Phat Luv....."
All of these skis are my kind of ski. They make skiing fun!