The Test: Skied a few runs at Beaver Mt, UT
The Ski: 184 cm Dynastar Legend 8000
Conditions: Firm fast groomers, Dust on crust off piste.
Other skis: I use the 179 K2 PE and a 191 Scott P4 as my every day skis. Also, 185 Praxis Powder Boards.
I found the ski fun and easy to use. The ski has an light feel and good energy to it. I felt like I was skiing with alot of flow on these. I had no trouble what so ever finding the sweet spot or trying to figure out what the ski was going to do. In any situation, it was as easy as point and shoot. I guess I like the dynastar half cap / half sidewall construction.
As an AM ski I think this is a really good compromise ski between on and off piste performance. The 8K improves on my PEs in two important respects... groomer performance and stability. On piste the 8K is really solid for railing long turns and can "carve" some shorter ones. The grip was totally sufficient for me. The 8K also has a surprising ammount of crud bustin' stability. I was looking to pin-it in the crud where conditions ranged from dust on crust to soft cut up. They didn't disappoint. In bumps, its not a PE, but they are close. I am guessing they aren't as much of a tree and pow ski as the PE either.
This ski made me want to ditch the PE.