The spaceframe technology should actually help the 1080's on hardpack and ice. The old ones were just basic cap construction skiis with foam core, which caused them to suck at holding an edge. With the new spaceframe, salomon is still using cap construction, which means the core really doesnt matter, but they reinforced the construction mid ski and took material out of the tip and tail where you really dont need it. The result is a lighter swing weight (easier to spin) and better flex pattern (easier to carve). I have never ridden them, but most people say that they are noticeable better.
Markers don't suck!
Damn straight, things are happenin' in the midwest!