My wife had a pair of Essence and now has a pair of Black 2009 Prima's. She honestly says she can't tell the difference - she's happy just cruising groomers. Whatever gets her out on the hill instead of giving me crap for going out is fine by me. But we got them for a steal and she loves the way they look. I have to admit too, they're pretty sharp.
"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."