We have an early DAG combine to turn these patterns into MOVMSK, but that combine doesn't work if the vXi1 type has more elements than the widest legal vXi8 type. Type legalization will eventually split it down to v16i1 or v32i1 and then the bitcast gets legalized to a truncstore and a scalar load. The truncstore will get lowered to a series of extracts and bit math.
This patch adds a custom legalization to use a sign extend and MOVMSK instead. This prevents the eventual scalarization.