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Waist Width: 74
The novice-friendly, value-priced Pursuit 200, with the lightest construction of all the Pursuit series skis, returns unchanged (except graphically) for 2017. It's narrow groomed-snow specialist, designed to master the fundamental skill of carving. Its economical, soft-flexing cap construction allows the ski to bend and carve when tipped on edge at even the most conservative speeds. Its new 10-DIN Look Xpress binding is plenty sturdy for a mellow attack. (Rossignol-branded bindings have been discontinued for 2017. Sister-brand Look now provides all bindings for Rossignol system skis.) Rossignol's Pursuit series comprises four models built expressly for high-performance carving on flat, firm snow. Waist widths range from just 71 to 74 mm, with the narrower widths (and more expensive prices) at the top of the line, where the wider waists usually are. Constructions vary from the precise, powerful metal-reinforced laminate layup of the high end (Pursuit 800 and 700) down to the affordable cap construction of the Pursuit 200. All are built on poplar wood cores. All feature extra tight sidecut radii-from around 15 meters in the 800 down to a radical 13.0 meters in the 200-for ultimate carving performance. Subtle early rise in the tip-Rossi calls it Power Turn Rocker-smooths out terrain shocks and eases turn entries. The longitudinal relief cuts in the tip, called Prop Tip, are new this year; they lighten the swing weight (and look cool when back-lit on the ski shop wall). Further back on the shovel, additional relief cuts, called Prop Tech, allow selective torsional (twisting) softness that Rossi says helps the ski adapt to changing terrain without losing edge-hold. All Pursuit models are sold with bindings. Rossignol, along with sister brands Dynastar, Lange, and Look, is based in Voiron, a small town near Grenoble in southeastern France, where it was founded in 1907 by avid skier Abel Rossignol. Its U.S. headquarters are in Park City, Utah. -J.C.