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Waist Width: 73
Though it's two millimeters wider than the top-of-the-line Pursuit 800, and similarly reinforced with two sheets of vibration dampening metal, the 700 is a bit lighter (4.0 kg vs. 4.6 kg). That's designed to give it a slightly more forgiving performance, but the 700 is still an expert-level groomed-snow carving machine. It also has a slightly tighter sidecut radius (14 meters vs. 15 meters in the 800), for can't-miss carves at slower speeds. And the extra width will resist trenching too deeply on soft groomers. Like the 800, it's sold with a 12-DIN binding, suitable for an aggressive attack. Rossignol's Pursuit series comprises four models built expressly for high-performance carving on flat, firm snow. Waist widths, once as wide as 81 mm, now range from just 71 to 74 mm in the Pursuit series, 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.