Rating: 3.01 / 5
Waist Width: 71
Stability at speed: 3.43 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.65 / 5
Crud performance: 1.87 / 5
Flotation: 1.10 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.32 / 5
Overall: 3.01 / 5
Don't judge the Pursuit by its racy looks. In a category of sometimes single-minded carvers, it displayed a more complex personality. It lays down serious arcs when tipped and pressured, as you'd expect from one of the narrowest skis, but doesn't insist on carving every bit of every turn. Need
to adjust speed or line with a couple of quick skidded turns? No problem; it's loose and lively. Want to relax and cruise? It's as content to ease off as you are. Larson: "Don't push it as hard as a race-style ski, but it's got a wide ability range."
NOTES: Rossignol combines slalomesque hard-snow-carving sidecut and construction technology with an edgy 71-mm waist in the Pursuit 800, which is the most expensive ski in the Rossignol line ($1,100 with binding). Like the Pursuit 700 (73 mm), it has two full sheets of reinforcing Titanal alloy for optimal edge grip and high-speed calm. A tight sidecut radius (15 meters at 170 cm) gives it thrilling tip-and-rip carving performance for expert skiers on even the hardest snow. It's sold only as a system, with a 12-DIN Axial3 120 binding.
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.