The Rossignol Pursuit 800 is a pure carver. This is the most narrow of the Pursuit series at 71mm, and has a deep side-cut. The turn radius is a fun and exciting 15m, and is designed to get you from edge to edge with a ton of quickness and energy. Although this ski is relatively one dimensional (it wants to carve), I did find that I didn’t always have to be driving the ski into the next turn. Still, this is strictly a groomer ski for strong carvers.
Rossigonol Pursuit 800 On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Jacket: Trew Cosmic Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle: Smith I/O
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: System Binding
Conditions: Dust on Crust, Groomed, Hard Pack
Ski Personality: The Rossignol Pursuit 800 is a pure caver.
On the Snow Feel: The Rossigonol Pursuit 800 has a very traditional locked in feel on edge.
Powder: At 71mm underfoot, this front-side specialist probably isn’t going to do much for you in deep snow. I’d probably stick to the groomed trails with this ski.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The first thing I noticed about the Rossignol Pursuit 800 is the wide tip, and deep side-cut. I wouldn’t call this ski forgiving, but I was actually pretty surprised at how smooth and predictable turn initiation was. The big tip helps to smooth that initiation, and even though this ski is quite responsive, it doesn’t really force you to turn until you get it on a high edge angle. Still, that’s definitely where this ski wants to be, and when on a high edge angle the ski is very responsive and very quick from edge to edge. The ski has a decent amount of power, and very exciting and energetic rebound. While I found I could vary turn shape the ski really felt most at home making quick short radius turns. It wasn’t quite as locked in as others in the front-side category, so I could break free if I needed to. Still, the ski just felt so much at home carving short radius turns that I never really wanted to break them out of the turn. So, for those who want a pure carver, the Pursuit 800 could be what your looking for. If you like to break free and want something more versatile, probably not the best option.
Speed: I was actually a bit surprised at the overall feel of the Pursuit 800. It actually feels somewhat light-weight, and definitely not as burly as I expected. Still the ski is smooth and stable at speed. I’m not going to be using this ski to straight line big lines, but when going as fast as the 15m turn radius allowed me to, the ski felt smooth and predictable.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: Of course the Rossignol Pursuit 800 isn’t meant for off piste skiing, and I’d never take this ski off groomers. Still, when there’s a touch of dust on crust, it’s nice to know that I won’t have to change skis. I’m not talking a lot of snow or variable terrain, but that big tip does at least give me confidence is there’s an inch of two on top of groomed.
Bottom Line: The Rossignol Pursuit 800 is a fun dedicated front-side carver. It is more forgiving than expected, and turn initiation was smooth and predictable. Still this is a ski that wants to be on edge, and quick short radius turns are definitely where this ski feels most at home. There are skis that feel more locked in (and more difficult to ski), but again this ski will really cater to strong skiers that want to carve. Sure you can break it free, but I still wouldn’t necessarily say this is all that versatile. Unless I was on edge, this ski felt out of place.
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