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The Rossignol Pursuit 600 CAM is soft yet strong, but will our testers ski it for long?
Level
Advanced
Terrain
Piste
Best for
Intermediate to advanced skiers who do not want to push it all day.
Price
£535
Season
2018/19
lengths
156,163,170,177
Bindings?
Yes
Playfulness
6
Energy
7
Value
7
Edge hold
7
Stability
7
Turn initiation
7
Overall Score
7
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Saving energy and still having fun.
Lacks that high-end performance 'wow' factor.

Sometimes there is an assumption that if someone is looking for a new piste ski they will want a full-on, hard-driving, metal-cored, leg-burning speed machine.

But there are plenty of people out there who prefer a little more subtlety on the mountains, or need something that can be just ridden rather than driven.

We think Rossignol perhaps had those people in mind when they designed the Pursuit 600 CAM, amongst a few other considerations.

The French company uses a lighter carbon alloy matrix in place of a layer of sheet metal, matching that with a poplar wood core. This keeps the ski on the lighter side, but still allows the Pursuit 600 CAM to perform admirably.

Okay, so the stability and high-end grip of some other piste skis - which are often in a higher price bracket - is not quite there when it gets steep and icy, but the Pursuit 600 CAM is still a decent front side all-rounder and pleasingly agile.

While it is not a ski you would immediately consider if you are yearning for off-piste adventure, there is no need to fear taking the Pursuit 600 CAM for forays off the side of the marked runs.

It is surprisingly usable in variable snow despite its 74mm waist. The ski's oversize sidecut - designed to aid carving - means there is a nicely wide shovel on the nose. Combined with the hollow sections of the light-weight design, that means there is enough float to handle softer and choppy conditions.

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