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The Rossignol Pursuit 800 is the top of the line model in the series, billed as an expert on-piste carver. Let's see what separates them from other on piste skis in our 2017-18 review.
Level
Expert
Terrain
Piste
Best for
An early morning riser, advanced to expert skier who can afford more than one pair of skis
Price
£640
Season
2017/18
lengths
163, 170, 177, 184
Bindings?
Yes
Playfulness
6
Energy
7
Value
7
Edge hold
7
Stability
9
Turn initiation
6
Overall Score
6
+
High higher speeds on hard pack snow.
Low speed and shorter turns - too much hard work for no return

The Rossignol Pursuit 800 seems to enjoy travelling fast and performs with distinction at higher speeds. When you open them up, they give back in spades, building trust together throughout the whole turn. They're stable and fun when pushed hard, ejecting you out of the turn into the next with real power. But they have their limitations too.

The low profile tip rockers appear to be redundant, with turn initiation proving to be hard work, they really need pushing hard at the start, although once in the turn they settle down.

At slower speeds they feel dull and sluggish, the tip of the skis causing the biggest issues - so hard to just get them into the turn and when pushed to do so, they have no real pop, nor fizz to encourage you to keep going - and even when you do push them hard and flex the ski, the Pursuit 800 has no short turn edge grip at all.

The price seems fair for skis at this level that include bindings, and considering the performance at higher speeds. They're ideal skis for fast turning, early morning groomers and empty slopes - but certainly not for the moguls or other types of variable terrain.

We would ultimately recommended this ski only if travelling at higher speeds on groomed slopes is your thing. If you're looking for a balanced all mountain ski to do it all then we don't think this is a ski for you.