The Rossignol Pursuit 600 CAM is part of their collection of carving skis and uses a poplar wood core with Rossignol’s Carbon Alloy Matrix technology instead of one or multiple sheets of metal. The resulting performance should be light, responsive, and energetic thanks to the characteristics of this Carbon Alloy Matrix material. While it’s not the stiffest, strongest, or most powerful carving ski on the market, it does offer responsive carving performance at a very reasonable price. Subtle tip rocker helps smooth out turn initiation and the ski (along with the rest of the Pursuit collection) has a relatively short 14 m turn radius at the 170 cm length, which happens to be the length all our testers were on. It’s undoubtedly mostly a carving ski thanks to its 74 mm waist width and this snappy turn radius and we sent out as many testers as we could on the Pursuit 600 CAM to see how it holds up.
David Wolfgang thought the Pursuit 600 responded best to relatively relaxed skiing, as opposed to some more powerful carving skis (think skis with metal). “This is a ski where if you stand centered on it and let it do its thing you will be well rewarded.” As with any carving ski it does require some amount of skier input, but the Pursuit 600 doesn’t need to be driven from the tips as some skis in this category do. He continued to describe it as “a quick turning carve machine that will reward the intermediate to advanced skier every single run.”
Benny Wax certainly thinks the Pursuit 600 is most at home on groomed slopes. He described it as a “playful intermediate ski” that’s “good for groomers.” Benny found them to be very forgiving for a carving ski and commented that if you happen to make a mistake on them or if your weight gets into the backseat it’s “easy to recover.” Benny did also say that they’re “not for bumps of off-piste terrain,” but we wouldn’t think it would be considering the width and the fact that Rossignol has much more appropriate skis for that type of terrain.
Caroline Kessler agreed. She commented that the Pursuit 600 is “great for groomers, but not so much anything chundery or choppy.” On the contrary, she thought it was a “very fun carving ski,” and described them as “super playful.” Caroline “would recommend for someone looking for a groomer carving ski that’s both fast and stable.” While we agree the Pursuit 600 is best suited for carving groomers, and is relatively fast and stable, there are lots of skis with metal in their construction that could be described as faster and more stable, so keep in mind this is a relatively approachable, more intermediate-oriented carving ski when compared to some.
Marcus Shakun called it an “energetic short turner,” which we think is pretty spot-on. He commented that they “aren’t a fan of soft snow, but like to be pushed on hard corduroy.” Even though there’s no metal, Marcus said it “loves making short turns and provides an energetic ‘snap’ into the next turn.” We have to give thanks to Rossignol’s Carbon Alloy Matrix for that performance. “Carbon gives this ski energy and playfulness from turn to turn.”
Have you skied a full on metal carving ski and found it to be too tiring, too heavy, or just ridiculously stiff and somewhat silly? The Pursuit 600 CAM retains that energetic, snappy carving feel that we all love, but is way more approachable than metal skis for intermediates and far less fatiguing in general.