Pursuit roller skis are sold exclusively by the RollerskiShop.com, a business started in 2004 with a mission of providing low-cost roller skis. The RollerskiShop introduced their own brand, Pursuit, in 2005. There are currently six models of Pursuit skis available, all skate, ranging in price from $150 to $220. The RollerskiShop keeps costs down by using shafts extruded in the US and machined near the distribution center in Minnesota. Additionally, there is no physical store. Sales are on-line only. You can visit the Rollerskishop at www.rollerskishop.com.
All but one pair feature the standard skate roller ski construction of an aluminum shaft with a cutout fork. The main differences are in the length and the weight. The one exception is the higher-end T6101, which features a bolt-on angled fork. This lowers the shaft, resulting in a less “tippy” feeling. This fork is similar to the Marwe fork.
All Pursuit skis come with the common eastern European wheels, available in three speeds, and two diameters. These wheels are also found on the Pro-Ski S5e, the Ski Skett Shark, the PSI Skate, among others. One difference is that the RollerskiShop offers a 105mm wheel in addition to the standard 100mm option.
These skis have a unique aesthetic. The T5302 and T6002 are black, and look like many other skis. The other models are plain silver aluminum. Along with holes drilled in the sides, this gives the skis a unique bare-bones industrial look. According to the RollerskiShop, this further cuts costs, and scratches will be less noticeable.
The only difference between the T5302 and the T6002 is the shaft length. Same with the T5304 and the T6004. The seemingly arbitrary naming scheme suddenly makes sense! T stands for “Training,” the first three numbers is the length (wheelbase) in millimeters, and the final number is the generation. The short models are 530mm, standard for shorter skate roller skis. The longer models are 600mm, another common length. The one exception is the T6101 – which is obviously 610mm. The added length is due to the bolt-on fork.
We were sent the T6004 to test, equipped with 105mm Speed 1/2 wheels, and have had some experience with the T5302 as well.
Pursuit T6004 ($159.99)
Pros: Cheap, simple construction, gets the job done. Available in multiple wheel speeds. Different speed wheels can be combined. Free mounting or drilling and free shipping in North America.
Cons: Aluminum shaft is more prone to vibrations on rough roads when compared to composite shaft skis. Lack of angled fork makes for a higher ski.
Topher Sabot is the editor of FasterSkier.