Ski: 2015-2016 MOMENT PB&J, 188cm
Dimensions (mm): 129-101-121
Turn Radius: 23 meters
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 186.3cm
Weight Per Ski: 2,210 grams / 4.88 lbs.
Boots / Bindings: Lange RX 130 / Marker Jester (DIN 10)
Mount Location: -4.25cm from true center, or 88.9cm from the tail
Test Location: Las Leñas, Snowbird, Arapahoe Basin
Days Skied: 11
(Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 11/12 PB&J, which was not changed for the 12/13, 13/14, 14/15, or 15/16 seasons, except for the graphics.)
Well let’s just go ahead and open with a strong statement: I’ve been skiing the MOMENT PB&J since May, and it has already become for me a serious contender for the best ‘one-ski quiver’ on the planet.
Normally, when talking one-ski quiver, I tend to think that 110mm-115mm underfoot is sort of the sweet spot. At that width, if the ski’s flex is dialed, you’ve got a shot at a ski that can handle hard stuff pretty well, yet still provides enough surface area to float in deep snow.
At 101mm underfoot, the PB&J is slightly narrower than my ideal do-everything ski, but the PB&J performs so well on hardpack, chop, frozen chop, powder, bumps, trees, straightlines, and a foot or two of fresh, if you are looking for one ski to try to do it all, the PB&J ought to be on your short list.
This past spring, Rom Marcucci at MOMENT described the PB&J to me as a “skinnier Bibby Pro.” This was a very risky way to put things, because I love the Bibby Pro. If the PB&J turned out to be some softer, more intermediate-oriented park toy than the Bibby, I was not going to be happy.
But Rom was right.
And I am happy.
I got a number of days this spring at Arapahoe Basin, skiing the next best thing to powder: SLUSH BUMPS. My first run on the PB&Js was down the skier’s right side of Exhibition: low angle bump skiing with nice lines. The skis were great, and felt as good in the bumps as the 186cm Rossignol S3s (the S3 measures closer to 183cm tip to tail). With its centered mount, the PB&J is a super pivoty ski, which was nice, given its relatively long length for bump skiing.
At the end of the day, skiing steeper bumps with deeper troughs, I struggled a bit more with the PB&J. It was just a bit too long, and perhaps the tips were a bit too stiff—and maybe I was just a bit too tired. (For the record, I’m going to be raving about the stiffer tail and shovel in a minute.)
Heading over to Lenawee chair, we ripped Powerline down to the Treeline Terrain Park. The PB&J felt very stable in the slush, no speed limit, though certainly not as locked in as their non-tail rockered relative, the MOMENT Belafonte (even the 182cm Belafonte.) There was no washing out on any of this stuff, but again, we were skiing beautiful spring slush. Get these on steep ice, and that rockered tail isn’t going to help the skis track.
Airs off of the top of Cornice run felt good, and I was impressed at how well the PB&J handled the slushed up chop of King Cornice, West Wall, and Wildcat. MOMENT built the PB&J with a symmetrical flex to up its park game, but I found the relatively stiff flex to be just about perfect for landing airs and tracking well down chopped up snow and wet fresh.
(First aside: the PB&J I was riding seems to hand flex softer than my 184cm Bibby Pros, but I didn’t feel that the tails skied softer. This is a very good thing, since—to me—the tail on the Bibby Pros is pretty much perfect. Get backseat on the Belafonte or Garbones, and you are going to be taken for a ride. Get backseat on the Bibby Pro, however, and it sort of pops you back into position. To me, it’s perfect, and the PB&J has a similar feel.)
After a number of days at A-Basin, I took the PB&Js out to Utah to ski over the 4th of July. On this most American of American holidays, the PB&J raised an interesting question: What’s more American than apple pie? If anything, peanut butter and jelly.
(Second aside: Did you know that peanut butter was invented in 1890, but peanut butter and jelly didn’t come together till the 1940s, and a new American sandwich was born, quickly becoming the greatest thing since sliced bread—which itself was invented 10-20 years before peanut butter and jelly….Yeah, you’re welcome.)
Skiing at Snowbird, we were beyond spring conditions and into full on SUMMER conditions: super slush, thick, puddly, and slow. The snow was definitely grabby, and there were lots of transitions from firmer snow in the shade to wet, peanut butter snow in the sun. People were getting bucked around pretty good, but the PB&Js definitely evened out the ride and made for an outstanding long weekend.
Next stop, Las Leñas….