Ski: 2016-2017 Moment Governor, 186cm
Available Lengths: 176, 186, 196 cm
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 185.8cm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions (mm): 142-116-128
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2199 grams & 2219 grams
Sidecut Radius: 23 meters
Core Construction: Aspen/Ash + Carbon Fiber Stringers + Fiberglass Laminate
Tip & Tail Splay: 61 / 22 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: 4-5 mm
Boots / Bindings: Salomon X-Pro 120 / Marker Jesters (DIN at 11)
Mount Location: Recommended Line (84cm from tail; -8.9cm from true center)
Test Location: Taos Ski Valley; Alta
Days Skied: 12
[Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 14/15 Governor, which is unchanged for 15/16 or 16/17, except for the graphics and some construction updates.]
This is the third iteration of the Governor that we’ve reviewed, and this 15/16 version—which is the same as the 13/14 & 14/15 version—is definitely the best, most balanced version we’ve seen.
(You can track the rather interesting development of the Governor and our reviews of each version of it—the 11/12 proto-Governor, aka, the Bibby Special; our preview of the 12/13 Governor; and our review of the 12/13 Governor. And you should probably at least read that last one, since it lays a lot of the ground work for this review.)
Moment has this to say about the latest Governor:
“Powerful, directional, and damp, the Governor is a ski for experts who charge hard most if not all of the time. Front Rocker and a relatively short radius keep it maneuverable in tight terrain, while extended taper at both ends adds stability for high-speed, pucker-factor-twelve straightlines. It is a radical, beastly big-mountain ski, pure and simple. Stay on top of it, and the Governor will reward you. Treat it casually, and it will throw you to the wolves.”
This is a pretty good description of the Governor, and I’ll try to round out the picture a bit; make some comparisons to other skis in the “charger” category; and compare / contrast this Governor to the 12/13 model I reviewed a year ago.
(And just to be clear, keep in mind that my comments fall within the context of skis that are designed to be stiffer, powerful, chargers. I’m not talking about “dead-easy” skis like the Atomic Automatic, Rossignol Soul 7, or Armada JJ.)
12/13 Governor: 149.9-116.9-128.0mm
14/15 Governor: 142.0-116.0-128.0mm
The shovels of the Governor have been streamlined. And while we were psyched to see the tails of the proto-Governor / Bibby Special get wider, I’m psyched to see the shovels of the new Governor get narrower.
Of the 12/13 Governor I wrote, “if the Governor isn’t as easy to make quick changes of direction, it’s because of its oversized shovels, not the unrockered tails.” Well, those oversized shovels got a reduction, and the ski feels more balanced, still stable, and also quick for a fairly stout ski.
Shape / Camber Profile
The new Governor (the 13/14 and the 14/15 Governor) has a touch more tip splay than the 12/13 Governor, has more traditional camber underfoot, and (I’ll spare you the longer description I originally had in here about this next bit) a slightly less tapered tail than the 12/13. Both skis have flat but slightly angled up tails, and the amount of tail splay looks quite similar.
Handflexing the skis, the 12/13 and 14/15 Governor feel pretty similar. The new Governor flexes slightly snappier through the tail, and it certainly feels snappy on snow, while the new Governor actually flexes a bit softer in the shovels than the 12/13 Governor.
Moment once again rates the Governor as a “10”, the stiffest ski in their lineup. That “10” is more reflective of the tail than the tip.
The new Governor’s recommended mount point is now 1 cm forward of the 12/13 Governor, which is cool, since I preferred the 12/13 Governor 1 centimeter forward. Apparently Moment agreed.
Last Thursday and Friday in Taos, I had the Governor in some very deep snow. Where I thought the Governor really shined was in deep steeps. In short, I loved the stable platform, I loved the tail, everything felt great.
In deep snow on lower-angle terrain (Taos’ West Basin aprons under T-Bird) the Governor didn’t plane as easily as a softer pow ski with more tip and tail rocker would. Nothing surprising here. While these skis are quite quick for their category, they aren’t going to shine in deep snow on low-angle terrain at slower speeds.
The tapered tips of the Governor make this substantial ski feel plenty quick in trees. No, it’s not a ski that is designed to let you slowly putz around, but those tapered tips let you move down the fall line and definitely keep things “maneuverable in tight terrain.”
But if most of your tree skiing is in tight, low-angle trees at slower speeds, then go read Moment’s own description of the Governor again at the top.
Steeps / Billy Goat Lines (and More about those Tails)
I’ve really liked the stable platform of these skis when picking through the bony, steep entrances around West Basin. These skis feel stiff underfoot and through the tails, and there are times when you want to know that your tails aren’t going to slide or wash out on you.
And while I don’t tend to like tapered tails, I’ve got to say that the Governors tails have felt supportive everywhere, yet never cumbersome. These tails look weird but work great. They track well, and the whole ski is super easy to throw sideways at speed while remaining stable. No balancing act.
In my review of the 12/13 Governor, I said that the 12/13 Governor was fun, but not necessarily a stand out in it’s class.
But the 14/15 does stand out.
It is a seriously fun (fat) ski to carve, and the ski’s additional traditional camber and slightly softer shovels (which make the ski a touch easier to bend) probably have a lot to do with this.
The Governor has excellent edgehold, and powerful tails that like to finish turns. I’ll have to hop back on the 12/13 Governor to remember how similar or different the 12/13 is from the 14/15, but the 14/15 is impressive. (So, too, are two other skis in this class, the DPS Wailer 112RPC, and the 13-14 / 14-15 Rossignol Squad 7. More on those skis below and in the Blister Deep Dive.)
On soft groomers at Taos, I felt very comfortable laying over high angulation turns at very high speeds. I found myself really loading up the tails through the apex of the turn, then transitioning out over the shovels. The Governor’s shovels track well, but it is the tails of the Governor that make this an exciting fatter ski.
On firmer / icier groomers, I was still impressed by this 116mm-underfoot ski’s ability to hold an edge and not wash. In short, the more interested you are in your pow ski’s ability to also lay trenches, the more highly I will recommend the Governor.