Ski: 2017-2018 Moment Meridian, 187 cm
Available Lengths: 171, 181, 187 cm
[Note: all measurements taken from the center of the ski — the angled tips & tails make for some unorthodox measurements]
Blister’s Measured Length (straight tape pull – down the center of the ski): 186.0 cm
Stated Weight per Ski (187 cm): 1950 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2113 & 2121 grams
Stated Dimensions: 136-107-127 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 135.5-106.5-126 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius: 23 meters
Core: Aspen / Pine, with triaxial fiberglass & carbon stringers
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 59 mm / 61 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: 0 mm
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -5 cm from center; 88.0 cm from tail
Mount Location: – 5 cm and – 6 cm from center
Test Locations: Mt Bachelor, OR; Canterbury Club Fields, NZ; Ski Santa Fe & Taos, NM[Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 16/17 Meridian, which was not changed for 17/18, except for the graphics.]
When we polled Blister members and Blister readers about which skis you most wanted us to take to New Zealand to test, the Meridian was at the top of the list. So we took it with us, and we’ve begun to formulate some impressions of the ski. (Become a Blister member if you’d like to read our Flash Review of the Meridian.)
The Meridian exists because Moment athlete, Carston Oliver, wanted a narrower version of the fully rockered, 123-millimeter-waisted Chipotle Banana. The Meridian is supposed to offer the same playful, loose feel as the Chipotle Banana, but provide more versatility in mixed and variable conditions.
Moment says about the Meridian, “Full rocker makes it alarmingly quick to spin around, and incredibly easy to drift through tight trees and steep chutes when there’s too little coverage to make a full turn. On firm snow, it’s simply a matter of tipping the ski over—because the further you go, the more edge you engage. We made it stiff to eliminate chatter and deflection at speed, but with full rocker, there’s no camber to flex through, so lighter skiers and mellow chargers won’t get bucked like they would on a big traditional ski.”
By any measure, this certainly is an intriguing description, and we’ve been as curious about this ski as you are.
How well does the Meridian perform in firm conditions? Does it still feel like a (narrower) pow ski that should only be brought out when there’s fresh snow?
And Moment mentions its stiffness — but how stiff is it?
Hand flexing the ski, we would summarize it like this:
Behind the heel: 8
This isn’t a burly ski, but it is a pretty strong ski. In fact, the tips and shovels of the Meridian are stiffer than those of the 189 cm Kastle BMX 105 HP that we’re testing here in New Zealand.
NEXT: Paul Forward’s & Jonathan Ellsworth’s Reviews of the Meridian