Dimensions (mm): 138-112-129
Sidecut Radius: 25 meters
Weight Per Ski: 2,145 g / 4.73 lbs.
Boots / Bindings: Nordica Supercharger Enforcer / Marker Jester (DIN at 10)
Mount Location: On the line
Test Location: Alta Ski Area
Days Skied: 8
[Editor's Note: Our review was conducted on the 12/13 Deathwish, which is unchanged for 13/14, except for the graphics.]
Jonathan’s first review of the MOMENT Deathwish pretty much hit the nail straight on the head, so if you haven’t read it yet, I’d recommend doing so first.
I too was a bit awestruck and perplexed by the shape of the Deathwish, and of course MOMENT’s name choice. When it comes down to it, though, who really cares about the name? And to me, having ammunition for Jonathan to come up with an analogy like “the Fireball” and the laugh it provided made me just about forgive MOMENT.
Cutting to the chase, the rocker/camber pattern of the Deathwish is interesting, for sure. In theory, I see where MOMENT is coming from. When laying the ski down on a firm surface, on edge, and flexing the ski, you can definitely pick out the distinct contact points where edge pressures will be higher.
In practice, though, the “unprecedented bite in hardpack” wasn’t my experience, but I want to quickly add this isn’t to say the Deathwish is a bad ski. It’s actually a really, really good ski, though I think MOMENT might have been better off with a less drastic rocker profile.
As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, spring in Utah is a great time to test skis because we see a great variety of conditions. For me, this spring was also a great time to test the Deathwish and the Dirty Mustache rocker because I’ve been on a number of similarly sized skis aimed at the same target market. Did I find the Deathwish to have greater edge hold than any of those skis in firm conditions? Eh, not so much.
Carving the skis on a firm groomer felt like riding a ski with a lot of tip-to-tail sidecut taper (i.e., fat tip, skinny tail) when pushed hard at high speeds. The tips hold very well and pull the ski through a turn nicely, but there was always a discernible amount of tail slide that could be felt and seen in the tracks. There weren’t 1/2-inch-wide railroad tracks left in the snow, but 2–3-inch-wide tracks. There wasn’t a total washout sensation like there wasn’t anything to stand on at the rear; it felt more like a mountain bike tire that will drift a little yet rarely gives out completely. The ski definitely felt looser in the tail through a carve than any of the traditional cambered skis with varying amounts of tip/tail rocker I have been on this season. The Deathwish also fell short compared to the subtle continuously rockered skis I have ridden, like the Blizzard Cochise and Rossignol Sickle.
I’m certainly no engineer, but I would love to try a Deathwish with the rear low-pressure area either moved back a touch, or a ski that instead of having the Dirty Mustache Rocker had a very low continuous rocker line from the same starting point as the first rise; then we could be talking about a ski that might really challenge the Sickle as one of the best West Coast “one-ski quivers” on the market for the all-mountain, do-it-all skier. I feel confident in saying that because of all the great things about the Deathwish that are about to follow, so here come the positives….
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