Ski: 2010-2011 / 2011-2012 / 2012-2013 Moment Bibby Pro, 190cm
Stated Dimensions (mm): 143-118-134
Sidecut Radius: 26.5 meters
Actual Tip-To-Tail Length (Straight Tape Pull): 187.9 centimeters
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski (11/12 model): 2269 & 2300 grams
Mount Location: Recommended Line
If you’ve been reading Blister for a while, you probably know by now that a number of us love the 190cm Moment Bibby Pro.
But in one of the greatest ironies at Blister, we haven’t actually posted a full-blown review of that ski. Why?
Mostly because it seems like we never stop talking about it. The 190cm Bibby is a reference ski for us, against which we’ve compared many of the tip and tail rockered, 115-120mm ski we’ve reviewed.
But since we’re about to publish our reviews of Moment’s new 186cm Bibby and 190cm Exit World, we wanted to pay tribute to their predecessor. So we went through and found all the statements (both in reviews and in various Comments Sections) that Will Brown and I have made about the 190 Bibby, then stitched together a review from the ones we felt were most relevant.
So here it is, finally. Our review of—and our tribute to—one of our favorite skis of all time, the 10-11 / 11-12 / 12-13 190cm Moment Bibby Pro.
We’ll start with our reaction upon hearing the news from Moment at SIA that the Bibby was no more (this, from the 3rd* Annual Blister Awards):
Our beloved Bibby Pro has been changed.
Admittedly, sometimes change is good, and we promise to keep an open mind when skiing the new Bibby. But, man, the Bibby Pro was sooooo dialed.
And, yes, Moment now has a ski in their lineup called the Exit World that is a whole lot like a lighter-weight Bibby. Who knows, the Exit World and the new Bibby could be amazing. We’ll find out soon. (See rocker profile pics of the Moment Exit World and the new Bibby.)
But it still feels like Josh Bibby decided one day that he’d go tinker with the Mona Lisa or the Sistine Chapel, so, forgive us if we’re a little nervous.
Nevertheless, you have to respect Moment for not resting on their laurels. Josh wanted a new ski. The guys at Moment had been touring on the Bibby Pro, and decided they wanted to make a lighter version of it. They’re building what they want to build, simple as that.
Maybe that’s why Moment’s 2013/2014 catalog shows a guy facing the sun and embracing a new day …
…or a guy facing us, throwing up his middle fingers.
The Definitive “Playful Charger”
As I’ve said about a million times now, for me, the 190cm Bibby Pro strikes a perfect balance: it’s a playful ski that can still charge. – Jonathan Ellsworth (JE)
I think Moment has dialed the camber profile on the Bibby to give it a really nice, functional balance between stability and playfulness. (…) It feels initially stable, but it’s willing to smear out and scrub speed when you tell it to. – Will Brown (WB)
The Rossignol Squad 7 also strikes a blend of playfulness and stability, though it lies closer to the “stability” end of the spectrum, while the Bibby Pro leans a bit more to the “playfulness” end of the spectrum. – JE
The Bibby has a definite playful side, but is still a pretty substantial ski that is really stable if you want to open things up. It’s certainly a playful charger. If you’re a strong skier, I think you’ll appreciate the need to be deliberate about moving the ski around – in short, it will make quick moves, but not without being told to do so. – WB
You’ll definitely be able to do more stable charging on the Bibby – for what you gain in stability over the Armada JJ, I think the loss in playfulness is negligible. – WB
The Bibby is a fairly burly ski, very stable, yet still remarkably playful. The Moment Night Train feels lighter, is more center mounted, has a super balanced swing weight, and wants to spin and air. You can drive the shovels of the Bibby; you’re better off staying more centered on the NT. The Bibby charges, the NT, not nearly as much. – JE
I hear few people complain that the 190cm MOMENT Bibby Pro is too little ski for them , [despite the fact that] its effective edge measures at 156cm (it’s tail rockered, after all). – JE
A “Forgiving Charger”
In general, I don’t think the Bibby Pro is a ski that will punish you too badly for getting lazy. If you want to take it a little easy on the Bibby, the ski will allow you to do so, so long as you continue to give it some authoritative input. In my opinion, the 190 (while more stable than the 184 for people around our height [6’1”]), is still remarkably manageable at slow speeds for a ski that’s 118mm underfoot. The Bibby Pro is just so well balanced…The 190 Bibby Pro is really hard not to recommend. – WB
The Moment Governor is a more directional version of the Bibby, but it doesn’t feel like a flat tailed beast by any means. You can throw the tail out and scrub speed, it’s just not going to smear quite as readily as the Bibby, but might charge a little harder. – WB
Again, if you mostly want to rage through variable conditions at speed, the Bibby Pro is a stiffer ski that you can push harder. It’s not as playful as the Automatic, and it isn’t as quick, and it isn’t quite as easy, but it does comes with a higher speed limit. – JE
Flex Pattern (from our review of the 12/13 Moment Governor)
The flex pattern of the 12/13 Governor isn’t all that different from the 190cm Moment Bibby Pro, and actually, the tails of the Governor (our pair, at least) feel slightly softer than the Bibby’s.
Moment describes the overall flex of the Governor as a “10,” the stiffest ski in their lineup, and calls the Bibby Pro an “8.” We always appreciate when companies situate their skis this way against the rest of their lineup, just note that there is not a huge difference between that “8″ and that “10,” whether hand flexing the two skis or when comparing how they feel on snow.
The Bibby Pro’s tails are slightly stiffer than its tips, but it’s a pretty subtle difference. And more and more, I think this is one of the things I love most about the Bibby.
Core Profile: Aspen & Pine
While the Bibby Pro and Governor both have a Fiberglass Matrix / Carbon Fiber layup, they do have different cores, and I think this accounts for the larger difference in their on-snow feel than their respective flex patterns.
The Bibby Pro has an aspen-and-pine core that provides good stability and pop. The Governor, however, has an ash-and-aspen core that is a bit more damp, a bit less poppy. Once again, we’re talking about a noticeable difference here, but a fairly subtle difference.