Ski: 2016-2017 MOMENT Deathwish, 184cm
Available Lengths: 164, 174, 184, 190 cm
Blister’s Measured Length (straight tape pull): 182.5 cm
Stated Dimensions (mm): 138-112-129
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 136-111-128 mm
Stated Weight Per Ski: 2,145 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight Per Ski: 1980 & 2019 g
Sidecut Radius: 25 meters
Core Construction: Aspen/Pine + Carbon Stringers + Fiberglass Laminate
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 66 / 64 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~3 mm
Boots / Bindings: Lange RX 130 / Marker Jester (DIN at 10)
Mount Location: -1 of factory recommended line
Days Skied: 7[Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 12/13 Deathwish, which was not changed for 13/14, 14/15, 15/16, or 16/17, except for the graphics.]
We ski a lot of new and unusual stuff around here, but I was a bit terrified to get on these skis.
(1) The Deathwish is a new design from MOMENT, it looks crazy, and I simply didn’t believe the guys at MOMENT that this ski would do what they claim without producing at least the occasional disastrous consequence.
(2) It’s called the Deathwish.
I go back and forth on whether this is the funniest or the worst name ever bestowed upon a new ski—taking an experimental design and calling it the Deathwish is a bit like calling a first generation, hydrogen-fueled car…the Fireball.
Anyway, here’s MOMENT’s own description of the Deathwish:
Radically different from anything on the mountain, the Deathwish features our new Dirty Mustache profile: three separate camber sections along the midsection of the ski, with rocker at the tip and tail.
We wanted that loose surfy feel that flat camber provides, plus tenacious edge grip when conditions turn for the worse. Dirty mustache makes it possible by concentrating your weight at four points when put on edge, giving you unprecedented bite in hardpack while smearing and slashing like a Twin Rocker design in powder. Mission accomplished? You tell us.
I’m going to sidestep most of the discussion of the theoretical merits of this design—and how much sense it ought (or ought not) to make—and try to stick to what I experienced on snow.