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Quit waffling.

The Moment Belafonte Ski is a busy guy, so he doesn't have to time for a lot of "Should I/Shouldn't I?" at the top of burly line. If you don't make up your mind and send it, the Belafonte's liable to take itself off your feet and shred down on its own, leaving you stranded at the top with an embarrassing butt-slide in your near future. If, however, you man up and give 'er, the stiff, directional, and hard-charging Belafonte will be your new best friend. Its straight, aggressive shape and damp construction was inspired by comp skis, so you know it likes to go fast, huck cliffs, and rail powerful turns, but this year's version has been tweaked to make it slightly friendlier at more moderate speeds.

It all starts with Moment's Mullet Rocker, which uses an early-rise tip to provide decent float in soft snow, traditional camber underfoot for stability and power in variable junk and on hardpack, and micro-camber sections fore and aft of the binding for insane edge grip when the speeds are eye-watering and the snow quality is questionable (if you want to see the Belafonte's comp heritage, there it is). The tail's only slightly raised, giving you powerful turn finishing and plenty of stability, and the new Belafonte has a dual-radius sidecut that makes it considerably more fun at slower speeds. The whole package is based on a stout aspen and ash core, which is stiffened with fiberglass laminates and carbon-fiber stringers, outfitted with rugged and powerful UHMW sidewalls, and finished off with dampened 2.2mm steel edges and a lightning-quick 1.2mm Durasurf sintered base. There's a reinforced binding-mount layer under the foot, too, so you won't have to sweat the possibility of ripping out a heelpiece when you're maching down high-consequence lines.

  • Mullet Rocker (camber underfoot, rockered tip)
  • Aspen and ash core
  • Fiberglass laminates
  • Carbon fiber stringers
  • Dual-radius sidecut
  • Reinforced binding mount layer
  • UHMW polyethylene sidewalls
  • 2.2mm steel edges with VDS rubber dampening
  • 1.2mm Durasurf sintered base

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