Like the American electorate, Moment's Belafonte Ski doesn't have time for flip-floppers. If you spend time dilly dallying and being scared on top of a hairy line, 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 it's been tweaked to make it slightly friendlier at more moderate speeds, so you don't have to be a total maniac to get the most out of it.
It all starts with Moment's Triple Rocker (a combination of the now-retired Mullet Rocker and the micro-camber made famous by the Deathwish), which uses an early-rise Front Rocker tip to provide 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). Micro-camber might seem a little weird, but it manages to allow the ski to feel enjoyably loose when the snow's soft and bitier when it's not, so you be able to rally all season without swapping out your boards. The tail of the Belafonte's only slightly raised, giving you powerful turn finishing and plenty of stability, and is has a new 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 rubber-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.
- Triple Camber profile
- Front Rocker
- Raised tail
- Aspen and ash core
- Fiberglass and carbon fiber laminates
- Sandwich construction with UHMW sidewalls
- Rockwell 48 steel edges
- Durasurf 4001 sintered base
- Item #MMT000X
- Q & A
Big Mountain Basher Belafonte
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The Moment Belafonte is their Big Mountain offering that has a middle of the road amount of rocker and sidecut with a bit of a stiffer underfoot flex. This package makes the feel very stable with some actual float which makes the Belafonte's versatility better than first expected. The edge grip in the turn comes on quickly as with the softer tip yet stiffer mid-section has an easy grab so if you are ready for it with a 70/30 power/finesse style will bring out the best in the Belafonte. You do have to sacrifice a bit of control to unleash the full potential of this ski as it doesn't love to go slow so the tighter and lower speed sections will take a bit more strength to muscle them around. Also, you have to drive them a bit (one of Moment's stiffer skis) so be ready for that.
This is a description of the Moment Belafonte from the ski designer at Moment
Every time I'm not on the Belafonte I find myself wishing they were on my feet. Such a versatile waist width, just the right amount of tip rocker and a solid tail make this skis great in all conditions.
Enjoy these more than my '14 Cochise
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Greg Harms introduced me to Moment during a heli trip a couple years ago, so I decided to try a pair of '16 Belafonte 186 as my resort skis. I ski mostly in Tahoe and I am 5' 11' / 200. I was concerned they wouldn't be as versatile as my Cochise, but I was completely wrong! For my weight, they are much more stabile (and damp which I like) at speed and was shocked at how well they carve groomers. In fact I enjoy them more than any recent ski I've tried on front side groomers. I have 16 days on them so far, and have been lucky enough to ski about half those days in at least boot deep powder. They seem to float 10mm wider than they are, and are a blast to ski in tight trees. I also tried them in bumps last weekend and was really impressed how effortlessly they absorbed the bumps without throwing me around . Overall, I'm amazed at just how versatile these skis are. My other skis have been gathering dust. Definitely recommend anyone who wants a 'one quiver' ski to try the Belafonte.
Good but not what I expected
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I recently purchased a pair of 194 and they surprised me on how well they make short turns. They are very stable and good at carving but I expect a more burly ski. I am 6'3 and weigh 230 and prefer a wide turn that can crush chop and crud. They were better than I thought on resort skiing but I am concerned how well they will do in chop, crud, over 3 inches. They hold an edge but I am not confident to push them to full speed which I thought was their strong point but I could be lacking confidence in them. I really like the skis but had different expectations. On a separate note, I loved dealing with backcountry and I would do it again in a second. I actual would prefer them over a local shop. I assume the difference is my weight. I have 4 days on them.