A full serving of fruit and shredgetables.
If you want to grow up to be a big-time ripper like Carston Oliver, you need to make sure to work hard, get enough rest, and eat a heaping helping of the Moment Chipotle Banana Ski every day. You'll need all the vitamins and minerals you can get to handle this damp, stable aspen-and-ash-cored charger, which comes complete with a giganto 33m turn radius and Moment's full-length Radius Rocker. "But wait!" you might say. "A stiff, burly charger that's fully rockered? What sort of tomfoolery is this?" Before you call shenanigans, take into account that the Chipotle Banana has multiple sheets of fiberglass and more carbon than Moment puts into any other ski, so it's plenty stable enough to handle choppy, high-speed runouts and three-turn lines down 2,000-foot faces.
It's also super fun and pivoty, as you'd expect a fat, fully rockered ski to be. Moment made sure to match up the sidecut with the camber profile, so the Chipotle Banana floats like a butterfly and slides like a waterski when it's flat, but progressively engages more edge as you lay it over, cutting hardpack to ribbons when it's that sort of day. It gets an edgy boost from the rugged 2.2mm steel edges and UHMW polyethylene sidewalls, while the 1.2mm sintered Durasurf 4001 base gives you all the speed you need to take backcountry booters and cliff hits deeper than you thought you could.
- Radius Rocker (full rocker)
- Aspen and ash core
- Fiberglass and carbon laminates
- Sandwich construction
- UHMW polyethylene sidewalls
- 2.2mm Rockwell 48 steel edges
- 1.2mm Durasurf 4001 sintered base
- Item #MMT000R
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Chipotle Banana started with few half-baked ideas for skis that I wanted to try, and the boys at Moment were kind enough to indulge my foolish fantasies by letting me mess up the factory while they helped me build them. I didn’t expect much, but the initial concepts worked, and after a few years of tests, tweaks, and changes, I had a ski that I couldn’t help but ski all the time. I didn’t know what to call it, but Chipotle Banana sounded goofy and weird, so we went with it.
This ski has plenty of meats to ski big, high speed lines, while maintaining the fun, playful feel of a more jib oriented, twin-tipped powder ski. The rocker radius matches the side-cut radius, so it has all of the smeary, surfy, maneuverability of a fully rockered ski, but allows you to dig in and make use of the full length of the ski when it’s rolled onto edge. The edge grip is very predictable and progressive, which allows easy transitions between an endless variety of turn shapes: everything from fully sideways powerslides to rail-cutting racer turns. The continuous rocker also makes for a fast and smooth ride, as there are no transitions between camber and rocker sections to create a feeling of drag which can sometimes be felt with rocker/camber hybrid type pow skis.
With a 33 meter sidecut radius and a fairly stiff lay-up, these skis are super stable. The overall rise to the rocker is pretty small, and since you can use the full length of the edge when you roll them over, they provide a solid platform that you can really push into. The aspen-ash core is sufficiently damp that I have had trouble finding a speed limit.
These also only have 5mm of taper from tip to tail, so they feel quite at home when skiing and/or landing backwards.
I have been running these with sharp edges underfoot at a 2 degree base bevel and 2 degree side, with the tip and tail FULLY de-tuned (think rounded) from the contact points out to the tips/tails.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I think the video review hit the nail on the head with saying this ski is what you want for deep days and soft chunder. Such a stable charger really cool addition to the line and when it's designed by Carston you know it's going to be awesome.
Carston about to have some fun.
Waxing the Chipotle Banana up
Ive been skiing for at least 15 years now, and I found these to be of a particular interest. I currently ride a ski of a length of 173. Im 5'9 140lbs and I was wondering if the Chipotle Banana would be too big for a guy of my size to ski on?
What length ski would fit you best will depend on your skiing style and where you plan to ski this ski. You could easily ski a 186 in these skis, assuming you like skiing in more open terrain, and you enjoy making larger faster turns.
The full rocker used in these skis will help them to initiate a turn quicker than a traditional camber ski of the same length. So if you plan to use this ski as a big mountain/pow charger then this ski would absolutely work. However, if you mainly enjoy skiing in tight trees, or making super quick turns, then you may want to check out another ski from Moment.