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No room for doom and gloom here.
While it might be a shade difficult to abstain from cringing when you read the name 'Moment Deathwish Ski,' take note and remember what your dear ole Ma told you years ago—don't judge a book by its cover. So, case in point, the Deathwish is anything but doomsday and terrible, in fact its construction is quite contrary thanks to the beautiful subtleties of Moment's Triple Camber profile. While most skis opt for full camber, full rocker, or camber underfoot and rocker in the tip and tail, the Deathwish takes things a step or three further by building in a short flat section underfoot, two more cambered sections fore and aft of the binding, and some rocker in the tip and tail for a mind-bending combination of hardpack edge hold and playful powder looseness. When you're riding the ski relatively flat, it can pivot and surf like a rockered ski, but get it up on edge and it'll bite into the snow like a hungry tiger into a juicy steak.
The rocker profile of the Deathwish is seriously unusual, but the ski's graphics are downright tame by Moment standards. For all of you mid-century modern hipsters, the polished-marble look is pretty darn slick and it's protected by a sublimated nylon topsheet to stay fresh and clean all season long. Of course, the aesthetics are secondary, with the light and lively aspen and pine core, stiff fiberglass laminates, and pop-enhancing carbon fiber stringers rightfully taking the top billing, seeing as they keep the Deathwish stiff on hardpack and playful in powder.
- Make the mountain your playground with these pow sticks
- 112mm waist thrives in deep snow
- Triple Camber Twin Rocker floats through freshies
- Light and playful aspen pine wood core
- Carbon fiber stringers increase stiffness and pop
- UHMW sidewalls let you lay it down on hardpack
- Moment skis are made in the USA
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
When I learned about the Deathwish and its revolutionary triple camber, I was quite intrigued yet terrified. This was a mustache rocker/camber hybrid profile that Moment decided to test out and didn't know what to expect and sent people out to take some risks these skis, hence the name: Deathwish.
I have to say that this design is genius. Overall the ski has camber with tip and tail rocker that allow for float in powder and helps you finish out your turns when things get a little hairy. With this camber design, it performs pretty well on hardpack for such a wide 112mm (powder) ski, but it of course does not get me the big open GS turns that I like to rail on Regulator Johnson at Snowbird. Slalom turns? It does pretty okay. Tight turns in chop and crud? That's where the ski shines.
The rocker combined with the camber, as mentioned before, helps out with choppy turns, but in the middle of this recipe is the flattened out camber underneath the bindings and feet. This allows for the skis to act like true cereal bowl powder skis in the deep stuff and gives the skier amaaaazing float. More importantly, it helps the skier to surf over chop and crud without the anxiety of catching an edge and ripping apart any knees. Because of this flattened camber, I personally am always able to maintain a point of contact between my feet and the snow, regardless of conditions. This results in the ability to easily pivot and throw the skis sideways to shut them down on short notice. This is particularly helpful on narrow, sketchy traverses that can be found when finding a sick like off the Cirque. Of course in really sketchy, choppy snow this feature is incredibly handy so that I can just coast over whatever comes in my way.
In powder, it's heaven. Don't need to say anything else about that.
In tight and steep chutes, all you need to do is stand there, take a few deep breaths, and get your act together before launching straight down and hopefully missing any rocks or trees that might have inconveniently gotten in your way. The second you pivot your skis, you'll be able to take off without having to jump turn to clear your edges of the chop. If conditions are smooth and powdery, you'll be able to surf to your heart's content and make some of the best turns of your life.
I could go on all day about how wonderful these skis are, but I'll narrow it down to just a quick summary. Overall, these are somewhat soft and playful skis that can pack a punch and tackle all conditions. Because of their unique triple camber profile, I am incredibly impressed at how well these handle technical terrain yet find a balance to smooth out in powder. Recommended for rippers out west that aren't afraid of mixed conditions and love powder in particular (but who doesn't?). Even though I am a ski bum, these are the only skis that I own for the resort because I simply do not need anything else. Best ride I have ever been on.
Kudos to Moment!
One afterthought on durability: I've skied over plenty of rocks, sharks, and gravel, and the Ptex doesn't even have a scratch on it. I'm challenged to do any damage to these puppies.
If you have any questions on these skis, please contact me at (810)619-7481 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to get you set up on a pair of these!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
While seemingly gimmicky at first, the triple camber technology in these skis makes them excel in virtually any snow condition. The first time I ski'd them I noticed their ability to crush through crud like stiffer skis, yet remain playful through ollies and butters. The only downside I've found so far is a little decrease in durability than what I'm used to, but that may just be a matter of skiing them hard every day.