By Greg Gardner, Peter Williams, and Jason Habib
Check Price: Moment Skis
Testers: Peter Williams & Jason Habib
Lengths Tested: 174
Test Bindings: Marker Griffon, Look Pivot 18, Salomon Shift
Test Locations: Alta UT, Telluride CO, A Basin CO, Deer Valley UT, and Solitude UT
Technical Terrain: 9.5
Less Than Ideal Conditions: 8.5
Touring Applications: 5.5
The Moment Deathwish has a very unique profile. It includes a large amount of tip and tail rocker in addition to "Triple Camber Technology" which includes 3 cambered sections.
Turning Radius: ~23 Meters
When Moment first released the Deathwish almost 10 years ago, many were incredibly skeptical of this ski's radical design and purpose. But, after years of development, the Deathwish has become a cornerstone in both unique technology and Moments lineup. Unlike many more traditional skis, the Deathwish utilizes what Moment refers to as "Triple Camber," which contains cambered portions underfoot and in the tips and tails. Through this development, Moment has created a ski that is "agile, stable, planted, cartable, and surfy," traits that would seemingly contradict each other, but instead works together to create an incredibly versatile all-mountain ski. If you are an advanced Western skier looking for one ski to shine, whether there has been a 2-month dry spell or 2 feet of fresh snow, the Deathwish is an excellent choice.
At 112 underfoot, the Moment Deathwish does not seem like a ski that would handle well on groomers. Still, this ski performs much better than other skis at this width in hard snow conditions. Both of our testers, Pete and Jason, found that the Deathwish was still a pretty easy ski to hold an edge on and provides minimal to no chatter at speed. If you are looking for a groomer ski, the Deathwish is not the right choice, but if you are looking for a 112mm ski that can handle groomers, this is an excellent choice.
When it comes to Moguls, the Deathwish performs better again than most skis of this size. The 112 width may be a bit wide to fit between deep troughs. However, the progressive mount and large tail and tip rise make these skis feel short and more maneuverable in the bumps. Additionally, the aggressive rise in the rear prevents catching between bumps. That being said, if you plan to ski a lot of tight terrain or moguls, it may be wise to choose a slightly shorter length. Our testers both decided to go with the 174 length over the 179 length to optimize maneuverability.
In the powder, the Moment Deathwish is an absolute dream. The rocker profile of this ski creates a very surfy yet planted sensation when skiing through the powder. Additionally, it's effortless to maneuver through technical terrain and quickly ditch speed with a slash when needed. That being said, the Deathwish only provides about average float when compared to similar width skis. The ski only slightly tapers despite their large waist, so the tips and tails are somewhat slim. Our testers found that they worked perfectly in snow up to a foot and a half, after which you may find yourself leaning back a bit.
In technical terrain, the Moment Deathwish once again performs very well. Our tester Pete noted that the Deathwish is easy to pivot and maneuver, especially in tight trees or chutes. Additionally, Jason felt that the Deathwish's lightweight and damp feel enable quick maneuvers and solid edge hold. If you ski a lot of tight trees and chutes, the Deathwish may just be the perfect ski for you!
Less Than Ideal Conditions:
In less than ideal conditions, the Deathwish still performs quite well. The Deathwish's unique profile creates a very damp and absorbent platform allowing you to easily power through crud and variable snow with confidence. On ice, things get a bit dicey as the 112mm width makes it a bit harder to truly engage the edge. That being said, this ski was designed for western North America, where ice typically is not as much of an issue.
The Deathwish is definitely not a park ski. However, the skis progressive mount (toward the center), twin tips, and low swing weight give it a great feel in the air. While you may not be jibbing or hitting park jumps on the Deathwish, it will provide you with the necessary confidence to hit bigger cliffs and more side hits!
While the Deathwish was designed for resort use, it could definitely be used for light touring applications. When Jason first purchased his Deathwish, he toured about 25 days on them with a set of shifts. Through his experience, he noted that the Deathwish would make a great 50/50 ski as it is light enough (~2000g per ski) for short tours and burly enough to handle the abuse of resort skiing. However, suppose you are looking for a dedicated touring ski that performs very similarly. In that case, we suggest the Moment's Deathwish Tour (check out the full review here).
No ski is perfect, but many who ride the Deathwish claim it is. If you fancy yourself an aggressive yet playful skier who doesn't love stiffer and heavier skis, this ski provides you with a plush ride to take you literally anywhere. There isn't a single set of conditions for our testers, Pete and Jason, where they hesitate to grab the Deathwish.