The Moment PB&J is tied with the Rossignol Soul 7 HD, but the final overall score is just about where the similarities end. These skis are very powerful, but also scored very high in our playfulness category. The PB&J is a fantastic ski if you ride backward as much as forward, but want something with a little more oomph than your traditional park ski.
Moment PB&J ReviewPrice: $729 List | $510.26 at Backcountry Pros: Burly, lots of pop, good edge hold
Cons: A bit unforgiving, center mount point is tough to get used to
Bottom line: The Moment PB&J is a fairly hard charging ski that is able to SWITCH it up...literally.
Weight Per Pair: 3808
Available Lengths: 162, 172, 182, 188
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Moment is a local (to us) ski company out of Reno, NV that has been putting out unique skis since 2003. They are well known around the area for making high-quality skis, and it's rare to not see at least a few pairs every day on the mountain. Recently, they've been spreading across the country, so we let our testers take them out to go head to head with the big boys. UPDATE: David Wise just won a GOLD MEDAL in the OLYMPICS on a pair of MOMENTS in the Men's Halfpipe.
The PB&J is touted as Moment's ski that can "… do anything. Yes, even your taxes." It sports Moments signature squared-off tips and tails, and the unique "mustache rocker", which is full rockered tips and tails, with generous camber underfoot. We chose to ski the 182cm, which is 101mm underfoot. As with most Moment skis, the top-sheet looks like something out of a Hunter S. Thompson piece and stick out on the chairlift.
The PB&J lives up to the hype but comes up a bit short in a few categories, which dropped it down our list. It is a powerful ski that goes both ways (forward/backward) with ease. We skied them mounted on the recommended line, which is much further forward than all of our other skis, and it took a bit of getting used to. Once our testers got a handle on them, they had some serious fun.
Stability at Speed
The PB&J is very stable at slow and medium speeds, but the recommended mount point so forward, the skis felt very short up front, and that led to our testers wanting to back off before reaching top speeds.
Though the rocker is pretty aggressive, the flex is consistent and more firm than a ski like the Rossignol Soul 7 HD. It took a while to find the sweet spot, but our testers were able to develop a style for handling these unique skis.
Despite the ski feeling very short due to its mount point and the rocker in the tips and tails, the PB&J have a turn radius of 21m. This lead to our testers feeling like they had more fun carving short quick turns like the Dynastar Legend X 96.
The edge hold is adequate with the PB&J, but the effective edge felt very short and lead to a steep learning curve for some of our testers. The ski can carve, but it has better qualities.
The Moment PB&J's stiffer flex and damp overall feel were the key factors in it earning an 8 out of 10 in the crud. The rockered tip resists deflection well and reminds us of the Blizzard Rustler 10.
The Pine and Aspen core provide dampness while still remaining poppy. When it comes to crud busting, the Mantra remains the champ, but the PB&J is not far behind.
The rocker in the tip and tail of the Moment PB&J provides for decent float, and the ability to slash turns well. The PB&J handles powder just like the Icelantic Pioneer, but with a bit stiffer of a feel. The 101mm waist keeps you on top of most storms. Yet again, the ski feels a bit short, but if you went a size up, you might sacrifice some of the nimbleness found in the 182.
These skis nearly won the playfulness category with an 8 out of 10; they were only bested by the Rustler 10. The PB&J were clearly built with fun in mind. The camber underfoot delivers plenty of pop, and the rockered tips and tails were designed to ride and land either way.
Moment has a reputation for making skis that are fun to send any feature on. Next time you're in Tahoe, pay attention to what is on the feet of that crew that slays gnarly terrain like its a warmup lap.
The rocker profile combined with the lightweight core make the PB&J a ski that is pretty fun in the bumps. While it's flex profile is more similar to the Nordica Enforcer 93, it actuals handles moguls more like the softer Icelantic Pioneer 96.
The light swing weight and pop from the camber underfoot allow the skier to make quick turns in the bumps, and the dampness of the core help absorb impacts. Our testers were pleasantly surprised by the PB&J in the bumps and enjoyed airing over a few moguls in the middle of laying down some zipper lines.
The best application of the PB&J would be under the feet of a skier who seeks out every little side hit on the edge of groomers, who loves a powerful feeling ski while slaying the steep gnar, and wants a ski that is fun while seeking out the next terrain feature to hit.
The PB&J come in on the upper end of our price range, but we think they are well worth the price. They are made in Reno, NV. That's right, actually made in a factory in the U.S. of A. Expect a long lasting, high-quality product with a two-year warranty.
The Moment PB&J is a great all-around mountain ski, and it earned 4 stars from our testers. It is a ski that does all things well, but nothing extraordinary. It is consistent and fun oriented. Is the mountain your playground? Spread a smooth layer of PB&J all over it.
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