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Moment PB&J Review

The PB&J is a fairly hard charging ski that is able to switch it up… literally.
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Price:  $749 List | $749.00 at Backcountry
Pros:  Burly, lots of pop, good edge hold
Cons:  A bit unforgiving, center mount point is tough to get used to
Manufacturer:   Moment
By Andrew Pierce ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 7, 2019
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RANKED
#10 of 15
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 7
  • Carving - 20% 6
  • Crud - 20% 8
  • Powder - 20% 7
  • Playfulness - 15% 8
  • Bumps - 5% 7

Our Verdict

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. The PB&Js are very powerful and scored well 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. The PB&J lives up to the hype but comes up a bit short in a few categories, which dropped it down our list. 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.

Ski Updates

Since our test period, the PB&J has been tweaked slightly. In addition to new graphics (shown above), they now feature a dual-radius sidecut, which is meant to make carving easier. We're linking to the updated ski above, but be aware that our review pertains to the previous model.

November 2019


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Pros Burly, lots of pop, good edge holdFast, solid, consistent, large sweet spotHard charging, fun, easy to skiGreat all around ski, great pop, easy to swingExcellent carving ski, quick
Cons A bit unforgiving, center mount point is tough to get used toMinor chatterSlight chatter at high-end speedSometimes feels soft, skis shortChatter in the tips, poor powder performance
Bottom Line The PB&J is a fairly hard charging ski that is able to switch it up... literally.The new Mantra, now called the M5, is more user friendly than previous versions but is still a powerful and consistently fun ski.The Daemon is a hard charging ski that can be tamed.Fantastic all around ski that will for perform for skiers of all abilities.This contender has superb edge hold and energy through turns.
Rating Categories Moment PB&J Volkl M5 Mantra Black Crows Daemon Blizzard Rustler 10 Nordica Enforcer 93
Stability At Speed (20%)
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Carving (20%)
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Crud (20%)
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Powder (20%)
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Playfulness (15%)
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Specs Moment PB&J Volkl M5 Mantra Black Crows Daemon Blizzard Rustler 10 Nordica Enforcer 93
Intended Purpose All Mountain All Mountain All Mountain All Mountain/Soft Snow All Mountain/Firm Snow
Ability Level Expert Intermediate-Expert Intermediate-Expert Intermediate-Expert Expert
Shape 129 - 101 - 121 mm 134 - 96 - 117 mm 132 - 99 - 120 mm 135.5 - 104 - 125.5 mm 126 - 93 - 114 mm
Available Lengths 162, 172, 182, 188 170,177,184,191 170, 177, 183, 188 164, 172, 180, 188 169, 177, 185, 193
Waist Width 101 96 99 102 93
Radius 15m, 18m, 21m, 23m 21.2m 20m 14.5m, 16m, 17.5m, 19m 15.5m, 16.5m, 18.5m, 20.5m
Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker Full rocker, reverse camber Rocker/Camber/Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker
Weight Per Pair 3808 4252 5265 4126 4464
Core Material Aspen and pine wood Beech, poplar Poplar wood Multi-layer wood Beech and poplar wood
Tested length 182 184 183.6 188 185

Our Analysis and Test Results

Moment is a ski company out of Reno, NV that has been putting out unique skis since 2003. They are well known for making high-quality skis. 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. We chose to ski the 182cm, which is 101mm underfoot.

Performance Comparison


Creamy smooth on the PB&J.
Creamy smooth on the PB&J.

Stability at Speed


The PB&J is very stable at slow and medium speeds. But the recommended mount point is so far forward that the skis felt very short upfront. That led to our testers wanting to back off before reaching top speeds.

Though the rocker is pretty aggressive, the flex is consistent and on the stiffer side when compared to our entire testing lineup. It took a while to find the sweet spot, but our testers were able to develop a style for handling these unique skis.

Coming in hot!
Coming in hot!

Carving Performance


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.

Laying the Moments over.
Laying the Moments over.

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 next cover shot of CRUD magazine. On the PB&J!
The next cover shot of CRUD magazine. On the PB&J!

Crud


The Moment PB&J's stiffer flex and damp overall feel were the key factors in it earning a high score in the crud. Our testers felt that the rockered tip resists deflection very well.

The Pine and Aspen core provide dampness while still remaining poppy. When it comes to crud busting, the Volkl M5 Mantra remains the champ, but the PB&J is not far behind.

Finding that one pocket of crossloaded soft snow when you have the PB&Js under your feet...ahhhhhh.
Finding that one pocket of crossloaded soft snow when you have the PB&Js under your feet...ahhhhhh.

Powder


The rocker in the tip and tail of the Moment PB&J provides for decent float, and the ability to slash turns well. We found that the PB&J handles powder just as well as some of the softer skis we tested, 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.

The PB&J make the steep and narrows of Kirkwood a blast!
The PB&J make the steep and narrows of Kirkwood a blast!

Playfulness


These are very playful; they are only bested by a few skis in the lineup. 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.

Bumps


The rocker profile combined with the lightweight core makes the PB&J a ski that is pretty fun in the bumps. While it's flex profile is more similar to an on-piste carver, we found that it was much more forgiving in moguls than we anticipated.

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.

We got some ladies in on the Moment action!
We got some ladies in on the Moment action!

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

You can be confident in a consistent performance from the PB&J no matter the conditions.
You can be confident in a consistent performance from the PB&J no matter the conditions.


Andrew Pierce