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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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