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Moment Wildcat Review

Big-mountain stability and freeride floatation; a solid choice for stunting big lines in deep snow.
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:  $749 List | $748.95 at Backcountry
Pros:  Burly, fast, versatile
Cons:  Grabby, backseat floater
Manufacturer:   Moment
By Rob Woodworth ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Sep 13, 2017
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RANKED
#1 of 8
  • Float - 25% 8
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 8
  • Crud - 20% 7
  • Playfulness - 20% 9
  • Carving - 10% 7
  • Versatility - 5% 8

The Skinny

If you're looking for a ski that's brawny, speedy, and adaptable, feast your eyes on the Moment Wildcat: this product was editors' choice for a reason. Recently, the Wildcat received a design overhaul, integrating several technical upgrades and reverting to the original popular shape. This ski quickly became our most coveted option during the testing period. Aside from providing stellar float in deep snow, the Wildcat never held back on performance when charging around all aspects of the mountain.

Name Change to Wildcat
We reviewed the Moment Bibby in 2017. In 2018 it was renamed the Wildcat but is otherwise the exact same ski. Above we show the current version of the Wildcat.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Anyalisis and Test Results


After several seasons of retooling Josh Bibby's pro-model, the Moment design team has returned to the best-selling and award-winning design of the original Bibby Pro from the '10/'11 season. In 2018 it was renamed the Wildcat. It seems as though new-fangled innovation took a back seat to tried-and-true performance with this re-release, but that doesn't mean that they skimped on upgrades. With a 2mm reduction in waist-width and the addition of carbon fiber reinforcements, the new model offers the same reliable charge-ability with lighter, poppier construction.

Regardless of the terrain, snow conditions, or skier type, this ski received the most consistently-high ratings across all of our reviewing metrics. Even when tested side-by-side with more niche-specific skis, this contender always seemed to outshine the competition. The rare blend of float, playfulness, and all-mountain versatility gave this ski our highest overall rating and made it the clear choice for Editors' Choice.

Looking to take your favorite ski into the backcountry?
With the reintroduction of the Wildcat, Moment also gave us the Moment Wildcat Tour. For the very slightly increased price of $769 (compared to the Wildcat's $749), you can expect all the same great features complete with a paulownia and ash core with more carbon and glass for a lighter design. If you're looking for excellent powder skiing but want to shed some ounces for all-day backcountry missions, look no further than the Wildcat Tour.

Even in tight spots  the Bibby will destroy everything in its way.
Even in tight spots, the Bibby will destroy everything in its way.

Stability at Speed


With a double-dose of full-length carbon stringers, there is no doubt that the Wildcat provides a stable ride at high speeds. Though not as stiff or beefy as the Volkl Confession or Blizzard Spur, the Wildcat has a very comparable ability to run out steep, choppy lines without getting grabbed or burning up your quads. Even with weight-reducing carbon fiber, these skis are still substantial and don't get bossed around in crud. Similarly, the Wildcat is smooth and stable when linking turns on firm snow—conditions where carbon skis usually fall short of the mark. It earned a top score in this metric — outperformed only by the Blizzard Spur.


While hand-flexing these boards, it is evident that the construction is geared towards a stiffer flex pattern underfoot that gradually softens towards tip and tail. This medium-high overall stiffness with softened shovel and tail give the Wildcats a very damp feel while tracking through rough or skied-out snow. This ideal balance of stiffness and dampness is perfect for the hard-charging skier who doesn't want to sacrifice playfulness for stability. Whether you're skiing blower, corn, or icy corduroy, the Wildcats will allow you to hit the gas with confidence. One tester reported that they were "Fast and stable in a variety of conditions". That being said, heavier or more aggressive skiers will probably be happier with how the 190cm length performs with top-end speeds.

Crushing bumps is a breeze when you've got the proper reinforcements.
Crushing bumps is a breeze when you've got the proper reinforcements.

Carving


With early rise in tip and tail, you'd think that the Wildcats Mustache Rocker wouldn't provide much backbone with which to carve. Our testing proved this notion to be false. The effective edge of the Wildcat in its 184 length is still a respectable 150cm, with a very solid UHMW sidewall that provides stellar grip on hardpack and groomers. We found that the 25m turn radius was able to rail high speed turns across the fall-line with ease, maintaining a springy action in both the initiation and exit of each turn. However, the softer flex and rocker found in the tail allowed for shorter-radius slide turns on a variety of surfaces.


Backseat drivers or less advanced skiers may find the Wildcat a tad unforgiving when it comes to engaging the edge. As one tester recalled, "You've really got to stay on top of them or they'll get away from you". Overall, we were impressed by the Wildcat's reliability and quickness from edge-to-edge on a variety of hardpack surfaces—especially with a 116mm waist width and dual-rocker construction. These sticks can link turns like a boss. The Volkl Confession is a cream of the crop scorer in this metric.

We were very impressed with how much the Bibby liked to rip groomers.
We were very impressed with how much the Bibby liked to rip groomers.

Crud


We were perhaps most impressed by the Wildcats ability to ski a variety of cruddy, tracked-out conditions with finesse. The only other contender that received as high a score in this category was the Atomic Backland Bent Chetler, which is perhaps explained by their similar dimensions and rocker profile. But the Wildcat sports a brawnier construction with a bit of extra weight to help crush heavy chop with confidence.


We found these skis stiff enough to break through crust and damp enough to absorb unwanted rebound when skiing through trenches or bumps. The Mustache Rocker keeps you afloat in all types of gnarly snow while the stiff flex found underfoot helps to punch through surface layers when you really need to lay the hammer down. The Volkl Confession was a high scorer for plowing through crud.

The strength of the Bibby allows it to crush through or pop over bumpy terrain.
The strength of the Bibby allows it to crush through or pop over bumpy terrain.

Float


The Wildcats construction has proved that surfy floatation in deep snow need not come from monster widths or reverse camber profiles. In fact, the resurrection of the original design came from community feedback that the newer versions were too wide and had tendency to feel boaty. So Moment went back to the drawing board and trimmed 2mm off of the entire dimensional length of the ski and moved the widest part of the shovel a little closer to the tip. Boasting 116mm underfoot, the Wildcat is one of the category's more modest waist widths. But our testing proved that this had no negative impact on float ability.


Despite its relative burliness, the Wildcat has no problem surfing through hero snow. We found that with a neutral stance over ski-center, these skis will slash turns and track on top of deep particle whether it be light, heavy, or of variable consistency. The Wildcat doesn't quite compare to dedicated powder tools like the Line Pescado or Blizzard Spur when it comes to float, but it certainly provides a greater range-of-use than either of those skis.

The Bibby is slash-happy in creamy snow.
The Bibby is slash-happy in creamy snow.

Playfulness


With a dual-rockered profile and dang-near twin dimensions, the Wildcat was certainly not designed with the directional skier in mind—though its playfulness can be enjoyed by most all skier types. The softer flex in tip and tail allows for exceptional bounce when turning out of deep snow. This flex proved to have effective pop off terrain hits and also allowed for beautifully smeared butter turns. Landing and riding out switch is a non-issue as the Mustache Rocker provides reliable float in both directions.


Worth noting is that the Wildcat seemed to stomp harder than any other ski in this category. Regardless of the drop height or condition of the landing zone, this ski never hesitated to stick a landing. Once again, the combination of a stiff midsection and damp tip and tail gives the Wildcat a very lively feel that begs to be ridden like the stunty snow-slayer that it is. Earning the highest score in the test, a 9 out of 10, the Wildcat's performance was only matched by the Atomic Backland Bent Chetler and Line Pescado.

The Bibby is confident flying through both snow and air.
The Bibby is confident flying through both snow and air.

Versatility


Compared to its competition, the Wildcat performed exceedingly well in terms of versatility. When you consider the size and float-ability of the Wildcat, there are very few if any trade-offs in overall ski performance. Though it certainly prefers steep and deep to frontside carving, the Wildcat consistently delivers a smooth and enjoyable ride both on and off-piste and earned a high versatility score.


Best Applications


This much-acclaimed ski floats with the best of 'em without sacrificing any performance on variable surfaces. Its unmatched versatility and playfulness win the highest praise of Editors' Choice for our pow-ski category. We dare you to try it and not have a total blast.

Moment's recognizeable squared-off tip and tail.
Moment's recognizeable squared-off tip and tail.

Value


The price of the Wildcat falls in the same neighborhood as most skis in this category. Given their rock-solid construction and outstanding customer service, Moment has delivered a high-quality ski that will perform for many seasons to come.

Conclusion


Hands down, the Wildcat was our favorite ski to grab on any given day. Even though float ability was our heaviest weighted rating metric, this ski performed in ways we wouldn't expect a fatty to be capable of. It strikes an uncanny balance between surfability and all-mountain performance, making it a solid choice for aggressive skiers who want to add a utilitarian powder-tool to their quiver.

The Bibby is a blast no matter where you take it.
The Bibby is a blast no matter where you take it.

Other Versions


Moment makes the Wildcat in three lengths: 174, 184, and 190 cm. Though our testers were happy on the 184, we would recommend that larger, hard-charging skiers opt for the 190.


Rob Woodworth