I’ve wanted to ski the Moment Deathwish for a few seasons, and finally had the chance to take it out on a variable bluebird day last week. The Deathwish is Moments flagship ski, and one that pioneered Triple Camber Technology. Triple camber places micro camber sections fore and aft the binding, with a flat section underfoot and tip and tail rocker. The idea behind Triple Camber is to make a ski that is playful and loose in powder, easy to initiate in variable conditions, and has solid edge hold on hardpack. I can’t necessarily say that it feels extremely different from a ski with a rocker/camber/rocker profile, and how well it works seems sort of subjective. However, the Deathwish is truly one of the more versatile skis I have been on, and I found it very fun and capable in a lot of different conditions. At 112mm underfoot, it may not be the best daily driver for everyone, but I do feel that a lot of people could use the Deathwish as their only ski for almost any day on the mountain.
Moment Deathwish On-Mountain Video Review
Video Outerwear: Trew Cosmic Jacket – North Face Freedom Pant
Conditions: Groomers, Soft Chop, Hard Pack, Hard Crud
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Jester
On the Snow Feel: The Moment Deathwish has a Triple Camber Profile, moderately stiff flex, and directional twin design. When mounted near center, the ski can feel very playful, easy to maneuver, and relatively loose. One edge, however, the ski feels pretty stable. The feel of the ski really comes down to the skier style, but I feel like it caters a bit more to the playful skier, that still wants to lay it on edge from time to time.
Powder: The Moment Deathwish is 112mm underfoot and has a decent amount of tip and tail rocker. The flex is moderately stiff, but I found the tips to plane relatively well in deeper snow. The tip and tail rocker keep the ski maneuverable, and with that flat camber section underfoot, the Deathwish could feel loose and surfy at times. I never really noticed the micro camber sections inhibiting the skis maneuverability in deeper snow. There are definitely better powder skis out there (more float, more playful), but the Deathwish is capable and fun enough that if it was your only ski you’d never really be wildly out of place when the snow was deep.
Turn Initiation and Carving: I was very curious to see how the Triple Camber of the Moment Deathwish would affect turn initiation and carving on groomers and hard pack. There was a part of me that expected a bit of a catchy feel that would throw me off, especially at slower speeds. On the snow, I’d say the feeling isn’t really all that different than what I’d expect from a ski with a rocker/camber/rocker profile. When bases were flat, the ski feels loose and washy. Even at slower speeds, the ski was easy to turn and maneuver. Tipping it on a high edge angle gives the ski a bit more life. The ski is relatively forgiving, and getting it on edge wasn’t overly difficult. I did find it seemed to prefer some speed, but that wasn’t necessarily surprising given its width. The ski felt decently quick, and when carving mid-radius turns the ski was relatively lively and energetic. The Triple Camber never felt surprising or catchy, and the micro camber sections seemed to bite well, so long as I stayed relatively balanced. It was really easy to break the ski free and take a bit more playful approach any time I wanted to. The only downside was that if I didn’t get the ski on a high edge angle when transitioning from edge to edge, the ski could feel slightly loose and unstable. It wasn’t a huge issue by any means, but something that you needed to be aware of. As long as I stayed on top of my game and didn’t get lazy, the ski would hold the turn quite well. This isn’t a frontside specialist by any means, but perfectly capable carving groomers.
Speed: The Moment Deathwish has a moderately stiff flex with a relatively beefy aspen, pine, fiberglass, and carbon core. The feel is damp and stable without feeling overly heavy or sluggish. It doesn’t have the same top end as the Belafonte, or even the Bibby, but it also doesn’t shy away from speed. When straightening things out and speeding down frontside groomers at Keystone, the ski felt quite solid. The longer my turns, the more power I could feel in the ski. I did find it was happiest and most stable on a high edge angle, but as long as I kept it there the ski would hold really well. Flattening the edge angle would make the ski feel less stable at speed, and I even noticed a small amount of tip chatter when really pushing things on roughed up groomers. Still, the Deathwish is solid at speed, and unless you’re really planning on going mach 1 every run, it will be more than enough ski for most people.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Moment Deathwish has a slightly softer flex than the Belafonte and doesn’t quite have the same blast through crud capability. The Deathwish felt like a more playful and slightly less stable version of the Bibby in variable terrain. You could blast through shallow chop relatively well, but the deeper, and firmer the snow, the less inclined the Deathwish was to blast through. Instead I found it more fun to take a more playful approach in roughed up terrain. I was perfectly happy to slow things down and slash through softer chop, or bounce off of larger piles of snow. The Deathwish felt like a ski that could handle roughed up groomers with ease, but was just as happy playing around in the deeper chop off piste.
Edge Hold: The Moment Deathwish feels solid underfoot as long as it’s on a high edge angle. At slower speeds and flatter edge angles the ski can be loose and washy. This makes is quite fun when in softer snow, but more challenging when things firm up. I like the combination, and honestly wouldn’t need more edge hold unless I was skiing on hard pack or ice on a more regular basis.
Bumps: The Moment Deathwish isn’t a great bump ski, but also doesn’t feel out of place. Taking it through trees and bumps in the back bowls of Keystone was fun. It’s not automatic in tight spots, but a strong enough skier will have no problem maneuvering through trees at speed.
Jumps and Jibs: The Deathwish isn’t a soft noodle of a ski, but its flex feels poppy and snappy. It was a lot of fun popping off of rollers and bumps. I wouldn’t necessarily put this is in the all-mountain freestyle category, as it’s much more capable in variable and soft snow that most freestyle skis. Still it’s a fun and playful ski, and strong skiers will have plenty of fun putting it in the air.
Bottom Line: The camber profile of the Moment Deathwish is unique and interesting, and at first glance it made me very curious to see how it changes performance. On snow, I can’t necessarily say that it feels extremely different from a more traditional rocker/camber/rocker shape. I will say that the overall feel of the Deathwish is balanced. It’s not a ski that blows me away on any type of terrain, but rather a ski that seems to handle just about any terrain well. How much of that is due to the Triple Camber is hard to say, but given the description Moment gives for Triple Camber I’d say that it does most of what it says it will. This could be a great quiver of one ski for those who want to ski the entire mountain, but never totally know what kind of conditions you’ll encounter. It’s solid in powder, fun and playful in variable terrain, capable on groomers, and plenty stable at moderate to high speeds.