For 2016 Moment has added a semi-cap construction to the PB&J, while everything else remains the same. We found that the change didn’t make a big difference in performance between the 2015 Moment Pb&J and 2016 Moment PB&J though. Sure maybe they feel a touch lighter, but the ski still has the same “guts” that make it what it is. Although Moment doesn’t believe in a one-ski quiver, it does call the PB&J their do-it-all ski. With one-ski quivers, it’s hard to find a ski that can truly do-it-all and not sacrifice performance in certain areas. Although the Moment PB&J is a fantastic ski, it doesn’t necessarily break this trend. The Moment PB&J really is a solid all-mountain ski that can take you anywhere on the mountain, it just doesn’t excel in any one area.
2016 Moment PB&J On Mountain Video Ski Review
Riders: Matt and Brian
Conditions: Soft Crud (5”), Groomers, Hard Pack, Bumps
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
On the Snow Feel: I think the biggest surprise for both of us was how stable this ski is. We both thought with such a good amount of rocker in the tip and tail, that the ski would be a bit more playful and loose, but it skied much more stable than expected. That’s not to say you couldn’t throw the ski around when you wanted to, but it took a bit more work to do so.
Powder: At 101mm underfoot, the Moment PB&J doesn’t have a wide platform for powder, but it does have a pretty steep tip and tail rocker profile. In the deep snow, the ski planes well, but you’ll find yourself wishing for a bit more when the snow gets really deep.
Turn Initiation and Carving: At slower speeds, the Moment PB&J felt a bit sluggish. This was a bit surprising considering the amount of rocker in the tip and tail. Both Brain and I expected to be able to pivot and turn the ski much easier than we found it to be. This is probably due to the overall weight of the ski (8.6 lbs for the pair). Many all mountain skis in the 100mm category are starting to reduce swing weight by decreasing material in the tip and tail (Think Rossi’s Honeycomb tech), making it much easier to pivot the ski. Again, were not saying that the PB&J won’t pivot, but it takes a bit more work at slower speeds. As you gain speed, however, the PB&J really comes alive. At higher speeds, the PB&J was really easy to swing around, and became much more maneuverable. Lay the ski on edge, and it allowed you to carve big stable turns, or shorten it up for quicker short radius turns. Anytime we got into a tight spot we could easily release the tails and turn sideways to scrub speed. Edge to edge transitions were fun. I wouldn’t necessarily call them super lively or powerful, but rather smooth and fluid. You could always count on a stable and predictable transition.
Speed: The same weight that made the Moment PB&J feel a bit sluggish to us, is also what makes these skis so fun at speed. Again there is a pretty high profile rocker in the tip and tail, and we were a little worried about tip chatter. The PB&J is a relatively stiff flexing ski that is built with two layers of fiberglass (one more underfoot for binding retention), and carbon fiber stringers. This stiff construction helped to keep chatter to a minimum, and even at high speeds the ski felt quite stable. If you’re looking for a big mountain charger to straight line down any run there are better skis out there, but the PB&J can definitely hold its own at high speeds.
Uneven Terrain: The stiff and heavy construction of the Moment PB&J also seems to contribute to how well the ski performs in the variable terrain and chopped up snow. The day we skied the PB&J was after a pretty big storm at Copper Mountain in CO. By the end of the day the snow was tracked out and chopped up. In these soft snow conditions the PB&J was able to plow through without issue, and even at high speeds, the PB&J felt quite stable. As the snow firmed up, we did notice the PB&J get kicked around a bit, and we’d have to slow down to keep from getting bucked off line.
Moguls: The Moment PB&J wasn’t my favorite mogul ski, but it’s maneuverable enough at higher speeds to have some fun here. I did find that the stiff tips were a bit punishing if you didn’t stay on top of your game however, and moguls were definitely a bit more work on these skis than something lighter and more nimble.
Edge Hold: The Moment PB&J has a pretty high profile rocker and a good portion of the ski is off the snow. This reduces the effective edge giving the PB&J a short running length. It’s not inherently noticeable in the softer snow, more mellow runs, but on hard or icy steeps we found ourselves wanting more edge hold. Stick to the softer snow, and you can rail turns all day, but once it hardens up you’ll find the ski less stable.
Flex: The Moment PB&J has a stiff flex and beefy construction. This stiff flex makes it a great ski in the chop at high speeds, but it was quite surprising considering Moment describes the PB&J as an all mountain freestlye ski. Sure it was capable of buttering, but it took a lot more work than more park oriented skis. The flex was nice on big landings though, and the PB&J does a nice job with shock absorption.
Switch: With its symmetric flex and directional twin design, the PB&J skis well switch.
Jumps and Park: The Park performance was a bit lackluster for us. The ski is just a bit too stiff and heavy, and lacks the pop you want in a park ski. It’s fine for those who may occasionally venture into the park, but definitely not a dedicated park ski. Then again, much of why it’s not a great park ski is why it’s so good elsewhere on the mountain.
The Moment PB&J is a fantastic ski for those who like to ride the entire mountain. As with any one-ski quiver, it does sacrifice a bit of performance in certain areas of the mountain, but it has great versatility and good performance in just about anywhere. It doesn’t have the greatest float, nor the best edge hold, but it’s stable, damp, smooth, predictable, and really just a well-balanced performer on most areas of the mountain. If you’re looking for one ski to do-it-all, the Moment PB&J is worth checking out.