Ski: 2012-2013 MOMENT Jaguar Shark, 192cm
Dimensions (mm): 143-116-129
Turn Radius: 32 meters
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 190.5cm
Weight Per Ski: 2380 grams / 5.24 lbs.
Boots / Bindings: Lange RX 130 / Marker Jesters / DIN (10)
Mount Location: Factory recommended
Test Location: Las Leñas
Days Skied: 3
(Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 11/12 Jaguar Shark, which is unchanged for 12/13, except for the graphics.)
MOMENT is funny. While some companies work hard to design and build a fleet of distinct offerings, MOMENT likes to spin out variations on a theme, and they don’t seem to care whether those new variations overlap a good bit with their existing lineup.
That’s the good news and the bad news: MOMENT has found a sweet spot in ski design, and you’re going to be able to get really specific about the exact flavor you want—Milk chocolate? Dark chocolate? Unsweetened dark chocolate? Or mocha? The closely related flavors from MOMENT are the Garbones, the Belafonte, the Bibby Pro, and now, the Jaguar Shark.
Further out from the center of this cluster would be the MOMENT Night Train, at 123 underfoot. The Night Train is a more spinny, switch, and jib-oriented ski than those above. Tons of fun, but more different than similar to the rest of this group. The much narrower PB&J (101mm underfoot), actually has more in common with this collective than the Night Train, and, can be regarded as an outstanding, narrower Bibby Pro. Furthermore, the Bibby Special is a pretty different beast, too, with a proportionally larger shovel and proportionally smaller tail (150-116-129mm) than all the others.
So let’s further clarify: the Garbones and it’s slightly softer brother, the Belafonte, were made for people who want to ski the mountain like they’re mad at it. These skis were built to rage, not to forgive, and they demand your best.
Then there’s the Bibby Pro, which is pretty clear evidence that, at some point, MOMENT made a deal with the devil, and he’s going to return one day to collect their souls. It’s the only explanation I can come up with as to how the Bibby Pro could be so good at everything, with so little compromise.
Enter the Jaguar Shark.
MOMENT calls the Jaguar Shark a softer, fatter Belafonte, and this description makes sense, since it is softer and fatter, has the same tail design, same nose shape, and the same tip rocker profile.
Another way you could put it, however, is that the Jag Shark is a Bibby Pro for people who hate tail rocker. The dimensions of the 192cm Jag Shark are 143-116-129mm. The 190cm Bibby Pro is 143-118-134mm, not so different. And yet, the Jaguar Shark has less tip rocker than the Bibby Pro, so it’s not as if MOMENT just took the Bibby and flattened out its tail; the rocker profile of the Jaguar Shark is pretty subtle. And actually, all of this prompted me to worry that the Jag Shark would mostly be a less fun, less lively Bibby Pro….
Having said all that, and given the Jaguar Shark’s relationships to both the Belafonte and the Bibby Pro, I’ll give you my take on the Jaguar Shark, but also try to provide a sense of the differences across these three skis in particular.
My first day on the Jag Sharks at Las Leñas, we were skiing some pretty hard chop on the lower mountain, mostly around Cenidor. The snow was bumped up and hard, the sort of stuff that you can bomb down, but your teeth are going to be rattling as you work hard to keep it together.
In these conditions, the Jaguar Shark performed well and predictably. I wasn’t getting bucked around, but the whole time I found myself thinking, “The Belafontes would be perfect today.” It wasn’t that I was noticing the additional 10mm of width underfoot, I was just missing the stiffer shovels of the Belafonte to further smooth out the ride. (Keep in mind, though, that the Belafonte isn’t really a pow ski, it’s a slightly mellowed-out comp ski.)
The Jaguar Sharks worked much better in these frozen, bumped conditions, however, than the Armada AK JJs had the day before, since the Jaguar Shark doesn’t get as soft as suddenly through the shovel. (That was my biggest gripe about the Armada AK JJ: solid, fairly stiff underfoot, but then it felt like there was an overly abrupt transition to a long, soft shovel and tail. It’s fantastic in untracked pow, less fantastic in variable and hard chop.)
To make one more comparison (I’m more nervous about this one since I didn’t get to ski the Bibby Pro and the Jag Shark back to back—I’ll do that as soon as the snow starts flying in North America): the shovels of the Jaguar Shark felt softer to me than the Bibby Pro; so which is better in terms of nuking around in frozen chop? The Jag Shark, with its softer shovels but conventional, slightly twinned tail? Or the Bibby Pro, with its stiffer shovels and tail rocker—which doesn’t normally help the charger’s cause?
On Cenidor, I would have opted for the Bibby Pro, but I can’t say with confidence that it would have clearly outperformed the Jaguar Shark. However, if I was skiing steep ice, I’d give the nod to the Jaguar Shark just because of its lack of tail rocker, even though its shovels are softer than the Bibby’s….(You still with me? Do I digress? I can’t even tell. Let’s just move on….)