MOMENT Night Train vs. MOMENT Jaguar Shark
This comparison is much easier, because the two skis are even less similar than the Night Train and Bibby Pro.
Let’s go to the stats again:
186cm Night Train: 140-123-135mm, 27.5 meter radius, 1540mm running length.
192cm Jaguar Shark: 143-116-129mm, 32 meter radius, 1730mm running length.
Ok, well I guess it still doesn’t exactly look like we’ve got apples and oranges here, but we do.
The Night Train is a much more center-mounted ski with significant tip and tail rocker, nearly flat underfoot, happy to ski forward, backward, and upside down.
The Jaguar Shark has a much more traditional mount point, more subtle tip rocker, zero tail rocker, significant camber underfoot, a longer running length, and wants to go forward.
The Night Train is newschool (okay, maybe not new newschool, like MOMENT’s dead-center mounted, totally symmetrical Ghost Chant); the Jaguar Shark is what you get when you start with a big, traditional ski and give it a subtle little newschool twist: it will remind you of a conventional ski – directional, predictable, stable – but smoother, better.
As for soft snow performance, both the NT and Jag Shark are great. The Night Train is super pivoty and incredibly easy to throw completely sideways, given it’s symmetrical tip and tail rocker. As I say in my Jaguar Shark review, its nonrockered tails are surprisingly, stupidly, easy to break loose, but it’s not a pivot machine like the Night Train. Again, it just comes down to what you’re looking for, and how you like to play on the mountain.
In terms of which ski is going to float better, I honestly can’t even say. Tail rocker is so much fun when things get deep, but the more centered mount on the NT does make you a little more susceptible to tip dive….
But frankly, deep snow performance isn’t going to be the key to your decision here. If you’re skiing with your nose pointed down the mountain most of the time and aren’t throwing spins, I’m not sure why you’d pick the Night Train over the Jaguar Shark or Bibby Pro (and remember, the Bibby still goes switch great.)
And again, you can ski the NTs in crud and chop, it’s just that you can ski crud and chop better on the Jag Shark or Bibby. They’re just better designed for it, as the NTs are better designed to spin.
For now, that’s it. I hope this is a helpful place to start.
Sam Shaheen has now spent some time on these, so check out his review of the Night Train.