Dimensions (mm): 149.9-116.9-128.0
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 185.1cm
Sidecut Radius: 24 meters
BLISTER’s Measured Weight Per Ski (g): 2,186 & 2,279
Boots / Bindings: Atomic Redster Pro 130 / Marker Jester (DIN at 10)
Mount Location: +1cm of Recommended Line
Days Skied: 7
First: the 12/13 186cm Moment Governor is a very different ski than the 11/12 196cm Proto-Bibby-Specials that we took down to Argentina with us in the fall of 2011.
(If you have no idea why I’m mentioning this, then #1, welcome to BLISTER, we hope you enjoy our little website. #2, you might want to go read our preview of the Moment Governor.)
I’m happy to report, too, that the suspicions I stated in my preview have mostly been confirmed: I like the flex pattern of this ski, I like the tails of this ski … I like this ski.
Flex Pattern (Governor, Bibby Pro, and DPS Wailer 112RPC)
These skis are stiff, but they aren’t ridiculously stiff. In fact, the Governor isn’t all that different than the Moment Bibby Pro, and actually, the tails of the Governor (our pair, at least) feel slightly softer than the Bibby’s (our pair, at least).
Moment describes the overall flex of the Governor as a “10,” the stiffest ski in their lineup, and calls the Bibby Pro an “8.” We always appreciate when companies situate their skis this way against the rest of their lineup, just note that there is not a huge difference between that “8” and that “10,” whether hand flexing the two skis or when comparing how they feel on snow.
The Bibby Pro’s tails are slightly stiffer than its tips, but it’s a pretty subtle difference. (And more and more, I think this is one of the things I love most about the Bibby.)
If anything, the Governor feels like its forebody (the area from in front of the toe piece of the binding up to about 30cm from the tip) is stiffer than its tails—basically the opposite of the Bibby Pro. But again, while this is a noticeable difference, it is a subtle difference, which I regard as a good thing.
To provide one more point of reference (against a ski I’ve been A/B-ing with the Governor), the DPS Wailer 112RPC has a much stiffer tip than either the Governor and the Bibby Pro, a slightly softer flex through the forebody than the Governor and the Bibby Pro, and is stiffer underfoot and through the tails than either the Governor or the Bibby Pro.
Interlude #1: Bibby Pro & Governor—Same Layup, Different Cores
While the Bibby Pro and Governor both have a Fiberglass Matrix / Carbon Fiber layup, they do have different cores, and I think this accounts for the larger difference in their on-snow feel than their respective flex patterns.
The Bibby Pro has an aspen-and-pine core that provides good stability and pop. The Governor, however, has an ash-and-aspen core that is a bit more damp, a bit less poppy. Once again, we’re talking about a noticeable difference here, but a fairly subtle difference.
More About That Flex Pattern
The flex of the Governor is solid and relatively round, with a smooth, non-abrupt transition. I think this makes skiing easier, and especially makes skiing at higher speeds in variable terrain easier.
Whether skiing at high speeds or low speeds, sweet spots are diminished and balancing acts increase by more pronounced changes in flex patterns, especially if those transitions are abrupt. So make a ski crazy stiff underfoot, I don’t care—so long as you don’t make the shovels and tails a whole lot less stiff.
Anyway, that’s my theory. But the point is, while the Governor is pretty burly, I actually didn’t mind skiing it in some pretty big bumps down Alta’s Lone Pine, other lines off the High Traverse, and Taos’ West Blitz.
In fact, I generally had an easier time skiing the Governor in bumps than the lighter, quicker (but longer) DPS Wailer 112RPC with its stiffer tails, softer shovels, and very stiff tips.
Also, in one telling moment—a very short, very steep straightline into some pow that was deep enough that I couldn’t gauge how gradually or abruptly the terrain transitioned to flat—the shovels of the Governor neither folded up on me nor lawn darted, but handled the transition perfectly.