Ski: 2013-2014 Moment Exit World, 190cm
Dimensions (mm): 142-117-132
Sidecut Radius: 26 meters
Actual Tip to Tail Length (straight tape pull): 188.2 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2209 & 2232 grams
Boots / Binding: Salomon Quest Max BC120 with Intuition Powerwrap Plug / Marker Jester (DIN at 13)
Days Skied: 3
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Here’s what Moment has to say about the new Exit World:
“After years of hiking on big-mountain skis, we have finally designed a model specifically for alpine touring. With freeride dimensions, Mustache Rocker versatility, and a light paulownia/ash core, this is the AT ski everyone we know is looking for. Sending it in February blower or munching on sweet corn in April, with a loop-friendly tip and notched tail for skins, the Exit World is pure new-school backcountry. Punch your own uphill/downhill ticket.”
I spend the vast majority of my season ski touring or skiing in the backcountry, so I’m always excited to check out skis that are fat enough for riding fast in big terrain, but light enough not to be cumbersome on the way up.
The Exit World is Moment’s first ski in that category, and I had a chance to ski it in a variety of conditions on our trip to New Zealand. I need to spend more time on it, especially with a touring binding, but, so far it’s lived up to Moment’s claims.
The Design: 190 Exit World vs. (11/12) 190 Bibby Pro
Moment has said that the Exit World was made in the same mold as the Bibby Pro, and while the shape of the two skis is very similar, they are not identical.
Compared to the 11/12 190cm Bibby Pro, the Exit World is a tiny bit longer (~2.5mm), and has a slightly more tapered tip.
And while the rocker lines are quite similar, the Exit World has 1 centimeter more splay in the tip than the 11/12 Bibby Pro (74mm vs. 64mm), and 1 centimeter less splay in the tail (57mm vs. 67mm).
Core Profile & Weight
All of Moment’s big-mountain and powder skis incorporate Carbon Fiber Stringers, and the Exit World does, too.
But to make the Exit World more touring friendly, Moment used a lighter paulownia and ash in the core instead of the pine and aspen of the Bibby Pro. And while this does lighten up the ski, we didn’t find an enormous difference. Our measured weights:
• 11/12 190cm Bibby Pro: 2269 & 2300 grams
• 13/14 190cm Exit World: 2209 & 2232 grams
In their product video for the Exit World, Moment claims a weight savings of a pound per pair (454 grams), but our pair came in about 130 grams lighter.
There is a nice notch in the tail that looks like a mini swallowtail, designed to help keep tail loops of skins in place, and it looks like it’ll work great.
Some Hand Flexing
The Exit World might be a touch softer than the Bibby Pro, but it’s awfully close; there are no big departures in the flex pattern, and there are no noticeable hinge points. Like the old Bibby, the tips are a bit softer than the tails, but not by a huge margin.
So let’s now get on to how the Exit World handled various conditions and terrain:
Our trip to New Zealand didn’t correspond with a ton of fresh snow, but we did have an amazing day of heli skiing with Mt Hutt Helicopters one day after a storm brought 15cm’s of fresh snow to the Taylor Mountain Range, just outside of Methven.
I threw the Exit World’s in the heli-basket for the day because I wanted to get a sense of how this ski would do in the kind of conditions I would want to use it in for winter touring in Alaska.
Our first run was pretty typical backcountry powder skiing, with a few windblown turns up top that led to a few thousand feet of creamy, boot-top, windblown powder. This was what we’d encounter for most of the day, with lots of lightly wind-affected maritime-type powder sprinkled with pockets of wind slab.
For me, the two most important characteristics of a ski in powder are:
#1) A long enough sidecut radius and effective edge to allow for stable, fast, angulated carving.
#2) The ability to break free of that carve at any moment and drift out a turn or brush speed without the ski feeling hooky or inconsistent.
So how did the Exit World fare?
#1) On big, open faces, high edge angles and high speeds were relatively easy to maintain on the Exit World. When pushed hard, the ski will hold well in dense, soft snow, and carved turn shapes felt consistent with the 26-meter sidecut radius.
The Exit World skis best from a neutral position, but it can still be pushed in soft snow. The medium stiff flex, large shovel, and smooth tip splay provide a dependable platform to lean into, especially in denser pow. I haven’t had it in any truly blower conditions yet to see if the tip will be more prone to diving in lower snow density, but I’d be surprised if that was an issue.
Somewhat-similar pow skis that I’ve used a lot recently are the 12/13 192cm Salomon Rocker2 122, and the 12/13 190cm Rossignol Squad 7. The Rocker 2 is a floatier ski, but feels shorter, and less confidence inspiring at higher speeds.
The Squad 7 feels longer and slightly more stable, but is slower and more cumbersome across the fall line. I also felt like the Exit World floated better in powder than the Squad 7. I had significant tip dive with the Squad in Alaskan snow that was similar to what I skied on the Exit World in New Zealand.
#2) The Exit World breaks free into drifted turns intuitively with a roll of the ankles, like other rockered skis. It does not slarve long, fast turns with the level of nuance and speed control of a reverse/reverse skis like the DPS Lotus 138, and it’s not even as good as the Rocker 2 122 (which has an extremely early tip taper, more width underfoot, and more earlier tip and tail rocker) but it is fun and predictable, and can make any turn shape in soft snow.
I also feel like it’s easier to break free and alter turn radius than more pin-tailed skis like the Lotus 120 and the original Black Diamond Megawatt.