While it helps to characterize the Tahoe by mentioning skis like the Bonafide and Mantra, I’m not sure that those skis—given their metal-laminate core constructions—are the most comparable to the Tahoe on the whole. I could be wrong, but I expect the Tahoe will be more similar to the new 2015-2016 Atomic Vantage 95 C. Unfortunately I haven’t skied the 95 C yet, but I’m really curious to do so and see how it compares.
The Vantage 95 C is supposed to be a little lighter than the Tahoe, and I’m not totally sure how the 95 C’s flex will feel on snow in comparison, but I am willing to bet that it will be softer than the Tahoe’s, and the 95 C has a tighter 18.9, sidecut radius in a 186cm length.
For it’s width, the Tahoe hasn’t struck me as particularly damp, and while it’s not bad in bumps, it really just prefers hauling ass on groomers, making big, high-angle carves. That might be the reason Moment made the Tahoe’s flex this stiff—so it can stand up to the face-melting turns its sidecut, flex pattern, and camber profile encourage. If that’s all you want to do when you ski groomers, then seriously, look no further than the Tahoe.
But for what it’s worth, I have to think that if the Tahoe was a little softer it would be a more versatile ski and still be good at making those big carves. The idea of a softer Tahoe, or a similar, softer ski with a tighter sidecut radius is why I’m so interested in seeing what the Vantage 95 C brings to the table.
Someone who weighs a lot more than I do (say around 190, 210, or 225+ lbs) would find the Tahoe more accessible than I have, but I expect the Vantage 95 C may feel more multidimensional and well rounded when it comes to cruising around the mountain, and I wouldn’t mind that. It would be nice to not have to be going super fast in order to make full, round carves on the Vantage 95 C (which is the case on the Tahoe), though I imagine it will still hold up to high-angle carves quite well. I also wouldn’t mind if, at the same time, the ski felt more energetic than the Tahoe when skidding around at slow speeds.
We still need to get the Tahoe in fresh powder and soft chop. I have somewhat of a sense of how well the ski will plane up through deeper, soft snow, but not enough to make any firm conclusions about how it compares to other skis in its class.
Bottom Line (For Now)
While there are more versatile all-mountain skis of a similar width on the market, the Moment Tahoe is extremely well suited for making wide, very aggressive carves—more so than any other ski in it’s class that I’ve reviewed. It also has a strong, traditional feel in bumps that advanced and expert skiers will appreciate most.
You can now read our 2nd Look review of the Moment Tahoe.
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