Ski: 2015-2016 Moment Tallac, 186cm
Stated Dimensions (mm): 130-104-118
Blister’s Measured Dimensions (mm): 130-104.5-117.5
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length: 184.6cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1797 & 1809 grams
Stated Sidecut Radius: 22 meters
Tip / Tail Splay (ski decambered): ~61mm / ~19mm
Core: Paulownia / Ash
Factory Recommended Line: -10cm from center; 82.3cms from tail
Mount Location: Recommended Line
Boots / Bindings: Salomon MTN Lab / G3 ION
Test Locations: northern New Mexico backcountry
Days Skied: 5
Moment has certainly made their fair share of rather wild ski designs, but the Tallac isn’t one of them: it’s a pretty straightforward backcountry touring ski.
Moment says about the Tallac, “We turned into AT animals last season, going farther than ever to find decent snow and new challenges. We wanted to expand our tour collection with a lighter, skinnier ski that would complement the ramp angle of tech bindings and flimsy Pebax boots for the long haul.”
The Tallac is for longer tours, the ones where even those of us who tend to grumble about the ‘light is right’ trend in the ski industry have to confess: it’s really, really nice to not drag a heavy ski up a mountain for a long time.
For a ~186cm, ~105mm underfoot ski, the Tallac is light. It’s not rando-race, sprint-up-the-mountain-in-spandex light, but if you’re complaining about the weight of this ski on a 1-6 hour tour, you might want to consider getting in better shape.
The 186cm Tallac comes in right around 1,800 grams, which is ~200 grams per ski lighter than the 188cm Rossignol Soul 7, ~300 grams per ski lighter than the 186cm LINE Sick Day 110, and mounted with the G3 ION binding, the skis came in at 2433 & 2424 grams each.
Flex Pattern & Other Design Features
I’d break the flex pattern down this way:
This is not a super burly flex pattern, but it’s a solid flex pattern.
The other, most stand-out characteristics of the Tallac are (1) its heavily tapered tips, and (2) its significant amount of traditional camber underfoot—around 6mm (see the rocker profile pics on the last page of this review).
Moment based the design of the Tallac on their excellent Governor—the Tallac is basically a lighter, skinnier Governor—but the tips of the Tallac look even more heavily tapered by comparison. I’ll say more about that in a minute.
Off the top of my head, I’m not sure that any other ski that Moment makes has a recommended mount point that is set back as far as the Tallac’s (~10cm from center mount point). Moment says that they gave the Tallac such a traditional mount point to allow you to really drive the shovels, and also since long tours usually go hand-in-hand with carrying fairly big, heavy backpacks that aren’t all that conducive to a more centered / neutral skiing style.
I tend to like heavy skis (and have often toured on them in the past), but I don’t enjoy dragging them uphill. So the ~1,800 gram Tallac has been very refreshing.
You’ll have to decide whether you want your touring ski to be significantly lighter or heavier, but so far, I’ve been loving touring around northern New Mexico on the Tallac & G3 ION combo. There’s no way around it: once you’ve reached the top, a lighter touring setup leaves you with more energy to ski hard on the downhill.
My G3 Alpinist skins have attached securely to the tips & tails of the Tallac, as have my Black Diamond Ascension skin clips. And the Tallac’s non-rockered (just twinned up) tail has provided a good contact area (vs. skis with heavily rockered tails) on steeper, icier skin tracks and when sidehilling.
I’ve only skied the Tallac while touring and with a tech binding, so I can’t speak to the Tallac’s groomer performance, or mogul performance, etc.
What I can speak to is how the Tallac performs in a range of snow conditions, ranging from light pow, to breakable crust, to spring slush, to some frozen-solid, churned-up awfulness.
Like its wider relative the Governor, the Tallac is more of a fall line ski—especially in grabby, punchy snow. The Tallac’s flatter tails—as with any / every flatter tailed ski—can get stuck / hung up if you’re trying to make a lot of turns at slower speeds (especially in lower-angle terrain).
In slush or lighter pow, or on top of a consistent crust (“crust cruising,” as my Nordo-skiing friends call it), the camber profile and tail shape of the Tallac work well. And in these conditions, I don’t notice anything about the tails other than that they feel supportive and solid, and the skis feel like they have a nice big sweet spot.