Ski: 2018-2019 Moment Wildcat Tour, 184 cm
Available Lengths (cm): 184, 190 cm
Blister’s Measured Length (straight tape pull): 180.5 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 1800 g (184 cm)
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1903 & 1929 grams
Stated Dimensions (mm): 141-116-131
Blister’s Measured Dimensions (mm): 142-116-134
Stated Sidecut Radius: 25 meters
Core: Paulownia / Pine with triaxial fiberglass and carbon fiber stringers
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 71mm / 62 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~1 mm
Recommended Mount Point: -6 cm from center; 84.2 cm from tail
Bindings: Marker Kingpin
Test Location: Porters Ski Area backcountry, NZ; Baldy Yurt, WY
Days Skied: 6
[Note: Our review was conducted on the 16/17 Bibby Tour, which was not changed for 17/18, apart from graphics. For 18/19, the Bibby Tour was renamed the “Wildcat Tour” and again received updated graphics, but the construction remains the same as the original Bibby Tour.]
It’s certainly no secret that we’re big fans of the Moment Bibby / Blister Pro as an inbounds ski, and a few Blister reviewers also use the 184 cm Blister Pro as a touring ski. Still, we were very intrigued when Moment announced the Tour version of the Bibby — how much lighter would it be? And how much of the ride quality of the regular Bibby would it maintain?
We skied the Bibby Tour in New Zealand this summer, and you can hear some of our initial impressions on the podcast we recorded there.
Recently, I’ve been skinning in the Tetons on the Bibby Tour, and I’ve been very impressed so far.
Jonathan Ellsworth described the flex pattern like this:
In other words, the Bibby Tour has a pretty strong flex pattern; it’s shovel is stiffer than the 189 cm BMX 105 HP, which is 2300+ gram big-mountain ski. Having said that, the Bibby Tour’s flex feels nice and strong, but we wouldn’t call it burly.
Shape / Rocker Profile
The Bibby Tour has the same shape as the Bibby / Blister Pro, though our pair of Bibby Tours does have a bit less traditional camber underfoot than the standard Bibby, and Moment has said that this is true of most of the Bibby Tours they have pressed. (And honestly, for a ski this wide that’s intended to float well in deep snow, we’d rather it have less camber as opposed to more camber.)
Beyond the camber profile, we really like the shape of the Bibby for use in a wide variety of snow conditions. It’s not heavily tapered, but the tip and tail taper that it does have helps produce the Bibby’s good blend of stability and quickness.
Unlike the regular Bibby, the Bibby Tour does include a cutout in the tail for skin clips, and while I’m used to touring on twin tipped skis and don’t usually have trouble with my tail clips slipping, I do appreciate the added security of that cutout.
Firm / Variable Snow
We first skied the Bibby Tour in New Zealand, and got it out in some pretty tricky snow. While I did find some nice, soft turns, a couple of us also skied a fair bit of refrozen crust and firmer chopped-up snow. And in those less-than-perfect conditions, Jonathan Ellsworth and I were both impressed by the Bibby Tour. Those first few runs in New Zealand after a number of weeks spent mostly off skis are always exciting, but the Bibby Tour felt intuitive and consistent in these snow conditions. It didn’t totally smooth out the harsh conditions, but the ski remained predictable and more composed than many touring skis would have, and I never felt surprised or scared on the Bibby Tour. That’s particularly impressive when you consider that the purpose of most 116mm-underfoot touring skis is to shine in the complete opposite of firm snow.
If there’s one place where a 116mm-wide touring ski had better shine, it is in the fresh stuff. And luckily, I was able to get the Bibby Tour into three days of pretty perfect powder on a yurt trip last weekend. Once again, I came away very impressed.
A Little Background & Context
I have a history of mounting tech bindings on inbounds skis because if I’m skiing good snow, I’m happy to haul a little more weight uphill if it means I get to jib and play harder on the way down. Last year, I had some of my most fun backcountry days on the Revision Subtraction and K2 Shreditor 112 mounted with G3 ION’s. I have a preference for softer, twin-tipped, more center-mounted, jibby skis in pow.
The Bibby Tour, therefore, strikes a pretty ideal balance for me: it’s light enough that I didn’t notice the weight when mounted with Marker Kingpins — even while skinning five miles to the yurt with a sled full of way-too-much-beer the five miles into the yurt (editor’s note: we are currently mad at Cy because we have not seen any pics of this beer sled on the skin track). And yet, the Bibby Tour doesn’t feel light and unstable to me while skiing. I found myself skiing backcountry lines at inbounds speeds, not even thinking to speedcheck for rocks and drops. In fact, I haven’t gotten close to finding the speed limit on the Bibby Tour in soft snow yet.
That’s also interesting given that the 184 cm Bibby Tour has a measured length of 180.5 cm; that certainly seems short. But I never felt like I needed more length, or that the ski felt short or squirrely while skiing. It’s easy to get hauling on the Bibby Tour, but I found that the rocker profile and shape combine in such a way that it doesn’t take much effort to throw the skis into big slashes and shut down speed when you need to. Taller, heavier skiers (especially in places with more wide open terrain) may want to consider the 190 cm version, but I’m quite happy so far on the 184.
High Speeds / Slower Speeds
Most of the skis that I’ve been on that have higher top ends like the Bibby Tour’s have required a lot of input at both high speeds and lower speeds. But the Bibby Tour felt intuitive and relatively easy at lower speeds, too. It didn’t kick my butt when I got a little off my game, but was actually very forgiving.
In tighter conditions, the Bibby Tour is quite maneuverable. I found it easy to pivot with a centered stance, and it’s light enough that slashing through tight trees isn’t a chore.
However, it has been in more open terrain with rocks, pillows, and drops where the Bibby Tour has really stood out. Its stability on landings felt on par or better than a lot of inbounds skis I’ve been on; the ski is just ready to stomp, stomp, stomp, and that’s a rare and invigorating feeling to get from a touring ski. I can’t think of another ski I’d rather take out to ski pillows and cliffs in the backcountry, and I think skiers looking for a light ski to hit backcountry booters with would enjoy the Bibby Tour with the mount point forward up a centimeter or two.
Bibby Tour vs. Bibby
This is, of course, the million dollar question, and I’ll be getting on my custom Blister Pros ASAP to answer it.
My hunch is that the Bibby Tour will have a slightly lower top end, be a little less stable in bad snow, will just generally be a little less charg-y. But I’ll be back with a full report once I ski them back to back.
Who’s It For?
The obvious answer to this question is, “Anyone who loves the Bibby Pro but wants to tour on it.” And again, I’m going to hold off on comparisons to the regular Bibby till I can A/B the skis back-to-back, but what I can say now is that anyone who likes playful but stable skis in the backcountry should be looking very closely at the Bibby Tour.
If you walk uphill because you’re tired of tracked-out landings inbounds, because you want to jib, play, and even charge in the backcountry, I’m hard pressed to think of another touring ski of this weight and width that I’d rather be on.
I love touring skis on the way up, but at the top, I often find myself ripping skins and wishing I’d sucked it up and skinned up on my inbounds skis. The Bibby Tour is the first ski where I haven’t experienced that feeling; instead, I find myself eyeing every drop, or trying to figure out what I can try to gap.
This is a bit premature to say for sure, but I also have a feeling that the Bibby Tour could be a great choice as an inbounds ski for people who like the idea of the regular Bibby, but don’t need that much ski. From my limited time in variable snow, I’ve been impressed so far with the Bibby Tour’s chops, and my hunch is that a number of lighter and / or more finesse-oriented skiers could be happy skiing it on softer inbounds days, and will find its shorter length and lighter weight easier to move around than the regular Bibby. And again, I’ll have more to say on this point once I get to ski the two Bibbys back to back.
Bottom Line (For Now)
AT equipment like the Marker Kingpin binding and the Salomon MTN Lab boot has pushed the limits of what’s possible with lightweight gear in the backcountry, and the Moment Bibby Tour complements this movement perfectly. Especially for those coming from not-super-stiff skis, this is a very stable and predictable ski at a respectably light weight. If you’re looking for something that’s happy to haul ass and jump off of anything you can find in the backcountry, the Bibby Tour absolutely deserves your attention, and we’ll have a full comparison to its inbounds counterpart soon.
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