Paul Forward’s Initial Review:
New for 16/17, the Meridian 107 has a full rocker profile and matching sidecut, which is something they’ve only previously done in the limited production Chipotle Banana, which was the inspiration for the Meridian 107.
With a more progressive mount (-5 cm) and a full twin tip design, the Meridian 107 is not a ski that would usually pique my curiosity. But after flexing the Meridian 107 and checking out the rocker and sidecut profile, I was intrigued.
Today, conditions ranged from 2-3 inches of fresh-but-recently-rained-on heavy snow, to full spring conditions including lots of corned-up bump skiing and some fairly deep, heavy chop.
After a morning of skiing on the 189 cm Kastle BMX 105, the 187 cm Meridian 107 immediately felt much lighter underfoot. While the Meridian 107 isn’t especially light (~2100+ g), its more centered mount and (possibly) its continuous rocker profile gave the immediate sensation of a low swing weight.
My first few turns did feel a bit awkward as I adjusted my stance to the forward mount. I wouldn’t say that I had to ski the Meridian 107 centered, but a slightly more upright body position seemed to be the most natural way to ski them, especially in the more cut up snow.
As I gained speed and especially in areas that were less bumped up, I was able to push into the tips to initiate turns and was rewarded with cleanly carved turns and great support at higher edge angles.
Most surprising to me was the fact that the Meridian 107 exhibited significantly less tip flap than the BMX 105 when smashing through slushy bumps, while also feeling much quicker and lighter than the BMX 105. Overall, the Meridian 107 is definitely more prone to deflection and feels less stable at higher speeds than the BMX 105 (which is 3 cm longer and weighs nearly 200 grams more than the Meridian 107).
But the Meridian 107 is still dramatically more powerful and stable feeling than the last poppy twin tip I’ve skied (K2 Marksman), and we’ll soon be weighing in on how the Armada ARV 106 stacks up against the Meridian 107 in this regard.
The thing that I’ve always liked about skis with continuous rocker profiles is that they feel very nimble when skied at low edge angles, but as they are tipped into increasingly high edge angles, the skier is rewarded with a commensurately longer effective edge and therefore more stability when you need it most. Based on my limited time on the Meridian 107, I think Moment has done a nice job executing this concept, and am excited to get them out into other conditions and areas.
While my initial inclination was to move the binding back so that it looked like a more traditional mount, I have so far resisted. It’s not my intent to try to make this ski into something that it’s not, and overall, I’ve been impressed with the current mount. That said, I do plan to play with the mount a little bit and will update when I do.
Bottom Line (For Now)
I’ve probably had the most fun on the Meridian 107 of any ski I’ve used in these conditions on the trip so far. This may be due to the variations in conditions and temperatures throughout the day, but I think there’s more to it. While I usually favor longer, heavier, damper skis, the Meridian 107 was a fun balance of offering enough stability to ski reasonably fast, while still feeling quite playful and slashy. I felt like the ski was constantly coaxing me into a more playful style of skiing, which is a cool sensation and something I look forward to exploring more.
Jonathan Ellsworth’s Review
Our time on the Meridian 107 has been a bit complicated, which in some ways isn’t a surprise since this is definitely a rather unusual ski.
We took the ski to New Zealand, where Paul Forward had positive initial impressions, but he was still figuring out and dialing in the ski. Then I got on the Meridian 107 at Bachelor and, despite the incredible conditions, completely hated the Meridian 107. I found it to be pretty much unskiable. Paul and I have never had radical disagreements about skis, so this was bizarre.
I left Mt Bachelor quite confused, but mostly thinking that I needed to detune the ski — especially the tails — and play some more with the mount point.
And then some of you wrote in with your own experiences on the Meridian 107, and nobody was reporting that they’d had an experience similar to mine. What’s going on here?
Last week, I was about to take the Meridian 107 up to the mountain with a gummy stone and diamond stone, and was prepared to detune the crap out of these skis.
But what I’d experienced at Mt Bachelor was so not-subtle that I wasn’t convinced that merely detuning the ski would bring it around. And frankly, I was scared to get on this reverse-camber ski in less-than-deep powder. So I put a true bar on the bases of the Meridian 107 to double check that they were flat. They weren’t. And the back half of the skis were “railed,” or were running “edge high” — the edges of the ski were higher than (i.e., were hitting the snow sooner than) the smooth, fast, p-tex material on the base of the ski.
Why hadn’t we caught this earlier? Moment had hustled to get us this ski in time to take to New Zealand (since it was the #1 ski that Blister readers had asked us to review in NZ), and we received the ski the night before we left. But even so, our practice is to review skis exactly as they come from the factory, since that is what most people do — buy skis, get them mounted, go ski them. It’s only if we then experience something odd or off that we will then start playing with the tune.
Anyway, I took the skis to Alpine Sports in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Alpine did a full base grind and tune, and the skis came out perfectly flat and with a 2-degree side bevel, 1-degree base bevel. It was good-looking work.
I was certain that the Meridian 107’s were going to ski better, but honestly, they were so problematic at Mt Bachelor, I didn’t know how much better they’d be. But Monday, I broke them out at Taos to find out…
And right away, just skiing from the top of Chair 1 to the bottom of Chair 2, the skis felt very different. Whew.
And then I headed straight to one of my favorite reference runs, Reforma. The Meridian 107 felt fantastic. Literally every single issue that I’d experienced with the skis at Bachelor was gone. I was still skiing them mounted just shy of 1.5 cm behind the line (since I’d had that weird feeling I discussed above when mounted on the line). The skis performed beautifully, handling the double-fall line of Reforma, and some big moguls with some pretty deep, wind-scoured trenches just fine. And what Paul Forward was describing was starting to line up pretty exactly with my experience.
Subsequent laps down other runs (and of course, more Reforma laps), felt better and better as I gained more confidence that these skis weren’t going to behave unpredictably. I started skiing Reforma and Pollux (a relatively steep, moguled-up tree run) as fast as I would have on any other ski.
In some deeper, punchy snow in St. Bernard (off of West Basin), the reverse-camber profile of the Meridian 107 became a real asset — the skis weren’t getting caught up or hung up in the grabby snow, but would easily pivot out of deep snow that was clustering up in the narrow choke of St. B. On a lap down Taos’s Oster — that was forming pretty big moguls and some wind-scoured trenches — the Meridian 107 still performed well. The ski doesn’t have a tail rocker profile or a flex pattern that wants you to get on your heels on wind-scoured patches, but stay centered or forward, and these skis work very well in moguled-up, relatively steep tight lines, since their rocker profile makes them so easy to pivot.
I didn’t detune the skis at all after I got them from Alpine Sports. So these had a fresh 2/1 tune on them. And while I definitely did not immediately trust that these skis would carve predictably, by the end of the day, I was skiing very fast and carving these hard. So much so that I can’t really comment yet about how these handle tighter turns at slower speeds. But at least on soft groomers, I can vouch for the Meridian 107’s ability to make very fast GS turns. The skis felt very good on edge.
As with any full-reverse-camber ski I had zero interest in running these skis bases flat on groomers or wind-scoured patches; keep these skis on edge, or they may well want to wander / swim on you. But get them on edge just a little — or a lot — and the skis felt quite locked in; not stuck (like they felt at Bachelor), but very confident and strong on edge, while still easy to break out of a carve and pivot through moguls, trees, etc.
I’m going to flesh this out in a Deep Dive article soon, after I get a bit more time on the Meridian 107. But for now, a few quick thoughts.
Keep in mind that I was skiing these about 1.3 – 1.4 cm behind the recommended line. But at that location, these skis reminded me a bit of the previous iteration of the Blizzard Cochise — before Blizzard gave the Cochise a bit of camber underfoot, or put carbon in the tips and tails. If you read my original review of the Cochise from back in 2012, we talked about how strong of ski it is, yet how willing it is to be thrown sideways, slash turns, and pivot. Welp, those things are all true of the Meridian 107.
There will be other comparisons to make here, of course, but for now — and given the pretty strong flex pattern of the Meridian 107 — you could do worse than to think of the Meridian 107 as a less-directional, more tip and tail rockered previous generation Cochise that has a twinned-up tail that you can butter and spin on. A strong ski (like the Cochise), but a more playful ski.
Of course, you can also reference skis like the ON3P Kartel 108, Faction Candide 3.0, and Whitedot Director when talking about the Meridian 107, and I’ll be saying more about all of those skis in the upcoming Deep Dive.
Mount Point Update — 1.08.17
Having now skied the Meridian 107 again at the recommended line (which is -5 cm from true center), I have to say that I personally prefer the Meridian 107 a bit further back; the skis felt really good to me when I was almost 1.5 cm behind the line (call it 6.3 cm behind center, if you wish). But the important note here is that I’m not spinning these things. And so using the Meridian 107 more as an all-mountain directional ski, I loved how hard I could push the ski when mounted in that -6 to -6.5 cm range. At -5 cm, I wanted just a bit more ski out in front of me. At -5 cm, I also still felt a little bit of that sensation that I first reported, that the flex pattern of the ski felt better when I was back just a bit. To be clear, I felt “fine” / okay at -5, but if I was going to ski the Meridian 107 all season, I would definitely drill my pair about 1.5 cm behind the line, and I would have a really good time.
Bottom Line #2
I can already say with certainty (since I proved it yesterday) that in soft and mixed conditions, I can very happily ski the Meridian 107 — and push it hard — down my favorite lines, and in a wide range of conditions.
Those looking for a fun, pivoty ski that can still hold up to very hard and fast skiing in variable conditions and in bumped-up terrain … i.e., a freestyle ski with balls … the Meridian 107 should be on your radar. Those coming from soft, very playful skis will probably find the Meridian 107 to be too stiff. But those who find themselves taking more directional skis and mounting them forward (because they like the burliness that’s often found in directional skis, and not often found in more playful skis), may get along very well with the Meridian 107.
Deep Dive Comparisons: Moment Meridian 107
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