2018-2019 Moment Commander 98

Ski: 2018-2019 Moment Commander 98, 178 cm

Available Lengths: 168, 178, 188 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 177.2 cm

Stated Weight per Ski: 1785 grams

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1758 & 1774 grams

Stated Dimensions: 128-98-113 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 127.5-98.2-114.3

Stated Sidecut Radius: 19.5 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 48 mm / 35 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~4 mm

Core: Aspen/Ash + Titanal (2-layers) + Carbon Stringers + Fiberglass Laminate

Base: 4001 Durasurf

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -8.1 cm from center; 80.5 cm from tail

Luke Koppa reviews the Moment Commander 98 for Blister
Moment Commander 98
Review Navigation:  Specs //  First Look //  Bottom Line //  Rocker Pics

Intro

First things first: for the many people who have been asking, we will soon be putting up Flash Reviews for the new Moment Commander 98 and Commander 108. Those should go live within the next week.

But before we do that, we wanted to post our measured specs, rocker pics, and initial impressions for the Commander 98, to give you an idea of why it stands out so much.

What Moment says about the Commander 98:

“Scrapping the Tahoe 96 left us with a hole in the lineup, and the Commander 98 is here to fill that void. Multi-radius sidecut, a full aspen / ash core and a directional shape laugh at speed limit signs while maintaining the ability to slash and slip through tight situations. Whether you’re straightlining chutes or arcing Super G turns while outrunning ski patrol, the Commander is here to take charge. Oh, and did we mention we added two sheets of Titanal to help you solidify your spot as the best skier on the mountain? Well, we did.”

Moment is definitely hyping up the Commander 98’s ability to charge. However, just like their description of the Commander 108, Moment is not only emphasizing the Commander 98’s high-speed stability, but also its ability to slide and maneuver through tight terrain. And that actually doesn’t seem all that wild when you take a look at the Commander 98’s design…

Shape / Rocker Profile

The Commander 98 shares a very similar shape and rocker profile with the Commander 108, so I’m not going to go quite as full-on gear nerd here as I did in our First Look of the Commander 108.

The long story short is that both of the Commanders have a pretty significant amount of tip and tail taper, pretty deep tail rocker lines, and pretty low tip splay.

The Commander 98 has significantly more tip and tail taper than most skis in its class apart from a few skis like the Dynastar Legend X96 and the DPS Alchemist Wailer 99.

In terms of rocker, the Commander 98 has deeper tip and tail rocker lines than most skis that are around 98 mm underfoot, though the ON3P Wrenegade 96 has similarly deep rocker lines and way more tip splay.

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Commander 98:

Tips: 8.5
Shovels: 8.5-9
In Front of Toe Piece: 9.5
Underfoot: 9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-8.5
Tails: 8.5

This is a very strong flex pattern that is quite stiff through most of the ski, but smoothly transitions to slightly softer sections in the last ~20 cm of the tips and tails. Jonathan Ellsworth noted that the Commander 108’s flex pattern was nice and round, and the same can be said of the 98 — its tips aren’t wildly softer or stiffer than its tails.

Compared to the Commander 108, the Commander 98 is ever so slightly stiffer at the extremities, but the difference is pretty minimal.

The Commander 98 has stiffer tips and shovels than the Blizzard Bonafide, and a similarly strong tail. Compared to the (quite stiff) Dynastar Legend X96 and Atomic Vantage 97 Ti, the Commander 98 is a touch softer, particularly in the tail.

Weight

This is probably the most surprising thing about the Commander 98 and 108 — they are very light for skis that have two layers of titanal. Of the skis on our list below, the next lightest ski that also has two full layers of titanal is the 4FRNT MSP 99, which is nearly 200 grams heavier per ski.

And just to illustrate the changes in industry trends over the years, we also included the weight of Moment’s old 104mm-underfoot touring ski, the Tallac. The backcountry-specific 186 cm Tallac is a bit heavier than the inbounds-oriented 178 cm Commander 98. It’s pretty interesting to go back and read Jonathan’s review of the Tallac and hear him talk about how light it is at ~1800 grams, while today, there are several inbounds skis that are lighter than it.

For reference, below are a few of our measured weights (per ski, in grams) for a few notable skis. As always, note the length differences to keep things apples to apples.

1629 & 1684 Elan Ripstick 96, 181 cm (17/18, 18/19)
1734 & 1750 Renoun Endurance 98, 184 cm (18/19)
1758 & 1774 Moment Commander 98, 178 cm (18/19)
1797 & 1809 Moment Tallac, 186 cm (15/16)
1896 & 1919 Dynastar Legend X96, 186 cm (17/18, 18/19)
1921 & 1968 Head Kore 99, 189 cm (18/19)
1925 & 1937 Liberty Helix 98, 186 cm (18/19)
1931 & 1932 DPS Foundation Cassiar 94, 185 cm (18/19)
1956 & 1999 K2 Pinnacle 95 Ti, 184 cm (17/18, 18/19)
1966 & 1973 Liberty Origin 96, 187 cm (18/19)
1998 & 2044 4FRNT MSP 99, 181 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2007 & 2029 Armada Invictus 99 Ti, 187 cm (18/19)
2013 & 2013 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (18/19)
2049 & 2065 Volkl Mantra M5, 177 cm (18/19)
2050 & 2080 ON3P Wrenegade 96, 184 cm (18/19)
2053 & 2057 Atomic Vantage 97 Ti, 188 cm (18/19)
2114 & 2133 Nordica Enforcer 93, 185 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2115 & 2149 J Skis Masterblaster, 181 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2124 & 2137 Blizzard Bonafide, 180 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2131 & 2189 Nordica Enforcer 100, 185 cm (17/18, 18/19)

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious about

My short answer to the question, “What are you curious about?” would be, “Literally everything.”

Personally, I’m very excited about the Commander 98 and 108, and I really don’t know what to expect. But here are a few of the particular things we’ll have in mind during our testing.

(1) Is the Commander 98 more of a nimble all-mountain ski, or more of a big-turn, fall-line charger?

(2) How will the Commander 98’s significant taper and fairly deep rocker lines perform on very firm snow?

(3) Given its weight, how suitable is the Commander 98 as a 50/50 or touring ski?

(4) How does the ski feel and perform with the bindings a few cm forward of the recommended line?

(5) How demanding vs. forgiving is the Commander 98?

(6) Of the big, important class of ~98 mm wide skis, where does the Commander 98 fit in, and which skis feel most comparable?

Bottom Line (For Now)

Just like the Moment Commander 108, the Commander 98 is a pretty unusual ski that certainly stands out. We will post Flash Reviews of the Commander 98 and 108 as soon as possible, so stay tuned for updates.

Flash Review: Moment Commander 98

Blister members can now read our initial on-snow impressions in our Flash Review of the Commander 98.

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8 comments on “2018-2019 Moment Commander 98”

    • +1

      Really, really want a deep dive of commander vs. Wren 96, Masterblaster and some 50-50 options depending on the conclusions of the initial review.

  1. Hi all, I’ve been eyeing the commander 98, masterblaster and ranger 102fr to replace my quiver of 1; 2015 atomic theory skis in 177 with Griffon 13s. I’m 47, 240lbs advanced/intermediate skier and usually ski in the chamonix valley where the conditions are mixed. I am not a park skier. Enjoyed the versatility of the atomics and i am generally happy with them, but i feel i need a next level ski with medium width on a damper and stabler platform at speed, that offers more confidence in steeper and harder conditions, with some soft snow access for the next 3 to 4 years. Hence the slightly stiffer candidates with metal. Likes of monster 98, experience 100, fx95hp, vantage97, mantra m5 and bonafide would probably be to much to handle. Enforcer and supernatural 100 probably aren’t going to help much on harder conditions. Ruled out the dynastar and black crows lines. Maybe I’m completely off the track here. Any direction, recommendations are welcome.

    • Not sure how helpful this is, but the biggest difference I experience between masterblasters and kastles (I own both) is the tail. The masterblaster tail rocker makes them dramatically easier to slide around any tight spaces. They are also generally less beefy and therefore easier to pivot but this is more second order. You give up marginal edgehold on hard surfaces in exchange for above and if I were focused on high angle groomer carving I would likely prefer the kastles. In reality I care little about high angle carving and I am pretty bad at it. I do care a lot about off piste versatility (bumps, trees, chutes, weird snow) which they have in spades for a narrower ski.

      If I were to change one thing about masterblasters I would make them more directional and a bit more stable. My idea for how to that would be to keep the tail rocker but move away from a twin tip design and possibly bump up the stiffness. My impression is that ski doesn’t exist at the moment, but Commander 98s are on the short list of candidates. Let’s see what blister has to say though.

  2. Mark, thanks for the fx95hp comparison. I’m abit overwhelmed by this ski as it takes effort to bend and doesn’t really come alive unless pushed. There’s of course the non hp version, still I feel as I get older and less fit, i will need something slightly easier on the quads at the end of the day back down to the village. If the commander 98 is stiffer than the bonafide, then perhaps I should be down to ranger 102fr and masterblaster. Hope someone who has had experience with both these sticks, can catch this thread and comment.

    • Sorry, I was not clearer on this point – I have not been on the FX 95 HP. I own and still occasionally ski the FX104 which is a predecessor model of the current BMX105 HP and that is what my comments were based on. My suspicion is that the essential point is not going to have changed very much. I could be wrong.

    • also, further clarification, the masterblaster replaced a pair of Kastle MX 88s for me and the easier slide comment applies to those very strongly.

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