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
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.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Commander 98:
In Front of Toe Piece: 9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-8.5
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.
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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