Ski: 2019-2020 Moment Commander 98, 178 cm
Available Lengths: 168, 178, 188 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 177.1 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1928 & 1933 grams
Stated Dimensions: 128-98-113 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 127.7-98.0-114.6 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (178 cm): 19.5 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 62 mm / 26 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 5 mm
Core: aspen/ash + titanal (2-layers) + carbon stringers + fiberglass laminate
Base: sintered 4001 Durasurf
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -7.85 cm from center; 80.7 cm from tail
Last year we reviewed the first iteration of the Moment Commander 98. The Commander series makes up Moment’s “Freeride” skis, with more directional designs than many of their other skis. The Commander 98, 108, and 118 also have two layers of titanal included in their construction.
We found the first Commander 98 to be a lively, strong, and fairly playful ski — especially for a directional, metal-laminate ski. I really liked the first Commander 98, but there was also room for improvement, on our minds.
Moment decided to tweak the Commander 98 & Commander 108 for the 19/20 season, and we’ve been spending time on the 19/20 versions of both skis (as well as the big Commander 118). Blister Members can check out our Flash Review of the Commander 98 for our initial on-snow impressions, and then here we’re going over the design of the new Commander 98, how it compares to the old version, and how it slots into the current market.
What Moment says about the Commander 98
“The Commander 98 is here to fill your void. Not that void. We mean the void that can only be filled with velocity—the kind that first drains your adrenal gland, then sends you back out on the street to sell your body for more. And with a full aspen/ash core sandwiched between two sheets of top-grade Austrian Titanal, there’s no question this ski can handle as much speed as you can. Get caught in the trees, and you’ll understand why we gave the Commander a versatile, dual-radius sidecut—it lets this would-be straightline machine slash and twist out of almost any situation. But be warned: when it comes to getting your passholder privileges back, that’s on you.”
Moment’s description of the Commander 98 hasn’t changed too much since last year — the Commander 98 is still supposed to be quite stable at speed, yet also nimble in tighter terrain. The old Commander 98 was definitely a quick ski, but its lack of weight meant that it was not all that damp (particularly compared to other metal-laminate skis in this category). But some of the changes made to the 19/20 Commander 98 make it look like it could better fit Moment’s description.
Shape / Rocker Profile
The changes here are quite subtle. The shape of the Commander 98 is nearly identical to the previous version — the ski still has a lot of tip and tail taper compared to other directional skis.
The rocker profile of the Commander 98 saw more substantial changes. The tip rocker line is similarly deep, and still quite deep for a directional ski in this width. The new Commander 98’s tail rocker line is a bit shallower, and the 19/20 Commander 98 now has more tip splay and less tail splay. I’m on board with all of those changes.
The first Commander 98 had a pretty low tip and a fairly high tail. The tail rocker & tail splay made the ski quite easy to pivot, but the lower tail on the new version should help it finish turns slightly more powerfully. And then the new Commander 98’s higher tip should help it plane in soft snow slightly better, which would be a plus since the old Commander 98 did not do great in deeper conditions.
Moment’s CEO, Luke Jacobson, also said on our GEAR:30 podcast that they added a bit more camber to the 19/20 Commander 98 & 108, and our pair of the 19/20 Commander 98 has slightly more camber (5 mm vs. 4 mm).
For reference, here are our measured specs for the tip splay / camber underfoot / tail splay for the old and new Commander 98:
- 18/19 Commander 98, 178 cm: 48 mm / 4 mm / 35 mm
- 19/20 Commander 98, 178 cm: 62 mm / 5 mm / 26 mm
All in all, the Commander 98 is still one of the more rockered and more tapered skis in the ~98mm-wide, directional category.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Commander 98:
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-9
Not a whole lot of change here. The new Commander 98’s shovel and some of its tail feel slightly stiffer than the first version of the ski, but the difference feels very subtle during our hand flex.
The new Commander 98 is still a very strong ski, but is also still has a very round, almost symmetrical flex pattern. The tips and tails feel just about identical in terms of stiffness, and there’s a smooth ramp up to the middle of the ski where it gets a bit stiffer. But there’s no part of the Commander 98 that’s particularly soft.
I really liked the flex pattern of the first Commander 98, so I’m excited to see that they didn’t move very far from that flex pattern with the new version of the ski.
Our pair of the new Commander 98 still has a recommended mount point of around -8 cm from true center, though Moment told us we should definitely try it mounted around -6 cm. They said most people have been liking it at -6, so we’ll be skiing it at a variety of mount points.
Both of those lines are fairly far forward for a directional, metal-laminate ski, and particularly the -6 cm line. We found that we could ski the old Commander 98 forward or centered, and we expect the same of the new version.
This is one of the most notable changes for the 19/20 Commander 98. The new ski is heavier — about 160 grams heavier per ski on our pairs of the 178 cm versions. The old Commander 98 was very, very light for its size and construction (i.e., two layers of metal). The new Commander 98 is still far from some heavy tank of a ski, but its weight doesn’t stand out nearly as much as the old ski’s did. There are plenty of heavier skis in its class, but with its heavier weight, the Commander 98 is now heavier than some of its competition.
For reference, here are a number of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to try to keep things apples-to-apples.
1629 & 1684 Elan Ripstick 96, 180 cm (17/18–19/20)
1734 & 1750 Renoun Endurance 98, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
1758 & 1774 Moment Commander 98, 178 cm (18/19)
1807 & 1840 Atomic Bent Chetler 100, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
1863 & 1894 Blizzard Rustler 9, 180 cm (18/19–19/20)
1894 & 1980 Black Crows Daemon, 183.6 cm (17/18–19/20)
1896 & 1919 Dynastar Legend X96, 186 cm (18/19–19/20)
1921 & 1968 Head Kore 99, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
1925 & 1937 Liberty Helix 98, 186 cm (18/19–19/20)
1928 & 1933 Moment Commander 98, 178 cm (19/20)
1931 & 1932 DPS Foundation Cassiar 94, 185 cm (18/19–19/20)
1937 & 1945 Fischer Ranger 94 FR, 184 cm (19/20)
1966 & 1973 Liberty Origin 96, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
1985 & 2006 Parlor Cardinal 100, 185 cm (16/17–19/20)
1994 & 2011 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti, 181 cm (19/20)
1998 & 2044 4FRNT MSP 99, 181 cm (17/18–19/20)
2007 & 2029 Armada Invictus 99 Ti, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
2049 & 2065 Volkl Mantra M5, 177 cm (18/19–19/20)
2050 & 2080 ON3P Wrenegade 96, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2053 & 2057 Atomic Vantage 97 Ti, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2062 & 2063 Rossignol Experience 94 Ti, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
2085 & 2096 Dynastar Menace 98, 181 cm (19/20)
2101 & 2104 Fischer Ranger 102 FR, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2114 & 2133 Nordica Enforcer 93, 185 cm (16/17–19/20)
2115 & 2149 J Skis Masterblaster, 181 cm (16/17–18/19)
2124 & 2137 Blizzard Bonafide, 180 cm (17/18–19/20)
2131 & 2189 Nordica Enforcer 100, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
2218 & 2244 Volkl Mantra 102, 184 cm (19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20)
2311 & 2342 K2 Mindbender 99Ti, 184 cm (19/20)
2324 & 2359 Kastle MX99, 184 cm (18/19-19/20)
Bottom Line (For Now)
The new Moment Commander 98 is still a pretty tapered, rockered, and strong 98mm-wide ski, but its heavier weight and tweaked rocker profile look like they could make the new ski more versatile than the previous iteration. Blister Members can check out Flash Review for our initial on-snow impressions, and then stay tuned for our full review later this season.
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