The sidecut profile and flex of the Deathwish are damn near as spot on as I could imagine for this ski’s target market (again, the aggressive all-mountain-but-playful skier). As Jonathan mentioned in his review, at my weight (160 lbs.) and skiing style, I would rarely want anything stiffer, or damper (i.e., less energetic) than this ski. I had no issues at any point with dense springtime glop, and I could motor through crud with ease. With the fairly centered mount, the ski is still nose and tail press-able for playing off smaller drops, drifts, or nicely shaped rollovers, though they aren’t quite as fun as the Line Sir Francis Bacon or Mr. Pollard’s Opus in this regard.
I do differ slightly in opinion with Jonathan in calling the Deathwish “quick.” After skiing on the Opus, SFB, and Wailer 99 this season, those are skis that I would call quick. The Deathwish is easy to navigate through tight spots, and is indeed quite nimble (thanks in large part to the pretty centered mount), it’s just not as quick as those other skis. I do feel though that the Deathwish offers a great balance of agility at lower speeds and stability at higher speeds.
Carving the ski anywhere on the hill yielded a very stable, smooth, and predictable ride, even with the slight skid mentioned earlier. Whether I was flying down one of Alta’s fresh groomers or the bumped up backside, I never felt nervous at speed. I love a ski that gives back the energy you put in, and even with the Deathwish’s Dirty Mustache rocker profile, it delivered a nice push of acceleration from turn to turn.
I didn’t get to poke the Deathwish into any super deep springtime storms, but I did get them out on a couple of occasions in some new snow and thought they performed very well. As MOMENT claims, they do provide that floaty, surfy feel that traditional tip and tail rocker typically provides when conditions are soft.
Sending the Deathwish into the air was also a pleasure, especially when a kicker had an in-run that could use some buffing out. Anyone skiing Alta late this spring would have noticed the nice sized booter just lookers’ left of the Collins lift. The jump was a beauty, and fun, but the approach left a bit to be desired: it was an S-turn full of ruts leading to the hit. While the Bacon kept me on my toes until I was in the air, the Deathwish delivered a much calmer approach and made it easier to focus on the jump ahead.
In the air, the Deathwish felt heavier than the Bacon (which feels super light), but felt pretty much exactly how you would expect a ski with a little more power to feel. I’d say it’s very comparable to the Sickle, being perhaps even a little easier to swing around. If I were adding to my list of things to change to make this ski the ultimate, it would be to take a little material out of the tips and tails to make these things absolutely twirl in the air.
In the end, the MOMENT Deathwish is actually far from an actual death wish—which is nice. I don’t feel like the ski is all it could be yet, but at the same time, it’s still a very good ski. Would I take it over some of my current favorites? Not yet, but give it a few improvements, and this could be my new favorite one-ski-quiver.