Ski: 2017-2018 MOMENT PB&J, 188cm
Available Lengths: 162, 172, 182, 188 cm
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 186.3cm
Stated Dimensions (mm): 129-101-121
Stated Weight Per Ski: 2,210 grams / 4.88 lbs.
Stated Sidecut Radius: 23 meters
Core Construction: Aspen/Pine + Carbon Fiber Stringers + Fiberglass Laminate
Boots / Bindings: Nordica Supercharger Enforcer / Marker Jester (DIN 10)
Mount Location: -2 from true center
Test Location: Taos Ski Valley
(Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 11/12 PB&J, which was not changed for the 12/13, 13/14, 14/15, 15/16, 16/17, or 17/18 seasons, except for the graphics.)
Moment calls the PB&J “a tasty homemade sandwich that will satisfy your one-ski-quiver appetite.” Jonathan Ellsworth got the PB&J in a wide variety of conditions, and in his review of the MOMENT PB&J, he concludes that it is “a serious contender for the best ‘one-ski-quiver’ on the planet.”
But Jonathan’s review doesn’t address the freestyle / park performance of the ski, so that is what I’m going to focus on here.
It turns out that the answer to the question, “Is the PB&J is a good one-ski-quiver for a freestyle-minded skier?” really depends on where you spend your time jibbing.
During my time at Taos I was able to sample a little bit of everything: bumps on Al’s Run and Reforma; steeps on Staffenburg and Juarez; and groomers like Lone Star and Shalako. The PB&J felt very intuitive on Taos’ varied terrain. This ski can easily make short, nimble turns, wide open super G turns, and everything in between. The PB&J doesn’t really snap from turn to turn; instead, transitioning from edge to edge feels smooth and controlled. And it is maneuverable at all speeds (so dodging the unpredictable moves of beginner skiers on White Feather and around the rest of the mountain was never a problem).
Skiing switch is nearly as intuitive as skiing forward, and it is easy to make turns of all shapes and sizes when skiing backward. This was certainly helped by the newschool mount position that is incorporated into the PB&J’s design. MOMENT recommends a -5 cm from true center mount position. I set the bindings two centimeters back from true center, and was very satisfied with the PB&J’s performance forward and switch.
Slarve turns felt smooth on the PB&J. Moment’s mustache rocker combined with the stiff flex of the PB&J allowed me to throw the ski sideways confidently in chopped up groomers and hard pack. Some freshly detuned edges certainly helped, too….
While that dulled down, park edge tune wasn’t an issue most of the time on the PB&J, it did become a concern when trying to slarve on steeper, skied-out runs like Staffenburg. After throwing the ski sideways I couldn’t get it to grip the snow and it would chatter uncontrollably until I made the next turn. When I wasn’t experiencing one of these death rattles, the PB&J certainly felt nimble enough to make quick turns and when I was able to effectively edge I felt stable and in control, even at Mach 1. On this kind of terrain the whole experience on the PB&J would have been quite positive if I had a decent edge tune.