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: Salomon Falcon Pro CS / Marker Jester / (DIN) 9
Mount Location: -4.25cm from true center, or 88.9cm from the tail
Test Location: Taos Ski Valley
Days Skied: 4
(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.)
Jonathan Ellsworth got in more days for his review of the MOMENT PB&J than I have, and in a wider variety of conditions. And given Andrew Gregovich’s thoughts on the PB&J (more from a park/freestyle perspective), a lot has been said about this ski already.
I’ve skied the PB&J only on hardpack, but I’ll try not to sound redundant in contributing my own thoughts as we build a more complete archive of opinions on the ski (though some points do bear repeating).
First off, I’ve been surprised with how solid, stable, and damp the PB&J is. The skis have a healthy amount of splay in their tip and tail rocker, yet, as Jonathan says, they’re also rather stiff. In the runout of many of Taos’ steeps, the shovels stayed quiet and the ride smooth. At a certain speed the PB&Js do get kicked around some—after all they’re only 101 underfoot and have a relatively short running length. But again, we’re dealing with a one-ski quiver, so performance balances are to be expected. The PB&J isn’t a big & heavy straight-line machine, but it is definitely capable of charging.
The ski’s stiffer flex profile and its stability on variable snow means that it’s not especially snappy elsewhere. The PB&J is certainly more damp than it is poppy. Riding switch on groomers, throwing 180s, and ollies are totally manageable and fun; however, if you’re looking to spend more time in the park and throw a lot of butters and presses, you’ll probably want a softer, lighter ski in the 95mm underfoot range.
Jonathan doesn’t speak directly to the PB&J’s carving ability, and Andrew skied it with fully detuned edges for the park.
I had the chance to get on the ski after a fresh tune. Given what I’ve said already about the ski, its groomer performance isn’t too surprising. With a good amount of camber underfoot it delivers some energy through a turn, though the effective edge does feel short compared to the ski’s 188cm material length. Thus the PB&J is not the most stable at super high edge angles, but can produce a nice carve that will suffice on those days full of high speed groomer laps. With a good amount of ski off the snow, the skis look like they would chatter quite a bit, but that isn’t the case thanks to the stiffer tips and tails.
I have noticed that the PB&J prefers a more centered stance. If you press the shovels too aggressively , especially in steeps, the tails will wash out a little. If you want a ski that is more stable, less forgiving, and way more directional, take a look at the MOMENT Belafonte; it can serve as a good everyday ski, but for a different sort of skier. The Belafontes’ stiff, traditional tails are much more locked down carving on groomers and blasting through crud, but they aren’t nearly as forgiving in bumps (where the PB&J can be a lot of fun) and can make high-speed switch carves pretty scary.
As Jonathan mentions, the PB&J is essentially a narrower Bibby Pro. To me, the most important feature of both skis is the camber profile. The balance of stability and playfullness on the Bibby is unmatched by any other pow ski I’ve ridden. The PB&J makes a killer all-mountain ski in large part because of the same “Mustache Rocker.” In bumps, I tend to forget that I’m riding a 188, yet the length becomes noticeable, and helpful, in rocking through crud. If you do find yourself in super deep, icy troughs, you might feel the PB&J’s tails hook up, but they’re not going to chuck you like the Belafonte often does.
The PB&J is a stiffer all-mountain ski that is just as happy to pivot and surf as it is laying down a solid carve. It’s capable of hitting tables in the park, but definitely feels more appropriate in more advanced, varied terrain. For my purposes, the ski is incredibly well balanced. It’s not awesome at making every kind of turn, but can make any sort of turn quite comfortably.
If you’re a strong skier, the PB&J can keep up with pretty much anything you can throw at it (outside the park), but isn’t too demanding either. I get asked all the time about good one-ski quiver options, and the PB&J is always one of my top recommendations.