If you’ve spent even a few minutes reading our ski reviews, you probably know that the Moment Bibby Pro is one of our favorite skis of all time.
Some of us love the 184cm model, some of us love the 190cm model. But the point is, a bunch of us at Blister—and a lot of our friends—and many of our readers—tend to say things about the Bibby like, Best Ski Ever.
Then one day, Josh Bibby decided that he wanted to change up his pro model bit. And no question: when it’s your pro model, you ought to be able to do anything you want to it.
And yes, in that sentence above, that’s me trying to be really mature about the whole thing.
When the guys at Moment broke the news to me at SIA that the Bibby was changing, it was like … I can’t even think of what it was like. It was like being told that something perfect was going to be made less perfect.
I remember Moment’s Luke Jacobson telling me, “Don’t hate this new ski before you’ve skied it.”
I didn’t. But still…
So we wrote an In Memoriam / Tribute-Review to the 190cm Bibby Pro, and took the new Bibby Pro with us down to New Zealand last year.
And while the new Bibby is still a good ski—and arguably even better if you’re more interested in a fatter, jibbier, more pow-specific ski than a “playful charger,” as we came to call the OG Bibby—the fact is, it wasn’t the same ski, the ski so many of us thought of as perfect, the ski that made skiing more fun than virtually any other ski out there. Why?
Because the original Bibby Pro has the best combination of Stability and Playfulness of any ski we’ve ever been on. There are a lot of great skis out there, but no ski we’ve ridden strikes quite this balance, while also having a massive sweet spot.
This was reaffirmed for me all over again last spring after SIA, as I was spending every day at Taos on a bunch of brand new fat skis. A storm rolled in and set up an amazing pow day, and I was getting pissed because I was wrecking a phenomenal day skiing a bunch of shiny new skis that didn’t perform nearly as well as the 190cm Bibby Pro.
Finally, fed up, I went and grabbed my pair of 11/12 190 Bibby’s. I hadn’t skied them at all yet that season, because I’d needed to be out testing new stuff.
By my third turn down Zdarsky, I felt like I’d come home. No more struggling to find a balance point; no more tip dive; no more trouble in chop; no more unpredictable behavior. They felt quick yet stable yet playful, and I was instantly having way more fun on the mountain.
Again, while there are a lot of great skis out there, no ski has come out in the past five seasons that out-Bibbys the original Bibby.
Which is why we are extremely excited to announce that the original Bibby Pro is coming back.
But now as the “Blister Pro.”
At the end of September, Moment is going to do a special-edition run of the Blister Pro, in 184cm and 190cm lengths.
We worked with Moment’s Luke Jacobson on the graphics, and we think they’re pretty sick. We hope you do, too.
This will be a limited edition run, so if you want to ensure that you’ll get a pair, you can order them now on Moment’s website. The price is $699 USD, with free shipping worldwide.
More than anything, we’re just extremely psyched that our favorite ski is coming back.
Update – 10.9.14 – “People are going nuts for these things.”
This week, Moment begins production on the Blister Pros, and we were glad to hear that the response has been strong.
So thank you to everybody out there who loves the Bibbys as much as we do, and thanks to Moment for working with us on this.
And if you’re interested, there is still time to get an order in, but you might want to hurry up. (See the above link to the product page on Moment’s site.)
Oh yeah, and the bases.
We mulled over a number of options, and at the end of the day, decided to keep it simple.
Mean logo, clean look.
Update – 12.5.14 – They’re Back
As Blister readers have already been reporting in the Comments section below, the Blister Pros are beginning to show up on door steps. And it’s been very cool to hear the initial impressions from a number of you.
Our own Julia Van Raalte is a huge fan of the 184 Bibbys, and she was out on the 184 Blister Pros today at Crested Butte.
She texted me while I was testing some other skis at Taos (reviews coming soon), but the exchange went like this:
Julia: They’re so good.
Me: Awesome. Same as our [pretty beat up pair of 10/11] 184 Bibbys?
Julia: Familiar, but smoother. I don’t remember them being this much fun, even on groomers.
I won’t lie, this has been the biggest worry of mine: that the new ski will somehow feel less good than our pair of 11/12 190cm Bibbys. Because production cycles change, certain materials change, etc.
But while I haven’t yet been on the new 190s, Julia’s comments and the remarks from those of you below have me feeling good.
A Few Stats, Just For Kicks
14/15 Blister Pro, 190cm vs. a well-worn pair of 11/12 Bibby Pros, 190cm
• Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 142-118-133 vs. 142-117.5-133
• Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 188.1cm vs. 187.9cm
• Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2393 & 2372 grams vs. 2269 & 2300 grams
(I have a hunch that the textured topsheets on the Blister Pro might account in large part for the slight increase in weight.)
• Recommended Mount Point: about 0.5 cms farther forward on the Blister Pro than the 11/12 Bibby
(I’m totally fine with that, and I’ll be mounting my pair of Blister Pros on the line, even though I generally just skied the 11/12s on the line. A lot of people pushed these to +1 or +2 anyway, and I never felt like the Bibby was highly sensitive to mount position.
• Tip and Tail Splay: when the skis are not decambered—i.e., are not pushed flat underfoot—the Blister Pros show a bit less splay at both the tip and tail. But these skis were made in the same mold, so the differences below can primarily be attributed to the mileage our 11/12s have on them.
14/15 Blister Pro: 59mm tip splay, 62mm tail splay
11/12 Bibby Pro: 66mm tip splay, 69mm tail splay
The Blister Pro is slightly heavier than the Bibby Pro, with slightly less tip and tail splay. And the Blister Pros hand flex slightly stiffer than our well-worn 11/12 Bibby Pros.
I knew the Blister Pro wouldn’t come out identical to a ski that was made several seasons ago, and I’m psyched about the direction of all of the differences.
I’d rather these skis be slightly heavier than slightly lighter. I’d prefer slightly less tip and tail splay to slightly more tip and tail splay. And I’d prefer a slightly stiffer flex to a slightly softer flex.
And I’m psyched about our readers’ initial reports, and Julia’s early impressions of the 184s.
Sometimes in life, every so often, things just seem to break your way.
NEXT: Update — 12.25.14 — Merry Christmas, Everybody