Dimensions: see the story below
Actual Tip-To-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 185.1cm
BLISTER’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2,186 grams & 2,279 grams
Ever since the Governor arrived at BLISTER HQ, I’ve been obsessed with this ski. Here’s the story:
Once upon a time, Moment made a ski called the Bibby Pro, and it was great. (Still is, too.)
Then, Moment made a modified version of the Bibby Pro, and they called this new ski the Bibby Special.
Actually, that isn’t entirely true. Moment never officially named this new ski anything at all, and people just started referring to it as the “Bibby Special.”
We took the “Special” with us to Argentina to review it, and…
We didn’t think it was great.
And BLISTER reviewer Will Brown wrote a really good review that explained why.
Then, in a very cool and classy gesture, Moment president Casey Hakansson thanked us for the review on the Bibby Special, said that it was some of the most helpful feedback they’d received, and told us that they would be modifying the production version of the ski based on our review (Strong work there, Will Brown) and some of the input from their own riders.
In the fall of 2011, the production version of the “Special” came out.
And in a move that felt like a terribly effective practical joke, Moment decided to list the “Special” in the Bibby “Pro” section of their website, so that when you’d click on “Bibby Pro,” you’d just see these available lengths: 196cm, 190cm, 186cm, 184cm, 174cm, and there was no mention of this other ski.
The Bibby Pro = the ski available in the 190, 184, and 174cm lengths.
The Bibby “Special” = the ski available in the 196 and 186cm lengths.
At some point, we started to think (wrongly, of course, but whatever) that Moment did this specifically to mess with us, because we spent roughly 32% of last ski season answering emails to explain that there was a Bibby “Pro” (174 & 184 & 190cm) and this other sort-of-Bibby that is actually an entirely different ski (186 and 196cm).
I think you owe us a beer, Moment….
But somehow, in a very busy season last year, we didn’t get on the retooled production version of the Special.
Fast Forward To This Season
Moment liked their tweaked production version of the “Special,” and for this season, decided to finally give the ski an official name: the Governor.
Several weeks ago, the Governor arrived at BLISTER HQ. I stood them up against a wall…and I started to stare at them. A lot. Every day.
We hadn’t yet heard from Moment what the specific changes were that they’d made to the production model. But the dimensions listed on the topsheet of the Governor were the same as those on the 11/12 production “Specials,” and our pair of prototype Specials: 150-116-123.
I kept staring at the Governors.
Our proto-Specials were in Utah, and I was in New Mexico. But the Governor looked balanced to me in a way that the Bibby Special never did; with its enormous shovel and skinny pintail, the Special just looked sort of “off” to me.
I kept staring.
Then one day, as I was once again staring at the Governors and thinking that they looked amazing, I thought, There’s no f’ing way that’s a pintail. (The standard definition of a “pintail” is a ski where the widest section of its tail (e.g, 123mm) is less than 10 millimeters wider than the narrowest section of its waist (e.g., 116mm.)
So I did what any obsessive weirdo would do: I went to the store and bought a pair of digital calipers.
And guess what?
The Governor is not a pintail.