Ski: 2019-2020 Moment Deathwish, 184 cm
Available Lengths: 174, 184, 190 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 182.2 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 1950 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1964 & 1972 grams
Stated Dimensions: 138-112-129 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 137.6-111.9-129.3 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (184 cm): 25 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 72 mm / 69 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 4 mm
Core: aspen/ash + carbon stringers + fiberglass laminate
Base: sintered 4001 Durasurf
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -5.1 cm from center; 86.0 cm from tail
Ski: 2019-2020 Moment Deathwish, 190 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 188.1 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 2065 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2047 & 2049 grams
Stated Dimensions: 138-112-129 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 137.1-111.6-128.7 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (190 cm): 27 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 65.5 mm / 67 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 3 mm
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -4.95 cm from center; 89.1 cm from tail
The Deathwish has now been in Moment’s line for ~7 years, and when it was released, it was a pretty radical design. That’s because it features Moment’s “Triple Camber” — a rocker / camber / rocker profile with “micro camber” sections in front of and behind the bindings.
We reviewed the original version many years ago, but Moment is updating the ski for 19/20, and we now have both the 184 cm and 190 cm versions of the 19/20 Deathwish. So today we’re discussing what’s new with the 19/20 ski, what’s the same, and how its design compares to the current market. And tomorrow, we’ll be skiing it…
What Moment says about the Deathwish
“Agile. Stable. Quick. Planted. Carveable. Surfy. The Deathwish is all of these—a living contradiction to the statement that one ski can’t have it all. From crazy experiment to cornerstone technology, Triple Camber made its name with this design, and an all-new core layup living inside makes it even smoother and more powerful. In other words, first the Deathwish made you a better skier. Now, thanks to its improved core profile, it will make you faster. All you have to do is ask yourself: why not ski my favorite ski company’s favorite ski?”
In our experience with the previous iterations of the Deathwish, Moment’s talk of it being a “living contradiction” is actually not that far off. The older Deathwishes offered a rare combination of easy pivoting when you skied them centered, but then provided surprisingly strong edge hold (for a 112mm-wide ski) when you pressed into the shovels of the ski.
The changes for 19/20 are all in the core — Moment switched from an aspen / pine wood core to an aspen / ash core, with the goal of making the ski more damp and stable at speed via the heavier ash portions of the wood core. So our biggest question is just how noticeable that new core will be.
Shape / Rocker Profile
This stays the same for 19/20. The Deathwish still has lots of tip and tail splay, pretty deep tip and tail rocker lines, and its signature “micro-camber” sections just outside of the binding area.
Compared to most directional skis in this class (e.g., Black Crows Corvus, Blizzard Cochise, 4FRNT MSP 107, Parlor Mountain Jay, Volkl V-Werks Katana), the Deathwish has much more tail splay and a significantly deeper tail rocker line. But compared to other all-mountain-freestyle skis in this class (e.g., Prior Northwest 110, ON3P Jeffrey 108, Faction Prodigy 4.0, Moment Wildcat 108), the Deathwish’s rocker profile isn’t all that unusual, apart from the micro-camber portions.
In terms of its shape, the Deathwish looks pretty similar to most freestyle-oriented skis in its class. It has more tip and tail taper than most directional skis of similar widths, and overall its shape looks very similar to some freestyle skis like the Prior Northwest 110, ON3P Jeffrey 108, Sego Big Horn 106, and Moment Wildcat 108.
One ski we have to talk about when discussing the Deathwish is the Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105. It’s one of very few skis that also features “micro-camber” sections outside the bindings (Shaggy’s calls them “camber pockets”), it also has pretty deep tip and tail rocker lines, and it even has squared-off tips and tails. The notable differences here are that the Ahmeek 105 is narrower, has a shallower tail rocker line, significantly less tail splay, a bit less tip and tail taper, and its “camber pockets” are more subtle / lower than those on the Deathwish.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the 184 cm Deathwish:
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-10
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-9
And here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the 190 cm Deathwish:
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-10
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-9
Overall, both lengths of the 19/20 Deathwish feel pretty similar to both lengths of the Moment Wildcat 108. The Deathwishes are a bit softer in the tips and tails, but the middles of the skis feel really similar. The 184 cm and 190 cm Deathwish feel extremely similar in terms of flex pattern, but interestingly, the 184 cm version’s tips stiffen up a tiny bit quicker.
The Deathwish does not have a super burly flex pattern — its tips and tails are pretty soft. But it’s also not a flimsy ski by any means. Compared to the Faction Prodigy 4.0, the Deathwish is a touch softer at the very ends, but a bit stiffer in the middle. Compared to the ON3P Jeffrey 108 and Woodsman 108, the Deathwish is again a bit softer at the extremities and in the shovels, but the three skis feel similar in the middle.
Like many of Moment’s skis, the Deathwish has a fairly long stated sidecut radius — 25 meters for the 184 cm, and 27 meters for the 190 cm (this didn’t change for 19/20).
Those numbers are longer than most freestyle skis in this category, and are more in line many directional skis like the Prior Husume, Volkl V-Werks Katana, and ON3P Wrenegade 108. That said, we always take stated sidecut radii numbers with a large grain of salt since there are so many other factors that go into what sort of turn shapes a ski will be able to make.
No change here, but it’s worth noting the Deathwish’s progressive mount point of around -5 cm from center. That’s pretty far forward, though we found that we could ski the previous Deathwishes centered or drive them fairly hard through the shovels.
Now, this is interesting. Despite the addition of a heavier wood in the core, the 19/20 Deathwish is not notably heavier than the 18/19 verison. In fact, the 184 cm, 19/20 Deathwish we have actually came in a tiny bit lighter than the 18/19 version. That said, it’s a small enough difference that I think the bottom line here is that the 19/20 Deathwish is not significantly heavier than the 18/19 version.
Compared to the whole market, the Deathwish is quite light for its size. In terms of weight, it’s very similar to the 112mm-wide, 184cm-long Volkl V-Werks Katana — a ski that we’ve found to work really well both as a lightweight resort ski, or as a powerful backcountry ski.
Reviewer Cy Whitling is a massive fan of the previous Deathwish, and he’s praised its stability-to-weight ratio. So we’re curious to see if the new Deathwish, with its potentially more damp core, could make the 19/20 ski even more impressive in this regard.
For reference, here are a number of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to try to keep things apples-to-apples.
1642 & 1651 Renoun Citadel 106, 185 cm, (18/19)
1806 & 1862 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (19/20)
1828 & 1842 Elan Ripstick 106 Black Edition, 188 cm (19/20)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1913 & 1943 Sego Condor Ti, 187 cm (18/19)
1923 & 1956 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm (17/18–18/19)
1959 & 1975 Volkl V-Werks Katana, 184 cm (14/15–19/20)
1964 & 1972 Moment Deathwish, 184 cm (19/20)
1980 & 2019 Moment Deathwish, 184 cm (18/19)
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20)
2010 & 2018 J Skis Vacation, 186 cm (18/19–19/20)
2011 & 2028 Moment Wildcat 108, 184 cm (19/20)
2013 & 2013 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (18/19)
2018 & 2045 RMU North Shore 108, 185 cm (18/19–19/20)
2022 & 2047 Faction Dictator 3.0, 186 cm (17/18–18/19)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2034 & 2052 Blizzard Rustler 11, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2047 & 2049 Moment Deathwish, 190 cm (19/20)
2046 & 2120 Black Crows Corvus, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2096 & 2100 Salomon QST 106, 181 cm (19/20)
2097 & 2113 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 C2, 189 cm (19/20)
2101 & 2104 Fischer Ranger 102 FR, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2110 & 2119 Moment Wildcat 108, 190 cm (19/20)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
2120 & 2134 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (19/20)
2143 & 2194 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2165 & 2211 K2 Mindbender 108Ti, 186 cm (19/20)
2165 & 2219 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm (19/20)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110, 185 cm (17/18–19/20)
2188 & 2190 Prior Northwest 110, 190 cm (19/20)
2190 & 2268 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2202 & 2209 Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105, 186 cm (19/20)
2218 & 2244 Volkl Mantra 102, 184 cm (19/20)
2232 & 2244 ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm (19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20)
2241 & 2295 4FRNT Devastator, 184 cm (14/15–18/19)
2250 & 2307 Argent Badger, 184 cm (19/20)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19–19/20)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–18/19)
2321 & 2335 Fischer Ranger 107 Ti, 189 cm (19/20)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) The obvious question: how different does the 19/20 Deathwish feel vs. the 18/19 Deathwish?
(2) Moment makes a lot of skis in the mid-fat, all-mountain category, so how will the new Deathwish compare to the 19/20 Moment PB&J (First Look coming soon), Meridian, Wildcat 108, and Commander 108?
(3) The Deathwish is a pretty light ski, so how stable will it feel when skiing fast through rough inbounds conditions?
(4) The Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105 shares a lot of traits with the Deathwish, so what are the most notable on-snow differences between the two?
Bottom Line (For Now)
The new Moment Deathwish is quite similar to the 18/19 version — at least on paper. But the new ski’s design still looks pretty radical in the current market, and several of us at Blister are really excited to get on both lengths of the new ski to see how it stacks up against the current market. Blister Members should keep an eye out for a Flash Review in the next few days, and then stay tuned for our full review this season.