Ski: 2019-2020 Moment Wildcat 108, 184 cm
Available Lengths: 174, 184, 190 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 181.8 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 1975 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2011 & 2028 grams
Stated Dimensions: 134-108-127 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 134.0-107.7-126.9 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (184 cm): 22.0 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 74 mm / 71 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~5 mm
Core: Aspen/Ash + Carbon Stringers + Fiberglass Laminate
Base: Sintered 4001 Durasurf
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -6.1 cm from center; 84.8 cm from tail
Ski: 2019-2020 Moment Wildcat 108, 190 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 188.0 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 2060 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2110 & 2119 grams
Stated Dimensions: 134-108-127 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 134.5-107.7-127.3 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (190 cm): 25.0 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 71 mm / 65 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~7 mm
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -5.9 cm from center; 88.1 cm from tail
We get a lot of questions around here about a lot of skis, but no ski in the past few months has been asked about more than — or as angrily (“Where the @!*% is the review?!?!”) — as the Moment Wildcat 108, which is the narrower version of the Moment Wildcat / Blister Pro.
Well we now have the Wildcat 108 in hand — in two lengths — as well as the 184 cm Wildcat Tour 108 (our separate First Look at the Tour 108 will be coming soon), and we’ll be getting them on snow as soon as possible. But in the meantime, we wanted to get the Wildcat 108’s specs up; talk about how its design compares to the wider Wildcat / Blister Pro and other skis in its class; and mostly … just get you all to shut up.
(Just kidding, keep the requests and questions coming.)
What Moment says about the Wildcat 108
“The Wildcat 108 is perfect for anyone seeking a bit less beef than the O.G. Wildcat is packing. We designed it to deliver the goods wherever winter storms arrive on a less consistent basis—or not at all. But after a season of testing, we’re confident this little kitty will end up going home with as many current Wildcat owners as new parents—probably more, because it’s just that good.
Putting a fat cat on a diet is not as simple as trimming a centimeter out of the middle. We left the profile identical, tweaked the sidecut and added a damper core to ensure it delivers the same playful, confidence-inspiring ride as its older brother.”
So the claim here is that Moment didn’t simply hit “ctrl–” on their CAD machine and shrink the Wildcat, they tweaked a few elements to make the narrower Wildcat perform better in the conditions for which you’d use a ~108mm-wide ski as opposed to a ~116mm-wide ski. Which makes good sense.
First, Moment switched to an aspen / ash core instead of the lighter aspen / pine core found in the wider Wildcat. Given that we tend to use narrower skis on harsher, less forgiving conditions than we would a 116mm+ ski, a heavier, and potentially more damp core layup seems like a very smart choice.
Second, they tweaked the sidecut. The Wildcat 108 has a shorter stated sidecut radius for all of its lengths, though the difference isn’t huge. For reference, here’s how the stated sidecut numbers compare for the different lengths of the Wildcat and Wildcat 108:
Wildcat 108, 174 cm: 19 m
Wildcat 108, 184 cm: 22 m
Wildcat 108, 190 cm: 25 m
Wildcat (116), 174 cm: 21 m
Wildcat (116), 184 cm: 25 m
Wildcat (118), 190 cm: 27 m
Shape / Rocker Profile
The Wildcat 108 looks very much like a narrower Wildcat (duh).
There is a very subtle difference between the tip shapes on the Wildcat, Wildcat 108, and Wildcat Tour 108 (see below). The tips on all three skis look like they start tapering right around the same point, but the Wildcat 108’s tips are fairly straight past that taper point, creating a slightly “blockier” tip shape. The Wildcat Tour 108’s tips taper to more of a point than the standard Wildcat, which is designed to make them work better with the tip clips on climbing skins.
But overall, all three skis look really similar. They have a bit of taper in the tips and tails, but compared to other freestyle-oriented skis, all three skis are pretty moderate when it comes to their taper. And at least for the wider Wildcat, we think that its short (but significant) amount of tip and tail taper is a big part of why a lot of us like it so much. (I.e., you get a wide, straight ski overall, which is great for stability, with a brief but dramatic amount of taper at the tip and tail, which is effective in reducing swing weight a bit, especially on an otherwise-pretty-big ski.)
The rocker profile on the Wildcat 108 looks nearly identical to the standard Wildcat (and Wildcat Tour and Wildcat Tour 108). It has pretty deep rocker lines and a lot of tip and tail splay.
Given that the Wildcat 108 is, you know, 108 mm underfoot, its rocker profile stands out a bit more than the wider Wildcat’s. The Wildcat 108 has very deep rocker lines for its width, and it’s pretty similar to the ON3P Jeffrey 108 and Woodsman 108 in this regard. The Jeffrey 108 has a deeper tail rocker line with more tail splay, while the Woodsman 108 has a similarly deep tip rocker line and a slightly shallower tail rocker line with significantly less tail splay. But compared to the whole market, the Wildcat 108 definitely sits at the “more rockered” end of the spectrum.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the 184 cm Wildcat 108:
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 Wildcat 108:
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-10
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-9
Both the 184 cm and 190 cm Wildcat 108’s flex patterns feel extremely similar compared to the 184 cm and 190 cm Wildcat. If anything, the 108’s are a tiny bit softer at the very ends of the tips and stay stiffer a tiny bit longer behind the bindings. But we had to hand-flex the four skis against each other multiple times to even notice those minute differences.
The 184 cm Wildcat 108 is a touch softer in the shovels and tails compared to the 190 cm Wildcat 108, but again, the difference is almost unnoticeable.
Compared to the rest of the market, the Wildcat 108 is a very strong ski through most of its length, and the rockered portions of its tips and tails are the only spots where it goes soft (and it’s a smooth ramp-down / ramp-up, not hinge-like). We’ve talked about how both directional and more playful skiers can get along well with the standard Wildcat, and we suspect that the same will be true of the Wildcat 108, given the similarities in flex pattern and mount point (the Wildcat 108 and Wildcat both have a mount point of ~6 cm behind true center).
Speaking of Mount Point…
Over the past 10 years (at least), “108” was a pretty significant signifier of skis that not only were 108 mm wide, but it was where companies placed their straight-up, traditional chargers (e.g., Blizzard Cochise; HEAD Monster 108; Kastle BMX 108; Line Supernatural 108; etc.).
But one thing that all of these skis had in common was their relatively far-back mount points, which were usually at least -10 cm behind true center, and sometimes as much as -14 cm back.
Well with its – 6 cm mount point, the Wildcat 108 is looking quite a bit different, and especially given our experience on the wider Wildcat, we do not expect it (at all) to ride like a heavy, traditional, conventional charger. But the big question of ours is how hard you can still push this ski vs. how fun and playful it feels on snow?
Moment decided to use a slightly heavier aspen / ash core in the Wildcat 108, which means it’s not quite as light for its size as the wider Wildcat. But the Wildcat 108 is still a fairly light ski, with the 184 cm version coming in around 2020 grams per ski, and the 190 cm coming in around 2115 grams per ski.
That makes the Wildcat 108 significantly lighter than some of the burlier skis in this class like the ON3P Woodsman 108, Prior Husume, and Blizzard Cochise, but a bit heavier than some of the more 50/50-oriented options like the Rossignol Soul 7 HD, Sego Big Horn 106, and Line Sick Day 104.
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.
1605 & 1630 Line Vision 108, 183 cm (19/20)
1642 & 1651 Renoun Citadel 106, 185 cm, (18/19)
1692 & 1715 Moment Wildcat Tour 108, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
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)
1950 & 1977 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (17/18–18/19)
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)
2013 & 2099 Moment Wildcat / Blister Pro, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2018 & 2045 RMU North Shore 108, 185 cm (18/19–19/20)
2022 & 2047 Faction Dictator 3.0, 186 cm (17/18–18/19)
2026 & 2056 Black Diamond Boundary Pro 107, 184 cm (17/18–18/19)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2046 & 2120 Black Crows Corvus, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2096 & 2100 Salomon QST 106, 181 cm (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)
2174 & 2187 Moment Wildcat / Blister Pro, 190 cm (18/19–19/20)
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)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–18/19)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) Just how similar will the Wildcat 108 feel compared to the wider Wildcat?
(2) The Wildcat 108 is fairly light, but not crazy light by today’s standards. So how stable will it feel compared to the lighter skis and the heavier skis it slots between?
(3) The ON3P Woodsman 108 shares a good bit in common with the Wildcat 108, so how do the two skis compare?
(4) Moment now offers the Commander 108 and the Wildcat 108, so how much performance overlap is there between the skis, how similar or different do they feel on snow, and will the two skis have very distinct audiences? I.e., if you love the Commander 108, will you also get along with the Wildcat 108, or probably dislike it, and vice versa?
(5) How similar or different is the on-snow performance of the Wildcat 108 and the Wildcat Tour 108? Will we end up thinking that lots of people could be happy skiing the Tour 108 in the resort (and use it as a “50/50” ski), or will we strongly suggest that people keep the Tour 108 in the backcountry?
Bottom Line (For Now)
With the Wildcat 108, Moment maintained a lot of what we think makes the standard Wildcat great, but they also changed a few things to potentially make it more suitable for the different conditions in which most people will be using the narrower version. We’ll be getting the Wildcat 108 on snow as soon as possible, so stay tuned for updates.