Ski: 2019-2020 Moment Wildcat Tour 108, 184 cm
Available Lengths: 174, 184, 190 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length (measured from middle of tail cutout): 180.5 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 1740 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1692 & 1715 grams
Stated Dimensions: 134-108-127 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 134.5-107.7-127.1 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (184 cm): 22 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 72 mm / 65 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 5-6 mm
Core: Paulownia/Ash + Carbon Stringers + Fiberglass Laminate
Base: Sintered 4001 Durasurf
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -7.05 cm from center; 83.2 cm from cutout of tail
But Moment also makes a lighter, touring-oriented version of that ski, sensibly named the Wildcat Tour 108.
The Wildcat Tour 108 is almost identical in terms of construction and shape compared to the standard Moment Wildcat Tour, which Cy Whitling reviewed a couple years ago, and then Noah Bodman also added his thoughts on how the Wildcat Tour compares to the standard Wildcat.
But now it’s time to take a closer look at the narrower Wildcat Tour 108, because it certainly stands out in the current market, and it also now has some interesting competition.
What Moment says about the Wildcat 108
“The Wildcat Tour 108 is the slimmer and lighter version of our classic Wildcat Tour, and that makes it the most versatile touring ski in our offering. Wide enough to keep you on top but narrow enough to get you out of situations you had no business being in to start with, the 108 comes in at ten millimeters skinnier and almost a full pound lighter per pair than its wider counterpart. It’s the ideal touring ski for those who get after it regardless of the conditions and terrain.”
The key point here seems to be the Wildcat Tour 108’s versatility, and that’s not that surprising. Many companies these days market their ~108mm-wide touring skis as 1-ski quivers for all conditions, so it makes sense that Moment is making similar claims.
But while Moment’s claims about the Wildcat Tour 108’s performance envelope aren’t out of the ordinary, its design kind of is:
Shape / Rocker Profile
The Wildcat Tour 108’s shape is extremely similar to the other skis under the Wildcat name (Wildcat / Blister Pro, Wildcat 108, & Wildcat Tour).
All of these skis have a notable amount of tip and tail taper (more so than many directional skis), but their taper lines don’t start as early as some of the other freestyle-oriented shapes out there. The Wildcat Tour 108’s tips taper to slightly more of a point than the standard Wildcat and Wildcat 108, with the reasoning behind this being that the standard Wildcat’s blocky tips don’t work as well with some skins’ tip hardware.
For reference, here’s a photo showing the tip shapes of three of the Wildcat skis:
The other difference with the Wildcat Tour 108’s shape is that it has a small notch carved out of its tail to better match with skin’s tail hardware. The notch accounts for the slightly shorter measured straight-tape-pull length of the Wildcat Tour 108 vs. the Wildcat 108, though it shouldn’t have any effect on the on-snow length of the Wildcat Tour 108.
The Wildcat Tour 108’s rocker profile is the same as the other Wildcat skis, with tip and tail rocker lines that are quite deep for a ski of this width. And while skis like the Line Vision 108 have similarly deep rocker lines, the Wildcat Tour 108’s tips and tail rise more abruptly than the Vision 108’s. In fact, there are barely any ~108mm-wide skis that come in this light that have as much rocker and splay as the Wildcat Tour 108 (Moment’s own, 112mm-wide Deathwish Tour being one of the few exceptions).
As someone who likes to mess around and find features to jump and spin off of in the backcountry, that makes me really excited. But before you go dismissing the Wildcat Tour 108 as some floppy, ultralight jib stick, keep reading…
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Wildcat Tour 108:
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-8.5
The Wildcat Tour 108’s flex pattern is extremely similar to all of the other Wildcat skis. If anything, the Wildcat Tour 108’s tips and shovels are a hair softer than the Wildcat and Wildcat 108’s, but the difference is extremely subtle.
While the rockered portions of the Wildcat Tour 108 are fairly soft, the rest of the ski is not. In this way, it kind of reminds me of the Amplid Facelift 108 (another freestyle-oriented backcountry ski), though the Facelift 108 has a lot more taper and a lot less rocker.
Compared to the Vision 108, the Wildcat Tour 108 stiffens up significantly quicker in the front half, is a bit stronger behind the bindings, and a touch softer at the very end of the tails.
Compared to the more directional Blizzard Zero G 105, the Wildcat Tour 108’s flex pattern is much rounder / more symmetrical, and the Zero G 105 is a bit stronger throughout.
Compared to the Atomic Backland 107, the Wildcat Tour 108 is stiffer in the tips and shovels, but softer in the tail.
Like the other Wildcat skis, the Wildcat Tour 108 has a pretty progressive mount point of around -7 cm from center when measured from the cutout of the Wildcat Tour 108’s tail. The tail cutout results in the mount point being slightly farther back on paper than the mount points on the other Wildcat skis (which are all around -6 cm from center when the length of the ski is measured with a straight-tape pull).
However, we talked to Moment about this and they said that the mount point of the Wildcat Tour 108 is still -6 cm back from the middle of the sidecut of the ski, and that the sidecut and mount location of the Wildcat Tour 108 is exactly the same as the standard Wildcat 108. It’s just the Wildcat Tour 108’s tail cutout that results in the on-paper difference when the mount point is measured via a straight-tape pull measurement. In other words, the mount point of the Wildcat Tour 108 should feel identical to the standard Wildcat 108 (and Wildcat & Wildcat Tour).
Setting aside arguably arbitrary on-paper differences, the Wildcat Tour 108 still has a mount point that’s more forward than many skis in this class, which makes it similar to skis like the Vision 108, Amplid Facelift 108, and 4FRNT Raven in this regard.
The Wildcat 108 is a lot lighter (~300 grams per ski) than the standard Wildcat 108, which isn’t a particularly heavy ski to begin with. As a result, the Wildcat 108 definitely sits at the lighter end of the spectrum, similar to several skis that we think work best in the backcountry (e.g., Line Vision 108, Renoun Citadel 106, and Atomic Backland 107).
That said, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the Wildcat is absurdly light. Its weight is not all that far off from the 4FRNT Raven and Volkl BMT 109, two skis that we really like as dedicated touring skis, but that we think some skiers could use for 50/50 use in and out of the backcountry.
And given how much Cy Whitling likes the 184 cm Moment Deathwish Tour, which comes in at a very similar weight, we’re really curious to see just how stable the Wildcat Tour 108 will feel, especially compared to similarly light, and slightly heavier options in this class.
1476 & 1490 K2 Wayback 106, 179 cm (18/19–19/20)
1477 & 1482 G3 FINDr 102, 184 cm (17/18–18/19)
1547 & 1551 Black Diamond Helio 105 Carbon, 185 cm (17/18)
1562 & 1566 Scott Superguide 105, 183 cm (17/18–18/19)
1605 & 1630 Line Vision 108, 183 cm (19/20)
1606 & 1641 Blizzard Zero G 105, 188 cm (19/20)
1642 & 1651 Renoun Citadel 106, 185 cm, (18/19)
1642 & 1662 Atomic Backland 107, 182 cm (18/19–19/20)
1660 & 1680 Moment Deathwish Tour, 184 cm (19/20)
1692 & 1715 Moment Wildcat Tour 108, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
1706 & 1715 Volkl BMT 109, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
1733 & 1735 Blizzard Zero G 108, 185 cm (17/18–18/19)
1745 & 1747 4FRNT Raven, 184 cm (16/17–18/19)
1752 & 1771 Amplid Facelift 108, 189 cm (18/19–19/20)
1755 & 1792 Line Sick Day 104, 179 cm (17/18–19/20)
1814 & 1845 Elan Ripstick 106, 181 cm (17/18–19/20)
1825 & 1904 Black Crows Corvus Freebird, 183.3 cm (17/18–19/20)
1843 & 1847 Head Kore 105, 189 cm (17/18)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1898 & 1893 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (18/19)
1913 & 1943 Sego Condor Ti, 187 cm (18/19)
1923 & 1956 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm (17/18–18/19)
1941 & 1965 Fischer Ranger 108 Ti, 182 cm (17/18–18/19)
1950 & 1977 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (17/18–18/19)
1970 & 1979 Atomic Backland FR 109, 189 cm (17/18)
1980 & 2016 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (17/18–18/19)
1980 & 2019 Moment Deathwish, 184 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)
2011 & 2028 Moment Wildcat 108, 184 cm (19/20)
2013 & 2013 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (18/19)
2022 & 2047 Faction Dictator 3.0, 186 cm (17/18–18/19)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2036 & 2064 Salomon QST 106, 188 cm (18/19)
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) While we think we might already know the answer, one of our main questions is just how similar the Wildcat Tour 108 will feel to the standard Wildcat, Wildcat Tour, and Wildcat 108.
(2) The Wildcat Tour 108 is quite light, but there are lighter skis in its class. So should it be thought of purely as a backcountry ski, or could some folks appreciate it as a 50/50 ski that they’d use inside and outside of the resort?
(3) Moment is emphasizing the Wildcat Tour 108’s versatility, so where exactly will this ski feel most at home, and are there any types of conditions or terrain where it might feel out of place?
(4) We’ve seen a rise in backcountry-oriented skis that seem to target more playful skiers (e.g., Line Vision 108, Amplid Facelift 108, Black Crows Ferox Freebird). So how will the Wildcat Tour 108 compare to those skis, and will more directional skiers still get along well with it?
Bottom Line (For Now)
Like the standard Wildcat 108, Moment didn’t stray very far from their original Wildcat design when making the Wildcat Tour 108. But the Wildcat Tour 108’s much lower weight puts it into a very different class of skis, so we’re looking forward to hauling it up some mountains to see how that translates on snow. Stay tuned…