Ski: 2020-2021 Moment Wildcat Tour 108, 184 cm
Test Locations: Front Range, CO; Switzerland
Days Skied: ~10
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
[Note: our review was conducted on the 19/20 Wildcat Tour 108, which will return unchanged for 20/21, apart from new graphics.]
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 nearly identical 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 many 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 doesn’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 feels 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 Tour 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 Tour 108 somes in just a tiny bit heavier than 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)
1795 & 1817 Moment Wildcat Tour, 184 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…
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I’ve now spent several days skiing the Wildcat Tour 108 in a wide range of conditions. Here I’ll discuss my thoughts on the ski and who I think will most appreciate it, and then we’re also planning on having Luke Koppa weigh in next season once he gets a chance to ski it.
Coming in at ~1,700 grams, the Wildcat Tour 108 sits slightly on the heavier end of the spectrum for dedicated touring skis in this width class. That said, there are also a lot of heavier skis that we’re still happy to drag uphill, so the Wildcat Tour 108 is far from obscenely heavy. This just isn’t an ideal ski for those looking to log a lot of 10K+ vert days (as is the case with most skis this wide).
But if you value a good blend of uphill and downhill performance, leaning more toward the down than the up, I think the Wildcat Tour 108 strikes a good balance. I’ve taken this ski on some big days where I wished I had a lighter load, and I’ve used it on sidecountry days where I would’ve been happy with a heavier ski that offered nicer suspension. But for the average touring day, I think this ski comes in at a good weight for many skiers.
The Wildcat Tour 108 also has a small cutout in the tail to help accommodate a skin tail clip and it works quite well — I haven’t had any issue with skins coming loose, despite its twinned tail. I also haven’t had any notable issues with grip on the skin track, despite the Wildcat Tour 108’s deep rocker lines.
We’ve already said a lot about the shape of the Wildcat skis on Blister, so here I’ll try to not beat a dead horse. We went into more detail in our review of the regular Wildcat, but the short story is that many of our reviewers — from people who like to spin and flip to those who rarely leave the ground — all love how the Wildcat’s moderately tapered shape does a good job of both not getting knocked around a lot in rough snow (like skis with dramatically tapered tips tend to do) while also feeling playful and easy to release from a turn (which is sometimes not the case with minimally tapered skis). The shape of the Wildcat Tour 108 feels just as intuitive and versatile as the other, heavier, skis that share the Wildcat name — just in a lighter package.
The tips of the Wildcat Tour 108 might be a hair more tapered than those on the regular Wildcat or Wildcat 108, but that difference is almost impossible to discern on snow. To me, this shape just feels great.
Overall, I really like the Wildcat Tour 108 in powder. Though it can certainly get knocked around a bit in heavier pow (as is the case with nearly all skis this light), it floats well and rewards a dynamic skiing style.
Just like the other Wildcats, the Wildcat Tour 108 is the most fun in deeper snow when I’m skiing it from a more neutral, centered stance. Though it has a stout flex underfoot that lets me ski it hard when I want, it doesn’t demand a driving, forward stance. In pow, I can pretty easily stand pretty upright over the center of the ski and just let it surf around under my feet. It has a very playful feel, is extremely quick, and easy to pivot. That surfiness, combined with its versatility in terms of stances, is one of the main things that makes the Wildcat Tour 108 stand out from other similarly lightweight skis, many of which have flat, stiff tails and more rearward mount points that require a forward, driving stance to get them to pivot and slarve.
That said, I wouldn’t recommend this ski to beginners. While the ends of its tips and tails are fairly soft, its overall flex pattern feels strong on snow and it’s not the most forgiving ski in this class — if you get too far backseat, the strong flex behind the bindings can make the ski get away from you and start heading downhill faster than some people would like. But for an advanced or expert skier who can stay over the middle or front of the ski, the Wildcat Tour 108 will feel more and more at home the harder they push it, yet won’t require them to be driving the front all the time. The Wildcat Tour 108 is definitely not a very damp ski that smooths out rough snow (again, no ~1700 g ski really is), but it’s a ski that encourages aggressive skiing in good snow while also being surfy, poppy, and generally playful.
Chop / Variable Conditions
Overall, I’d say the Wildcat Tour 108 is pretty capable in choppy and variable conditions for a ~1700 gram ski. Below I discuss its damping / suspension in particular, but its shape does a good job of not feeling hooky while still not getting knocked off track super easily, given the ski’s weight. And another big asset in variable snow — especially with skis as light as the Wildcat Tour 108 — is how much they let you shift your stance depending on the terrain and conditions.
As I just noted, the Wildcat Tour 108 feels great when I ski it from a neutral, centered stance. But it also feels quite comfortable being skied from a more forward, driving stance. And for any ski this light, the ability to utilize a forward stance is very useful when skiing chop and variable snow. When the snow gets unpredictable, I can drive the shovels of this ski to both release the tails and help keep the tips from getting knocked off-track as much as they would if I was just steering from the middle of the ski. But then if the snow gets punchy or crusty, I can shift my weight back to the middle of the ski to keep from going endo, while still feeling like I’m in control (whereas some more directional touring skis become very unpredictable if you’re not driving their shovels all the time).
Firm, Smooth Snow
If there is one place where the shape of the Wildcat Tour 108 doesn’t necessarily excel, it is firm, smooth snow. It’s still predictable on firm conditions, which is the main priority for many people, and this is a touring ski so you probably won’t be railing many groomers on it, but I did during my testing…
My main complaint with the Wildcat Tour 108 on firm, smooth snow is that initiating a carved turn on it feels a bit vague (which isn’t surprising, given the fairly tapered tips, deep rocker lines, and longer sidecut radius). When putting the ski up on edge, I have to work hard to get the skis to bend and bite into the turn. Once there, the ski feels strong and its edge hold is good for a 108mm-wide ski, but this isn’t a ski that really pulls you into a turn and across the fall line.
That said, a lot of people will not care at all about their dedicated touring skis offering excellent turn initiation. And for good reason — the same thing that makes the Wildcat Tour 108 less exhilarating on firm snow also likely plays a big role in its stability and non-hooky feel in more variable conditions. Most people just want their touring skis to feel predictable on firm snow, and the Wildcat Tour 108 definitely checks that box.
Suspension / Damping
The Wildcat Tour 108 is a lightweight ski and it feels like it. Compared to the whole ski market, the Wildcat Tour 108 isn’t particularly damp, stable, or composed at speed — especially in variable snow.
But it also doesn’t feel notably less or more damp than its weight would suggest. The Wildcat Tour 108 feels just about exactly as a ~1700 gram ski usually does in terms of suspension / damping / how well it absorbs impacts from rough snow. And that shouldn’t be taken as a slight. I think the Wildcat Tour 108 strikes a very nice balance between weight and overall downhill performance for a touring ski, especially for those of us who walk uphill to hopefully find some fairly soft, forgiving snow (where the suspension of heavier skis is far less important).
But I certainly wouldn’t want to use the Wildcat Tour 108 for a lot of fast skiing in rough, inbounds conditions — just like every other ~1700-gram ski I’ve been on.
Fortunately for you, if you are worried about the Wildcat Tour 108’s (or other similarly lightweight skis’) lack of suspension, the regular Wildcat 108 is roughly 300-g heavier per ski, does a much better job of smoothing out rough snow, and shares the same design as the Tour version. So you’ve got choices.
Who’s It For?
Advanced to expert skiers looking for a versatile, dedicated touring ski that is playful but that can still be skied pretty hard.
The more active and light-on-your-feet your skiing style is, the better I think you’ll get along with the Wildcat Tour 108 and its poppy, surfy feel. Or, if you’re just an aggressive skier who is sick of touring on super twitchy, ~1400-gram skis, then I would also consider the Wildcat Tour 108.
Whether you have a directional or more playful style, I don’t think that should be the determining factor with this ski — I think a wide range of advanced and expert skiers will be quite happy with it. That said, for the freestyle skiers out there in particular, the Wildcat Tour 108’s twinned tail, fairly forward mount point, and more symmetrical design do make it one of the more appealing options in this weight class.
I think the Wildcat Tour 108 is just too light to recommend as a true 50/50 ski for equal inbounds / backcountry use (again, just get the regular Wildcat 108), but for folks who will be getting to the top of their runs under their own power 80%+ of the time, this is one of my favorite options for a versatile, playful, touring ski
Once again, the Moment Wildcat design has proven its versatility. With the Wildcat Tour 108, they brought that design to a lightweight, uphill-capable package that should be very appealing to backcountry skiers who appreciate playfulness and predictability in their 108mm-wide touring skis.
Deep Dive Comparisons
Become a Blister Member or Deep Dive subscriber to check out our Deep Dive comparisons of the Wildcat Tour 108 to see how it compares to the Moment Wildcat 108, Moment Deathwish Tour, WNDR Alpine Intention 110, Atomic Backland 107, Blizzard Zero G 105, K2 Wayback 106, Black Diamond Helio 105, Line Vision 108, Amplid Facelift 108, 4FRNT Raven, Renoun Citadel 106, Faction Agent 3.0, & Folsom Cash 106 Carbon.