Expert Review: Moment Wildcat Tour 108 Skis · 2022
This review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in January 2022.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in January 2022.
The Moment Wildcat Tour 108 is a very capable downhill performer, particularly in softer snow conditions for advanced or expert backcountry skiers.
Please note: I am reviewing the 2021 Moment Wildcat Tour, which remains unchanged except for topsheet/graphics
About the gear
- Model: 2021 Moment Wildcat Tour 108
- Size: 184cm
- Height: 6’0”
- Weight: 175 lbs
- Experience: 43 years
- When I bought these: January 2022
- Days tested: 25+
- Mount position: Moment recommended boot center mount point
- Boots: Scarpa TX Pro
- Boot Size: 26.5
- Bindings: 22 Designs Lynx
- Where I’ve used it: Backcountry (mainly Rockies but also Tatras in Poland); Val Senales, Italy; Schilthorn, Switzerland; Hochkar, Austria; Černá Hora, Czech Republic; Jasna, Slovakia
- Terrain: Groomers, steeps, powder, backcountry touring, and moguls
How they perform
What I was looking for
My quiver rarely drops below 99 in terms of waist width on a ski, and I wanted something between my powder skis (DPS Pagoda Tour 112RP) and my hard snow skis (Volkl Mantra V.Werks).
Why I chose this gear
With Moment’s focus on a freeride style combined with some great feedback I have heard over the years, I was itching to give the company a shot. So, when the opportunity came with Moment Wildcat Tours, I jumped at the chance to purchase these killer-looking skis.
I also love supporting smaller, innovative companies. Moment has been doing some very interesting stuff with their skis, and I appreciate their hometown feel as they continue to operate out of Reno, Nevada.
What I love about it
- Weight: At 1700 grams per ski, this is not the lightest touring ski in the world. But for a 108 waisted ski with solid downhill performance, the weight is very manageable for the uphill.
- Chop and variable snow: Under the mount point, this ski is surprisingly stiff. Even as a lighter ski, it does not get bounced around in chop or variable snow conditions. See my favorite moment on these boards!
- Powder: The Wildcat can easily serve as a dedicated powder ski, particularly in heavier or denser snow. It floats quite well due to its deep rocker lines on the tip and tail.
- Edge hold: Wide touring skis are not going to win any awards for carving or edge hold. However, I break these skis out when the snow is harder quite often and find the stiffness and camber really help me keep an edge.
- Durability: The skis, particularly the bases and ABS sidewalls, are high quality and do not show great wear after two seasons.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Forgivability: Even though the skis lean more into the freeride category, these are not very forgiving if you make a mistake. I found I needed to stay on top of these skis to get the most out of them (which is very rewarding), but as soon as I let off, the skis could quickly get away from me.
- Stability: Understandably, the deep rocker lines and weight makes the Wildcat a bit chattery at times. That said, it remains quite stable for the type of ski it is.
- Trees and moguls: The Wildcat is not the quickest, most agile ski I have been on. It boasts a long turn radius (22 meters), and I can feel it in tighter situations. Keeping a centered stance, I can get them edge-to-edge a bit better in moguls, but I prefer another ski if in either of these situations.
Favorite moment with this gear
This past winter in the Italian Dolomites, we found ourselves on a week-long vacation with almost zero snow. I had only brought my two big skis with me, so the Moments became my “on-piste” ski, and in three days on hard, icy groomers, I really felt I dialed in how to ski them and really appreciated how they handled for such a light, backcountry ski inside the resort. But the big payoff came when it dumped about two feet of fresh powder that was quickly tracked out. And on the final day, the Moments helped me navigate to hidden stashes across the mountain where their chop-busting abilities combined perfectly with just the amount of float I needed in the soft pillows between all those tracks!
Value for the money vs. other options
Moment skis fall somewhere right in the middle in terms of price: they are neither the cheapest nor the most expensive. However, their skis are well-made with high-quality materials, innovative designs, and great topsheets/graphics. As stated, I enjoy supporting smaller companies, and Moment is right up there with some of the best small ski companies out there. Comparable skis are the Atomic Backland 107, Line Vision 108, or the K2 Wayback 106.
The Moment Wildcat Tours 108 are an excellent big mountain touring ski for advanced or expert riders who want solid downhill performance in a playful, versatile, and lightweight package.