Expert Review: Moment Wildcat Tour 108 Skis · 2023Published on 09/25/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in September of 2022.
Using the Moment Wildcat skis in the backcountry. Photo by Hannah Roecker of Jarod Russell
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in September of 2022.
The Moment Wildcat Tour 108 Skis are my favorite touring skis I have owned. These are great for uphill and can shred downhill no matter one’s skill level. They have provided me the opportunity to ski many types of terrain. Throughout the riding season, I have no complaints about the performance of these skis.
About the gear
- Model: 2023 Moment Wildcat Tour 108
- Size: 184
- Height: 6’0”
- Weight: 195lbs
- Experience: 3 years skiing
- When I bought these: September 2022
- Days tested: 15
- Mount position: Recommended
- Boots: 2022 Technica Cochise
- Boot Size: 27.5
- Bindings: Moment Voyager
- Where I’ve used it: Lake Tahoe Area, Mammoth Mountain, Mt. Shasta Wilderness
- Terrain: Off-piste, powder, trees, chutes, groomers
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was hunting for a new lightweight touring setup to replace what I had. I wanted it to be light for the uphill skinning but steady enough on the downhill to be like a resort ski.
Why I chose this gear
I tested this pair through the Moment Demo program and was taken away by how much I enjoyed them. The weight was light and in the range I was looking for, and I felt I could rip all over the mountain on these skis. They handled turning and the powder well. I decided to purchase these as they seemed like my ideal ski for the conditions I want to ski. I considered the Nomad Lite and the DPS Pagoda, but for the price of the Wildcats, I got a good performance-to-price ratio.
What I love about them
- Speed: The ski performs at low and high speeds without chatter or lack of turning ability, and I have comfortably ridden these at 55+ mph.
- Edge hold: The design of the sidewall and edge length make the edge hold very well. It is solid. The edge stops before the end tips, which applies the forces right where needed and does not cut into the snow too far forward, catching my ski. I have side-hilled while skinning on steep terrain and been able to cross where my friends keep sliding.
- Turns: While this is not a carving ski specifically, the triple camber design allows for quick turn initiation
- Groomers: The ski does not chatter like other lightweight skis on a groomer. This is helped by the triple camber design, which pushes the ski down while applying pressure carving on groomers.
- Powder: It’s not the widest ski for powder, but it allows the rider to be in deeper powder and ride comfortably where one wouldn’t think they could perform. I used these on a deep storm day tour, and even though I had to sit back on the skis, they handled the thigh-deep powder wonderfully.
- Trees: The turn initiation and width allow the skis to stay above the deeper snow and weave between trees in tight spaces without making the rider feel uncomfortable.
- Backcountry: The paulownia core makes this ski so light that it feels like nothing is on my feet while skinning. But as soon as I transition downhill, this ski rips into the off-piste terrain. The 108mm width gives good floatation when needed but is not too wide to cause drag.
- Durability: These skis are the most durable I own. I have accidentally bumped these into rocks, parking lots, other skis, and trees, and I cannot even tell. There are barely any marks or scratches on the topsheet or tips. I am thoroughly impressed.
- Weight: These are the lightest skis I have or have used in a while but with surprising strength.
- Switch riding: The twin tips allow one to ride switch. I have used these to back out of tight spots in trees, and they track straight and perform just like going forward.
- Stability: I have used these at high speeds, and there was no chatter at all. The width allows me to feel very stable.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Moguls: I have not skied moguls with this ski, but I do not see it performing well, as the core is not stiff enough to accommodate the large impact of moguls.
- Park: The Wildcat can hit some side hits or a few small drops, but it needs to be stronger in the core as it is not designed for the park and is not bendy in the right way.
Favorite moment with this gear
I have had quite a few really fun tours on this ski, but my favorite may be when I used these to ski mountaineer Mt. Shasta in California. The skin-up went by so fast and with no issues, and after boot packing up with crampons and transitioning just below 14,000ft, I skied back down to 6,700ft. It's such a steep descent in only four miles. It's such a steep descent in only four miles. Still, it is a blast: amazing views, challenging terrain, and a cool skiing experience on a cone volcano. With snow at the top still frozen but the snow at the base starting to melt at 70°, the snow conditions were so variable, but I had no issues, and the Wildcats handled it all. I luckily made it all the way back down without walking like others on the trail.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Wildcats are the best value for one’s money. The Moment skis are competitively priced with other touring skis, but these have performed much better than the competition, like the Icelantic Nomad Lite or Head touring skis. The lightweight design, added to the stability, makes this a good overall all-mountain tour ski.
These skis will unlock the whole backcountry. Steep mountains, fresh powder after a storm, and resorts, if needed, the Wildcats will handle it all and prove itself as an all-mountain ski.