The Deathwish is one of Moment’s longest-standing skis, originally debuting more than a decade ago. It immediately stood out when it was released not only because of its name and graphics, but also because of its unique “Triple Camber” profile, which combined deep tip and tail rocker lines with “camber pockets” in front of and behind the bindings, with the goal of combining the maneuverability of very rockered skis with a level of edge grip that couldn’t be matched by a traditional rocker / camber / rocker profile.
Since then, the Deathwish has gained many fans, and it’s evolved a bit over the years. However, it was and has always been a 112mm-wide ski, which is pretty wide by most folks’ standards.
For the 21/22 season, Moment debuted a new Deathwish ski, but this one was 104 mm underfoot. We spent time on the new Deathwish 104 throughout the past season, so now it’s time to weigh in.
What Moment says about the Deathwish 104
“The same snappy, poppy, slashy, intuitive, playful feel of the Deathwish in a ski you can REALLY stand on in firm conditions. The Deathwish 104 is for anyone seeking that same telepathic connection to a ski, but with more grip and agility for tighter quarters and harder snow.
More than a narrow version of its big brother, the 104 features a beefed up core and a new dual radius sidecut, paired with a slight rearward shift in the mounting point for a leaner, meaner, damper, trench-laying machine. It’s narrow enough to put the power down on hardpack, wide enough to keep you off the bottom when it dumps, full of Triple Camber energy and grip, and made by hand in the city God forgot when handing out grace and virtue.”
The Deathwish 104’s construction is similar to the Deathwish, with the main difference being that the Deathwish 104 features an aspen / beech wood core, while the Deathwish gets an aspen / ash core. Both skis feature Moment’s carbon / fiberglass laminate, sintered 7500 series UHMWPE base, and 2.2 mm edges, and like all Moment skis, they’re made in Reno, Nevada.
Shape / Rocker Profile
The Deathwish 104 looks like, you guessed it, a narrower Deathwish. Both feature Moment’s signature blocky tips and a tail that looks a bit more tapered than the shovels. The Deathwish 104’s shape isn’t very out of the ordinary for a ~105mm-wide, playful ski, but its rocker profile is, and it’s nearly identical to the 112mm-wide Deathwish. Given its narrower width, the Deathwish 104’s rocker lines stand out even more for how deep they are, and it features the same true twin tip, as well as those signature camber pockets.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Deathwish 104:
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-10
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-8
The Deathwish 104 is a strong ski overall. The ends of its tips and tails aren’t wildly stiff, but they do feature the thicker construction that Moment implemented across the Wildcat and Deathwish skis for 21/22, and they do hand-flex stiffer than the earlier skis in those series.
The Deathwish 104’s stated sidecut radius is on the longer end of the spectrum, with the 184 cm length’s coming in at 22 meters. That said, this is a bit tighter than the standard Deathwish (stated sidecut radius of 25 meters @ 184 cm).