Pros: Nimble in the powder, handles crud with ease, able to make it back to the lift on the hardpack
Cons: Barely fits in gondola ski slots
The 2013 Moment Deathwish dimensions are 138-112-129 for all lengths. I bought the 191 cm version, which has a 27m turn radius (me, 54, 6'5", 200 lbs). The Deathwish comes with Dirty Mustache rocker, which is a funky design made to concentrate the skier's weight at 4 points along the ski. The short story is that it is designed to make an otherwise fat powder ski handle the hardpack better than a straightforward full rocker camber ski. Two days of testing in two types of conditions tell me this ski performs as designed. I mounted Head RFD 14 bindings set 1 cm behind center. The 2014 Deathwish comes with different graphics, but otherwise is unchanged.
First day - Alta and Snowbird - no snow for a couple of weeks, 55" base. No real powder to be found on either mountain, maybe a little windblown here and there. Like any fat ski this wide, you'll feel more pressure at your boot tops to make it dig in. This ski skids a turn fine, without the hookiness that the weird camber might induce. I really couldn't say I railed anything, no deep trenches even at speed. Set this ski next to a 180 cm carver ski, and you'll see the Deathwish puts considerably less edge down due to the twin tip full camber. I flew over small moguls filled in with windblown effortlessly in Mineral Basin, which was about the only time I felt like this ski was an improvement over a front side carver given the conditions. Speed limit wasn't found, but really not attempted either.
Second day - Jackson Hole - 7" of freshies over a 77" base. Packed powder off the gondola, playing around the edges of runs under Thunder and Sublette uncovered this ski's true nature. A nimbleness surfaced that wasn't apparent on the hardpack. First tram ride took me past closed Corbets down to the Hobacks, the ultimate intended target, why I bought these skis. Heading south to the resort boundary put me on slightly cut up powder with some hard moguls underneath. The Deathwishes were in their element, bounding over the fluff. TIght trees in the Moran Woods, another lower mountain foray into Rawlin's Bowl, a final Hoback run all handled with aplomb. The Moment Deathwish will get you all over the mountain, but powder is where they shine.