OK, I've demoed these several times and finally put in a few days on my own pair, so it's time to review. First, about me:
6'1" 195-200lbs (depends on size of breakfast burrito)
Ski 25-30 days a year, about half out west, rest in the mid-A
Skis: Head Mojo 94, 187cm
Bindings: Head Mojo 15
Boots: Salomon Xwave 9, 325mm BSL
Mounted with boot midsole on the mfr. mark, puts me 1cm behind BOF
I'll summarize by saying that the Mojo 94 is like a longer, wider, beefier version of the K2 PE that I have always wanted, albeit a little more aloof on groomers than the PE. Throughout the review, I will compare the Mojos to the Fischer Watea 94, as the skis share similar dimensions (within a couple mm tip and tail) and vie for the same slot in my quiver "on paper". In reality, they are quite different and don't really compete with each other too much.
The Mojo is a fun capable ski that is smooth and powerful without being taxing. It has a huge sweet spot and is very easygoing. I was able to hop on them and adjust to the skis within a few turns, which is much faster than normal for me. As a result, I was able to start skiing on them for real very quickly and was able to get some good analysis in a short period of time. I think this is a very approachable ski for a range of skill levels 7-9.
In powder, the Mojos are great. They have a very flat tip, only rising about 40mm, and this gives them a lot of projected area on the snow. These skis float a bit better than my similar-sized Watea 94s, and have the surfboard feel I have come to associate with much wider skis. To me, the Mojo 94 feels more like skis I have sampled in the 100mm waist range when in powder.
In crud, that flat tip becomes a liability, as the Mojos want to ride over everything. As a result, they do a poor job busting/cutting through piles of snow (relative to my other crud buster skis) and end up creating a bumpy ride. This is one area where the Mojo is very similar to the PE, which also has a shallow tip shape and gives me a rodeo ride in heavy crud. In contrast, the Watea 94's tip rises nearly 40% higher and faster than the Mojo's and that makes a big difference. The Watea remains the best mid-wide crudbuster in my quiver by a long shot.
On groomers, the Mojos ski very well, and they have that smooth damped feel I have come to expect from Heads. Even at high speed, crossing patches of ice now and then, the Mojos remained composed, stable, and predictable. I wouldn't say they are great on ice, but they cross it without drama. The Wateas are a bit too soft and snappy to hang on ice, and complain in the same cases where the Mojo just gets the job done.
That said, there is a big qualitative difference between the Mojos and the Wateas on groomers, and I noticed this after spending the afternoon on the Mojos and switching to the Wateas for the last few runs of the day. Simply put, the Wateas clearly and dramatically outclass the Mojos when carving energetically. It's like comparing a sports car (Wateas) to a pickup truck (Mojos). I was really shocked by the difference. I attribute this difference primarily to the overall feel of the two skis; the Mojos have a fat, dumb, happy "puppy dog" feel, while the Wateas have the classic Fischer "race horse" feel. Both skis want to go out and play, one just drools and slobbers all over the place while the other knocks your socks off.
For me, the Mojo will replace my PEs as a good "do it all" ski that brings twin-tip fun to the table. Due to their shortcomings in crud (compared to the Wateas) they won't be my first choice when traveling west, but they will be on the short list, especially if trees, tight lines, and adventure skiing are on the menu.
I want to make a note about the ski quality, as I have personally handled four pairs of Mojos and all have had defects or problems of some sort. For a while, I was unsure if I was ever going to be able to buy a pair. One demo I tried (and I was the first person to ski them) had a mis-shapen tip. The first pair I tried to buy seemed to be missing adhesive in the tip area, and one ski was delaminating. The second pair I bought exhibited a pretty significant camber difference between the two skis (6mm) which eventually settled out to about 2-3mm, so I skied them and they seem to be OK. Asking around on Epic, I found that other people's Mojos also had camber differences between skis, and their raw camber numbers were all over the place compared to mine. In general, I have the impression that manufacturing and/or quality control sucks on these skis -- they remind me of something from a small indie ski company.
Finally, I will note that the Mojos decamber more when waxing than any other ski I have owned. They go from normal camber (nominally about 10mm under the boot center mark) to being bent over the other way like a banana. I couldn't believe my eyes. They went right back to the normal shape as they cooled, and it was crazy watching the tip move several inches relative to the ruler scale I leaned against the ski.
Edited by skier219 - 2/27/2009 at 03:15 pm