The Bibby Pro has been one of the most coveted do-everything skis since its inception. Two seasons ago Moment introduced a new Bibby inspired ski now named the Governor. How’d the pintail charger do in our test? Read on to find out…
Defining tester quote: “In all but the firmest conditions, this just might be my everyday Jackson Hole ski.”
Moment introduced the Governor a few seasons back as an addition to the skier-acclaimed Bibby Pro line. The Governor is very similar to the Bibby Pro, so much so, Moment kept the slightly-different ski as part of the Bibby Pro lineup just in different sizes (this was obviously confusing). Thankfully, in the 2013/2014 season they seperated the not-exactly-Bibby Pro models and gave them their own name, the Governor. The Governor features a flat tail, a stiff-as-they-come (from Moment) construction profile and a bit of tip rocker. The Governor utilizes a slight pintail and a bit of tip taper.
- Size: 186 (tested), 196
- Tip: 142
- Mid: 116
- Tail: 128
- Weight: Just shy of 5 pounds/ski (average for the test)
- Radius: 23
- Camber: rockered tip, camber underfoot, very mild tail rocker
- Taper: Yes
- Construction: Wood w/carbon stringers
- Flex: Stiff
- Testers: Nelson, Joe, Byl
Summary: A neutral, well rounded, stiff, versatile, directional ski for the so-inclined charger.
Buy if…. You are looking for a stiff ski that does what you ask without much in the way of frills or surprises. It’s like a trusty friend that stays even keeled no matter what is going on. Your mountain gets north of 350″/year
Look elsewhere if… You want an easy going ski, you are between sizes (186 and 196 only), you like tail rocker, you don’t like pintails, you want something light, you prize perfect groomer performance, the word “super surfy” is in your vocabulary. Not for beginners.
This ski was tested by three skiers ranging in weight from 175-200lbs.
Here is the 2015 Governor product video from Moment:
Would you buy this ski? Yes – 2 Maybe 1
Yet another stiffer-than-average in our test, the Governor again demands a solid pilot. One skier noted the ski “is a great one ski quiver, and does everything well” although he did mention the skis “pintail causes the ski’s tail to sometimes break loose in harder conditions”.
Another tester was a long time first gen Bibby Pro skier (literally, he skied the first gen Bibby Pro until the bases were worn too thin, edges missing and it was hardly ski-able). This skier found the ski to be very similar to the old Bibby Pro with additional hard snow performance due to increased running length (proportional to the ski’s size). However, he did find the ski to be a bit short overall leaving him between sizes (the 196 would likely be too much).
The ski’s strong suit is in its versatility and mostly neutral behavior. While it may not make anything particularly easy, it won’t leave a skier running to the truck for a different pair of skis in all but the firmest of conditions (when a race ski is most appropriate).
At 116 under foot with a shovel that goes to 142 and a modest amount of tip rocker, it will float, staying on top of virgin snow unlike a number of the narrower “charging” skis in the test. While it wont drift a turn like the Hoji or One, it is still a fun and enjoyable ski in the deep stuff while really letting the skier get after it when things get cut up.
If you live in a place you can justify a ski with a 116 waist (meaning it snows), don’t need the most *perfect* groomer performance (its still very good) and you have the vertical, legs and terrain to test the ski’s stiff overall flex, the Governor may be a great ski. To add, it could prove to be a great big mountain competition ski under the right skier.