The Moss Performance Quad 60 was one of our favorite rides from Moss mainly because it’s larger size fit our specs so well. Moss is one of the surfiest off the tail rides I’ve ever been on. If you commit to the Moss style riding it can be a really fun ride.
Conditions: Some Wet Spring Sierra Cement, Spring snow
Riders: James, Jimbo,
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV,
Bindings: Union Atlas, Burton Genesis, Burton Genesis X,
Set Up: approx 23″ 18 front -6 with Jimbo and I on film. I rode approximately 22.5″ wide 18 front and 0 back on the other days
Approximate Weight: Felt normal bordering on light.
Flex: On snow it feels really light on the tail and you can easily butter onto your ass. The med/stiff flex only applies to the front part of the board. The position of the rear binding right on the tail before it starts rockering up really makes it feel soft on the back half.
Sizing: The Moss Snowstick Performance Quad felt more in line for my specs of 5’10” 185lbs size 9 US boots but I felt like I was just barely fitting into it. It’s definitely spec’d for smaller riders.
On Snow Feel: So the Moss Snowstick Performance Quad 60, like all Moss boards, is a very unique ride to almost any other snowsurfer we tried. Even though it felt a little more drivey and less easy to turn than the PQ 54 it still felt super easy to turn in the grand scheme of the turning spectrum. Also even though it’s called a Quad it felt more like a Tri Fin surfboard instead. It just felt a touch more gunny than the 54 but still more of a vertical in the pocket kind of ride if we want to relate this to surfing. It’s so far on the tail that it takes a lot to adjust to if you come from a more duck style stance. If you are into a super narrow directional stance set up that’s best for this board but it will still take some adjustment time to make it work compared to other snowsurfers. Jimbo, even with a somewhat duck stance adapted to the off the tail ride pretty quickly. I I felt it required a lot of commitment and thought to get into this but it still felt easier to adapt to than any other Moss I tried. So it definitely stands apart from the average snowsurfer. Is that bad? No it isn’t as long as the expectation level is set before buying this very expensive ride.
Edge Hold: Pretty good grip for so much taper and a more or less traditional side cut. It’s not for carving in hard snow but it holds its edge making modest turns in hard snow.
Turn Initiation:So even though there are other Moss boards that turn faster from edge to edge it’s still on the very fast side of the overall spectrum. It does not want to turn as easy as the 54 but it’s still super quick under our feet with our specs.
Skidded Turns: Yeah very doable for how much camber is going on but it’s still not a board for an intermediate. It will just be easy to skid for a more advanced rider.
Carving: This board carves well but it just takes a little time to figure out it’s sweet spot. It’s so off the tail and so different from most snowsurfers that there is a little bit of a process before you figure out the boards sweet spot. The more narrow and directional you get with your stance and the more you really put the weight into the back foot the better it reacts.
Speed: Not a bomber but the Moss Snowstick Performance Quad Felt the fastest out of all their boards we tried except for maybe the U5.
Uneven Terrain: Even though this isn’t as fast compared to the other Moss boards we tried the PQ 160 still felt really easy to turn with in bumpy uneven snow and handles it like a champ.
Powder: Soo much float. You are so far back on the tail, there is so much taper and so much nose sticking up that it would take some creative riding to figure out a way to sink this board.
Pipe: I’d slash a pipe wall with the PQ 60 for sure.
Jumps: It’s so light on the tail that it requires a pretty accurate landing. It’s not good to be off your game and land tail heavy.
So all in all the Moss Snowstick Performance Quad 60 was our favorite of the Moss line mainly because it fit our specs the best so if your specs are similar to ours this is probably the call. Moss isn’t for everyone but some will really get off on this style of very directional super surfy riding.