Model year: 2021-2022
Size: 180 cm
Radius: 20 m
Technology: wood core, full sidewall, shaped titanal, tip and tail rocker, camber underfoot
About this ski
Black Crows, the freeski company from Chamonix, strikes again. This company does not make series of skis – like most brands do – but separate, unique skis. Not just unique in the sense that they don’t belong to a series, though. The skis are also unique in the rather straightforward, but very effective designs. No fancy-named technologies here. Just elementary but splendid ski construction and balance.
In fact, the only ‘fancy’ aspect of the construction is the H-shaped metal. Underfoot it’s full-width, but in front and at the back of the binding, the metal only runs along the edges of the skis. This makes for a lighter ski, but also slightly softer than most skis with metal in this class. And that softness is what sets this ski apart.
This is not a soft buttering ski or anything. It’s just not as heavy or sturdy as some of its competitors (Nordica Enforcer 94, Head Kore 93, Atomic Maverick 95 TI). But it’s by no means a flimsy ski. It holds an edge very well for its with. And it has a very nice soft playful ‘pop’ to it that just makes it a lot of fun to ski. In bumps and crud especially.
This is not a charger, not a puncher. Do you want a bust-through-everything kind of ski? Look elsewhere. Do you want a great all-day all-condition all-mountain ski? This could be it. Yes, it can literally ski the entire mountain: from frozen corduroy to deeper powder and the crud and bumps in between. For its width, it has great float and great edge-hold and precision. And that’s pretty rare.
This is a true all-mountain ski. Light, yet stable. Fun and easy to ski, yet precise and quite performant on-piste as well. It’s not a buster or charger. But then again, most recreational skiers aren’t either…
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