A touring ski that's made to rip.
Ahh, Chamonix! It's known as the spiritual home of ski mountaineering and rando racing, but it's also the world capital of freeride touring, which is the preferred domain of the Black Crows Corvus Freebird Ski. With a design that's identical to the original Corvus, with the exception of a lighter core, the Freebird's capable of ascending big lines, but it really excels on the way down with its blend of underfoot camber, tip rocker, and powerful laminates. Black Crows built it on a paulownia and poplar wood core, which is light, lively, and energetic. Black Crows also laid it up with layers of multi-directional fiberglass and carbon fiber, giving the ski a stiff and powerful feel that's hard to find in other touring skis.
To balance weight and power, Black Crows built the Freebird with a semi-cap construction, which combines ABS sidewalls underfoot with a tapered cap in the tip and tail, so you can have tons of torsional stability and edge bite while also digging the smooth-turning and lightweight feel of the ski's extremities. The smooth tips and tails also help you smooth out rough and variable alpine conditions, while the tip rocker helps you float over pow, and the gently raised tail allows you to get sideways without compromising strong turn finishing and power. Finally, the Freebird features a flat tail with a small skin notch, so the way up will be almost as smooth and easy as the way down.
- Rockered tip, raised tail, camber underfoot
- Semi-cap construction
- ABS sidewalls
- Poplar and paulownia wood core
- Fiberglass and carbon laminates
- Progressive sidecut
- Fat Edges
- Item #BKC000F
- Q & A
Corvus Freebird Skis 2017
Backcountry Single Rocker Skis
Drop Knee Carving Perfection
This video shows you the smooth and supple carving ability that has made these skis some of the most sought after touring specific skis on the market.
- Additional note: The Corvus was one of Black Crows first models they released and it is still one of the most popular in their lineup, and they are known for the pink topsheet that is not specific to men or women.
Amazing ski...with regular bindings!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
First off let me start by saying that I ski roughly 125-150 days a year about half of those touring and the other half straight on resort days.
My last powder planks were Black Diamond Carbon Megawatts...great ski but almost to fat. I am 6' tall and weight about 170lbs (without gear on) so I am fairly light for such a big ski.
After blowing the Megawatts up on a tree I picked up a set of the Corvus Freebirds with the Dynafit Radical 2.0 binding on them. Same setup Black Crows sells on their website.
I am not a fan of tech bindings at all. Sure you get weight savings but you also feel like your life could end at any time because of ice build up or unintentional release while stomping big lines.
The Corvus and Radical 2.0 were no different. I read the reviews and talked to people who had used them and by all accounts it supposed to be the best ski ever.
I was not impressed. Didn't really do anything that well.
So I figured I would ditch the Radicals and go with my trusted Marker Tour F10s.
Once the switch was made it was as if unicorns blessed the skis!
They were transformed. They ripped at any speed, held a carve almost as well as my Fischer racing skis and could pound any powder I threw at them.
I chose the 183 length. I initially wanted something shorter for more technical routes in close quarters but the 183s are actually quite nice.
They ski a touch shorter than true 183s because of the rocker at the tip and tail. With the regular bindings I was able to charge hard on them and to my delight they carve quite nicely as long as you do not get to forward on them. The tips are a touch flexible so if you are on super hard pack and get your weight to far forward they can feel like they are going to fold up but if the weight stays centered they have just enough stiffness and camber to do the trick if you need to layout massive trenches on the groomers.
In the powder they are a dream. Float perfectly but not to much so you can actually get a good feel for the snow. With my BD megawatts the snow could have been 8 feet deep and no matter what I was floating right on top like a water skier. Not so on with the Freebirds. You sink in just enough to enjoy massive face shots when you want but still have enough float to not have your skies submarining.
I have been skiing them with Scarpa Maestrales which are not that stiff so hard charging can get a bit dicey but that is more of a function of the boot just giving way after a while.
These really could be the one ski to rule them all. Unless you are going out with the local race team I see no reason why these skis couldn't do everything from deep powder to technical couloirs to regular cruising on the groomers. That good. And they are pink. This will get you looks from everyone...if you are single that is good. I am married so my wife has to beat the pursuers off with her ski poles.
Congrats Black Crows. You have made an almost perfect ski. Really the only thing I would change is to perhaps stiffen the tips up a bit for super hard carving but then again that may not do the ski any favors in the powder.
Also market the skis with regular bindings. The tech bindings are not a good match for them.
Great all around performer!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Shorter, skinnier and heavier than my prior touring set up (Volkl Chargers w/ Dynafits); however, well worth it. Bomber in the crud and hard snow. Floats well in pow. I do wish they were a bit longer and a bit lighter. Super easy to turn and stable at high speeds. I generally ski a 190ish cm ski and these 183cm work fine; however, i do have to take care to stay back and not get to far over my tips.
What a great ski!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've been touring with these a few days. Certainly one of the shortest skis I've used in years. I'm 6'1 190 so I thought they might be a little small. I was wrong! Great ski and super light for longer tours. I have dynafit's on mine and I think it's a great setup. One of the reasons I like this ski so much is the versatility. They perform great in tight chutes or wide open AK style terrain. I would buy again.