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    9 Reviews


    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

    Tech Specs

    175cm, 183cm
    [175cm] 136 / 109 / 120mm, [183cm] 139 / 109 / 122mm
    Turn Radius
    rockered tip, raised tail, camber underfoot
    semi-cap (ABS sidewalls)
    paulownia and poplar, fiberglass, carbon fiber
    Fat Edges
    Claimed Weight
    [pair, 183cm] 8 lb 8 oz
    Recommended Use
    touring, freeride touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited 2 years

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    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Not too soft, not too stiff, not too much camber not too much width...

    In short these are the perfect touring-dedicated quiver of one.

    About me: 5'10 185, aggressive/fast. Enjoy steep skiing and encounter variable conditions often on tours.

    Gotta say these hit all the buttons for me. Took them out for a test in the resort and was worried the shovels might be a bit too soft for what I was looking for. But then I got them out on an actual tour, and the softer shovels turned out to be an excellent call on an otherwise stiff, stable ski--they helped the ski plane and float over heavy/cut up pow and were a dream in the untouched. I felt like I could drive a 183 aggressively (I normally like longer skis) and was never worried about the dreaded tip dive.

    The 109 underfoot was in the goldiilocks zone--coming off a 112 touring dedicated ski I did not miss the extra width in untouched pow, and once I got on the firmer snow they provided a stable ride even at high speed. Black Crows knocked it out of the park!


    Black Crow Corvus Freebird - 2019

      So I literally just picked these up and haven't been able to ski them yet - they're currently in the shop getting mounted with the Salomon Shift Binding.
      I figured since I haven't gotten on them yet, I'd include this Youtube video to answer any questions you may have.

      - One thing I think a lot of people out there don't know is that this ski is Michael "Bird" Shaffers goto ski. If you don't know who the Bird is, then check out this link -

      Favorite skis!

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      Got these for my husband, and I can attest that he loves skiing on them, not to mention all the attention they get on the mountain. He says, "These are my backcountry setup but they ski so great at the resort that I would get another pair and put alpine bindings on them. They hold an edge on ice fantastically well and rip on groomers and variable conditions. Haven’t tried in powder yet (will UT see proper snow this winter?) but I’m certain they will be awesome. They will punish you if you get in the back seat, but if you keep your weight forward, you’ll love these skis. Easily my favorite pair."

      i love the review it really help me. However i was wonder if anyone could alaborate on the getting punished for beng in the back seat part. I was just wondering how it affects the ski ability when you get in the back seat.

      Pretty in Pink.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      In short – what amazing skis! After a few days of riding around I definitely do not regret the decision of rocking the hot pink. On the up the skis are light but sturdy, with enough edge to get around the tightest of switchbacks. On the down they really shine. Being able to float through deep powder on shady north sides to driving through zipper crust on southerly sun baked slopes these skis are able to do it all. Being a little heavier and stiffer than some other touring skis can speed up the downhill but they’re nimble and responsive enough to turn in trees and tight couloirs, with an added pop. I have found that if I get knocked back control goes to the wayside until your back center or preferably forward. But this only encourages committing to your turns and skiing aggressive. Being an all mountain rider I’m confident these skis can go up and ride down through any terrain and definitely recommend it to those who aren’t bound to the lifts.

      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.

      Has anyone skied the new 188 length with tech bindings yet? Do they ski short, or true to size? I'm 6'6, 215lbs and worried it wont be enough ski for me.

      I ski fast and like to jump off stuff. My normal inbounds ski is a 196 moment governor, and I tour on 192 DPS Wailer RPCs with kingpins.

      Any input appreciated

      Hey Brett, I haven't skiied these, but based on your height and weight I don't think these would be long enough for you. You're going to want something closer to 195, especially for deeper snow and skiing fast.