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    Corvus Ski

    Don't even check the weather before you head to the hill next weekend because you can trust the versatility of the Black Crows Corvus ski to provide a high performance ride no matter the snow conditions. This 107mm waisted ski is built to handle pow in the morning, chop in the afternoon, and firm snow during high pressure systems without skipping a beat.

    The Reverse Camber with a flat section underfoot creates this versatility by biting firm pack for confident edging while also floating over powder and skipping through crud. This profile works exceptionally well thanks to the overall stiff flex that gets softer in the tip created by the poplar core and titanal laminates. When combined these two features provide a easily pivoting turn, quick edge initiation, and stable performance at high speeds so that you can charge all over the mountain from first chair to last call.

    • Big mountain ski for hard chargers and changing snow conditions
    • 107mm waist handles all types of snow conditions with ease
    • Reverse camber with flat section is nimble, stable, and floats
    • 21m turn radius provides stability at high speeds
    • Poplar core is responsive, durable, and provides a consistent flex
    • Stiff flex softens in the tip for stability and easy turning
    • Titanal plates add stiffness and dampness for high speed riding
    • Item #BKC003D

    Tech Specs

    176cm, 183cm, 188cm, 193cm
    [176] 134 / 107 / 125mm [183] 137 / 107 / 126mm [188] 138 / 107 / 127mm [193] 138 / 107 / 128mm
    Turn Radius
    rocker / flat / rocker
    Claimed Weight
    4lb 2oz (single ski)
    Recommended Use
    all-mountain skiing, freeride/powder skiing

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    Lightweight tour ski

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought this ski to tour with due to its light weight and stiffness as I was told it was a lighter version of the Corvus. This ski rips in resort on groomers or new snow and does great up the skintrack as well!

    Playful and lightweight

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The Corvus Freebird is the lighter weight version of the Corvus. It differs from the Corvus in that it has camber under foot as well as a lighter weight core. I mounted it with the Vipec binding and love it for full day tours as well as dawn patrols. It is a great option for soft snow and light enough for the biggest days. Much like many light weight skis though, it is not my favorite on bullet proof slopes. If that is in your forecast, opt for the regular Corvus. It is an amazing touring option and I highly recommend it for that purpose.

    These skis are unbelievable!

      Stiff and charging, they rip groomers and surf the deepest of days. I would trust these skis in literally any conditions and be able to ski as hard as I want. I would highly recommend these skis to anyone looking for a stiff ski to support their big mountain addiction.

      A complete overhaul to a new classic

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Me: 6'2" 200 lb male, mounted factory line with Dynafit 2.0 and Scarpa Maestrale RS boots. I grew up on 210 Rossi straight skis from the '70's, so I bought the 193 cm model.

      I can compare this to the 2016 Corvus model and Freebird model.
      It's flatter, narrower (by 2mm) and much stiffer than the 2016. There is low, long and slight tip rocker. The tail is almost race ski flat with a slight turn up at the tail. The flat section of the ski is more akin to micro camber. Hard to see, but it's there. These hand flex like a 2x4 at home. I almost had buyers remorse until I skied them.

      Whereas the 2016 model had large amounts of rocker tip and tail and beefy camber, this 2019 model is the opposite along with metal. Despite the metal, they don't feel much heavier, if at all. The 2016 model felt "hooky" and required full operator attention and good form and a foot on the gas. The 2019 model is an absolute missile but can be relaxed and smear the tails and make easy turns when asked. You can be relaxed, but not slack, and not be punished for less than perfect form. There's no comparison to the Freebird model. The camber is still there along with tip splay and a tighter radius (18 m I recall). The Freebird handled really well at speed carving up groomers, but applying the same speed in the backcountry was not its forte and to me, felt down right scary. I never felt the Freebird managed big terrain with mixed conditions too well due to my size, weight, and the ski's softer flex profile and overall shorter length.

      The 2019 Corvus turns chop into silk, floats pow, carves super speed GS turns with great stability and can shed the tails and smear and pivot with ease. 180 degree turns on a steep face are much easier than older models, despite the overall beefier, stiffer construction. Hop turns are nimble- a complete shock. The hookiness factor, or ski driving the skier, is gone from this iteration. While it shines at speed and is competent soaking up mixed conditions quickly, it's family friendly and easy to ski groomer laps in the "family zone." I'm a bigger guy, so I don't feel punished by it's weight skinning. This would be my go-to ski for most everything out west beyond 3' deep days, tight trees, narrow couloirs, and moguls. While it can handle those conditions, there are much better options.

      To me, Black Crows took the Daemon (my favorite resort/mixed conditions ski), flattened it out, widened it by 7mm, added an extra sheet of metal, and extended the radius. While the Daemon has too much rocker to make skinning effective, the Corvus is more appropriate in that regard. I'd take the Corvus where there's the potential for unknown snow conditions, for a big day and certainly for anything above treeline. They ski short for the length, but have the stability and speed of a long ski while being very compliant and well behaved for an incredibly stiff ski. A very welcome and unique surprise coming off the older Corvus models.

      "The Freebird handled really well at speed carving up groomers, but applying the same speed in the backcountry was not its forte and to me, felt down right scary. I never felt the Freebird managed big terrain with mixed conditions too well due to my size, weight, and the ski's softer flex profile and overall shorter length. "

      Does this apply to the 183 Corvus freebird or the new 188? Have you skied the new 188 Corvus freebird yet?

      Hi Brett, this applied to the 183 freebird model. I have not been on the 188 freebird and probably would have preferred that length. From handling in the shop, the freebird still has the dominant camber with rocker tip, so it will ski shorter than it's length, as opposed to the new regular corvus that probably runs more true to length.

      just want to say thank you for this great review. i just pulled the trigger on the 2019 corvus, to replace 2015ish moment belefontes. i had replaced the moments with dps wailer 105s pure3, but never loved it as much as the moments, or as much as my kastle bmx118s. always looking for the right stiff chargy ~105ish ski that you need to drive hard, and cant wait to give these a spin. thanks for the insights.