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Black Crows Navis Freebird Ski

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    Backcountry boards for burrito lovers.

    Go ahead and eat that extra burrito, because the Black Crows Navis Freebird Ski is going to get you up those peaks, and back down, even if you've eaten a few too many beef 'n' beans. It's basically a tweaked version of the regular Navis—a reasonably traditional all-mountain charger—that's been lightened up to make the backcountry world your oyster. The standard Navis is built on a poplar wood core, but the Freebird employs a blend of poplar and paulownia, which helps it save nearly a pound per pair, which might not seem like a ton, but your hip flexors will thank you when you're on mile seven of a 12-mile day.

    Don't worry about the descent, though, because the Freebird feels just about the same as its heavier hermano. The core is light and energetic, and Black Crows laid it up with layers of fiberglass and carbon fiber to keep things stable as a table when you're maching through chunder or hitting big lines at high speeds. The tip and tail have gentle taper, which prevents them from hanging up when you're riding in soft snow, too, so you can throw 'em sideways like bigger powder boards without worrying about getting bucked like you're trying out for the rodeo.

    Wanting to blend stability with quickness, Black Crows built it with a semi-cap construction, which employs ABS sidewalls that taper to a cap construction toward the tip and tail, giving you tons of edge bite underfoot with a quick, poppy feel in the extremities. This construction works in concert with the "single beak and a half" rocker profile—progressive tip rocker, camber underfoot, and a slightly raised tail—to give the Navis Freebird a solid feel in variable snow, float in pow, and quickness in tight spots, so you can really rally your whole backcountry playground without sweating the small stuff.

    • Rockered tip, early-rise tail, and camber underfoot
    • Semi-cap construction
    • ABS sidewalls
    • Poplar and paulownia wood core
    • Fiberglass and carbon fiber laminates
    • Tapered tip and tail
    • Fat Edges
    • Item #BKC000G

    Tech Specs

    169cm, 179cm, 185cm
    [169cm] 131 / 102 / 116mm, [179cm] 133 / 102 / 118mm, [185cm / 137 / 102 / 122mm
    Turn Radius
    rockered tip, raised tail, camber underfoot
    semi-cap (ABS sidewalls)
    paulownia and poplar, fiberglass laminates, carbon fiber laminate
    Fat Edges
    Claimed Weight
    [pair, 176cm] 7 lb 5 oz
    Recommended Use
    ski touring, freeride touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited 2 years

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

    As someone who was using a hand-me-down ski mountaineering setup for the backcountry, these Black Crows are a magic carpet ride. Instead of cutting through deep powder like knives, the Navis Freebirds glide right above the power for incredibly soft turns and a smooth ride down the mountain. The width is great for powder, however I am still getting used to a larger turn radius and have had some issues in tight trees.

    These are great in the backcountry and equally fun for a powder day at the resort. The Black Crows are extremely versatile and I would highly recommend them to anyone who fortunately lives in a powder zone.

    Ski well, not durable

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These are by far the best skiing touring ski I have owned (out of maybe a dozen). Unfortunately they also happen to by the least durable - on impacting a submerged rock one ski cracked all the way through the sidewall. I have never seen this happen before with other skis which makes me question how much the integrity of these skis were compromised for weight savings. When contacting black crows their representatives were also utterly unhelpful and unpleasant to deal with.

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    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Got these for touring around the Wasatch. So far, no complaints - they're light and a great size for a walk in the mountains as well as super fun on the way back down. Plus, they're bright green, so they're easy to find after that inevitable yard sale.