ddegraafwrote a review of Black Crows Corvus Ski on December 4, 2018
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.