A Comprehensive Review Of The Black Crows Skis

It's almost winter again and if you're like us, you can't wait to hit the fresh powder on the slopes. There are many great new skis out this year and you may not have had time to compare different brands and models, but we did some comparing for you and our favorite is the Black Crows alpine skis.

Are you interested in an all-terrain model, that you can bring to any slope and reliably use regardless of the kind of snow you're confronted with, on or off-piste? Or, perhaps, are you looking for a ski that will let you tear up the powder with speed and intensity? Maybe, finesse and control are more your bag. Maybe you just want to get the most bang for your buck this season. In any event, it's important to consider how these skis might serve you as a consumer, as they can vary quite drastically across models.

We got hands-on with various men's ski sets on the market and rated them to determine which ones were our favorite this year. We'll be spotlighting the features and benefits of a pair of men's Black Crows skis. Then we compared the Black Crows skis to similar products on the market to find which skis provide the best skiing experience and under which circumstances.

We based our ratings upon the price, skill level, flexibility, design quality, and the waist width of each model. With these comparisons, it will be easy to narrow your focus and understand the effects your choice of ski might have on your inevitable trip down the mountain.

2 people wearing their ski outfit along with their skis in a snowy mountain

It's almost winter again and if you're like us, you can't wait to hit the fresh powder on the slopes. There are many great new skis out this year and you may not have had time to compare different brands and models, but we did some comparing for you and our favorite is the Black Crows alpine skis.

Are you interested in an all-terrain model, that you can bring to any slope and reliably use regardless of the kind of snow you're confronted with, on or off-piste? Or, perhaps, are you looking for a ski that will let you tear up the powder with speed and intensity? Maybe, finesse and control are more your bag. Maybe you just want to get the most bang for your buck this season. In any event, it's important to consider how these skis might serve you as a consumer, as they can vary quite drastically across models.

We got hands-on with various men's ski sets on the market and rated them to determine which ones were our favorite this year. We'll be spotlighting the features and benefits of a pair of men's Black Crows skis. Then we compared the Black Crows skis to similar products on the market to find which skis provide the best skiing experience and under which circumstances.

We based our ratings upon the price, skill level, flexibility, design quality, and the waist width of each model. With these comparisons, it will be easy to narrow your focus and understand the effects your choice of ski might have on your inevitable trip down the mountain.

What Are Black Crows Skis?

Black Crows is a French freeski brand that has been around for over a decade. The company was founded by pro skiers Camille Jaccoux and Bruno Compagnet with the goal to combine beauty and efficiency in their products. The company continues to refine its development process and create design-driven products that deliver exceptional performance and cater to the tastes of discerning skiers. Black Crows skis were originally designed to fulfill a need for a ski with a larger wingspan and tailored body shape to support high-speed turns and sudden changes in direction.

Two people doing tricks with their skis

Product Specs

These 91mm wide resort skis from Black Crows have well-rounded features perfect for versatile mountain skiing. A sturdy semi-cap construction and the poplar wood core provide you with well-balanced skis that perform in intense situations. Double tetanal layers add power for both on and off-piste skiing. Pivoting in deep powder or hard packed snow is much easier with the Orb's innovative front rocker.

Pricing

The Black Crows Men's Orb skis can be purchased for around $$. We found them available for sale on Amazon, black-crows.com, skatepro.com and at the outdoor recreation store REI.

How it Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

1.) Black Crows Orb Ski One Color, 183cm

Black Crows Orb Ski One Color, 183cm
  • Length: 172cm, 178cm, 183cm
  • Dimensions: [172cm] 121 / 91 / 107mm, [178cm] 122 / 91 / 109cm, [183cm] 124 / 91 / 107mm
  • Turn Radius: 18m

As an all-terrain line, Black Crows skis are primarily for those looking for an overall resort ski, particularly designed with on-piste skiing in mind. This said, the skis are also well equipped for off-piste, and deal excellently with various snow types, from powder and wind-packed to chopped and crud. This is due in part to its front rocker, but also as a result of the doubled up titanal layers, making for a structurally strong and easy to control ski.

There is a variety of models in the Black Crows ski lineup. The Captis, medium width and speedy, is tolerant enough to handle on and off-piste skiing with power and responsiveness. The Camox, mid-fat with solid flex, is a good choice for those who want a one-size-fits-all ski, good for all conditions. The Daemon, with its reverse camber, boasts stability and easy handling. The Navis, with moderate flex and alpine drive, is autonomous and high performing — a classic free-ride ski with a modern twist.

Price $$

Black Crows skis for all-terrain range in price from $$-$$$, ascending in price in the order listed above. We found them available at most outdoor supply retailers.

Skill Level

These skis are designed for free skiing and have all the features you would expect in a recreational ski. The torsion box construction and long, flat tail handle high speed turns and make rapid changes in direction easy to execute.

Flexibility

Black Crows skis feature a softened flex, allowing for higher speeds and versatility on all terrains. However, some in the line also sport a solid flex, allowing you to choose the ski that suits your needs best while retaining the level of quality the Black Crows skis brand offers.

Design Quality

As all-terrain skis, the Black Crows lineup stakes a claim on the market of thoughtful, eye-catching versatility. With a complete lineup of skis of subtly varied specs and specializations, you'd be hard pressed to not find one that suits your needs on the slopes.

Waist Width  

Skis in this range vary in waist width from 90mm to 102mm, with various lengths available for each model, offering customizability and accessibility to all customers.

Pros

  • High-quality build
  • Customizable, covering a wide range of needs within the line
  • Innovative tweaks to the formula with an eye towards free-skiing

Cons

  • Built for versatility, but pros looking for specificity should consider that Black Crows 
  • Skis cover a broad range of functionality and skill levels
  • Slightly more expensive

Narrow and versatile, this ski stands on its own as a less expensive and less customizable budget option. Playful with plenty of bounce, it will serve anyone looking for a generalized free-ski option. It possesses a partial twin tip and medium turning radius as well as hardened steel edges for increased edge grip.

The decrease in price coincides with a lack of variety for the consumer. Nonetheless, it is effective across a broad range of snow types, from powder into crud, and is extraordinarily light. For those looking for a well-rounded product on the cheap, you can't go wrong with these skis. They shoot for and largely achieve an all-purpose versatility, but do still fall just slightly short on the front of user-minded design.

Price $

This affordable option ranges in price from $$-$$$, depending on the vendor. We found them available at most outdoor supply retailers.

Skill Level

Effective on and off-piste, but retains an intermediate- to advanced-skill level.

Flexibility

Highly flexible, with enough softness to absorb and flex with the rider.

Design Quality

Efficient, functional, but a tad spartan in design. This contributes to its general appeal, but also to its lack of customizability. It's not a particularly flashy ski, so for those looking for a visual finish a bit more interesting than varnished wood, it might be best to look elsewhere.

Waist Width  

102mm waist width, contributing to this ski's all-terrain appeal.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • High amount of bounce and flex

Cons

  • Lack of customizability
  • Range of sizes is limited, running somewhat short

3.) Rossignol Sin 7 Ski One Color, 188cm

Rossignol Sin 7 Ski One Color, 188cm
  • Sidecut: 128/98/118 mm at 180 cm length Turn Radius: 17 meters at 180 cm length
  • Wood Core & Air Tip
  • Tip and Tail Rocker with camber underfoot

A powerful, unique ski, with a tapered tip and tail, and an air-filled tip allowing for retained rigidity and maximized lightness. It has a short turning radius, allowing for nimble confidence and ease on various snow types, on or off-piste. This model also sports a low rocker and high camber, making the skis perform particularly well in deep powder.

However, you'll likely want to keep these skis in the trees, where they perform most efficiently with their super tight turning radius and stiff flex.

Price $$

The price for these skis can vary from $$-$$$, depending on the vendor. We found them available at most outdoor supply retailers.

Skill Level

The particularity of this model makes it somewhat inaccessible to those not willing to work with the quirks of the ski. Skill will be required to manage them.

Flexibility

This ski is, by design, somewhat rigid and inflexible, making it great for executing tight turns, but leaving it lacking in bounce.

Design Quality

Loaded with unique features, this ski is designed with specifics in mind, but it does make us hesitate to recommend it to those looking for a versatile ski. Its cyan finish is striking, so for those who care about the look of their skis, this one is a definite contender.

Waist Width  

With a somewhat modest 98mm waist width, you may find yourself limited in the types of terrains you can effectively navigate on these skis.

Pros

  • Attractive, unusual design
  • Short turning radius makes them effective for use in trees

Cons

  • Not as good across all terrain types due to its slightly more specified design
  • Poorer performance on ice

4.) Nordica Enforcer 110 Skis Mens Sz 185cm

Nordica Enforcer 110 Skis Mens Sz 185cm
  • Energy 2 Titanium Construction
  • camRock: Blunt Nose Profile
  • Full ABS Sidewall

This is an advanced powder ski with a wide turning radius specifically designed to tear through soft snow at high speed. With two sheets of metal and a wood core, it dampens vibrations and allows for a smooth ride. Despite its large turning radius, once on edge it carves well at a variety of speeds. It's also powerful enough to handle harder snow and crud.

It is a slightly more expensive model, but it delivers on the particulars of what it promises. It's a tough, burly ski suited to deal with even the most ungroomed slopes. However, in both expense and skill level, it is perhaps prohibitive to those who are seeking a more user-friendly, playful or versatile ski. Important to note is the build's focus on soft powder, so it may not be the best match for those considering an all-terrain ski.

Price $$

The price for these skis can vary from $$-$$$, depending on the vendor. We found them available at most outdoor supply retailers.

Skill Level

Its speed and high turning radius make this a high-level ski, recommended for people who know their way around a more hardcore set of skis.

Flexibility

This ski sports a soft flex, as a result of its balsa core.

Design Quality

Intense and solid, this model effectively boils the requirements for a powder ski down into their most efficient manifestations.

Waist Width  

110mm waist width, allowing the user floatation and steadfastness across a wide variety of terrains and snow types.

Pros

  • High power, high-speed model
  • Short turning radius makes them effective for use in trees

Cons

  • Very high skill level
  • Definitely an investment

Conclusion

Choosing the ski that's right for you hinges significantly on your knowledge of what you'd like to get out of them, as well as the sort of terrain you're hoping to use them on. With a free-ski model, you'll want a model that works with you to pull off all the tricks and maneuvers that make freeskiing a joy. If you're unsure, though, it's best to go for a ski that offers variable usefulness across all situations you might encounter while skiing.

In this way, the above featured Black Crows skis excel in their ability to accommodate the customer with features designed to improve the free-ski experience. However, the other skis mentioned offer valid alternatives, likely more relevant to those who are willing to work with slightly less accommodation, or on more highly specific terrain.

Skier Climbing a snowy mountain with his green ski

If you prefer skiing on powder, the Enforcer 110 is the top of the line pick, and it will serve you best in that area but slightly less so in others. If you like to dodge through the trees as you navigate the slopes, you'll be interested in the Rossignol Sin 7's sharply responsive turning radius and unique build offering high levels of control in deep snow. If you're interested in an all-terrain ski, but aren't interested in a big price tag, the Backland FR 102 offers a baseline of versatility and ease on and off-piste, along with a subtle yet effective design simplicity. If you want to tailor your ski to your precise needs, while ensuring effectiveness across a broad range of snow types and terrains, then the Black Crows skis have you covered with a complete range of expertly designed all-terrain skis.

We give the all-terrain line of Black Crows skis a total of 3.8 out of five stars.

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