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Ski Review 2019

Black Crows


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Black Crows Camox Freebird [click]
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Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
Already selected and reviewed last year, the Camox Freebird from Black Crows did incredibly well this year with a new version and a new design featuring a "modernised" core. The result is amazing. Its behaviour on the groomed slopes is very adaptive with particularly good grip and outstanding stability. The ski is well-balanced, determined, easy to handle and playful. Off-piste, the ski is faultless, cutting through the crud and the powder with remarkable ease. The weight announced is 1.6 Kg per ski for 171cm, which puts it at the higher end of the spectrum in our comparative review. "The ultimate freeride touring ski", the Camox Freebird is certainly a bit heavier but makes up for this handicap by its perfect behaviour in the descent. We recommend it for all riders looking for a brilliant piste/touring/freeride one-ski quiver. Most of the reviewers felt that 178 cm was a bit short and recommended the longer version (183 cm) for average size riders.

Liked: Overall performance Versatile Consistent, reassuring Good grip Behaves well off piste Performs well in the crud Skid turns ...

Disliked: Slight lack of punch...

Black Crows Vertis Birdie [click]
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The Vertis Birdie, with its Freeride DNA, is a perfect match for the PROSKILAB guidelines for this category. Despite its 85 mm at the waist, the ski can't hide its origins and is particularly comfortable off-piste. The reviewers were full of praise for its fantastic accessibility. Riders who want to discover the joys of the powder without having a stick that's too wide underfoot will simply love it. It behaves well in the crud and float is very good for the size underfoot. On the groomed runs, the ski is not very incisive and lacks punch, but it does its job perfectly as long as you're not too aggressive. We recommend the Vertis Birdie for intermediate to very good riders who want a consistent and enjoyable ski for the piste and an easy tool for off-piste.

Liked: User-friendly, especially off-piste A good all mountain ski Great in the crud Consistent Accessible for all publics ...

Disliked: A bit less comfortable on the groomers Lacks rebound ...

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