Why we chose the Black Crows Corvus Freebird: Classic, aggressive, versatile
Lengths (cm): 176, 183 & 188
Sidecut (mm): 140 / 107 / 119 (183 cm)
Radius: 21m (183 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1,800g
Price: £720 / €800 / $900
The Black Crows Corvus Freebird. There aren’t many skis more synonymous with the European ski touring scene than these fluorescent pink planks. Just spend a couple of hours on a busy Chamonix skin track and you’ll be sure to bump into someone sliding their way uphill on a pair of Corvus Freebird.
For 2021 / 2022, Black Crows has given the Corvus Freebird an update, making them that bit more aggressive, precise and damp than the previous models. Read on if you’re after a pair of touring skis that can take on pretty much every type of conditions you’ll come across in the backcountry.
Black Crows Corvus Freebird Shaping
So, how did the Crows go about ramping up the downhill performance of the Corvus Freebird? Well, the first thing they looked at was the shaping. By turning to the rocker profile, Black Crows toned down the tip rocker a touch, giving the skis more effective edge for hard snow grip. Then, looking at the sidewall, the updated Corvus is now packing an elongated sidecut.
This elongated sidecut results in a 21 metre turn radius. While a longer turn radius will give the skis a more planted feeling at speed, it also makes them great performers on the steeps, thanks to the larger effective edge. But don’t take our word for it, just look at the amount of first descents ticked off with these sticks.