Black Crows Corvus Freebird Touring Ski 2021 – 2022 | Review

The Black Crows Corvus has quickly become a modern classic touring ski. We take a look at what’s under the hood of these hot pink sticks

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.

Getting away from the updated shaping tricks, the Corvus Freebird carries essentially the same shape as the standard Corvus. The Corvus name puts the 109 mm waist at the heart, giving a great deal of versatility across the mountain, with a slight bias towards softer conditions. The combination of the flat tail and long turn radius make it much more of a charger than, say, then Atris.

Black Crows Corvus Freebird Build

A Poplar core sits at the heart of the Corvus Freebird. Similar to many other downhill-focused skis out there, Poplar has been chosen thanks to its low weight and snappy pop. Sitting above the poplar core is a traditional fibreglass laminate and carbon stringers.

Then, taking a look at the underfoot section, the Corvus is now featuring a beefed up titanium binding plate. This binding plate, compared to the thinner one found on previous iterations of Corvus Freebirds, increases the potential drill depth for bindings. This means that more aggressive hybrid ski touring bindings can be confidently mounted to the skis – giving a solid connection without worry of bindings ripping out.

Who Is The Black Crows Corvus Freebird For?

The Corvus Freebird has long been the go-to ski for riders not looking to give up an ounce of performance on the downhill. Their blend of aggressive shaping and responsive, yet lightweight, build gives a setup that’s more than capable of taking on a range of conditions in the backcountry. There’s no real surprise as to why the Corvus Freebird has quickly become a modern classic.

What Is The Black Crows Corvus Freebird Good At?

Versatility: 9/10
Touring: 7/10
Soft Snow: 7/10



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