Black Crows Anima Freebird

Black Crows Anima Freebird
Category: Ski touring
Brand: Black Crows
Modelyear: 2017
Measure (Tip/Waist/Tail): 143/115/128 mm Turning radius: 21.00 m Weight: 1900 gram (188 cm)
Sizes: 188 cm
(Official information from Black Crows)

What do you think about Black Crows Anima Freebird?
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+ Playfulness
+ Move
+ Maneuverability
+ Edge grip (!)

- Small sweetspot
- Worried at high speed on uneven surfaces
- A little bit soft. Especially backwards.

A very good ski for what it is made for. Which is cold, unmatched soft snow at lower speeds. But also quite capable of a lot of other bowls.

Have driven them with Tyrolia Adrenaline and Dalbello Lupo Carbon about 30 days on virtually all surfaces except really deep Japan pads. They can handle a tie, but tech and turquoise fit much better for what they should use these skis. Received them to have in the alpine forests when it dumps and shorter puddings. Was a bit less breaking around the big skis of those days.

After having overcome the first shock over how soft they are back and found the position, I was surprised at how allround them actually are. It felt like there were no skis at all behind the bindings and I was falling back when I stepped off the lift for the first time. "WTF is this?!?" was the spontaneous reaction the first two rides. It's a very little sweetspot because they are so soft both forward but most backward. But if you keep on sweetspoten you get a lot back. They are not only a bit softer than the usual Anima but much softer and much less attenuated.

As long as it is relatively slippery, you can drive 90 km / h in alp-slopes with more than enough control. And it's even fun. The edge grip was sick enough in class with Atris (2016) even on blue and the longer radius made them even quieter on the edge. Outside the piste where there is a soft cold nose and preferably untracked, you can walk quite hard and it is incredibly easy to tear out the tail and slow down or change direction. This is where they will be used. Shorter walks and cold unspoilt snow. The stronger the better.

However, when it gets upset and pucky, you have to slow down quite a bit. Then the soft flex is clearly visible and they bounce around and you can easily overload them. Harvested, crowded, windy or heavy thugs are not what they are best at. It's no problem to get down but you have to adjust the speed to control them.

Riding style: All. Feel free to speed up and on some wider skis
Length on the ski: 188 cm
Riders weight: 78 kg
Riders length: 180 cm