Black Crows Navis Freebird

Black Crows Navis Freebird
Category: Ski touring
Brand: Black Crows
Modelyear: 2017
Measure (Tip/Waist/Tail): 133/102/118 mm Turning radius: 19.00 m Weight: 1675 gram (179 cm)
Sizes: 179 cm
(Official information from Black Crows)


What do you think about Black Crows Navis Freebird?
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j0ppe
15/03/2018
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Strenghts:
- Edge grip
- Safe
- Funny flex (for me personally)

Weaknesses:
- Could have been better flow in pillows

Summary:
This review is 185 cm long but it does not seem to be possible to choose other than 179 in the list. I started going on a family week in Sälen at the beginning of the season to see how much compromise it was made with a few more touristic skis but was surprised. Now there were almost perfect conditions in the slopes, but these skis were really fun and stable in the piste. I have obviously driven on too much piste skiing earlier with a lot of metal in which, with my weight and the traffic I go in, I never really managed to bend in the turn. With Navis, I suddenly got the opportunity to know how to bend the skid properly and the 19m turn radius can be shortened a lot if you angle them. It ended with the pistachios being allowed to stay in the ski booth and that I only drove on Navis during the week of sale. The skis are soft in the tips but stiff under my feet and I have been driving for a couple of weeks with those in the alps where they felt stable in a sluggish off piste but where you can feel their lower weight sometimes a little depending on how to choose to go when it's like most beaten. Do not know if it's my technique or the ski but they do not help a lot in pillows, but you have to think about where you have the balance in the long run over the ski. On the whole, I am very pleased.

Length on the ski: 179 cm
Riders weight: 75 kg
Riders length: 185 cm


Pillard
12/02/2018 (Modified: 19/03/2018)
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Strenghts:
- Lightweight
- Good grip
- Easy ride
- Surprisingly steady at high speed

Weaknesses:
- A little too soft for my taste. In pads and cushions I feel that the ski responds a little too significantly to minor changes in the stance. Slight difference in plush pressure makes a big difference in the sliding behavior of the ski. This is something that I personally are quite sensitive to. I attach great importance to the ski being predictable and when it's so soft I do not feel the safety of the powder.

Edit: Now I've got a new pillow day on them and I find that I've been a bit unnecessarily hard above. I am bad with references to other skis in the same weight class. More and more I begin to realize that the Navisen is a little amazing in both untouched and snowy snow, in relation to how easy it is. On the other hand, it is quite possible that such a slight slide is not right for what I use it.

Summary:
Good skiing for hiking and mixed rides. Should you go clean pillows I would have chosen something else (already have other skis)

Riding style: Everything possible
Riders weight: 80 kg
Riders length: 188 cm

enriico
09/01/2018 (Modified: 15/11/2018)
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Strenghts:
Incredibly witty and playful skiing with a lot of "pop". For its low weight, the skid is very stable at higher speeds and on hard surfaces.

Weaknesses:
May be "fluttery" on hard surfaces and at high speeds.

Summary:
The light weight makes the ski comfortable to go with. Then, in some way, you have managed to maintain stability and playfulness despite the light weight. A winner!
I experienced the skate excessively "center-mounted" according to the recommended mounting point. It's probably good to move behind

Model year: 2016
Riding style: country skiing / piste
Length on the ski: 185 cm
Riders weight: 68 kg
Riders length: 182 cm

J-P
13/12/2017
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Strenghts:
Stable, light, incredibly versatile

Weaknesses:
Actually no, if you belong to the target audience. Could be a bit more fun in the softness if there was something more rocker and pop, but then you might think of all-round qualities.

Summary:
Tested during spring 2017 in pistons, cushions, wet snow, spring snow, crowd / cardoon snow and it was a pall for everything. May be the most versatile ski I tried without getting boring for that matter. The weight is approximately 1675g per skid, so with dynafit's tech tie it will be an easy setup. The tail is flat with a plastic detail that makes it easy to attach hides. Small question mark on the durability of this piece of plastic if the skis repeatedly encounter stone and asphalt.
All in all, a cool, stable and easy ski as recommended. Could be a perfect choice for freeriders who previously went on a bit heavier stuff and more slackcountry but are now curious about longer trips up to 4-6 hours. Those who want to scale off a few hectares could go down to the Camox model. However, these skis are nothing for weight hunters in speed suits. Almost everyone else will be delighted with Navis Freebird.

Riding style: Topptur
Length on the ski: 179 cm
Riders weight: 68 kg
Riders length: 178 cm