Black Crows Navis Freebird Touring Ski (2022)
One of the most versatile skis in our wide ranging stock. The 102mm waist of the Navis Freebird combined with the incredibly damp construction of the Freebird line make the Navis an exceptional quiver of one or travel ski when you are only taking one set of planks. These green machines strike an incredible balance between lightweight and ski ability. They also land dead center of the fatness scale. Wide enough for deep pow, narrow enough for firm corn. We also like this waist size for the unpredictability of high alpine mountaineering conditions, where the inevitable breakable crust or "hot pow" is much more manageable with a bit of width.
Black Crows' Freebird line made a sharp and immediate impression on us with the dampness they have achieved in the construction. Many times touring skis have been accused of being "floppy", when actually, they are quite stiff due to multiple layers of carbon fiber. What is often confused with a lack of stiffness is the chatter and feedback you feel from a poppy, ultralight carbon ski. Black Crows uses a paulownia/poplar core and both biaxial and triaxial carbon fiber and glass fiber layup. The Triaxial gives you stiffness both laterally and longitudinally, Biaxial adds to the lateral stiffness without makes the ski to stiff or poppy lengthwise. The inclusion of fiberglass and a minimal amount of carbon, compared to other touring skis, help in the damp factor. When you're in a committed steep line, you don't want to feel every inconsistency in snow, and that's what Black Crows knew when they developed these skis.
Tip rocker, early rise tail and camber under foot allow you to really open it up when the terrain calls for it. The Navis Freebird also has a perfect amount of taper from tip to tail, to help with power planing and getting the tail through quick turns. From shape to construction the Navis Freebird has it dialed. Light enough, without compromise on the down, the Navis is ready and willing for descent oriented skiers. Paired perfectly with Black Crow Climbing skins From Pomoca
- These green machines find the perfect balance between stability, agility, and power
- Progressive front rocker with medium camber underfoot and early rise tail
- Combination of Paulownia and Poplar core with fiberglass and titanal binding reinforcement make it an awesome damp ski
- 102mm underfoot with a flex of 79/100
- Each ski weighs 1.65 kg (179cm)
Black Crows Navis Freebird Touring Ski
Awesome ski. Have always been impressed with Black Crows quality and durability. And Cripple Creek always gets orders out in the quickest fashion. So amazing to have Cripple Creek in Silverton for all of our winter backcountry needs.
I have said it before and I'll say it again, this place is hands down the best backcountry ski store around. Do yourself a favor pick up the phone call them, stop in when you are in Colorado or use their chat service to get professional help quickly. I couldn't be more pleased with the level of support and care I have received when shopping with cripple creek. Hands down customer for life here. O yea and the skis are pretty dope as well.
Definitely a reason why me and 3 of my friends all ski this and love it- 102mm is almost perfect for ski touring. Arguably the most well rounded ski I've ever used. 19m turn radius is not too long, not too short- just right. Weight is decently light for the uphill, but as Black Crows is known for, they rip on the downhill! I have 2 pairs- one with a Salomon shift for sidecountry/resort days and one with a G3 Ion for just touring. Really really love them!!
I picked up the Navis Freebird as my first touring ski at the recommendation of Eric at Cripple Creek Backcountry. I wanted a ski I could take out on mid-winter backcountry tours and then use into the spring for a couple Colorado 14er objectives. The Navis Freebird has been a dream come true as it handles all snow conditions really well, is smooth in its turn initiation, and stable when I turn up the speed a few notches. The ski has a bit flatter tail with medium camber underfoot and a early rise in the tip - it seems like this is a recipe for great handling in powder but also solid edge hold on firm snow. I feel confident knowing that no matter the conditions or terrain I'm in, I have a ski that can handle it all really well. Thanks Eric and Cripple Creek Creek for the awesome service!!
Identified the skis I was looking for on Cripple Creek BC's on-line store and called to place my order. Courteous professional staff made ordering super easy and quick. Skis arrived promptly safe sound. Would shop with Cripple Creek BC again. Thank you