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.
- These green machines find the perfect balance between skiability, lightness, and fatness
- Combination paulownia and poplar core with fiberglass make it an awesome damp ski
- Great ski for a wide variety of conditions weather it‚s crud or champagne snow
- Tip rocker, camber underfoot, and early rise tail
- Each ski weighs 1.65 kg (179cm)
|Weight||1675g (179 cm)|
|Lengths||169.4, 179.4, 185.4 cm|
|Dimensions||133 / 102 / 118 mm (179 cm)|
|Profile||rockered tip, early rise tail, camber|
|Construction||carbon and glass fiber, wood; semi-cap|
|Recommended Use||All Mountain Touring|
|Manufactuer Warranty||1 Year|
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