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What a fantastically well rounded ski, and another ski that was part of our famous Wolf Creek adventure. This was my ski of choice for when the ski area had only reported 3 inches, but we were pleasantly surprised by about a foot. As I have stated in a few other reviews, anything is going to be fun in a foot of snow as long as it is wide enough and has some rocker. This ski felt wider than what it actually is in deep snow and I have also had the chance to take it out on harder snow days earlier in the season, and I was quite impressed. I wouldn't lie to you, there is definitely some chatter at the highest of speeds but really no loss of edge hold. This could be a quiver of one for someone who spends 80% of their time off the groomed trails. The ski shines most in tight turning scenarios like moguls and trees. Also, when choosing a size for this ski, do not be afraid to size up just a bit. I normally am most comfortable in the upper 170's as far as length goes and I rocked the 184cm with ease.
By: Matt M
As a freeride-oriented skier with a lust for powder, I feel like I'm always on a quest to find a mid-fat all-mountain ski that's playful and surfy enough for soft snow and smooth and stable enough to bust crud or rip carves. I don't like noodle skis, but I'm not a hulking ex-racer looking for a pure bomber. I dare say the Atris gets me. Like, more than any ski (or woman) ever has. At Wolf Creek, the ski floated, sprayed, and slashed through trees in two-plus feet (yeehaw!) of fresh storm snow. Then it popped off cornices and cliffs. Then it laid smooth trenches on packed trails. Then it ok, I'll stop. I think you get the point.
In Depth Staff Reviews:
By: Matt M
New Crows Take Flight
Chamonix-based Black Crows has begun to make a deep impression on the North American ski scene in the last few years. Their sidewall adages and quips, bright colors, effervescence, and downright fun skis tend to appeal to, well, everyone. So naturally, Black Crows completely overhauls their look for next year. The 2020 Black Crows skis lineup draws on art both ancient and modern to do so. "Lines are timeless," a rep at Outdoor Retailer said. Their skis ski that way too.
To better diversify the lineup, ski designer and pro Julien Regnier had some fun. First, he slimmed down the frontside-oriented Orb to an 88-mm waist width (and gave it classy pinstripes), while also dropping its weight and making it more skiable at all speeds with a single layer of 3D ... Continue Reading
By: Matt M
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2020 Black Crows Atris Description:
Chamonix-based Black Crows has built a reputation here in the US for making skis that are just more fun than most others. That cred has grown in large part from the Atris, which has been a favorite among our staff since we started carrying it. The only change to the 2020 version is a new topsheet, featuring linear art inspired by ancient Egyptian design flourishes. Ski designer and pro Julien Regnier holds the Atris close to his heart, and with good reason. Though it measures 108mm underfoot, the Atris surfs powder like it is much wider and shreds groomers like it's narrower. Poppy on the takeoff and reliable on the landing, it flies like the murder of Crows from where it comes, and we love this ski for freeride-style exploration anywhere in the West. Hard chargers who prefer stiffer skis with more power may opt for the Corvus, a slightly wider big mountain option with metal. But in the field of mid-fat skis with no metal, the Atris stands out for aspiring freeride skiers and experts alike thanks to its near-perfect balance of all the traits most skiers look for in this type of ski. Similar skis: Rossignol Soul 7 HD, Salomon QST 106, Moment Wildcat 108.
2020 Black Crows Atris Specs: