In developing the Freebird family of backcountry skis, Black Crows never sought to impress gram-pinching minimalist nerds. That is to say, they built a line of alpine touring models that ski downhill a lot like regular alpine skis rather than sacrificing skiability for weight savings. The Freebirds have exploded because of it, becoming some of the most popular touring skis in the world. And, in turn, Black Crows keeps making subtle tweaks to improve the skis. A year ago, for example, the Camox got lighter, shedding enough weight to make it comparable to some of the lighter skis in the category. The unbeaten downhill performance remained. So, for 2020, the model returns unchanged and ready to serve all your backcountry skiing needs. The Camox is poppy and playful, true to form for a Black Crows product, yet also relatively stiff and strong. So when you find powder, there's enough waist width and rocker to make it worth the trek. And when you climb big lines in the spring, there's enough ski mountaineering performance to get you back to the car alive and stoked. All of that sounds easy to pull off. But if it were, more skis would be this awesome, wouldn't they?