In Depth Staff Reviews:
By: Matt M
It sounds crazy. Hiking uphill for a few hours to take one run that lasts all of 10 minutes. "Forget that," bystanders say. "I'll stick to the chairlift."
We understand the sentiment. But many of us here at Powder7 subscribe to this crazy-talk—and the backcountry skiing lifestyle. Why? There's just something addictive about earning your turns.
The peaceful aesthetic of a freshly painted skintrack. The sense of adventure. The full-body tired and satisfaction as you sip a post-tour IPA. There's a lot to like, without even talking about untracked powder. Ready to ski uphill? Time for some gear talk:
And the best backcountry skis of 2019 are...
Pow7's Top Picks
Black Crows Camox Freebird. Why we love it: The 2019 Camox Freebird is stiffer and lighter than previous models, and ... Continue Reading
By: Matt M
You love him. He loves skiing.
Whether or not you also ski, finding a gear gift for him can quickly prove intimidating. There’s just so much stuff. He’s just so particular. Or maybe he just never coherently communicates what he needs or wants.
Whether he errs on the wild side or religiously sticks with that jacket you got him 20 years ago or blows you off to chase powder, we’ve got you covered.
And because you’re reading this gift guide, we know he loves you too.
For: The Trendsetter
He’s the personable one, the one cracking jokes and grabbing you a beer and laughing at himself. Those bright colors and that distinctive style mean you never lose him on the mountain. Get him a gift that keeps his party rolling.
Patagonia Synchilla Snap T Pullover Jacket
The ... Continue Reading
By: Matt M
Check out our preview of 2020 Black Crows skis.
Highlights from the 2019 Black Crows skis lineup:
Let Me Take You Higher
That's what the sidewall reads on last year's Camox Freebird alpine touring ski by Black Crows, and it holds some double meaning for the company—if you haven't witnessed the Black Crows explosion at a ski resort near you, chances are you will soon.
In 2019, that Camox Freebird gets the most significant revisions in the line. It's lighter (considerably) and stiffer. The Crows hope that translates to better variable-snow performance in the backcountry in a package that's even easier on the ascent.
The Camox Freebird is also offered in a wider size range, making it accessible for a variety of both men and women: 160, 166, 172, 178, 183, and ... Continue Reading
By: Matt M
Uphilling. It sounds like a fancy term for sidestepping your way back up a ski slope after you lose a ski. Or a trendy term for some god-awful workout regimen.
Don’t worry. It’s way better.
Increasing numbers of skiers are skinning up their favorite resorts before, during, and after operating hours to access runs with few crowds and no lifts. The movement parallels an industry-wide uptick in backcountry skiing, offering all the exercise benefits of “earning your turns” without the intimidating logistics or avalanche danger. And it costs little to nothing.
Sold? Here are five tips to help you start your uphill career:
1. Know your Mountain's Policy
While skiing in the resort outside operating hours means increased freedom, it also means you need to know where you’re ... Continue Reading
2020 Black Crows Camox Freebird Description:
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?
2020 Black Crows Camox Freebird Specs:
|Weight:||2760 grams (per pair for size 172cm) Learn more about ski weights|