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Black Crows Navis Freebird Skis Now On Sale

This Ski Is A Staff Favorite:

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By: Cara
If you're looking for a ski that navigates its way uphill like a mountain goat but still charges downhill then you're in the right place. The Navis Freebirds must have some sort of magic in them because they are nearly as fun to ski uphill as they are downhill. Black Crows builds their skis with finesse and that fine tuned performance comes out as soon as you hop on a pair them. When it comes to their Freebird line, they cut weight without cutting performance making the skis an absolute joy in the backcountry. These gems will take you anywhere you want to go, as far as you want to go. From powder, to hardpack, to corn, and everything in between, the Navis Freebirds will navigate it all like a dream. They are a phenomenal every day touring ski that will handle anything you throw at them. All in all, the Navis Freebirds open up the mountains in a way that makes you feel free as a bird.
Read all of our Black Crows Navis Freebird staff reviews

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By: Matt M
I saw a lot of the Navis Freebird skinning up Arapahoe Basin this winter—but fear of being cliche didn't keep me from picking up a pair for my new backcountry setup. These skis absolutely nail the sweet spot for a backcountry ski. At 102mm underfoot, they're wide enough to float and narrow enough to be quick and nimble. Relatively stiff, they're reliable in crusty chutes while also being light enough to be a worthy option for bigger tours. At 5'7"/160, I was tempted to size down to a 169, but the 179 has proven to be the best choice I've made all winter. Fun, fun, fun 'till daddy takes the Freebird away...

In Depth Staff Reviews:

By: Cara

Black Crows Navis Freebird Ski Review

Time to feel free. With most types of skiing, you are guaranteed to run into a whole host of conditions depending on the time of day, day of the week, terrain or slope you find yourself on. Conditions can switch from sunny and warm to a whiteout in an instant. This is especially true in the backcountry, where you need a ski that can handle anything. Enter the Black Crows Navis Freebird. If you are looking for a one-ski backcountry quiver for variable conditions, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with the 102mm-waist Navis Freebirds. Unisex, versatile, light, responsive, powerful, quick—what ... Continue Reading

By: Matt M

Photo Journal: Backcountry Skiing in Patagonia with Owen Leeper

PHOTOS: Owen Leeper and Matt McDonald In Bariloche, Argentina, we start with 17-ounce tenderloin cuts—bife de lomo—and a bottle of Malbec. "Anywhere in the States, this is $60 steak," Owen says. But we're in South America. We "ball out," and dinner costs each of us around $30. Our next vintage Argentina moment? Hiking through mud, slush, bamboo and rain from the parking lot at the Cerro Catedral ski resort to Refugio Frey, a hut in the Bariloche backcountry. Contrast two and a half hours of trudging through lenga forest with the winter scene when we ultimately reach the hut and you ... Continue Reading

Our Take On The 2021 Black Crows Navis Freebird:

The Black Crows Navis Freebird may be the most versatile alpine touring ski we sell. That is why it has quickly become a favorite here in the Colorado backcountry and beyond. As a backcountry ski, the Navis Freebird is light enough to climb skintracks all day, whether for multiple laps or on one long tour...especially if you pair it with a light boot and minimalist binding. It is also heavy enough to make your descent worth the climb. Those downhill chops also make the Navis Freebird worthy of a hybrid touring binding, like the Salomon Shift or Marker Duke PT. While we do not recommend that many skiers run them in-bounds as their only ski for resort and backcountry (we pretty much shy away from recommending any backcountry ski for that), the Navis Freebird can handle all your touring needs. One of our staffers hunted steep and skinny couloirs in Patagonia on them a few years back. Another used them to mine local low-angle powder stashes along the Interstate 70 corridor for her first season touring. And dozens of mountain folks happily click into them to skin up Arapahoe Basin before or after the resort closes. What makes the Navis Freebird so versatile is that each of its specs strikes a balance. Abundant camber underfoot and directional tails make for reliable edge hold when you need it most. Lightweight and rockered tips float up in powder and track smoothly rather than hooking. Reinforcement plates and carbon hold up to mixed snow, while lightweight paulownia wood keeps weight down. With this balance, the Navis Freebird takes the Middle Way. That could mean it is the ski of Buddhist monks. Or maybe the crew at Black Crows are just really good at making skis. Similar skis: Blizzard Zero G 105, Atomic Backland 100.

2021 Black Crows Navis Freebird Specs:

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Rocker:Freeride Rocker
Ability Level:Ability Level 8
Construction:Partial Sidewall
Weight:3410 grams (per pair for size 179cm) Learn more about ski weights