This Ski Is A Staff Favorite:
I had always heard that Black Crows skis were so versatile because they were designed in Chamonix, where there's so much vertical that it might be snowing hard at the top of a run, but raining by the time you get to the bottom. Since the conditions change so much in one run, the skis must handle powder just as well as the ice. I didn't get a chance to ski them in Chamonix, but I did experience the versatility first hand when I used the Navis at St. Anton in Austria. I was blown away with how well the ski adjusted to the changing conditions. At the top of the mountain it was stormy, and the skis easily pushed above the soft snow to make playful turns. By the time I got midway down, the snow began to get choppy and crusty--but the Navis was still stiff enough to push through the choppy snow for a stable ride. At the bottom of the mountain, the snow turned to a mix of ice and slush. Since the ski has a mostly flat tail, there was plenty of edge for me to dig into the snow to make carving turns that felt damp and controlled.
2019 Black Crows Navis Description:
Strictly in terms of waist width, the 102mm Navis slots in just above the 97mm Camox and 99mm Daemon in the brilliant Black Crows galaxy. In terms of performance, though, the Navis shines alone. Less rockered and much stiffer than the skinnier Camox, the Navis is purpose-built for aggressive skiers pointing 'em down steep fall lines. While the Daemon has two sheets of metal and an iconoclastic reverse-camber profile, the Navis has a lively Poplar wood core and long traditional camber. A rockered, tapered tip keeps the Navis nimble in tight spaces, though, while a slightly rockered tail finishes turns with power and precision. For big mountain skiers looking to do everything worth doing, the Black Crows Navis is your North Star.
2019 Black Crows Navis Specs: