Powder 7 has carried Black Crows Skis for 2 seasons now, and each year we find hidden gems within the line, like the Orb Freebird. I picked one of these up for myself in December and mounted it up with Dynafit ST 2.0 and I am blown away at the performance and versatility. At 91mm underfoot, we are talking about a harder snow or spring season type of touring ski. If you are used to older, more traditional planks, you may be thrilled with the flotation of this ski, but be aware- that is not the goal of this model.
When paired with the new 2.0 Dynafit bindings, I feel supremely confident ripping this ski in any condition at any area. They are stiff, yet not overly stiff (no metal), so you can rip high speed groomers or bang in tight trees. My typical use for this ski so far has been to get a few chair laps in at A-Basin hitting groomers, trees, and bumps and then at 4pm when the resort closes- time to skin up. The skis on the uphill are just as good as on the way down, they are light and track very well. I got the orb as a package with the Pellis skins and I have had no issues with them so far.
While hoards of skiers these days are choosing a backcountry ski around 100mm-110mm underfoot, there's a lot to be said for going narrower. The Orb Freebird is stupid-lightweight, with carbon and paulownia in the build, and it's strong like the rest of the Black Crows touring line. That weight to skiability ratio lends this ski to dawn patrol skinning laps at your local hill better than any of the wider Freebirds. If you want to legitimately chase powder during mid winter, you may add a wider option. But if you really start getting after alpine touring once the snowpack settles in the spring, a 91mm waist width is plenty for busting out sun-soaked corn skiing tours. And if you've only ever kick-turned with wider skis, you're in for a pleasant surprise.