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.
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