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.
The Orb Freebird is a whole different animal for 2017. This Black Crows classic has been profoundly modernized from a new mold, acquiring a new single beak and a half shape (front rocker with a light early rise tail) and a lightweight freebird core, giving it an infallible, occasionally brutal, alpine spirit. This new breed of Orb is more aggressive than anything we've seen before, with superior edge hold on piste and variable snow conditions.
- Classic Camber and Front Rocker
- Triaxial and Biaxial Fiberglass and Carbon
- Paulownia Wood Core
- Semi Cap Construction
- Light Edges