Today’s market is flooded with skis claiming to be the perfect hybrid solution for resort and backcountry skiers, but most fall short.
The skis are typically too heavy for any legitimate touring, or too light and unstable for hard-charging skiers looking to push themselves within the boundaries of the resort.
The Black Crows Corvus Freebird is the best example of a truly versatile hybrid ski that I’ve skied to date.
I was impressed with how light the skis were on the uphill (even with a pair of bulky Salomon Shift bindings), and was pleasantly surprised with how hard I could charge them on the downhill.
They weren’t as solid on deep carving turns like a true downhill ski with downhill bindings, but I felt comfortable enough to let ’em loose on multiple occasions. That’s more than I can say for many of its competitors.
It’s really up to you on how you want to use your pair of Corvus Freebirds.
Slap on a pair of shift bindings and you have the perfect resort side-country/small touring mission ski, or go full tech binding and enjoy your new favorite touring skis for big backcountry missions.
Black Crows rarely misses, and the Corvus Freebird is certainly a make. I only wish I had them a little bit longer last season to get more use out of them, but I’d still highly recommend them! They’re that good.
Also, it probably goes without saying, but the hot pink top sheet and base is awesome. Real men & women ski pink skis. It’s a fact.
Width: 107 mm
Turn Radius: 21 m
Weight: 3750 g