Black Crows 2015 Corvus Review

Black Crows Corvus 2015 review-1

A lot of people are starting to ask me what kit I chose and why. Anyone who knows me quickly comes to realise that I am really choosy about kit. The engineer in me looks for a well design product and the realist looks for a product that is robust and won’t let me down. On those big mountain steeps, you will only get away with kit failure if your really lucky and you never know when your luck will run out. Skiing is also a sport about sensations, and skis have to deliver a special combination of power, grip, dampening, agility and stability in just the right amounts to cut it. My skiing developed from an alpine slalom racing background to freeride and big mountain steep skiing. I’m definitely not into lightweight racing kit for ski touring and the chattery feel of those matchsticks. I’d rather put a bit more effort in on the up to be able to blast on the down without the worry of ripping the binding out or snapping a ski.

In the last ten years I have mainly skied Dynastar and Volkl before moving to Black Crows in 2013. I didn’t just move brand because they offered to support me, I went and tried out all their skis at an open day to see how they felt and if they could give me what I am looking for, just as you should. With the progression from cambered Dynastar pro riders to Volkl, Katanas, Kuros then Shiro’s you can see there is a general mix of performance with a growing trend of playfulness and agility. Long gone are the days you chose a big GS ski for stability at the sacrifice of agility, modern skis can do it all.

The Corvus has been Black Crows Sovereign ski since the brands conception, and with each year they have added some extra width to drive the market trend. We chose this ski to take on a 30 day expedition on Baffin Island to ski couloirs and here’s why. I wanted a ski that was reasonably stiff, had tip rocker a for forgiving nature, a classic tail for powering out of turns and edging, and at just over 4 kg for the pair light enough to do 1000 m a day, day in day out. This is a ski that likes to charge, and the harder you push the more impressed would will be with it stability as it shows its calibre. You can ski pow with dustbin lids but when its variable, crusty or firm then you start to appreciate the all round abilities. Its like a Mantra but with an extra 10 mm under foot fun added. It will be equally at home with alpine or touring bindings depending out what you want to do. I rated the ski on the 10 qualities I look for in a ski:

Corvus evaluationBlack Crows Corvus 2015 review Baffin-1Chasing Tom Grant – Ford Wall, Baffin Island

 

 

12 thoughts on “Black Crows 2015 Corvus Review

  1. Hey,

    I really like your blog. I’ve been skiing Corvus with look alpine bindings for 3 seasons now. I want to get the new 2015 model of the BC Corvus and I am debating about the binding. I want to have touring capability and can’t decide whether to take a frame binding like Marker or a tech model . what do you have on your Corvus? I too, by the way, was originally a ski racer before moving on to touring and step skiing in Cham, hence my love for the Corvus ski.

    thanks,

    -Igor

  2. hey ross,
    thanks for your detailed description of the corvus. as i wasn’t able to find any occasion to test bc skis in my area i’d very much like to ask for your advice. I got me a pair of atris this winter, but i found it has too little edge-hold on piste and is not stable enough at high speed. i´m mainly skiing resorts, 70% off-piste / 30% piste and i’d like to have a decent backcountry ski that can hold edge on piste. would you recommend the corvus?
    thank you in advance,
    peter

    • Hi Peter, in short I mainly use the corvus as my back country ski. It edges very well which is one of the reasons I took it to Baffin and ski the bigger lines in the Alps with it. Its a very different ski to the Atris, stiffer throughout and skis like the enormously successful Volkl Mantra which I used to ride on except its 10 mm wider. cheers Ross

  3. Ross,

    Thanks for your thoughts regarding the corvus. Little difficult to be able to test Black Crows skis were I live, since they are almost impossible to find in a store; only in web shops. Whats your thoughts regarding Sevun II compared to the Corvus? I like a stiffer ski with some backbone in the tail, I’m still using the Line Motherships, yet they are worn out. Both Corvus and Sevun II seems like good alternatives. Thank you in advance.
    /Erik

  4. Hi Ross,

    Also interested in your take on the Corvus compared with the Blizzard Cochise. Enjoy reading your adventures. Thanks.

    • Hi Kevin,
      So my buddy Dave Searle has some Cochise. I heard the designer from Volkl went to Blizzard a couple years back so the Cochise looks very similer to the Katana which I had a couple of pairs of. Super dampened ski with the metal sheets, precise, performs best charging or suited to heavier, strong, aggressive riders. I suspect both Cochise and Corvus ride pretty similar tho I feel the trad camber on the crows gives me better edge bite on the steeps. 2016 Black Crows launch the Corvus Freebird (lightened) for touring. Ive used the Navis freebird this season and love the way it skis, like the older front rockered, cambered Mantra. If you are touring alot the I’d consider the Corvus Freebird. best, Ross

      • Hey ross,
        I was wondering if you knew anything about the 2014 version of the corvus.
        I’ve found them at a good price and i am tempted to have a go at them: are they any different from the 2015 version?

        I am a young skimountaineer who is currently using orb freebirds (which i find too “fluffy”/soft) for steep/spring skiing (i don’t get too much pow where i live)

        Thank you very much for the inspiring blog and pictures.

      • Hey,

        I only skied the orb freebird once in Whymper – I found it stiff with good edge hold but not that dampened – but it was super icy conditions. The 2014 Corvus is the same as the 2015 version. I’ve just had mine remounted for the smaller shell of the tlt6 in preparation for some Midi North Face skiing. Its definitely my favourite ski in the line up, its not light though so for touring/carrying you might want to check out the Corvus 2016 Freebird (pink). I found the Navis Freebird much more dampened and easier to ski with front rocker over the Orb FB.

        cheers
        Ross

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