Black Crows Orb Freebird

2020

Touring
Black Crows
Price: £560.00
Overall:
Ability Level Upper Intermediate Lower Advanced Upper Advanced Lower Expert Upper Expert
Sidecut 121-91-107
Turn radius 18m (172)
Lengths 166, 172, 178
Construction Titanal Reinforcement
Wood core
Plastic insert and cut out on tail
Strengths Brilliant, stability, flex and edge grip
Weaknesses Hard to fault

They say

The Orb Freebird is for you if you want the perfect balance between climbing and skiing

We say

The range moves from 85mm to 110 mm, but the 91mm feels like a great choice. It manages to feel agile enough from turn to turn but still has the width to give effortless float in deeper snow. We tested the 172 and in this length for a touring ski it gave out surprising stability in longer turns. it’s a really solid performer even on hardpack and generally feels strong and confidence inspiring in any situation. One of the factors that helps in this all round ability is its smooth, even flex that is beautifully judged. Overall this is a strong, predictable, almost bomb proof ski that feels perfectly geared up to deal with anything the mountain can throw at it