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Black Crows Orb 2017 | Ski Review

November 23rd, 2016


The Black Crows Orb is back in our lives with a bang – although the word ‘pop’ would probably be more appropriate. This already excellent all-round freeride ski has had a few well-thought out changes made to make it even more chargey, poppy and springy for intermediate to expert skiers.

Designed for equal amounts of jazz on piste and in powder, the Orb now has new titanal reinforcements along its entire length, which increase the torsional stiffness, pop and power. And since that’s generally what Black Crows skis are renowned for, we think the little extra oomph goes a long way.

The Orb has kept its camber underfoot, early rise tips and generous turn radius, which allow you to blast through crud, slice through hardpack and charge through powder with complete ease. Trees? No problem. Just cruising? No problem. Boot packs? All good. The 90mm waist is surprisingly floaty in fresh snow – that early rise tip will keep your noses above the surface however hard you’re charging – and is just skinny enough to carve like a beast on the groomers.

If you’re a confident resort skier who likes to dabble in everything the resort has to offer, the Orb is the ski for you. Whether it’s side-country powder, secret tree runs or piste charging you’re after, it’ll ensure you have fun and won’t let you down.

Buy the Black Crows Orb Skis with a choice of bindings here.