2020 Black Crows Camox Birdie

The Black Crows Camox Birdie is intended to be a fun, playful, versatile ski. Black Crows says its DNA is derived from freestyle, lengthening its sidecut and giving it substantial rocker in the tip and tail. That DNA is packaged into more of an all-mountain/freeride shape, which can be taken anywhere on the mountain. The 97 mm waist width is intended to cross over between firm and soft snow conditions, groomed and un-groomed terrain, and blends quickness edge to edge with good amounts of float in softer, deeper snow. The semi-cap construction gives it a slightly more forgiving, easier feel than a full vertical sidewall ski, which helps support its playful, maneuverable, versatile features.

Carly Monahan tested the 168.1 cm length and thought it was “really fun, playful, and versatile!” Carly gave the Camox Birdie some solid scores. Lots of 5’s out of 5 from Carly, with only quickness/maneuverability and forgiveness dropping down to 4 out of 5, which is still really good. Although she described it as fun and playful, she also mentioned it’s “all there when you wanna take it up a notch.” Carly also thought it was relatively “quick edge to edge for the width,” which is valuable feedback for a 97 mm waist ski.

Sam Purnell skied the 168.1 cm Camox Birdie as well. Like Carly, Sam was quite impressed by it. All 4’s and 5’s out of 5 from Sam, with stability, playfulness, and an overall impression earning those coveted 5 out of 5 spots. “Big rocker, but not fully twin tip. Really sturdy fat skis, would be awesome for powder. Really playful and great on groomers too. Tested on fast, hard-packed groomers and a little woods skiing too!”

Catherine Ferguson was another tester who hopped on that 168.1 cm length. Almost identical scores from Caroline, although this time it was stability and torsional stiffness/edge grip rising to the 5 out of 5 mark. “These skis were a lot of fun, especially on a day like today (firm AM, soft, spring PM). They could hold their own on the firmer conditions, but still felt comfortable when the snow got softer at the bottom. I would recommend this ski for an aggressive all-mountain skier.” Our testers are painting the picture of versatility for the Camox Birdie. It proved it can handle even some aggressive firm-snow skiing, is playful in soft snow, and can maneuver through the trees.

Kelly Carroll “loved this ski!” She also tested that 168.1 cm length and thought the Camox Birdie was “incredibly versatile, moving with me through the bumps and unbelievably playful. Again, all 4’s and 5’s out of 5 from Kelly, which rounds out some consistently high scores for the Camox Birdie. “They’re begging you to rip down the run.” She didn’t think carving was necessarily their highlight, but that’s not surprising given the rocker profile and width. “If you’re not bringing them out solely to carve, you’ll love them for everything else. Great for bumps, tree skiing, and soft, spring snow.”

The Camox Birdie is clearly a versatile ski. Although carving performance might not be its focus, most of our testers found it handled firm snow pretty darn well. On the other hand, its an absolute blast in softer snow and un-groomed terrain. The freestyle DNA shines through, giving it a distinctly playful feel. The 97 mm waist width and its rocker profile will be able to handle all but the deepest of snow conditions, making this a good one-ski-quiver option for adventurous skiers who like to seek out new terrain.

Testers

Elissa DeGolyer

Age: 30Height: 5'4"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Precise, aggressive, extensive ski racing background

Catherine Ferguson

Age: 26Height: 5'2"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Freeride and freestyle oriented with a flair for fun

Carly Monahan

Age: 33Height: 5'4"Weight: 135 lbs.

Ski Style: Athletic and active, but laid back

Sam Purnell

Age: 26Height: 5'5"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Strong and athletic with an adventurous spirit

Kelly Carroll

Age: 24Height: 5'7"Weight: 135 lbs.

Ski Style: Adventurous and playful with a love for exploration

2 Comments on the “2020 Black Crows Camox Birdie”

  1. Just wondered why after the raving review, the last comment mentions that it’s good in all ‘BUT, the deepest is snow?’ Why is this. Wouldn’t a 97 width be good for deep snow?

    1. Gillian,
      I’d say a 97 is at the start of being really good in deep snow. It’s more the combination of soft/hard snow performance that stands out about the skis. They’ll be just fine in anything up to about a foot depending on consistency, but deeper than that, consistently, and you’re going to want a wider ski for that application.
      SE

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