2022 Black Crows Navis Freebird Skis

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Black Crows Navis Freebird Skis

The Black Crows Navis Freebird skis are an awesome selection for high-end skiers looking for that versatile and hard-charging touring ski with way more upside than downside. Black Crows does some cool stuff with their skis, and now that they're able to use that technology and design in a lighter weight ski, they're in for the bit time for sure. Thanks to the explosion in popularity in the world of backcountry skiing and touring over the past few years, companies are catching up and coming up with competitive skis. The Black Crows Navis takes its shape from its Alpine coounterpart, complete with a 102 mm underfoot width and gradual tip rocker and taper. The flatter tail and progressive camber make for an extremely energetic ski with tons of snap and pop. All of this shaping and technology comes in at a lighter weight thanks to the thinner sides and bases, and the use of poplar and paulownia wood. The addition of a skin notch in the tail is the only real visual difference. A lot of skiers will see this as a good 50/50 ski for in and out of bounds skiing-available for resort-only use as well as backcountry-specific. The Navis strikes that great balance in terms of shape, allowing for a responsive tail that likes to grip tight versus wash out. For a set of touring skis, these floaty chargers are going to make a lot of skiers smile.


  • Sidecut: 138/102/118 mm at 173 cm
  • Turn Radius: 19 m
  • Poplar and Paulownia Wood Core
  • Mid-Stiff Flex
  • Tail Skin Notch
  • Titanal Binding Reinforcement Plate
  • Tip Rocker with Long Camber
  • Ability Level: Advanced and Expert Skiers

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Preferred Terrain
 Big Mountain •  Powder •  Touring 

Big Mountain

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Hi there ;) would like to know the difference between the navis freebird and the kastle tx103, i really don't know which one to choose, they looks really similar, do we have this metal plate under the foot in the TX103? thks for your help ;)

Question by: Guillaume DALIGAULT on Dec 14, 2021, 9:11 PM
Hi Guillaume-

The Kastle does not have any metal underfoot, It has a wood core with a fiberglass wrap or "sock" through the ski. Both
are in the same class as 50/50 resort/touring skis. Light weight, damp and precise. Due to that plate underfoot on the Navis, you'll get a stiffer ski when encountering hardpack conditions. The Kastle will be a little more floaty and surfy due to it's hallow tech tip for soft snow and powder.

Hope this help and think snow!

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Dec 15, 2021, 10:43 AM
as an advanced solid skier I struggle with the choice of the correct length. Beeing 167 cm "tall", I'm not sure whether to take the 167 or the 173... Maybe you could help me with my decision. Thanks for your help and your great reviews on YT!!
Question by: Samuel on Feb 27, 2022, 6:22 AM
HI Samuel!
I think the 167 is the way to go unless you know you prefer longer skis. They're still pretty stiff and stable by themselves, so I don't see a real need to upsize unless you really want to. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 28, 2022, 11:22 AM
I am considering the Navis Freebirds to use for some true backcountry, skinning up at resorts and for lighter skis to use in the Stowe side country trees. I am 69 1/2 inches tall and 163 lbs. My alpine skis are Volkl Mantra M5's at 177 cm length. I am an expert skier but now passing 60 yo. So, any advice regarding the 173 vs. 179 length? Thanks.
Question by: John Wysolmerski on Oct 4, 2022, 10:23 AM
Hey John, thanks for reaching out!

The Navis Freebird would be a perfect ski for East Coast backcountry skiing. It's light, quick and strong. Given that you are skiing an M5 in a 177, I don't think you would have any issue skiing a 179. The Navis has a good amount of tip rocker, and that combined with its light weight means sizing up is generally not a problem. If you went with the 173, it would be even more maneuverable in tight spaces and light on the way up! Either size is going to work for you, you can make the decision based on your priorities! Hope this helps!

Answer by: Michael Queally (Admin) on Oct 5, 2022, 1:43 PM

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