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2022 Black Crows Mirus Cor Ski Review

True innovation in the ski industry is somewhat rare. The introduction of more-pronounced sidecut in the 1990s comes to mind, as does the development of skis with rocker in the early 2000s. Recently, we’ve seen some new construction techniques and new materials being used, but there haven’t been too many skis with a shape that looks fundamentally different. The Line Blade would be a good example of a ski that’s breaking the mold, so to speak, and the ski we’re going to talk about today feels like it falls into a similar category, both in its performance and the way it differentiates from the masses. That ski is the new Black Crows Mirus Cor.

Now, we should preface that there’s nothing in the Mirus Cor that we’ve never seen before. What makes it different, however, is how Black Crows is combining design elements that have traditionally been found in specific categories with very little crossover. Construction isn’t too wild, so let’s start there before we get into what makes this ski so unique. Something I like about Black Crows is how they select different materials and different construction techniques for each ski they make, rather than make a bunch of different widths of basically the same ski. In the Mirus Cor, we get a poplar wood core, traditional fiberglass mockup, and a single titanal plate that’s not full length of the ski, but rather focused under foot in the middle of the ski. It’s sandwich construction, but we do get a semi-cap construction rather than full vertical sidewalls. I do, however, think it’s fair to say it’s more vertical sidewall than cap. The topsheet curves over the sidewalls only a little bit, maybe 2-3 mm at most.

AT A GLANCE


2022 Black Crows Mirus Cor Skis



AVAILABLE SIZES

TURN RADIUS

SIDECUT

CORE

STRENGTHS

168.3, 173.2, 178.0, 184.2 cm

13 m at 178.0 cm

134 / 87 / 123 mm @ 178.0 cm

Poplar, Partial Titanal Laminate

Carving, Playfulness, Fun-Factor


That’s about it for construction. It results in a weight of 3600 g per pair in the 178 cm length. Certainly not too heavy, especially considering the inclusion of metal. Shape is where things start to get really exciting. We have an 87 mm waist width with super-wide tips and tails. The tip width of the 178 cm length is 134 mm. Tails aren’t far off at 123 mm in width. The result of those sidecut dimensions is a super-short 13 m turn radius. Now you might be thinking, “there are other skis with short turn radii, what makes this special?” For one, it’s a twin tip. It’s not just any twin tip, it’s a relatively symmetrical twin tip with a mount point that’s only 3.5 cm back from true center. It also has relatively symmetrical tip and tail rocker and is obviously designed to be skied switch as well as forward. Combine those two different elements, the short turn radius and the symmetrical twin tip shape, and you get a ski that’s exceptionally unique. We can’t really think of anything else like it. The Line Blade has come up as an interesting comparison, which we’ll circle back to with more detail in a little bit, but that’s far less of a twin tip and far more directional. If you want one more interesting design element to further set the Mirus Cor apart from other skis, it would be the slight fish/swallowtail design. There’s a little slit through the tail, which allows for easier edge release and also gives the ski a more swishy, maneuverable feel in soft snow.

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Combining frontside carving performance with freestyle capabilities is an interesting concept, and as a former competitive slopestyle skier and current coach and ski reviewer, I’m here for it. My fondness for simple carving has grown as I meander through my mid-30s, yet I still like to ski switch, I still like to jump off random stuff and do 180s wherever possible, and I still like to ski in the park. I’ve often talked about skis in our content that carve well and have a twin tip shape. Take the Enforcer 104 Free, for example. I was thrilled when that ski came out because it offered a twin tip, freeride shape with more technology, stability, and edge grip. The Mirus Cor is a similar concept, but so much different than anything else I’ve ever skied.

It’s lightning quick when linking carving turns and is exceptionally responsive. You can dip into a short radius turn at a moment’s notice. All it takes is a slight tip in from the skier and the tip shape and short radius does the rest of the work. The flex pattern is energetic and snappy, giving you some of the most bouncy, energetic carves you’ll ever experience. There’s not limitless edge grip, partly due to the short radius and the swallowtail design, so if you’re looking to mob GS turns at 50 mph, look elsewhere. On the other hand, these provide an exceptionally rewarding skiing experience even when you’re going slow. It turns the entire mountain into usable terrain, instead of basically just traveling around the mountain looking for steep sections where you can lay down your turns. That’s a refreshing characteristic and a departure from traditional ski designs. Typically, manufacturers are focused on being the best in a certain category, but the Mirus Cor is just trying to be different and trying to give the skier a fun, playful, rewarding experience no matter where you take it or how fast you’re skiing.

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“No matter where you take it” brings up the other side of this ski’s personality. It can carve well as we’ve just talked about, but you can also do so many other things. It’s one of the easiest skis you’ll ever experience in terms of releasing the tail edge and getting it to smear, pivot, and slide. This was most noticeable to me when swishing the skis around from forward to switch and back again. It’s maybe the least catchy ski I’ve ever skied, but also one of the quickest carving skis I’ve ever been on. Those two characteristics are rarely combined, especially in such a profound way.

I also think it has some interesting capabilities as a park ski. I haven’t yet had the chance to put it to the test on park jumps and rails, but I hope I get that opportunity. I can imagine the ease of carving off lips to initiate spins on this ski. I love doing tricks like that, and the quickness and carving performance of the Mirus Cor would add a whole new element and new capabilities. It would also be really fun in a more skatepark-style terrain park. Because of its quickness and its willingness to skid, smear, slash, etc, you can wiggle it around between tight features. Because it’s not too heavy, you can pretty much place it wherever you want, and again, it’s not going to feel catchy. “New wave” park skiers who like to wiggle and play in an unorthodox manner are going to fall in love with this ski. I’m not sure it will even be on their radar because it’s not an ON3P or a Vishnu... but it should be on their radar. It might be the best ski ever for the newest generation of park skiers, and I completely understand the weight of that statement.

Now, I think it’s perfectly fair to say this ski isn’t for everyone. In fact, it’s almost hard to make a recommendation. Interestingly, I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. To me, it feels hard for me to make a recommendation because it’s such a different ski. There’s not much supporting evidence just yet of who is going to like a ski like this. Do I? Absolutely. Would I ski it every day? Absolutely not. Do I want one? Yeah... I do. I wasn’t sure I would when I first saw it and first skied it, but now I find myself itching to get back on a Mirus Cor. The biggest reasons why? It’s fun and it’s different. To me, those might be the most important characteristics in a ski’s performance. I’m lucky enough to ski a ton of different skis in a given year. Well over 100, that’s for sure. I know what most skis are going to feel like before I even ski them, but nothing I’ve ever skied feels like the Mirus Cor. As a dedicated skier, that’s really cool, and something I want to experience more of. So, while it might not be the concrete recommendation skiers are looking for, my best advice would be to buy a pair if you want to experience something different.

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Written by Jeff Neagle on 07/22/21

6 thoughts on “2022 Black Crows Mirus Cor Ski Review

  1. I really like your videos and reviews. I own bent chetler 100/180cm for skitouring and im looking to replace my resort ski for something more playful. Im 5'10 and 180lbs/81kg weight i wonder what length would you recommend, 173 or 178cm?

    1. HI Matus!
      I think 178 makes more sense. Nothing wrong with the shorter, but to maximize that resort performance, I'd go with the longer. Have fun!
      SE

      1. Great review! I currently ski on an older pair of 179 Line Supernatural Lite 92s. I’m looking for a replacement and want to know if you think this would be a good fit. Initially I was looking for something a bit wider, but do you think these have a good amount of float given the tip and tail sizes? Also, would you recommend the 178 or 183? I am 6ft and 175lbs.

        1. Hi Bob!
          For the waist width, they have very good float. The tip and tail size certainly have to be wider to generate that shorter turn radius. I would go with the 183 based on your stats and the fact that the skis are on the quick side. Very fun and interesting skis!
          SE

  2. Hi,
    Your tests and videos are great. Congrats.
    I am 45y, 186cm, 84kg. I am a very good and strong skier. I ski in the Swiss Alps. I ski Black Crows ORB 184.6 cm. These skis really rocks !!
    I am thinking to buy the 2022 MIRUS COR. Could you please kindly confirm my choice of 184.2 cm for the MIRUS ?
    178 cm seems too short for me !!
    Many thanks and enjoy ski !
    Jul. aka MKg

    1. HI Julien!
      Confirm 184.2 form Mirus COR. The shorter size, with that radius, would feel a bit squirrelly, I'd think. Have fun, great skis!
      SE

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