A pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to freedom-Warren Miller
Today I wanted to do a quick review on my do it all ski for the last year+
The 2020 edition of Black Crows Atris has been my every day ski for the last year now and in general I have absolutely loved them.
Some quick facts to get out of the way, I am 5′ 10″ and 140lbs. I rock the 178.3 length option on the Atris which is a little short for me, but that is what I was looking for when I got them. And if I had to define my skiing with one word it would be freeride.
Now I am not a technical kind of person so you wont be hearing about reverse camber, turn radius, twin tips, and the best wax combos to use. What I will be talking about is how the actually feel and what they best shred.
I live in South West Montana which means I am blessed with super light cold smoke powder and lots of it. And after skiing these on west coast “powder” I would defiantly say these are more suited for a lighter powder.
But on the other hand I also ski all summer, so they have seen their fair share of icy conditions. Paired with the Salomon Shift binding they have made for a surprisingly light setup for being 108 underfoot.
In the summer I value how light the Atris are for the hike up and the strong edge you can get with them for the ski down.
In the winter I love the 108 underfoot width. I find that to be the perfect width to have a blast on a powder day, but still be able to charge on a good groomer day.
Bringing me to another point, the fantastic ability of these skis to just blast through any conditions. Chowder, a little ice, the Atris don’t care.
Some of the cons I’ve seen
- Can tend to be a little flaky if you’re hard on it
- The backs of the skis could be a little more attuned to hold onto skin clips
- They are on the more expensive side for a pair of sticks
A cool bonus is this cool pattern the snow makes when the sun and snow aligns just right
I have absolutely loves my pair of Black Crow Atris and would highly recommend them for most people. There are defiantly better skis for certain categories, such as lighter skis for backcountry, skinnier skis for icy conditions, wider skis for powder. But the Atris does it all with very little compromise.
Fun Level: 10/10
Price: 8/10 for what you get
If you want to check them out yourself go ahead and visit https://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/black-crows-atris-2020
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