Advanced freeride skier
Craig's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
"Powder bump runs with numerous face shots, creamy untracked pow turns, and even huge carve turns on empty groomed runs at the beginning of the day are my favorite. I am not a high speed skier."
Weight:82 kg180 lbs
My favourite freeride skis:
1. Blizzard Bonafide
2. Kästle BMX105
3. Liberty Genome
To all my reviews
I am writing quick reviews for 13 new 2016-17 freeride skis that I rode during the SIA demo days. Eight of these skis are in the near 115mm underfoot width. Conditions were soft, with 12 inches falling on the previous two days. Some face shots in the bumps on the morning of the first day, cut up groomers to test stability, and skied off areas to check edge grip.
The Black Crows Anima has moderate dampening, and stiffer flex for this width. These characteristics give it good stability over cut up groomers at speed. The unusual "hexagonal" shaped tip is designed to increase face shots in deep powder.
The stiffer flex of this Black Crows Anima make bump skiing challenging, and more difficult to experience those elusive face shots in soft bumps, with its "hexagonal" shaped tip!
The Anima does have good stability, and transitioned in and out of powder stashes with ease, but it's stiff flex, does reduce maneuverability in tight spots.
Black Crows about the Anima
"The big newcomer in our 2016 big mountain range, the anima is a 115mm double rockered ski with an alpine heart and the quick witted spirit of a predator. Made of poplar wood with fibreglass reinforcing underfoot, the anima is for the skier who wants a meaty big mountain ski with drive but enjoys the playful feel of a double rockered ski", says Liberty.