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
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Foot steering required
The Black Crows Nocta returns for 2017-18 with new graphics, but unchanged construction. The laminate consists of poplar, paulownia wood, and fiberglass. Damping is moderate. The ski has a very straight looking sidecut.
This ski, like the Black Crows Anima which I also reviewed, are not automatic carvers. They prefer a straighter line of travel, and require more foot steering input, to attempt competent short and medium radius turns. I list the edge grip as fair, but below average for this width underfoot. Stability at speed is average.
For a ski that prefers a straighter line of travel, this Black Crows surprised me. The fully rockered Nocta is quite nimble, and quick in the bumps. It won't punish you, even when bumps become a bit firm. It's light weight, yet moderate damping were a bonus.
The full rocker provides easy turn initiation. With this skis straighter outline, (compared to most competitors wider front section-5 point sidecut), it restricts float to average for this width underfoot.
Black Crows about the Nocta
"Wide float and serious manoeuvrability make the nocta the ultimate toy for big pow. A combination of large width, reverse camber and extended sidecut mean that the nocta floats great in powder, is stable on its edges and is extremely manoeuvrable", says Black Crows.
$ 719.00 $ 850.00