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Black Crows Nocta

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Black Crows Nocta, freeride ski test


Length (cm): 177.6, 185.5, 190.6
Sidecut @185.5cm (mm): 140-122-132
Radius (m): 26


Terrain: 20% piste - 80% off-piste
Discipline: freeride
Skier level: advanced - expert
Stability at speed: good
Edge hold: fair - good
Profile: full rocker
Weight: 2000g @185.5cm

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Freeride ski Black Crows Nocta 2018

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Craig's review: Advanced freeride skier

Advanced freeride skier
Craig's rating of this ski:

3 stars

Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Craig

"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."

 SkillsLevel 13
 FitnessLevel 9
 SpeedLevel 7
 Length:185 cm6'1"
 Weight:82 kg180 lbs


My favourite freeride skis:

1. Blizzard BonafideFreeride ski Blizzard Bonafide 2017


2. Kästle BMX105
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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.

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