Ski: 2020-2021 Black Crows Atris, 184.2 cm
Available Lengths: 178.3, 184.2, 189.7 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 182.7 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1993 & 2026 grams
Stated Dimensions: 139-108-125 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 138.5-107.5-125.7 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (184.2 cm): 20 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 62.5 mm / 38 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 3.5 mm
Core: poplar + fiberglass laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -7.65 cm from center; 83.7 cm from tail
[Note: Our review is being conducted on the 19/20 Atris, which returns unchanged for 20/21, apart from graphics.]
Back in 2017, Jonathan Ellsworth reviewed the 16/17 Black Crows Atris and found it to be fun, poppy, and playful ski that excelled in softer conditions. Black Crows changed the Atris for 17/18, and we subsequently received reminders from our readers on a nearly weekly basis that we needed to review the updated version.
Well, we finally have the current Atris, which is unchanged from 17/18 through 20/21 (apart from graphics). I have a day on the Atris and Blister Members can check out our Flash Review for our initial on-snow impressions, and then here we’re diving into the design of the ski.
What Black Crows says about the Atris
“This stable ski is quick when edging, with a progressive tail and a tolerant degree of flex; a powerful performer at high speed without loss of maneuvrability. A really sporty character. The Atris is a big mountain ski for all types of weather and snow conditions, a stylish door-opener to the world of big mountain skiing.”
To condense that description even further, I’d single out these words / phrases: quick, sporty, powerful, and “all types of weather and snow conditions.” The Atris is supposed to handle everything, and do so while offering a nice mix of stability and maneuverability.
Shape / Rocker Profile
The shape of the Atris didn’t change much from the 16/17 version, with the exception of the sidecut radius, which grew from 18 meters to 20 meters.
The Atris still has a pretty tapered tip, though it’s not a “pointed” tip — the Atris’s tip is pretty straight after the widest point and there’s still a lot of surface area at the end of the tip. The Atris’s tip is still much more tapered than its tail.
Given that many of Black Crows’ athletes are throwing tricks on the Atris, and the fact that it has a nearly twinned tail, I’ll be comparing it to some all-mountain-freestyle skis. Compared to skis like the Prior Northwest 110, Moment Wildcat 108, and Faction Prodigy 3.0, the Atris’s tip looks pretty similar in terms of taper, but its tail is notably less tapered. Compared to more directional options like the Black Crows Corvus, Fischer Ranger 107 Ti, and ON3P Wrenegade 108, the Atris is a bit more tapered overall.
The Atris’s rocker profile is nothing crazy, particularly for a playful, 108mm-wide ski. If anything, it has somewhat shallow rocker lines (particularly compared to freestyle-oriented skis). Our pair of the current Atris has 38 mm of tail splay, which is certainly above average compared to the whole market, but a bit lower than many freestyle skis with what I’d call “true twin tips.” Compared to the old 16/17 Atris, the current Atris has a slightly lower tail (38 mm of tail splay on the current Atris vs. 46 mm on the 16/17 version).
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Atris:
In Front of Toe Piece: 8-9
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-9
The Atris has pretty accessible tips, shovels, and tails, and a strong midsection. The flex in the front half of the ski doesn’t ramp up super quickly, with little difference between the end of the tip and most of the shovel. There’s a very smooth ramp-up in the middle, and the flex pattern is pretty round overall, though the area behind the bindings feels a bit stronger than the area in front of the bindings.
All in all, the Atris is neither super soft nor super stiff and its flex pattern is pretty round — all things I tend to like in a playful ski.
Similar to the 16/17 version Jonathan reviewed, the current Atris has a mount point around -7.7 cm from true center. That’s a bit on the more forward / progressive end of the spectrum, but slightly farther back than most freestyle skis.
I know some people are skiing the Atris mounted much closer to center, while Jonathan preferred the old version about 1.5 cm behind the line (around -9 cm from true center). Jonathan is a much more directional, traditional skier than I, so I’m curious to try the ski mounted a bit in front of its line, but we’ll also be trying it behind the line to see if more directional skiers should still be moving their bindings back on this ski (which is what Jonathan recommended with the old version).
The Atris is a pretty light ski, given its size. Our pair of the 184 cm version is coming in at an average weight of ~2010 grams per ski, which is a bit lighter than the 16/17 Atris we tested, though not super far off. For a 184 cm, 108mm-wide ski, that’s quite light and in line with some skis like the Line Sick Day 104 and Elan Ripstick 106 that we recommend for 50/50 use in the resort and in the backcountry.
For reference, here are our measured weights for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to keep things apples to apples.
1787 & 1793 Fauna Pioneer, 184 cm (19/20)
1806 & 1862 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (19/20–20/21)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–20/21)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1896 & 1942 K2 Reckoner 102, 184 cm (20/21)
1903 & 1912 Moment PB&J, 188 cm (19/20)
1993 & 2026 Black Crows Atris, 184.2 cm (17/18–20/21)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2006 & 2065 Head Kore 105, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2011 & 2028 Moment Wildcat 108, 184 cm (19/20)
2027 & 2052 K2 Reckoner 112, 184 cm (20/21)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2049 & 2053 Whitedot Altum 104, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2065 & 2074 Black Crows Atris, 184.0 cm (16/17)
2079 & 2105 Kastle FX106 HP, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2097 & 2113 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 C2, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2101 & 2104 Fischer Ranger 102 FR, 184 cm (18/19–20/21)
2110 & 2119 Moment Wildcat 108, 190 cm (19/20)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
2120 & 2134 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (19/20–20/21)
2143 & 2194 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2153 & 2184 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, 187 cm (20/21)
2165 & 2211 K2 Mindbender 108Ti, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2165 & 2219 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm (19/20–20/21)
2170 & 2180 Dynastar M-Free 108, 182 cm (20/21)
2177 & 2180 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (19/20)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110 Free, 185 cm (17/18–20/21)
2188 & 2190 Prior Northwest 110, 190 cm (19/20–20/21)
2190 & 2268 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2202 & 2209 Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105, 186 cm (19/20)
2218 & 2244 Volkl Mantra 102, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2232 & 2244 ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm (19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2250 & 2307 Argent Badger, 184 cm (19/20)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19–19/20)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18–20/21)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–19/20)
2321 & 2335 Fischer Ranger 107 Ti, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2325 & 2352 Folsom Blister Pro 104, 186 cm (19/20)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
Bottom Line (For Now)
The Black Crows Atris has been a mainstay in their lineup for years now, and we’re very excited to spend more time on it this year. It features a moderately tapered and rockered design, combines that with a pretty low weight and middle-of-the-road flex pattern, and tops it off with a fairly progressive mount point. Blister Members can check out our Flash Review linked below for our initial on-snow impressions, and then stay tuned for our full review.
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