2020-2021 Black Crows Atris

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

Base: sintered

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.]

Luke Koppa reviews the Black Crows Atris for Blister
19/20 Black Crows Atris
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Intro

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.

Luke Koppa reviews the Black Crows Atris for Blister
2020-2021 Black Crows Corvus, Atris, Anima, & Nocta

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).

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Atris:

Tips: 6.5
Shovels: 6.5-7
In Front of Toe Piece: 8-9
Underfoot: 10
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-9
Tails: 8-7

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.

Mount Point

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).

Weight

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.

Flash Review

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9 comments on “2020-2021 Black Crows Atris”

  1. Great and versatile ski, I just got home from two weeks in the alps with these in 189 with shifts. Stable, playful, good for touring steeps and pow, decent in the harbor chop too. From Titlis to Helbronner to the Aiguille. Look forward to your Navis Freebird review, another one of my fav spring skis for the cascades.

  2. Very nice summary – with an overall rounded flex, the skis are super fun. As an aside, I wish that Black Crows offered an Atris Freebird model. I find the Atris and the Camox are perhaps the best skis for me in their line-up. As someone that prefers a square tail for touring and a slight lighter ski, a Freebird model would be wonderful. For now, I will keep riding Elan skis. Correct me if I am wrong, but some of Black Crows ski are manufactured in the Elan factory, near the Austrian border in Slovenia. Keep up the good work and informative reviews.

    • Check out the Ferox freebird. I ski the Atris every day and recently tried the Ferox, and while it’s not the same ski, it certainly fills that niche in their lineup of touring skis

  3. I am SO sad, but I hated these skis. I used them at Vail a few days after a major dump. They felt 1) unstable in the choppy stuff relative to my old Gotamas and 2020/2021 Enforcer 100’s, 2) like they wanted to run away from me and accelerate immediately (may be fine for some, but didn’t love it), and 3) tip feel (they felt way too light up front for my tastes).

    FYI – I normally ski powder (when I can find it), bumps, trees, and steeps in CO. Not an expert and not using them for touring, but advanced all the same.

    I wanted to love them. I really did. But I couldn’t.

  4. Full review coming still, or did the mountain closure and increasingly sketchy CB-area backcountry conditions push this to next year?

  5. Hello. I’m an east coast skier looking for a wider, more soft snow oriented ski for trips out west and the occasional deep day here. Currently I’m skiing the QST 99 (2017 model, 181cm) , and I’m quite happy with it. I’ve also demoed the QST 106 (also 2017), and liked it quite a lot. How does this ski compare to the QST line? It seems like it’s a bit more playful (which I’m looking for), but still fairly stable? I’m also wondering which length would be best for me. I’m 6′ 1″ and 155 pounds. I feel like the 184cm probably makes the most sense, but I’m also considering the 189cm because of the tail rocker. Thanks so much!

  6. Hello, I hope/guess a deep dive will follow. But I am checking the end off season sale’s ;-), so I post my comparison question already.
    The atris (184) and the rustler 11(188) are also on my radar to replace my 1ste generation soul 7’s (180). These were my first powder ski’s, so, I hope ;-), meanwhile my skills improved :-). I had/have a lot of fun on them, but my soul’s are missing some float and stability. I ski in Europe, most of the time we are chasing powder.
    Which will be the best pick? I also like tree skiing and don’t want to give up all the playfulness. Me, almost 6′ and 175lb.

  7. John – I’m certainly not the reviewing expert that Luke/Jonathan/Sam/etc are, but here’s my two cents from A/B testing the QST 106 181 and the Atris 184 in Crested Butte in February.
    Conditions were chalky with some blown snow, some knee-deep powder fields, and some seriously sketched out rocky entrances to the interesting steeps.
    The Atris is, in my mind, more ski than the 184. It’s a ski the shop guys all loved, which might tell you something. In particular it felt much more precise underfoot when quick pivots were required, or getting an edge in when things were pretty damn firm on the Headwall. It felt good at speed and was agile and playful. For a 108 underfoot ski they were nimble and not punishing in the bumps (probably due to weight) and they could lay down a pretty nice carve for the width. I had no issues with float when I hit deeper powder.
    The QST strikes me as a more forgiving, easygoing ski that would probably make a lot of people happy. A little bit damper, so you could get away with plowing through instead of popping over or around. Also much more directional in its feel, it carved a little better than the Atris (which is a good carver for what it is, don’t get me wrong), and float in powder was just fine.
    To me, the decision comes down to that feeling of precision paired with playfulness. I’m at Atris fan, but glad I tried the QST… and my wife likes her QST99s.

    guy – Wish I’d tried the Rustler 11, I’m a big fan of the Rustler 10. I get the sense the 10 and 11 are pretty different. You can tell from the above that I liked the Atris quite a lot though… they’re not a dedicated powder ski but you’ll be happier on them than a 114-125mm ski when conditions aren’t fresh, I think!

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