Ski: 2020-2021 Black Crows Justis, 183 cm
Available Lengths: 171, 177, 183, 189 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 181.7 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 2150 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2078 & 2138 grams
Stated Dimensions: 138-100-123 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 137.9-98.6-122.2 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (183 cm): 21 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 68 mm / 33 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 3 mm
Core: poplar + titanal (2 H-shaped plates) + fiberglass laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -7.55 cm from center; 83.3 cm from tail
For the 2020-2021 season, Black Crows are discontinuing two of their popular all-mountain skis, the Daemon & Navis, and replacing them with a new ski that reportedly combines design elements from both. The new ski is called the Justis, and we’re pretty excited about it and where it could slot in the crowded category of ~100mm-wide all-mountain skis.
Like the 19/20 Black Crows Orb, the Justis features two “H-shaped” titanal plates. The titanal plates are fully edge-to-edge around the middle of the ski, but near the shovels and tails, the plate splits so that only the areas near the ski’s edges are covered with metal, with a cutout in the plate between the ski edges.
Similar to the many other companies using titanal plates with cut-out sections, Black Crows says the H-shaped plates in the Orb and Justis are designed to provide much of the damping and power transmission of a full titanal plate, but are designed to make the skis a bit more forgiving, lighter, and playful vs. skis with full, edge-to-edge titanal layers.
Oh, and the unique shape and metal inlays of the Justis’s tail? That’s just for aesthetic purposes and durability, not for attaching skins.
Shape / Rocker Profile
When it comes to shape, I’d say the Justis shares more in common with the Daemon than the Navis. The Justis is not a very tapered ski. Its widest points are very close to the ends of the ski (the Navis had notably more tapered tips and tails). Overall, the Justis’s shape looks fairly similar to the Volkl Mantra 102, Armada Declivity 102 Ti, and Parlor Cardinal Pro.
That very traditional shape is contrasted by a very not-traditional rocker profile. While, unlike the Daemon, the Justis does feature traditional camber underfoot, it also has very deep tip and tail rocker lines compared to most directional skis in this class, and it also has a lot of tip and tail splay. Overall, the Justis’s rocker profile looks like a bit of a cross between some freestyle skis like the Armada ARV 96Ti and more directional skis like the Mantra 102, Cardinal Pro, Blizzard Bonafide, Nordica Enforcer 100, etc.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Justis:
In Front of Toe Piece: 8.5-10
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-9
The Justis is a very strong ski, particularly in the middle and back. It has a very directional flex pattern with tips that are much softer than the tails. While the Justis’s tips and shovels are pretty easy to bend, its flex pattern ramps up quite quickly and its tail is no joke — it’s stiff.
Overall, the Justis’s flex pattern is pretty similar to the new 20/21 Nordica Enforcer 100, with the Enforcer having slightly stiffer shovels but a softer tail.
We’re seeing more and more directional skis with more progressive mount points, and the Justis fits this trend. At around -7.5 cm from true center, the Justis’s mount point is not as traditional / far back as skis like the Mantra 102 and Bonafide, but not as far forward as freestyle-oriented skis like the ARV 96 Ti, ON3P Magnus 102, and Armada Edollo.
Our pair of the 183 cm Justis has a 60-gram difference between the two skis in the pair, but the average weight is ~2108 grams, which is on the slightly heavier end of the spectrum for a ~100mm-wide ski in the current market. The Justis is not as heavy as directional chargers like the Volkl Mantra 102, Kastle MX99, or Folsom Blister Pro 104, but it’s notably heavier than some of the lightweight, easy skis in this category like the Elan Ripstick 96, Blizzard Rustler 9, Atomic Bent Chetler 100, or the Black Crows Daemon.
For reference, here are a number of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to try to keep things apples-to-apples.
1629 & 1684 Elan Ripstick 96, 180 cm (17/18–19/20)
1734 & 1750 Renoun Endurance 98, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
1807 & 1840 Atomic Bent Chetler 100, 188 cm (18/19–20/21)
1863 & 1894 Blizzard Rustler 9, 180 cm (18/19–20/21)
1894 & 1980 Black Crows Daemon, 183.6 cm (17/18–19/20)
1896 & 1919 Dynastar Legend X96, 186 cm (18/19–19/20)
1921 & 1968 Head Kore 99, 188 cm (18/19–20/21)
1925 & 1937 Liberty Helix 98, 186 cm (18/19–20/21)
1928 & 1933 Moment Commander 98, 178 cm (19/20)
1931 & 1932 DPS Foundation Cassiar 94, 185 cm (18/19–19/20)
1937 & 1945 Fischer Ranger 94 FR, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
1966 & 1973 Liberty Origin 96, 187 cm (18/19–20/21)
1976 & 2028 Parlor Cardinal Pro, 182 cm (19/20–20/21)
1985 & 2006 Parlor Cardinal 100, 185 cm (16/17–20/21)
1994 & 2011 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti, 181 cm (19/20–20/21)
1998 & 2044 4FRNT MSP 99, 181 cm (17/18–19/20)
2007 & 2029 Armada Invictus 99 Ti, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
2049 & 2065 Volkl Mantra M5, 177 cm (18/19–20/21)
2050 & 2080 ON3P Wrenegade 96, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2053 & 2057 Atomic Vantage 97 Ti, 188 cm (18/19–20/21)
2062 & 2063 Rossignol Experience 94 Ti, 187 cm (18/19–20/21)
2078 & 2138 Black Crows Justis, 183 cm (20/21)
2085 & 2096 Dynastar Menace 98, 181 cm (19/20–20/21)
2101 & 2104 Fischer Ranger 102 FR, 184 cm (18/19–20/21)
2114 & 2133 Nordica Enforcer 93, 185 cm (16/17–19/20)
2115 & 2149 J Skis Masterblaster, 181 cm (16/17–19/20)
2124 & 2137 Blizzard Bonafide, 180 cm (17/18–19/20)
2131 & 2189 Nordica Enforcer 100, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
2218 & 2244 Volkl Mantra 102, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2256 & 2284 Nordica Enforcer 94, 186 cm (20/21)
2311 & 2342 K2 Mindbender 99Ti, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2324 & 2359 Kastle MX99, 184 cm (18/19-19/20)
2325 & 2352 Folsom Blister Pro 104, 186 cm (19/20)
2326 & 2336 Nordica Enforcer 100, 186 cm (20/21)
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) The Justis’s traditional shape offers a lot of effective edge, while its rocker profile creates a much shorter running length. So how precise will it feel on edge, and how loose and surfy will it feel when you don’t want to carve?
(2) The Justis has a rocker profile and mount point that make me think it’d be quite playful, but then it has a very directional, strong flex pattern, so how playful and forgiving will it feel, or is this going to be an experts-only, directional ski?
(3) Skis in the ~100mm-wide category are all supposed to handle just about everything, so how will the Justis feel on everything from icy hardpack to deeper snow?
Bottom Line (For Now)
The Black Crows Justis is not your traditional metal-laminate all-mountain ski; while it has a traditional shape, it does not have a very traditional rocker profile, mount point, or construction. Blister Members can check out our initial on-snow impressions in our Flash Review linked below, then stay tuned for our full review.
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