Ski: 2021-2022 Black Crows Camox, 186.5 cm
Available Lengths: 168.1, 174.2, 180.4, 186.5 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length (straight-tape pull): 184.6 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1925 & 1934 grams
Stated Dimensions: 131-97-119 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 131.5-96.4-120.0 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (186.5 cm): 20 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 54 mm / 38 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 9 mm
Core: poplar + fiberglass laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -6.1 cm from center; 86.2 cm from tail
[Note: Our review is being conducted on the 20/21 Camox, which returns unchanged for the 21/22 season.]
The Camox name has been in the Black Crows lineup for close to a decade now, and while it’s pretty much always maintained its width of 97 mm underfoot, the rest of the ski has undergone several changes over the years.
The latest update was made for the 19/20 season, with the ski getting slightly less tapered at the tip and tail and reportedly coming with a slightly softer flex pattern. Those changes carried forward for the 20/21 and 21/22 seasons, just with a graphic update.
We’ve received loads of questions about the Camox over the years, and I’ve personally always been really curious about it. So we’re happy to report that we’re finally reviewing it. Blister Members can check out our Flash Review for our initial impressions, but while we spend more time on it, let’s dive into the design of this playful all-mountain ski.
What Black Crows says about the Camox
“This incomparable mid-fat all terrain ski is reputed for its tolerance and playfulness. The association of a very progressive flex and good lengthen side lines brings great manoeuvrability and strong hold at high speed. With a DNA derived from freestyle, the progressive and supple flex makes it easy to handle and adapted to progression , whereas its side lines give a very effective and stable edge. Creativity for everybody on all types of terrain.”
Most of this is what we’d expect a brand to say about their 97mm-wide ski, though I think one of the important things to highlight is the Camox’s blend of traditional elements from directional skis and some from more freestyle-oriented options. As we’ll get into below, the Camox definitely strikes me as a mix between very playful skis and more directional ones.
Shape / Rocker Profile
Black Crows talks about the current Camox’s “lengthened side lines” and that makes sense — this ski’s tips or tails don’t taper very much. Its effective edge is quite long, looking similar to some directional skis like the Nordica Enforcer 100, Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender, and Black Crows Justis. Compared to some of the more freestyle-oriented options in this class (e.g., J Skis Vacation, Volkl Revolt 104, Prior Northwest 100), the Camox’s shape looks a bit more traditional.
That also holds true of the Camox’s rocker profile — for the most part. It does have a twinned tail, but the Camox’s rocker lines are pretty shallow. It also has a lot of camber underfoot. Our pair’s camber underfoot measured in at almost a centimeter per ski, which is more than most skis we’ve measured. One thing I always heard from folks about the Camox was that it was very poppy, and seeing that camber underfoot made me inclined to believe them.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Camox:
In Front of Toe Piece: 8-9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-8.5
The Camox’s flex pattern is pretty interesting. At the ends of its tips and tails, it’s actually quite strong compared to most skis in its class, especially the more playful ones. But then the areas between the ends of the Camox and the middle have a pretty slow and smooth ramp-up in stiffness. So overall, I’d say it’s stiffer than average at the ends, but maybe a bit softer than average in front of and behind the bindings.
Overall, the Camox’s flex pattern reminds me of the Volkl Revolt 104, though the Camox’s flex pattern feels a bit more directional, with a slightly stiffer tail.
Nothing super unusual here. All lengths of the Camox, except for the 168.1 cm length, have a stated sidecut radius of 20 meters (the 168 cm’s is 19 meters).
That’s pretty much par for the course, if not slightly on the longer end of the spectrum for a playful, ~97mm-wide ski.
This is where I think it’s most obvious that the Camox treads the line between freestyle and more directional all-mountain skis.
At -6 cm from true center, the Camox’s mount point isn’t as far back as most flatter-tailed skis, but it’s also not as far forward as some pure freestyle skis like the Armada Edollo, K2 Reckoner 102, and Line Chronic.
Many of us at Blister have gotten along very well with skis with mount points around -6 cm from true center, primarily because they tend to let you ski them with a variety of skiing stances and styles. That mount point doesn’t seem quite as common in skis as narrow as the Camox, so I was excited to see it.
The Camox is a fairly lightweight ski, though it’s certainly not some huge outlier in this regard. When it comes to weight, the Camox is pretty similar to skis like the Liberty Helix 98, Liberty Origin 96, Fischer Ranger 94 FR, and K2 Reckoner 102.
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.
1734 & 1750 Renoun Endurance 98, 184 cm (18/19–20/21)
1758 & 1758 Head Kore 93, 180 cm (19/20–20/21)
1803 & 1809 Line Chronic, 178 cm (19/20–20/21)
1807 & 1840 Atomic Bent Chetler 100, 188 cm (18/19–20/21)
1810 & 1828 Armada Declivity 92 Ti, 180 cm (20/21)
1863 & 1894 Blizzard Rustler 9, 180 cm (18/19–20/21)
1896 & 1942 K2 Reckoner 102, 184 cm (20/21)
1883 & 1906 Season Aero, 180 cm (20/21)
1921 & 1968 Head Kore 99, 188 cm (18/19–20/21)
1925 & 1934 Black Crows Camox, 186.5 cm (19/20–21/22)
1925 & 1937 Liberty Helix 98, 186 cm (18/19–20/21)
1936 & 2013 Salomon Stance 96, 182 cm (20/21)
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 (17/18–20/21)
1999 & 2060 Line Blade, 181 cm (20/21)
2019 & 2022 Rossignol BLACKOPS Holyshred, 182 cm (18/19–20/21)
2049 & 2065 Volkl Mantra M5, 177 cm (18/19–20/21)
2055 & 2080 Salomon QST 99, 181 cm (19/20–20/21)
2078 & 2138 Black Crows Justis, 183 cm (20/21)
2080 & 2102 Armada Edollo, 180 cm (19/20–20/21)
2085 & 2096 Dynastar Menace 98, 181 cm (19/20–20/21)
2089 & 2105 Nordica Soul Rider 97, 185 cm (15/16–20/21)
2115 & 2149 J Skis Masterblaster, 181 cm (16/17–20/21)
2256 & 2284 Nordica Enforcer 94, 186 cm (20/21)
2281 & 2284 Blizzard Bonafide 97, 177 cm (20/21)
2311 & 2342 K2 Mindbender 99Ti, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) Black Crows says the Camox blends progressive freestyle elements with those from more traditional all-mountain skis, and its specs seem to back that up. So do you have to be throwing tricks to enjoy this ski? And how playful will it feel compared to various park and all-mountain freestyle skis?
(2) The Camox has a pretty long effective edge, relatively short rocker lines, and a lot of camber. So how strong will it hold an edge on firm snow, and how easy will it be to slash around when the terrain gets tight and / or the snow gets soft?
(3) With its fairly strong flex pattern and moderately low weight, how well will the Camox handle firm, rough conditions?
Bottom Line (For Now)
Black Crows says the Camox offers “creativity for everybody on all types of terrain.”
Looking at the design of the ski, it certainly seems like it could work for a pretty wide range of skiers, mostly due to its moderately forward mount point, accessible but still strong flex pattern, and fairly middle-of-the-road rocker / camber profile. And all of those elements also make us optimistic about its versatility across various conditions and terrain.
Blister Members can check out our initial thoughts on the Camox in our Flash Review linked below, and then stay tuned for our full review once we’ve spent more time on this ski.
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