2016-2017 & 2017-2018 Black Crows Corvus, 183.3 cm
Available Lengths: 175.1, 183.3, 193.1 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 182.3 cm
Stated Weight per Ski (183.3 cm): 2200 grams
Stated Dimensions: 139-109-122 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 138.5-108.5-121.5 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius: 21 meters
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 65 mm / 22 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~2 mm
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -10.4 cm from center; ~80.8 cm from tail
Blister’s Recommended Mount Point: 80.8 cm from tail
Days Skied: 50
Test Locations: Taos & Santa Fe, NM; Silverton, CO
2016-2017 Black Crows Atris, 184.0 cm
Available Lengths (cm): 178.2, 184.0, 189.9 cm
Actual Length (straight tape pull): 182.1 cm
Stated Weight per Ski (184 cm): 2050 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2065 & 2074 grams
Stated Dimensions (184 cm): 138-108-128 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions (mm): 137-107-128
Stated Sidecut Radius: 18 meters
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 68 mm / 46 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~4 mm
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -7.85 cm from center; ~83.2 cm from tail
Blister’s Recommended Mount Point: 1.5 cm behind recommended; 81.7 cm from tail
Days Skied: 12
Test Locations: Taos, NM; Silverton, CO
“Corvus vs. Atris — what’s the difference, and which one would be the better fit for me?”
Given the number of emails we’ve received like this, it’s clear that a number of people out there are asking the same question about these two all-mountain skis from Black Crows.
I’ve now spent quite a few days on both skis, across a broad range of conditions. And the primary purpose of this review is to flesh out answers to those two questions.
(You can also check out Jonathan Ellsworth’s review of the Atris, and you can read my comparison of the Corvus vs. the Corvus Freebird, which is the touring version of the Corvus.)
Glancing at the numbers, the Black Crows’ Atris looks like a twin-tipped version of the Corvus, with only 1 mm difference in width, and near identical length. But flex them next to one another and you’ll begin to understand why they behave very differently on snow. The tips and tails of the Corvus are stiffer than the Atris’, and that difference feels even more pronounced on snow.
Hand flexing both skis, we would categorize them like this:
Corvus Flex Pattern:
Behind the heel piece: 9-8.5
Atris Flex Pattern:
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-9
If those numbers don’t look radically different, we’ll clarify by pointing out that the tips of the Atris are much softer than the Corvus’. And then, we get to the difference in rocker profiles…
Combine the Corvus’ flex pattern with its slightly longer amount of traditional camber underfoot and its directional tail, and the 183.3 cm Corvus actually feels much longer than the 184.0 cm Atris.
Tip rocker lines of the two skis are nearly identical. But the Atris has more tip splay and has a softer tip and shovel.
The Atris then has a deeper tail rocker line than the Corvus, but the more pronounced difference is that the Atris has far more tail splay — 46 mm vs. the Corvus’ 22 mm.
It’s also important to note that I agree with Jonathan and Brian’s assessment that the shovel of the Atris felt short on the line, so I followed their lead and spent my time on the Atris mounted 1.5 cm behind the recommended mount point. (Mounted at -1.5 cm, Jonathan, Brian, and I all felt like we were in a good place to stand on the ski.)
On snow, the Atris is both forgiving and energetic on everything from hardpack to tracked-up pow, and, in deeper pow it’s softer shovel provided enough lift for the ski
I consider the 105-110 mm waist range the optimal width for an everyday ski, fat enough to handle deeper snow, while still being nimble enough for the bumps that develop after a few weeks of getting skunked by the weather.
Even though I felt like the front of the Atris was pretty short, I never experienced tip dive in deeper snow, and I could keep myself centered on them in all but the worst conditions (more on that later).
NEXT: Tails: Corvus vs. Atris, How Forgiving / How Demanding?, Etc.