Black Crows – Captis

All-mountain for chargers. Or is it one of the new breed of narrower freeride skis? A useful problem to have since we rarely know what snow we’ll be faced with until arriving at the hill; at least the Captis’s potent construction should handle whatever you find. Press on and enjoy the grip in a slightly old-school way from this very new-school ski company. The more finely-tuned of our group were getting these carving on the most gruesome of ice sheets and praised the feedback, which let them engage the nose and feel for grip. Once the sun had softened things up the Captis demonstrated what a long camber-length powerful sidewall ski does when wound up and fired downwards. We’d liken these to the Enforcer/Brahma style of potent power ski; maybe trading some of their flickability for super-stable carves. Softer snow, like many of these not-quite-fat stiffer skis, needs more thought but once you find a rhythm they fly.

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