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We test Black Crows flagship Atris against the current freeride crop.

Level
Advanced
Flex Rating
0
Terrain
Freeride
Best for
Black Crows fans looking for a quiver of one
Price
£610
Season
2020/21
Bindings?
No
Float
10
Versatility
6
Playfulness
9
Energy
10
Value
8
Stability
9
Overall Score
9
+
Super-fun fatty, for the deep days and the steep days
Not as versatile as Black Crows think it is

// Buy //

// Buy //

Black Crows tout the Atris as their flagship model, and perhaps more surprisingly, as their quiver of one. That mystical 'one ski quiver' requires, if nothing else, versatility, which is not the first thing that springs to mind when one sees a 108mm-waisted ski.

But context is everything. In the world of Black Crows - a world inhabited mainly by freeriders and non-conformists - 'versatility' perhaps means occasional forays into groomed ski resorts. Anyway, to the mere mortal, this ski is not as versatile as Black Crows thinks it is, but we're going to judge it on its freeride merits.

The full poplar core, traditional camber and 108mm underfoot, appear to be pure Black Crows - a straight-up fat fun ski. On the hill it made me ski faster and more aggressively than any other freeride ski on test, and it felt totally in control on hard, chopped up snow and on all the little side-hits - plenty of pop and a super-stable landing.

On the piste, however, it's pretty poor, particularly in short turns. For the width, that's not surprising but it does mean that as a resort-based all mountain ski (which is what Black Crows suggest it could be) it would be exhausting.

Nevertheless, as a freeride ski the Atris is solid and confidence inspiring. Perfect for fun freeride.

 

// Buy //