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  1. #1
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    Anyone ski the black crows anima freebird?

    STP has the black crows anima freebird at a tempting price with the 25% off, but I can't find any reviews. Anyone ski them, fondle them, hear rumors about them?

  2. #2
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    It's my primary backcountry ski for the past three seasons. Have them mounted up with Tectons. They're fun.

  3. #3
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    Well that's encouraging given that I ski just south of you. Sounds like they're good on the up if they're your primary bc ride. How do they handle our famous sierra cement? Where do they land on the continuum of super soft jib ski to raging charger? Thanks for your feedback.

  4. #4
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    They’re light and softish but can handle a hard turn considering. Definitely not chargers but well balanced... especially since they’re for backcountry purposes.

  5. #5
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    I love mine, they float great, pivot easy, pretty light... I have Salomon tech binders on them and they are solid


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  6. #6
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    Thanks, Tahoe and Ritalin, that's very helpful. Sound like they could be a good dedicated bc ski for the winter in the sierra. Anyone else with some experience, opinions, observations?

  7. #7
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    I just ordered a pair in 182. Sounds like I'll have the same setup as Ritalin. Curious to hear other opinions to see if I made the right choice. Either way I'll report back here as long as the skis are still available. It looks like BC discontinued them, which is why they're on sale everywhere.

  8. #8
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    Mounting question: where did you mount your bindings and how do you like them there? Would you go forward or back at all?

  9. #9
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    On the line. Happy with it.

  10. #10
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    Anyone ski the black crows anima freebird?

    I got on my Anima freebirds today for the first time. I’m 177, 5’9, traditionally directional skier. Skiing the Anima FBs in. 182 with maestrale RS 2.0 and Salomon MTNs. Mounted on that line (-6 from center)

    Conditions were about 6-12 inches of low density snow on top of crust, windboard, and crust.

    When it comes to the downhill, these skis are super floaty and loose in soft snow. Never had a problem with tip dive. If anything, the tips are so floaty that in certain conditions I felt like the tails slid out a bit because the it is so easy to pressure the tips. Overall this ski favors a centered, neutral stance. They are far from chargers. But they were plenty stable doing fast medium radius turns in both soft pow and windboard over pow. They love to pivot. As easy to pivot as my hojis, despite the camber under foot.

    The main thing I noticed with these skis is how they just beg to be in the air and get tossed around. I’m not a particularly versatile free skier, but the ski feels like it wants to be spun or buttered off everything. I may have to go spend some time working on spins just so I can do these skis justice.

    Main negative of the Anima FBs is the speed limit and the tail washout if you ski too far forward.

    In terms of skinning I was expecting the relatively long tails to be cumbersome on kick turns. Had no such issue. The combination of longer tail (more weight on back of ski and more leverage) and tail rocker meant my tips stayed up on kickturns and my tails didn’t get caught.

    I think I will be happy on the 182s, but if you’re taller than 5’10, like to open it up in the backcountry, and have the terrain to do so, I highly doubt the 188 will be too much ski. At my size, but for the weight and tail length, I’d prefer the 188. The 182 is a compromise, but touring gear is almost always a compromise.

    It remains to be seen if this ski is versatile outside of soft snow. Its definitely a good option if you’re looking for a cheap fun playful backcountry pow ski.

    I picked mine up on deal from STP. Seemed like my
    Active Junky cash back worked on top of the coupon, FWIW.

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