Orb Freebird

Black Crows Orb Freebird

Brand
Black Crows
Model
Orb Freebird
Category
Touring
Weight
1470 gr
Waist
90 mm
Tested length
178 cm
Year
2017

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SFI (Ski Flex Index) 

5
4
4
4
4
Fri Flyt overall rating of Black Crows Orb Freebird:

8 / 10

Hard snow:
7 / 10
Soft snow:
8 / 10
Weight:
7 / 10
Technical info:
Orb Freebird, a fibreglass sandwich from Black Crows, has a long taper in the front ski, a lot of setback and a generous sidecut. It is relatively soft throughout apart from the medium stiff tail. The taper is as long as the rocker in the front ski, and this can result in a rather abrupt end of the carved turn. The specific weight is among the highest in the test, but the ski isn’t too heavy. Orb is one of the narrowest models from the freeride brand Black Crows.

On snow:
Orb Freebird is a playful ski that is easy to maneuver and skid with. This is probably due to the soft and even flex. Two out of three test riders thought it was unstable at high speed. All three agreed that it was good to skid with, which is typical for big riders on soft skis. It is less trustworthy in carved turns, even if it has a lot of sidecut. Orb is an allrounder that is best suited for ski touring fun for people who don’t have a background as competitive downhill skiers.


Orb Freebird

Technical data:

Measured length
178 cm
Flex (relative stiffness)
SFI 54444
Brand
Black Crows
Model
Orb Freebird
Produced
Austria
Available lengths
166,172,183
Contact length
126 cm
Rocker tail
19 cm
Rocker nose
34 cm
Side cut
121 cm
Taper tail
24 cm
Taper tip
34 cm
Setback (true center to narrowest point)
14 cm
Tested mounting point (true center to boot center)
10 cm
Max tail width
109 mm
Min waist width
90 mm
Max nose width
122 mm
Side cut radius
17.80 mR
Width difference nose vs. tail
13 mm
Surface area (one ski)
1780 cm2
Weight
1470 gr
Relative weight
0.83 gr/cm2
Hight tail tip
21 mm
Hight nose tip
59 mm
Angle tail tip
20°
Angle nose tip
30°
Height of camber
6 mm

This sequence of numbers indicates stiffness. Each number corresponds to a part of the ski, from tail to tip. 5 equals the average
for this part and length of the ski. Lower values indicate softer skis, higher values stiffer.