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Black Crows Vertis Birdie 2019

Reviewed by PROSKILAB

PROSKILAB™ reviewers' comments

The Vertis Birdie, with its Freeride DNA, is a good match for the PROSKILAB guidelines for this category.

Despite its 85 mm at the waist, the ski can't hide its origins and is particularly comfortable off-piste. The reviewers were full of praise for its fantastic accessibility. Riders who want to discover the joys of the powder without having a stick that's too wide underfoot will simply love it. It behaves well in the crud, and float is excellent for the size underfoot.

On the groomed runs, the ski is not very incisive and lacks punch, but it does its job perfectly as long as you're not too aggressive.

We recommend the Vertis Birdie for intermediate to very good riders who want a consistent and enjoyable ski for the groomers and an easy tool for the back country.


Review: Pros

  • User-friendly, especially off the groomed trails
  • A good all mountain front ski
  • Great in the crud
  • Consistent
  • Accessible for all publics

Review: Cons

  • A bit less comfortable on the groomers
  • Lacks rebound

The ski review scores

Turn initiation
☆☆☆☆☆
12.0
Stability
☆☆☆☆☆
13.0
Stability/turning performance
☆☆☆☆☆
12.0
Grip
☆☆☆☆☆
12.0
Short turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
13.0
Long turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
11.0
Skid turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
11.0
Handleability
☆☆☆☆☆
13.0
Comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
13.0
Snow contact
☆☆☆☆☆
14.0
Soft snow fluidity
☆☆☆☆☆
14.0
Freeride - Flotation quality
☆☆☆☆☆
13.8
Handling in powder
☆☆☆☆☆
13.8
Performance on hard snow
☆☆☆☆☆
13.0
Freeride - Performance on hard snow
☆☆☆☆☆
13.8
Any ground comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
13.8

Who's it for?

Intermediate → Very good

Manufacturer's remarks

With a lighter core and softer flex compared to its universal avatar, the Vertis Birdie is a great choice for riders who want an accessible and high-performing trail ski. With its short radius (15m) and 85mm underfoot, its very fast edge to edge transition will increase carving pleasure significantly. With three intermediary sizes, it's our ultimate choice of ski for ladies.

Features of the Vertis Birdie

Brand : Black Crows
Model : Vertis Birdie
Year : 2019
Family : All-mountain front
Size tested : 169 cm
Tip size : 127 mm
Waist size : 85 mm
Tail size : 109 mm
Radius for the size reviewed : 15 m

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Reviewed by PROSKILAB™

in La Clusaz, France, March 2018