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Black Crows Justis Review

This big, burly ski requires a strong pilot but rewards you with equally strong performance
Black Crows Justis
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Pros:  Burly construction, feels extremely well made
Cons:  Heavy, requires a strong and confident skier
Manufacturer:   Black Crows
By Bobby Garrett ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 27, 2021
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#3 of 10
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 9
  • Carving Ability - 20% 7
  • Powder Performance - 20% 8
  • Crud Performance - 20% 9
  • Terrain Playfulness - 20% 5

Our Verdict

Black Crows throws a monster our way with the Justis. Created for the advanced-expert crowd, Black Crows boasts that this ski is the answer for everything. We agreed for the most part and scored the Justis quite well across the board. With regard to its weight, the Justis demands constant high effort. Expect to call it a day after lunch if you charged hard in the morning. At 100 millimeters wide underfoot, it is geared for softer snow but is versatile enough to tear up icy groomers just the same. If you're in great shape and up for an intense ride, the Justis might be what you're looking for.

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Pros Burly construction, feels extremely well madeStable, confidence inspiring, magnetic ride qualityStiff, explosive, carving machinePowerful float, stable at speed, can arc or smear turnsPlayful, responsive, versatile
Cons Heavy, requires a strong and confident skierDampHeavySome vibration, sometimes feels softVibrates at high speeds, overly soft tip
Bottom Line This big, burly ski requires a strong pilot but rewards you with equally strong performanceWith these on your feet, you'll be ready for anything the mountain has coming at youA combination of raw explosive power and stability puts this ski well ahead of the competition for carving and is ideal for even the firmest snow daysThe unique rocker/camber profile and wider 102-millimeter waist width promote versatile performance wherever your powder stash may bePlayful and adventurous, this ski is also manageable and forgiving. It encouraged us to explore the changing terrain over the whole mountain
Rating Categories Black Crows Justis Volkl M6 Mantra Nordica Enforcer 94 Blizzard Rustler 10 Faction Dictator 2.0
Stability At Speed (20%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
Carving Ability (20%)
7.0
9.0
10.0
5.0
7.0
Powder Performance (20%)
8.0
8.0
5.0
10.0
7.0
Crud Performance (20%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
Terrain Playfulness (20%)
5.0
6.0
7.0
7.0
9.0
Specs Black Crows Justis Volkl M6 Mantra Nordica Enforcer 94 Blizzard Rustler 10 Faction Dictator 2.0
Waist Width (mm) 100 96 94 102 96
Shape (Tip-Waist-Tail) (mm) 138-100-123 135-96-119 127-94-115.5 133-104-122.5 127-96-117
Available Lengths (cm) 171.3, 177.4, 183.1, 189.3 163, 170, 177, 184, 191 165, 172, 179, 186,191 164, 172, 180, 188 163, 171, 179, 187
Length Tested (cm) 177.4 177 179 180 179
Radius (m) 20 30-18-24 17.1 17.5 19
Rocker Style Progressive front Rocker/Classic Camber/Slight rear Rocker Tip-Tail Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker Tip-Tail Rocker Tip Rocker/Freeride Flat Tail
Mfr. Claimed Weight (Per Pair Unmounted) (pounds) 9.5 lbs Unavailable 8.9 lbs Unavailable 8.2 lbs
Core Material Poplar/Fiberglass/Double Titanal Poplar/Beech/Double Titanal Woodcore/Double Titanal Multi-layer Woodcore/Carbon Fiberglass/Titanal Poplar Woodcore/Double Titanal

Our Analysis and Test Results

Black Crows introduced the all-new Justis for the 2021-2022 ski season. The 100-millimeter waist and a 20-meter turn radius set the expectations right away. This ski is a big line charger with a high-speed preference. Supported with double titanal plates and weighing 9.5 pounds per pair, the Justis is ready for any wild ride. Even with all the burliness, we found that Black Crows has delivered on its promises, albeit we were breathing hard after each run.

Performance Comparison


Photo: Scott Rokis

Stability at Speed


The Black Crows Justis is one of the most stable skis at speed in our review despite its wider waist width. Looks aren't everything, and the Justis proved to our crew again and again that big boys can go fast too. Black Crows adjusts the titanal plates in the Justis in the shape of the letter "H." Coupled with their blend of classic camber; the Justis is a carefully crafted heavyweight made for big terrain and wide-open bowls.

We struggled to find the Justis' speed limit, oftentimes we blinked...
We struggled to find the Justis' speed limit, oftentimes we blinked and were passing the slow signs!
Photo: Scott Rokis

Carving Ability


For a true carving experience, 100 millimeters underfoot is a bit wide. That's not to say the Black Crows Justis can't hang with some of the top performers in this category. We were pleasantly surprised with the edge grip and stiff but progressive flex offered by the Justis. However, this ski does fall short of the more nimble competition when making shorter turns.

With the double titanal plates and heavy platform in general, the Justis is best suited to making sweeping longer turns. When we had the run to ourselves, the 20-meter turn radius really shined through. Just remember to turn it off well before the slow signs.

Plenty of edge-hold on the Justis even with such a wide platform.
Plenty of edge-hold on the Justis even with such a wide platform.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Powder Performance


With more of a soft snow preference in general, the Black Crows Justis earned respectable marks for powder performance. Even when considering the rest of its heavy body, we found the tip rocker helped to provide effective and superior floatation. Other models in this review with double titanal plate construction are clearly not on the same level.

Soft snow can't get out of the Justis's way fast enough.
Soft snow can't get out of the Justis's way fast enough.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Crud Performance


Just getting this ski up to the slopes from the parking lot is a feat of strength. After you're done catching your breath, steer right into the chop after the lift ride up. After even more high blood pressure and sweat, we were at the bottom once again. The Justis did help a bit this time; together, we plowed through avy debris, buried chicken heads, and nasty wind crust. Walking is harder than skiing anyways, right?

Dealing with frozen suncups is exciting on the burly Justis.
Dealing with frozen suncups is exciting on the burly Justis.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Terrain Playfulness


The playful category is the lowest scoring for the Justis. The truth is that tight terrain and moguls can be extra hard work with these monsters on your feet. With a huge emphasis on big and burly, this ski will blast off into the atmosphere without concern if you are still attached.

Hold on for a wild ride through the moguls on the Justis.
Hold on for a wild ride through the moguls on the Justis.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Value


This ski comes out as one of the most expensive in our review this year. That's not to say it's not worth every penny. Our testers noted the build quality as something special that they could really feel. With high scores across the board, we think there is great value here for the right skier.

Proudly display the Justis on the ski racks, over your shoulders, or...
Proudly display the Justis on the ski racks, over your shoulders, or in your living room.
Photo: Bobby Garrett

Conclusion


Every ski in this review presents itself well, but the Black Crows Justis seems to stand out regarding craftsmanship and build quality. Clearly built for the most aggressive big mountain athletes, our testers labeled the Justis the most demanding ski. High scores across most categories can at least can help you with your decision; are you up for the challenge?

Even days like this can be a blur while riding on the Black Crows...
Even days like this can be a blur while riding on the Black Crows Justis.
Photo: Scott Rokis

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