Black Crows throws a monster our way with the Justis. Black Crows boasts that this ski is the answer for everything, particularly for the advanced-expert crowd. We agreed for the most part and scored the Justis quite well across the board. Concerning 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 a skier who is in great shape and up for an intense ride, the Justis might be what you're looking for.Editor’s Note: We updated this review for the Black Crows Justis on February 14, 2022, to include more of the type of information that we would share with a friend, like an unbiased opinion of value and some direct comparisons to other similar products.
Black Crows Justis Review
Cons: Heavy, requires a strong and confident skier
Manufacturer: Black Crows
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|Pros||Burly construction, feels extremely well made||Stable, confidence inspiring, magnetic ride quality||Stiff, explosive, carving machine||Powerful float, stable at speed, can arc or smear turns||Playful, responsive, versatile|
|Cons||Heavy, requires a strong and confident skier||Damp, heavy||Heavy||Some vibration, sometimes feels soft||Vibrates at high speeds, overly soft tip|
|Bottom Line||This big, burly ski requires a strong pilot but rewards you with equally strong performance||With these on your feet, you'll be ready for anything the mountain has coming at you||A 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 days||The unique rocker/camber profile and wider 102-millimeter waist width promote versatile performance wherever your powder stash may be||Playful 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%)|
|Carving Ability (20%)|
|Powder Performance (20%)|
|Crud Performance (20%)|
|Terrain Playfulness (20%)|
|Specs||Black Crows Justis||Volkl M6 Mantra||Nordica Enforcer 94||Blizzard Rustler 10||Faction Dictator 2.0|
|Waist Width||100 mm||96 mm||94 mm||104 mm||96 mm|
|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||177.4 cm||177 cm||179 cm||180 cm||179 cm|
|Turn Radius||20 m||18 m||17.1 m||17.5 m||19 m|
|Camber Profile||Progressive front Rocker/Classic Camber/Slight rear Rocker||Tip-Tail Rocker||Rocker/Camber/Rocker||Tip-Tail Rocker||Tip Rocker/Freeride Flat Tail|
|Manufacturer Claimed Weight||9.0 lbs||9.4 lbs||8.9 lbs||8.9 lbs||8.2 lbs|
|Core Material||Poplar/Fiberglass/Double Titanal||Poplar/Beech/Double Titanal||Wood/Double Titanium/ GR400 Carbon Glass||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. The Justis is ready for any wild ride, supported with double titanal plates and weighing 9 pounds per pair. Even with all the burliness, we found that Black Crows had delivered on its promises, albeit we were breathing hard after each run.
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.
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 metric. 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.
The Justis is best suited to making sweeping longer turns with the double titanal plates and a heavy platform in general. When we had the run to ourselves, the 20-meter turn radius shined through. Just remember to turn it off well before the slow signs.
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 not on the same level.
Just getting this ski up to the slopes from the parking lot takes a feat of strength. But once it’s on the slopes, this beast is designed to steer right into the chop. Confidently plow through everything from avalanche debris to wind crust. It takes a bit of sweat to drive the Justis, but when it comes to crushing through nasty conditions, we don’t want another pair of skis on our feet. Walking is harder than skiing anyways, right?
The playful metric 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.
Should You Buy the Justis?
For the right skier – big, burly, and experienced – the Black Crows Justis may help you unlock your potential as a big-mountain skier. The power required to pilot this ski is not for the faint of heart and probably inappropriate for novice skiers. Although it checks in after our testing period as one of the best all-mountain skis in our review, it is also one of the most expensive.
What Other All-Mountain Skis Should You Consider?
The Black Crows Justis is a demanding ski, clearly built for the most aggressive big-mountain athletes. If that doesn’t sound like you, consider the Volkl M6 Mantra, an all-mountain ski that is still muscular but significantly more forgiving. A 20-meter turn radius can be tough to manage, and if you’re not into straight-lining, then a more nimble ski like the Nordica Enforcer 94 or Blizzard Rustler 10 is more appropriate. Additionally, we would never describe the hard-charging Justis as “playful” – for those looking to bop through bumps or lap the park, the Faction Dictator 2.0 or K2 Mindbender 90 Ti will be much more fun.
— Bobby Garrett
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