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Black Crows Justis Review

This big, burly ski requires a strong pilot but rewards you with equally strong performance
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Black Crows Justis Review
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Price:  $1,100 List
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Manufacturer:   Black Crows
By Bobby Garrett ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 6, 2023
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RANKED
#6 of 11
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 9.0
  • Carving Ability - 20% 7.0
  • Powder Performance - 20% 8.0
  • Crud Performance - 20% 9.0
  • Terrain Playfulness - 20% 4.0

Our Verdict

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 in great shape and up for an intense ride, the Justis might be what you're looking for. See how it stacks up next to the competition in our best skis review.
REASONS TO BUY
Burly construction
Feels extremely well made
REASONS TO AVOID
Heavy
Requires a strong and confident skier
Editor's Note: This review was updated on April 6, 2023 to show the latest topsheet for the Black Crows Justis, which is pictured above.

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Bottom Line A strong, rewarding ski for those who have the ability to control itWhether you forgot to check the conditions report or are just skiing at a new hill, fret not with this standout all-mountain performerThis ski means business and is one of our favorites for all-mountain carvingFantastic powder performance for the hard-charging, expert all-mountain skierA solid blend of performance and value for the intermediate-to-advanced skier
Rating Categories Black Crows Justis Volkl M6 Mantra Nordica Enforcer 94 Blizzard Rustler 9 Salomon QST 92
Stability at Speed (20%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Carving Ability (20%)
7.0
9.0
10.0
7.0
8.0
Powder Performance (20%)
8.0
8.0
5.0
10.0
5.0
Crud Performance (20%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
Terrain Playfulness (20%)
4.0
6.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Specs Black Crows Justis Volkl M6 Mantra Nordica Enforcer 94 Blizzard Rustler 9 Salomon QST 92
Waist Width 100 mm 96 mm 94 mm 98 mm 92 mm
Sidecut (Tip-Waist-Tail Width) 138-100-123 mm 135-96-119 mm 127-94-115.5 mm 131.5-98-121 mm 129-92-117 mm
Available Lengths 171.3, 177.4, 183.1, 189.3 cm 163, 170, 177, 184, 191 cm 165, 172, 179, 186,191 cm 162, 168, 174, 180, 186 cm 152, 160, 168, 176, 184 cm
Length Tested 177.4 cm 177 cm 179 cm 186 cm 184 cm
Turn Radius 20 m 18 m 17.1 m 18 m 16 m
Camber Profile Progressive Front Rocker/Camber/Slight Rear Rocker Tip/Tail Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker Tip/Tail Rocker Tip/Tail Rocker
Manufacturer Claimed Weight 9.0 lbs 9.0 lbs 8.9 lbs 8.5 lbs 8.6 lbs
Core Material Poplar, Fiberglass, Double Titanal Poplar, Beech, Double Titanal Performance Wood (Proprietary), Double Titanium, GR400 Carbon Glass Freeride Trueblend Woodcore Poplar

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.

Performance Comparison


black crows justis - as the heaviest model in our review, the black crows justis likes to...
As the heaviest model in our review, the Black Crows Justis likes to lay it down and go fast.
Credit: 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.

black crows justis - 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!
Credit: 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 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.

black crows justis - 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.
Credit: 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 not on the same level.

black crows justis - 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.
Credit: Scott Rokis

Crud Performance


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?

black crows justis - dealing with frozen suncups is exciting on the burly justis.
Dealing with frozen suncups is exciting on the burly Justis.
Credit: Scott Rokis

Terrain Playfulness


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.

black crows justis - hold on for a wild ride through the moguls on the justis.
Hold on for a wild ride through the moguls on the Justis.
Credit: Scott Rokis

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 in our review, it is also one of the most expensive.

black crows justis - 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.
Credit: Bobby Garrett

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 9 is more appropriate.

black crows justis - 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.
Credit: Scott Rokis

Bobby Garrett