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Black Crows Nocta

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2012 Black Crows Nocta

 

Product:

Length Tested: 188.2  (yes, that is the size.)

Dimensions/Turn Radius:  146-125-140  18m tr

Camber (select one, delete the rest): Tip & Tail w/camber, taper tip and tail also

Binding: Marker CTi 14

Mount point: Suggested

 

Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Stowe

Number of Runs: 8 or so

Snow Conditions: packed powder and tracked up 8"

Demo or Own: Demo

 

Tester Info:

Username: Whiteroom

Age: older than last year.

Height/Weight: 6'3"  225lbs

Ski Days/Season: 75 to 100

Years Skiing: 37

Aggressiveness: finesse based skier with size and power... the total package.

Current Quiver: Blizzard Cochise, 4frnt EHP, Scott P4, Head RD GS and SL

Home Area: Stowe

Preferred Terrain: trees, groomers, bumps... skiing.

 

Review: Wow, the Chamonix boys are onto something here. The Nocta is Black Crows first foray into the wonderful world of rockered skis and they did not disappoint. For those not familiar with the Black Crows brand, they are a Chamonix based ski company founded by Bruno Compagnet and Camille Jaccoux. They are committed to "making the freeski".

   I generally do not like skis that exceed 115mm or so, they tend to just be way too clunky in tight eastern trees but the Nocta just doesn't feel huge, perhaps the relatively short turn radius and substantial taper at the tip are working together. They are very, very quick and feel extremely solid on edge, they like you to settle into the middle of the ski and dial in the edge angle to determine turn size, but they responded fine to loading the front of the ski to snap off short fall line turns. Float is substantial, they float like a cork injected with helium. They just do not decelerate when they hit soft snow, they stay on the surface and surf. Super fun. I found myself looking for things to jump off, jump onto then off or just jump over. In the trees they were just pure fun, only possible problem was that they just do not lose any speed when you hit a pillow of fresh snow... but they are a smearing machine, so dumping speed is simple. A bit clunky in bumps, but hey, they're 125 underfoot.

 

 

 

Conclusion: Playful, surfy feeling ski that has maneuverability and float as it's raison-d'etre.

Pros: Float, nimble for it's size, they look bad-ass.

 

 

Cons: They are quick and maneuverable, that means they aren't built like a fat SG ski. If you want to ski extremely fast in open spaces these probably aren't the best choice. They are all about quickness and playful fun, not straight line stability.

 

http://blackcrows-skis.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=251&Itemid=4&lang=e

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 7

Goddammit. Just asked about noctas on tgr! Good writeup.

 

 

Handfucked the skis in the shop and they felt mighty soft but saw some competitors of roldal freeride tour

ski with the skis in crusty mank and they charged them like a GS ski. Literally carved the shit out of the crust.

Seemed very stable on the edge.

 

Couple quick questions : how was the stability? Like, in pow,crud,mank and cutup?  How hooky were they in windcrust/hard?

 

thx.

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Bump for info request.. Whiteroom, any takes on the mounting point?
Gettingn the skis next week and mounting them with inserts for dyna+duke.
Will have some decicions to make, like, should i mount dynas (for pow) a bit further
Back,etc.
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Our demos are mounted straight-up on the manufacturer's line, but w/ our demo binding position is easily (and infinitely) adjustable... but anyone who has demoed them has skied them on the line and LOVED them. It's too bad that the winter of 2012 in Stowe will forever be referred to as "The Saturday" and "The Sunday"... it was a long November, 10 days of winter and then summer in March.

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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

Our demos are mounted straight-up on the manufacturer's line, but w/ our demo binding position is easily (and infinitely) adjustable... but anyone who has demoed them has skied them on the line and LOVED them. It's too bad that the winter of 2012 in Stowe will forever be referred to as "The Saturday" and "The Sunday"... it was a long November, 10 days of winter and then summer in March.


Thx, seems to be the consesus that the line is the way to go. Weird, as it seems to be quite rare theese days as peeps fret over 5mm differences all the the time with other skis. Good that they have found their " mark". Will make a writeup when have gotten some turns under the belt.


Btw, this have to the lowest reply-to-views thread ever... Over 10k views and what, 4 replys...
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It seems to be a conversation between you and I...

 

Have you seen the video of the 2 skiers on Noctas on the Black Crows site?

 

http://www.blackcrows-skis.com/images/videos/6/flowing_chris_31.flv

 

Sick.

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Sorry about that link, this should be better:

 

 

 

 


Edited by Whiteroom - 3/25/12 at 2:23pm
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