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Black Crows Nocta 2018 Ski Review

Black Crows Nocta 2018

Ski Statistics - Length (cm) / Sidecut (mm) / Radius (m)

177.6 / 139-122-132 / 26
185.5 / 140-122-132 / 26
190.6 / 140-122-134 / 26

Manufacturer's Description

Great flotation and good handling, the nocta is the ultimate toy for big conditions.

The association of great float, full reverse camber and straight edges allows the nocta to accumulate big flotation in powder, good stability on the edges and a great handling.

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Reader Ski Reviews of the Black Crows Nocta 2018
Black Crows Nocta 2018
Written by SkiPapa on 03/28

Skier Height: 5’11 Skier Weight: 180 Skier Ability: Intermediate/expert Ski length Tested: 181

Ski Review: I’m hesitant to start a review for a pair of skis that are 122 underfoot by talking about how they perform on the groomers or at slow speeds. However, they ski as you would expect them to. They aren’t by any means slow, but you certainly don’t feel dazed by the speed edge to edge. The Nocta doesn’t grip that well either. Full rocker. Short effective edge. The Nocta wants to drift and go sideways. You should let it. This isn’t your everyday ski.

In deep snow they are lively, go where you point them and give you confidence underfoot. A 7 or 8 on the stiffness scale, which actually rewards strong and aggressive technique and encourages you to get forward. In crud and anything else the rocker makes it effortless and the width underfoot means you stomp it. I was the most advanced of a group of three who tried the 185 but even the intermediate skier with less than 20 days in powder in his life got on with it after a sighter run or two.

I’ve always loved the simple aesthetics of Black Crows ski, and while these are a little bit more “out there” compared to the first topsheets this French brand gave us, they are still understated.

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