Ride off into the sunset with your Black Crows Daemon Skis underfoot and a post-shred beer in hand. After one day of crushing the resort on these playful planks, you'll wonder what life was like before you made acquaintance with your trusty new sidekicks. While the 99mm waist isn't exactly the powder-crushing beast you'll be reaching for after a double-digit dump, the versatility of these sticks is hard to match.
The full reverse camber makes for a quick and responsive turn initiation while you're dodging tight trees, and the light and playful poplar wood core will have you hucking and slashing your way all over the hill. The layer of Titanal under two thirds of the ski assures a solid flex underfoot for stability while you're clocking high speeds down the mountain.
- An all-terrain freeride ripper of a ski
- 99mm waist can handle a variety of conditions
- Full reverse camber for easy turn initiation
- Poplar wood core is lively and playful
- Titanal laminate for a solid flex underfoot
- Sitting in the shadow of Mont Blanc, Chamonix-based Black Crows knows a thing or two about big-mountain skiing
A New Beginning?
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
A strange title, I know. The Black Crows Daemon had my shape-nerd intellect curious as it is a thinner based shape with flat camber underfoot to rocker in tip and tail and a reinforced under binding area. What it equates to is a ski that bends what can be done on it in a way where things on one single pair of skis weren't possible until now.
The Daemon found me doing two things fast. One was almost hip on the ground carves which came easier than expected. The second was a tail butter off the very next hump where I just shook my head and thought to myself "this may be where the ski industry could be going."
I've seen a lot of flat camber daily driver skis recently come into the fold. This one is a more serious one that requires a bit of a driver. But, if you do drive it a bit and get playful where applicable, you'll get a variance of performance between all mountain and park the likes of which you may have never seen before. This Daemon is a brave new world and those who can drive the versatility out of it won't be found wanting.
How would you compare this to something like the Rustler 10? They both seem they can be pivoted and both can railed through turns. Haven't been on them, but have these two on my short list for the season. Thanks
To Chris B.
Not super sure on the granular deets between the Rustler 10 and the Daemon as I've only been on the Rustler 11 which is more than a bit wider. I would say that the Daemon definitely felt a bit more playful overall than the Rustler line would but The Rustler 11 felt like it took less thought to pull off less than usual maneuvers when it comes to changing up turn shape and rhythm. Also, the pivot points on both skis are interesting: the Daemon felt way more consistent from tip to tail in pivotability while the Rustler 11 felt a bit more hinge-y to where going from a slarve turn to a full hip down carve takes a huge planned move (if that makes sense).
Both are really good skis that could be a bit ahead of their time though I would categorize the Daemon to be a bit more park oriented as far as how you could apply it to all facets of skiing where the Rustler would be less versatile/more traditional in that manner though would be more of a predictable feel in all snow conditions and turn shape. Hope this helps and that you snag the ski that works best for ya!
Chris B - I've skied them both and they are very very different skis. I am a big Black Crows fan. I own the Corvus and the Atris and the Corvus is far and away my favorite ski ever. However, the Daemon was not for me. I also like the Rustler 10 a lot.
The Daemon has a design that I enjoy in a wider ski like the Volkl Shiron, 4frnt Devestator, etc. - that is a full reverse camber that matches the side cut. It's a awesome design in power but the Daemon is only 99 underfoot. Not exactly a powder ski.
In contrast, the Rustler is super solid. Even as a wider ski it carves much better than the Daemon. Not even in the same league. On hard conditions the Rustler will bite like a much more narrow ski and hold an edge. The Daemon is just the opposite - unless of course you point the ski first, then roll it on edge at which point it will make one turn shape - the shape of it's radius. Not that's it.
I guess if you want to noodle around the Daemon is fine. But if you want something more versatile the Rustler is the ski. I also think the Rustler and the Corvus are more comparable skis, whereas the Daemon and its lack of camber is an entirely different animal.
Recommended Sizing Guide
Your ski size is largely determined by both your skiing ability and your preferred style of skiing. For example, an expert skier in Vermont will ski a far different ski than an expert in British Columbia. So take a look at our chart and explanations and find your perfect fit. Your weight also plays a large factor in finding the right ski. If you are either under or over average weight for your height consider downsizing or upsizing, respectively.
|Big-Mountain Freeride||Backcountry Jib||All-Mountain||Park & Pipe||All-Mountain Carve|
|Pro||180 - 200cm||180 - 190cm||180 - 190cm||175 - 185cm||175 - 185cm|
|Expert||170 - 180cm||175 - 185cm||170 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||170 - 185cm|
|Intermediate||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 175cm|
|Entry Level||N/A||N/A||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm|
SKILL LEVEL EXPLANATIONS
Pro: Excels on any terrain, on any snow condition. Enjoys high speeds.
Expert: Comfortable on any terrain and most snow conditions.
Intermediate: Comfortable on Blue trails, exploring Black trails.
Entry Level: Learning to ski Green and Blue trails.
SKIING STYLE EXPLANATIONS
Big-Mountain Freeride: High speeds, deep powder, steep lines, straightlining, chutes, cliffs.
Backcountry Jib: Backcountry kickers, hucking, twintips, deep powder.
All-Mountain: From bumps to back bowls, groomers to glades; everything and anywhere on the mountain.
Park & Pipe: De-tuned edges and buttery twin tips, occasionally pole-impaired.
All-Mountain Carve: Stiff. High-speed corduroy cutter. For those blind to SLOW signs.