TYR Tactical

Brigantes Presents – High Angles Solutions – Black Crows Orb Freebird Militairi Review: (with a Touring binding set up)

The Militairi ski is a great Intermediate/advanced touring ski. Within the Touring category it is an ‘all-rounder’; at 91mm underfoot it is light and manoeuvrable both up and downhill and the surface area gives enough float in soft snow. At 179cm long it is a good compromise of manoeuvrability and speed. With a turn radius of 18m it is turns quicker than your average stiffer ski.

The main differences (other than the colour) between the Militairi and standard Orb Freebird is the full titanial plate and thicker edges. The full-length plate makes the ski 5% stiffer which gives it more strength and helps military users who are carrying more weight on their backs; it should prevent bindings being ripped out of the ski. It also helps the ski punch through in changeable snow conditions. The thicker edges make the ski tougher preventing less edges being popped and gives the ski more edge tuning and longevity. 

When skied the Militairi ski has slightly more grunt than the civilian Orb Freebird, it needs to be pushed to get the most out of it; passenger skiers should treat with care.

The stiffer titanial plate on the Militairi gives it more torsional rigidity which allows it to perform well when carved on piste and gives it more pop in fresh snow. The stiffer tails should be respected, back seated skiers may find that the ski propels them forward, which can be a positive for advanced skiers but not so much for nervous beginners. The stiffer plate does make the ski more responsive on short terms and there is no chatter at high speeds like on the standard Orb Freebird. 

In summary, a ski that will please a lot of people as it punches well above its weight category in terms of downhill performance and yet is light and nimble on the uphill.

Reviewed by Ben Shephard – BASI ski instructor and ex Army Alpine Ski Racer.

4 Responses to “Brigantes Presents – High Angles Solutions – Black Crows Orb Freebird Militairi Review: (with a Touring binding set up)”

  1. Lad says:

    94 seems tiny for soft snow….

    I’d be interested to hear more about it from pushing it in operational-like terrain both icy and soft snow conditions, with a heavy pack, rather than on groomers.

  2. Graham Smith says:


    This review is the first of a two part review.

    The next part, due in early April, will be focussing on the performance in the operational-like conditions of Northern Norway.

    We have had the ski off-piste in a wide variety of conditions and i can say it performed very well.

    Hopefully the next part of this review will provide an insight into operating performance. Initial feedback from end users under these conditions have been very positive.


  3. Ajax says:

    Are they available for sale to private citizens?