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2019 Blister Best Of Powder Skiers Choice '20 2017 Freeskier Editors Pick 2019 Backcountry Magazine Gear Guide Select 19/20 Blister Best of Raven

Raven

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Designed and tested by Eric Hjorleifson, the Raven carries the spirit of its namesake, welcoming adventure from gladed trees to exposed alpine terrain. Equipped with our Reflect Tech rocker profile, your tips naturally rise to the surface of the snow, making breaking trail on the skin track and shredding powder or variable conditions easy. Lean the ski over on edge and the sidecut geometry works in conjunction with the pre-bent rocker shape to carve turns on firm snow like a cambered ski. You gain the best of both worlds! The Raven is the perfect balance of a lightweight ski with maximum stability. You don’t have to work hard to ski hard, save your strength to go further into the mountains and get the fresh tracks you’ve always dreamed of!


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Raven Construction

Ski Construction and Technology

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NeoTip™

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Eliminating deflection, delamination and fractures in the ski tip. These three issues have long plagued the durability of freeride skis due to the abrupt change in snow conditions and tip slap on impact from catching air. The bordering material in a ski tip that joins the core end is most commonly comprised of hard, non-elastic polymers. We began experimentation in our White Room using different grades of Neoprene to withstand the shearing impacts and provide absorption for change in conditions. The result is a dampened feel that calms the ski feel and increases the durability.

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Aspen-Maple Core

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We started with clear Aspen and Maple stringers running the length of the ski at min/max tolerance of the binding screw hole pattern. To reduce weight, we eliminated the Maple stringers, making the core 100% clear Aspen and then milling a 4mm x 60cm pocket where the min/max of the binding mount will occur and use clear Maple inserts to support the binding retention without adding all the weight. We rely on carbon stringers to support the tip/tail end of the core where the Maple is no longer present.

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Carbon Fiber

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A non-elastic alternative to traditional fiberglass. The carbon runs the length of the ski like a stringer, acting as a springboard of flex, superior to what traditional fiberglass is capable of. Carbon Fiber adds an incredible amount of strength with very little added weight.

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Tail Block

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A complex insert which adjoins the core end and runs out to the tail edge perimeter. Full wrap metal edge skis often stood on their tail end have a tendency to delaminate, due the weak joint bearing the skis weight between metal, rubber and fiberglass. A tail block eliminates the sensitive joint between laminates and edge and allows for non-invasive customization for skin tail clips if so desired.

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Semi Cap ABS Sidewall

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Similar to how you construct a sandwich, layers of premium raw material pile high into a 3D cavity that secures the shape outline with an ABS sidewall over edge. The semi cap design provides longevity and durability of the top sheet edge by stepping down from the square edge of the sidewall leaving a smooth 360 degree round-contoured edge perimeter. The exposed sidewall protects the core from moisture while also dampening vibrations.

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Sintered Base

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Our premium ski base, also known in the industry as a “race base” because it integrates carbon to further strengthen its gliding properties. At 1.3mm this fast, freely gliding and tough carbon base is much more durable than other base material and matches perfectly with our 2mm edge material. The sintering process occurs prior to extrusion, where the the carbon and plastic enter into an extruder in pellet form, therefore individually contributing its own dense properties to the final product.

Desc. No. 4f-516771905
Signed By Signature
Date 01-07
Department Construction Features
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Raven Geometry

LENGTH 170 cm 177 cm 184 cm 190 cm
DIMENSIONS 120-104-111 mm 120-104-112 mm 121-104-112 mm 121-104-113 mm
TURN RADIUS 29 m 29 m 29 m 29 m
EFFECTIVE EDGE 1150 mm 1220 mm 1290 mm 1350 mm
TAIL TO WAIST 775 mm
805 mm
840 mm
870 mm
MOUNT POINT FROM TAIL 795 mm
825 mm
860 mm
890 mm
TIP HEIGHT 54 mm 54 mm 54 mm 54 mm
TIP ROCKER HEIGHT 14.68 mm 15.32 mm 16.18 mm 16.80 mm
TIP LENGTH
382 mm
382 mm 382 mm 382 mm
TAIL HEIGHT 23 mm 23 mm 23 mm 23 mm
TAIL ROCKER HEIGHT 3.66 mm 4.25 mm 4.86 mm 5.42 mm
TAIL LENGTH 289 mm 289 mm 289 mm 289 mm
NEGATIVE CAMBER RADIUS 30 m 30 m 30 m 30 m
RUNNING SURFACE 1020 mm
1090 mm
1160 mm
1220 mm
WEIGHT 1510 gr 1600 gr 1700 gr 1850 gr

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K
02/28/2020
Kai
United States United States
Good all around light touring ski

I bought the Ravens at the beginning of this season and they are excellent. They are very light for the uphill track and nimble for the way down. The skis seem to have a very good combination of uphill ability and downhill performance. I wasn't sure how well they would do in pow because of how narrow they are but I was not dissappinted. Although I haven't skied anything waist deep yet I can say that they perform very well in anything under that. The only issues I have had with them are grip on steep uphills do to the amount of rocker they have and how wide they are but I guess that is to be expected and I would say that it is worth it for the downhill. I have hit some decently big cliffs as well and they seem to have held up which is good to see although if I was to charge bigger lines I think I might get the hojis or renegades. I am 5,9 140 pounds and went with the 172cm. It is a little on the small side but I prefer that for backcountry anyways.

LS
02/26/2020
Larsen S.
Austria Austria
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LS
02/26/2020
Larsen S.
Austria Austria
Leaving Something To Be Desired.

Skier: 6'0" or 184cm and 190lbs or 88kg. Expert (skiing since i was 3 years old) / Certified and Licenced Ski Guide and Instructor. The other ski in my quiver is a Blizzard Brahma 187cm / Ski purchased and reviewed below: 4FRNT Raven 190cm / Ski Location(s): Austria / Snow Conditions: Here in Austria, the snow tends to consolidate quickly (inside a 24-hour period) due to higher water-content snowfall (i.e. in 17% water density or 170 kg/m^3 range). In other words, we don't get Utah-like "Greatest Snow on Earth" snows averaging in sub-100 kg/m^3 range, so a ski with a 104mm waist is sufficient in providing float on most days, the only exception being storm days. / Paired with the Shift MNC bindings, I bought these skis with the aim of being my sidecountry and backcountry touring skis, with the occasional and rare resort powder ski. The ski tracks nicely on the (uphill) skin tracks and performs well in anything from untracked powder, to soft chop and chalk. Due to its lack of sidecut which is my favorite part of the ski's design, it enables you to make GS or Super G turns with ease, most importantly without the hooky feeling one gets from a more sidecut with less taper ski. Additionally, the ski, due to its low swing weight enables mobility and maneuverability; making the occasional slash or navigating narrow chutes and tightly-spaced trees predictable, fun and without issue. Where I think the ski has room for improvement, for me personally, is in less than ideal snow conditions in the backcountry; i.e. wind scoured, firmer chop , sun- and wind-crust, generally firmer and icier conditions. With the aforementioned (backcountry) skiing conditions there are four primary factors in successful ski design; Rocker vs. Camber profile, sidecut, stiffness and overall weight. Without question the ski has some important hallmarks of a go-to backcountry ski, in that it is light and has limited sidecut; however, it would benefit greatly by a reducing the rocker underfoot and replacing with 3-4mm of camber (this is not much even for the backcountry and alpine). Furthermore, take a little more rocker out of the tail (which is already stiff enough as is given the carbon layup) promoting more stability and tracking at higher speeds* whilst charging straighter lines. Lastly, add a single layer of titinal (aluminum sourced from Austria...4FRNT are largely produced in neighboring Slovenia) the ENTIRE LENGTH of the ski greatly reducing tip chatter and again, promoting stability.. I know what you are thinking, at 190cm it would be adding 200 grams/ per ski. Fair enough. One can compensate that by reducing the carbon layup, i.e. only having carbon 6-8cms through the tips and tails, thereby keeping the overall weight of the ski in the at or below ~2000 gram arena (up from the current 1850 grams), still a very comfortable touring weight. These modifications will allow the ski to have more pop out of each turn (camber and rebound from the concave titanal insert), increase effective edge length and tracking (camber), promote greater stability at high speeds, all while without compromising on the ski's existing good performance characteristics of float, maneuverability and predictability. Apologies to those if this offends, I just felt the need to provide an honest and candid review of my experiences on the 4FRNT Raven. *Hoji mentioned in this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiOphJqBxXM) that "...probably my most aggressive line of the season in the alpine was on the raven..."

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LS
02/26/2020
Larsen S.
Austria Austria
Leaving Something To Be Desired.

Skier: 6'0" or 184cm and 190lbs or 88kg. Expert (skiing since i was 3 years old) / Certified and Licenced Ski Guide and Instructor. The other ski in my quiver is a Blizzard Brahma 187cm / Ski purchased and reviewed below: 4FRNT Raven 190cm / Ski Location(s): Austria / Snow Conditions: Here in Austria, the snow tends to consolidate quickly (inside a 24-hour period) due to higher water-content snowfall (i.e. in 17% water density or 170 kg/m^3 range). In other words, we don't get Utah-like "Greatest Snow on Earth" snows averaging in sub-100 kg/m^3 range, so a ski with a 104mm waist is sufficient in providing float on most days, the only exception being storm days. / Paired with the Shift MNC bindings, I bought these skis with the aim of being my sidecountry and backcountry touring skis, with the occasional and rare resort powder ski. The ski tracks nicely on the (uphill) skin tracks and performs well in anything from untracked powder, to soft chop and chalk. Due to its lack of sidecut which is my favorite part of the ski's design, it enables you to make GS or Super G turns with ease, most importantly without the hooky feeling one gets from a more sidecut with less taper ski. Additionally, the ski, due to its low swing weight enables mobility and maneuverability; making the occasional slash or navigating narrow chutes and tightly-spaced trees predictable, fun and without issue. Where I think the ski has room for improvement, for me personally, is in less than ideal snow conditions in the backcountry; i.e. wind scoured, firmer chop , sun- and wind-crust, generally firmer and icier conditions. With the aforementioned (backcountry) skiing conditions there are four primary factors in successful ski design; Rocker vs. Camber profile, sidecut, stiffness and overall weight. Without question the ski has some important hallmarks of a go-to backcountry ski, in that it is light and has limited sidecut; however, it would benefit greatly by a reducing the rocker underfoot and replacing with 3-4mm of camber (this is not much even for the backcountry and alpine). Furthermore, take a little more rocker out of the tail (which is already stiff enough as is given the carbon layup) promoting more stability and tracking at higher speeds* whilst charging straighter lines. Lastly, add a single layer of titinal (aluminum sourced from Austria...4FRNT are largely produced in neighboring Slovenia) the ENTIRE LENGTH of the ski greatly reducing tip chatter and again, promoting stability.. I know what you are thinking, at 190cm it would be adding 200 grams/ per ski. Fair enough. One can compensate that by reducing the carbon layup, i.e. only having carbon 6-8cms through the tips and tails, thereby keeping the overall weight of the ski in the at or below ~2000 gram arena (up from the current 1850 grams), still a very comfortable touring weight. These modifications will allow the ski to have more pop out of each turn (camber and rebound from the concave titanal insert), increase effective edge length and tracking (camber), promote greater stability at high speeds, all while without compromising on the ski's existing good performance characteristics of float, maneuverability and predictability. Apologies to those if this offends, I just felt the need to provide an honest and candid review of my experiences on the 4FRNT Raven. *Hoji mentioned in this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiOphJqBxXM) that "...probably my most aggressive line of the season in the alpine was on the raven..."

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KL
02/19/2020
Kraig L.
United States United States
Like a Video Game!

Just an all around fun ski. They can feel surfy but carve really well. I was surprised at the balance and ability at both fast and slow speeds. Going through trees is like a video game! You concentrate on your line and forget you have skis on your feet. They do what you want. Thanks 4FRNT!