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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!
Art for this years Raven by Dave Kloc
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Almost by accident, I ended up renting a pair of the Raven’s and all I can say is "WOW”!! Amazing on every level; powder, trees, groomers, and steeps. As an East Coast Ripper the last 40 years, I have ski'd them all... An overall A+ in my book. A Great compliment to the Greatest Snow on Earth!!
LIKE TOURING WITH A JETPACK
These are the all around touring ski that I have been looking for. I just got a pair of them in 184 and mounted them with G3 Ions. Light, nimble and with a rockered tip that plows through the snow, they practically fly uphill. Of course the downhill is even more fun. I was really surprised by the pop and playfulness of this ski as well. It's no stranger to cliff drops, backcountry booters or even the occasional butter. These skis make me feel like the pro skier I always wanted to be.
Ski Construction and Technology
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.
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.
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.
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.
Semi Cap ABS Sidewall>
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.
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.
|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|
|MOUNT POINT FROM TAIL||795 mm||
|TIP HEIGHT||54 mm||54 mm||54 mm||54 mm|
|TAIL HEIGHT||23 mm||23 mm||23 mm||23 mm|
|ROCKER||Reflect Tech™||Reflect Tech™||Reflect Tech™||Reflect Tech™|
|RUNNING SURFACE||1020 mm||
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2017 Freeskier Editors Pick Award
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Powder Skiers Choice '20
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