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Designed and developed 100% by Eric Hjorleifson, the Raven carries the spirit of its namesake. Its light and free spirited and welcomes adventure from the gladed trees to the steep and exposed alpine terrain. It's unique reverse camber allows you to drive the ski underfoot vs. pressuring the tips like a traditionally cambered ski. The result is tips that automatically rise out of the pow and enable the ski to pivot with ease in deep and inconsistent snow conditions. Take it to an open bowl and let’er run, or if you prefer to live in the woods take a tour into the tight trees and marvel in how quick and snappy you can be. You don’t have to work hard to ski this ski, save your strength to go further.
This seasons incredible graphic was hand painted by Andrea Mueller, a close friend of Hoji, out of Whister BC.
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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|
|TAIL TO WAIST||775 mm||
|MOUNT POINT FROM TAIL||795 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|
|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||
|WEIGHT||1510 gr||1600 gr||1700 gr||1850 gr|
2019 Blister Best Of
Powder Skiers Choice '20
2017 Freeskier Editors Pick
2019 Backcountry Magazine Gear Guide Select
19/20 Blister Best of
These Raven ski’s are awesome. They are very light weight and the design is super cool! I’m really looking forward to shredding this season. Hurry up snow!
These Raven skiâ€™s are awesome. They are very light weight and the design is super cool! Iâ€™m really looking forward to shredding this season. Hurry up snow!
Raven is gonna help me fly
When I first got the skis I was really impressed with the craftsmanship. Full disclosure... I haven’t skied them yet but expect the performance to be on par with the quality of the build.
Great touring ski
Just back from maiden 4 day Backcountry tour in North Cascades. Skied variable terrain and conditions from corn to heavy mash. Skis were ez and predictable in all conditions. In steep/icy areas, just make sure you've got margins to deal with a little less edge/stopping precision. Great ride-will be my go to driver
Read the reviews here and the detailed reviews at Blister and Backcountryskiingcanada.com - they are accurate. Hoji and 4Frnt have founds the magic formula in the Ravens. I have had my 2018/19 Ravens for almost 2 months and paired them with Shift bindings for a lightweight slackcountry setup. For me, these skis will see mostly sidecountry days with short uphill touring laps (30-90min each), steep descents, and mostly soft snow/powder. That said I have skied these in all snow conditions from inbound groomers, high elevation wind-scoured/icy steeps, crust/crud, trees/bumps, and deep powder. "Versatile" is probably the word that comes to mind - these skis do it all and do it well. But don't think that versatile means these are watered down. Point them straight and they fly with forgiving balance and stability. The light/poppy feel amps up the fun factor in the steeps and trees. The profile and mount point make smearing turns and shedding speed fun and predictable when things get interesting. That this all comes in a ski light enough for dedicated backcountry touring duty - is another dash of Hoji magic. While these Ravens could realistically be my only skis, I do keep a pair of wider/heavier/stiffer skis for dedicated in-bound duty. I am 6'0" and 190lbs and went with 184s and factory mount point. No issues with the mount point as it probably suited my more centered stance anyway.