The Raven is the ultimate blend of uphill efficiency and downhill performance. A smooth rocker profile naturally brings your tips to the surface of fresh snow, so breaking trail on the skin track and floating through fresh powder is easier than ever. When you find yourself in technical terrain, the sidecut and pre-bent rocker shape work in unison to give you maximum effective edge for supreme control. Hoji’s groundbreaking 4-LOCK System guarantees a carefree uphill experience by eliminating frustrating skin failure and excess weight. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds and devour untouched terrain, the Raven is the tool for the job!
Graphic by Alexis Marcou.
The 4-Lock™ system consists of an inconspicuous 12x9mm hole through the tail of the ski. By inserting the self-locking skin strap through this hole, the skin becomes locked to the ski, eliminating frustrating skin failure. The calculated placement of the hole reduces the skin length by up to 12% and has zero effect on the downhill performance of the ski. This reduced skin length weighs in at less than 240g per skin and folds up impossibly compact.
An excellent full rocker ski
6’1” (185 cm) 200 lb male skier, skill advanced to expert depending on the day and physical fitness for the year. Usually ski in Salt Lake City, UT at resorts but was looking for a ski that would be more suited to short tours and for inbound trees. This is my 8th pair of skis. Ordered the 184 cm Raven with 4-lock system. Skin system works as advertised, although it did take me a minute to figure out that I didn’t need to remove the tail retention clip but rather could just push it through the hole. Skins come precut to size. I prefer this system to the black diamond tail clip system which quickly fell off of my Atomic BC 120s. This ski is full rocker shaped with long radius side cut which allows it to pivot easily. Weight isn’t the lightest but isn’t very heavy either. The 184 length is the right length for me - other skis range in length from high 170s for front side dedicated carving skis to mid 180s for all mountains to high 180s to low 190s for powder skis. I think it is important to realize that full rocker skis do not edge into hard pack snow as well as those with camber but the trade off allows you to turn more easily, which is desirable in certain types of terrain. I purchased this ski in large part due to the Blister magazine review - now having skid the Raven for several days I would say the Blister review is accurate and I do not regret my purchase. Is this my first choice of ski? No. Skis are tools and depending on the terrain, snow conditions, and what we want to ski that day, the choice of skis vary. This was my first ski from 4FRNT and I have no trouble recommending the brand to potential customers based on my experience.
I purchased the Ravens earlier this season. I chose them as a versatile ski good for touring and in bounds, and the did not disappoint. For a light ski, they are incredibly stable.
With my Raven I love to be in Pow-Heaven
Now a review from the other side of the pond. From Switzerland to be precise. I bought my first 4frnt ski a couple of weeks ago, a Raven. I have completed my first couple of days touring on it and have to say, I found my soulmate ski. Sorry, I know it is nearly cheesy and I get more fact-driven from here. Why do I love this ski so much? We had a huge range of different conditions, and I skied it from absolute s*** rockhard frozen surface after Christmas to blower pow last weekend. I expected it to work very well in pow, but it also worked very well in hard conditions. I'm 183cm and 85kg (after Christmas maybe a little more) and ski a 184. The ski turns on a dime and the weight point is just perfect. It is 300g heavier than my previous touring ski, but that is good. Paired with an ATK Raider 13 Evo it is perfect for my long missions in the Alps, but skis better through non-perfect stuff than a super light ski (I know it is kind of obvious). The flotation is also very good and skiing feels so simple on these skis. There is one point I see possible room for improvement. Pomca is one of the two great skin manufacturers in the world and 100% Mohair skins glide amazingly well and are perfect for cold powder conditions. But since this is far from every day the case in the Alps, I would hope for a mixed-skin option in the future. And the second thing is, sadly there is no good option for smaller women, such as my wife, like a 164 or so. Last words, love it, keep up the good work and it won't be the last ski I buy from you guys!
Changed the way I ski!
Got these in march after considering them for years. After the first tour I knew I'd only tour on these for rest of the winter and that's what I did. We had an all-time March with a lot of knee-deep days in Lyngen and I chose these over some wider pow skis for those days as well. They stay very maneuverable even inside the snow. Therefore you don't need to be afraid of "tip-dive" with these. In firmer conditions I found the Ravens to have an uncanny characteristic of very smoothly and gradually getting more edge hold when increasing the edge angle. And the edge hold is there, since it's such a straight shape. Some cambered skis develop the edge hold very suddenly, which I don't like, especially in variable conditions. I've skied some traditional and directional skis, but it was very easy to adapt to the more centered style the Ravens prefer. They are very easy to steer, but they don't steer themselves. It is just so easy to manipulate and combine different the turn shapes. Feels like a revelation coming from the traditional wide shovel auto-steering skis. I got these in 190cm, I'm 184cm and around 90kg. I got around 35 days on them and not much wear and tear on them.
Versatile Spring Performer
*Full Disclosure: 4FRNT helped me out big time with a pair of 190cm 4-Lock Ravens after a wildfire destroyed my ski gear, home, and everything else I owned in late 2021. I'm long overdue in providing a review. I've spent ~20 days on these touring primarily in CO spring conditions (shallow pow, hot pow, corn, windpack, etc.). The Ravens are great as an all-arounder or as the shallow snow option in a 2 ski touring quiver. They do well in anything soft/edgeable and are intuitive enough that they've become my go to when I'm not sure what conditions to expect. They'll make any type of turn you want, from GS carves to fall line drifts. Some may prefer a traditionally cambered ski on steep/very firm slopes, but I've found the edge hold to be be adequate there. The long tails are noticeable when conditions get really funky, but no worse, and likely a bit easier to deal with than a cambered ski. I typically ski the longest length available in the Hoji line of skis, but have not found a speed limit on the 190cm, and would go 184cm next time. I'm 6'1 160lb, and spent most days this season on 191 Renegades FWIW. 4-Lock is the best skin system I've used. The skins stay attached even when plunging the tails during kick turns, and the shortened Pomocas are compact and lightweight. Traditional tail clips work just ok in comparison, and I'd prefer 4-Lock on everything going forward. I have to reiterate that the folks at 4FRNT were incredibly generous in helping me get back out skiing during a very difficult time. That's not an especially relevant anecdote for evaluating ski performance, but I can say with confidence that there are rad, kind people behind the scenes at 4FRNT and that's gotta count for something when considering where to spend your money.