The Raven is the perfect blend of optimal weight efficiency and maximum downhill performance. With the Raven’s smooth rocker profile your tips naturally rise to the surface of the snow, making breaking trail on the skin track and shredding fresh powder easier than you thought possible. When you find yourself in firm or variable snow the ski’s sidecut geometry works in conjunction with the rocker shape to ensure maximum stability and confidence.
The 4-LOCK™ System works by inserting the self-locking skin strap through an inconspicuous hole in the tail, locking to the ski and eliminating frustrating gear failure forever.
The Pomoca skin weighs in at less than 240g per skin and folds up impossibly compact, saving you more weight on your feet and more space in your pack than any other set up on the market. It's simply the lightest, most reliable, and easiest to use skin system to date.
Graphic by Maciej Kamuda.
Raven 4-LOCK™ Geometry
When stability and energy are a must and weight is a factor, we add pre stretched carbon fiber stringers to the core. Far superior to the flex and pop of traditional fiberglass, carbon fiber gives you the liveliness you want at a weight that keeps your skis feeling light on your feet. These
Quick trial run inbounds on early season groomers and they performed flawlessly! Excited to get them into the BC.
Fun, Easy, and Durable
I'm finally writing a review of these phenomenal skis now that I've started season 3 on them. I reach for these skis most backcountry days, and certainly any time there has been fresh snow. Their shape makes them so incredibly predictable and forgiving in weird backcountry snow. They are a dream in powder, but also get me out of so many jams when the snow gets punchy, breakable, grabby, etc. These things truly make me a better skier than I am! I've known how much I love the way these babies SKI for a long time. However, in the early season low-tide conditions that I've subjected them to this year so far, I've finally (unfortunately?) found out just how durable these skis are! I have hit way too many granite boulders with these skis in the past week, and I cringed to transition and put skins back on, only to see the damage left behind. Not so - the bases are so hard and durable, and the edges, while suffering some obvious scratching, were in such better shape than I had feared! Again in summary - there are so many (correct) positive reviews of how these handle and how fun they are to ski. I wanted to add the note that after ~55 days on snow and an especially horrendous dose of abuse this past week, the skis are in such great shape. Cannot recommend highly enough!!
Precise Backcountry Weapons
I think 4FRNT has really built a winner of a ski here. The combination of low-weight (but not ultralight), durability, and a progressive, versatile shape makes these skis a versatile weapon in wild snow. Many ski designers are not building skis specifically for backcountry snow conditions. The influence on piste or even off-piste, resort snow conditions has seriously held back ski design in the past few years. Perhaps the best thing about the "Hoji" series of skis from 4FRNT is that they are specifically designed for natural snow conditions. All four models sport low taper plus long, gentle rocker makes for a very stable yet maneuverable ski. The Raven being the lightest version of the series, I felt that I had to try it out. To day the least, I've been very impressed, and would recommend this ski for anyone who thinks of National Forests or Parks rather than commercial operations when they think of their favorite ski areas. PS: the "Tour-Lock" configuration is 100% worth the extra money. You get a pair of the highest quality skins on the market, with a tip/tail attachment system that is incredibly simple and easy to use. Plus the weight and drag reduction that comes from the smaller/shorter skin is significant. I'd love to see this become an industry standard for wider (>100 underfoot) skis.
4 lock rocks!
The Ravens handle really well as an all mountain and the 4 lock is truly amazing for the backcountry!!
Absolutely love the Raven and the 4-LOCK system!
The Raven lives up to its rep as a playful, fun, super flexible option for backcountry skiing. I have gotten 5 days in in the PNW with these so far, skiing conditions ranging from powder to an icy crust with glue under it. It skillfully handled everything but the gnarliest crust/concrete combo (at which point just about any heavier and wider ski is gonna feel better, right?), and I have a feeling it'll be fine even in that gross stuff once I get used to them more. The Ravens' light weight and beautiful graphics combine to make the uphill a much nicer experience (like another reviewer noted, they're fun to look at!). RE: the 4-LOCK system, it's genius. I have not noticed any reduction in traction and yet they are easier to put on and off, and weigh less than normal skins! Just wait until your buddy's tail clips keep getting caught on kick turns and you catch them enviously eyeing your 4-LOCK's, ha. I am a 6' male, 185 lbs, and although I would usually choose something closer to the 184 size, I noticed some reviewers saying that sizing up is not a bad thing with this ski, so I went with the 190's, and I'm glad I did. This ski is more centered mounted than some, and turns super easily thanks to its shape and weight, so you can still enjoy a shorter front while getting some of the benefits of a longer ski overall. Of course you do need to get used to the longer tails on uphill kickturns, but that's totally doable. If you are curious about bindings, I put Salomon MTN Pure's on these and absolutely love the combo for its light weight and sturdiness. Ps. shoutout to 4FRNT's customer service. They were quick to respond and help with all my questions leading up to my purchase!