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Raven with TourLock™

Raven with TourLock™

36 reviews
Regular price $779.00 Sale price $799.00
Why only $779.00?
The Raven with TourLock™ is only $779.00 because we sell our products directly to you, exclusively here on our website, instead of through stores. This enables us to deliver a higher quality, award-winning product directly to your front door for less. You get more for your money!

This Limited Edition Raven features our new ground breaking TourLock skin system which includes a pair of custom pre-cut Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 skins. Conceived in the backcountry by Eric ‘Hoji’ Hjorleifson, this is a first of it’s kind collaboration between 4FRNT x Pomoca x Hoji to create the lightest, most reliable, and easiest to use ski and skin system to date.

Our new TourLock™ system consists of an inconspicuous 12x9mm hole through the tail of the ski that we refer to as the Hoji Hole™, named after Eric. By inserting the self-locking skin strap through this hole, the skin becomes locked to the ski, eliminating frustrating gear failure forever.

After years of testing, Eric found that by placing the hole in the rocker zone 20cm’s from the tail, he could reduce his skin length by up to 12% to improve uphill efficiency without affecting the skis downhill performance. This reduced skin length 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.

**Custom pre-cut Pomoca Skins  will automatically add to your cart for free with the ski

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Raven with TourLock™ 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!