Raven

4FRNT Raven

Brand
4FRNT
Model
Raven
Category
Touring
Weight
1900 gr
Waist
104 mm
Tested length
184 cm
Year
2016

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SFI (Ski Flex Index) 

7
5
5
4
5
Fri Flyt overall rating of 4FRNT Raven:

7 / 10

Hard snow:
7 / 10
Soft snow:
8 / 10
Weight:
6 / 10
Technical info:
Raven was 4FRNT´s long-awaited newcomer last year, a narrower touring ski in the icon Eric Hjorleifson´s signature series. This years version is a little stiffer in the front and tail, and there is more sidecut in the front ski. It has kept the long sidecut radius and a pronounced rocker in the front and back. The construction is also heavy for a touring ski, with carbon fibre reinforcing the back and front and a fibreglass sandwich in most of the ski.

On snow:
4FRNT Raven confirms our impression from last year. This is a down scaled big-mountain ski which feels solid and is good to skid with. It is stable at speed compared to other skis in the same size. The maneuverability on hard snow is less exciting, and it doesn´t perform that well in carved turns. We find it too heavy to compete with the best in a ski touring test, but if you prioritize stability and freeriding on a relatively narrow ski, it might be worth the extra grams.


Raven

Technical data:

Measured length
184 cm
Flex (relative stiffness)
SFI 75545
Brand
4FRNT
Model
Raven
Produced
USA
Available lengths
184,190
Contact length
102 cm
Rocker tail
39 cm
Rocker nose
43 cm
Side cut
104 cm
Taper tail
38 cm
Taper tip
42 cm
Setback (true center to narrowest point)
8 cm
Tested mounting point (true center to boot center)
8 cm
Max tail width
112 mm
Min waist width
104 mm
Max nose width
120 mm
Side cut radius
26.00 mR
Width difference nose vs. tail
8 mm
Surface area (one ski)
1940 cm2
Weight
1900 gr
Relative weight
0.98 gr/cm2
Hight tail tip
21 mm
Hight nose tip
63 mm
Angle tail tip
11°
Angle nose tip
28°

This sequence of numbers indicates stiffness. Each number corresponds to a part of the ski, from tail to tip. 5 equals the average
for this part and length of the ski. Lower values indicate softer skis, higher values stiffer.