Greg_KYou are correct that having high turning radius and less tip tail taper is better for not “catching” in crud and both skis have very little tip/tail taper. The problem is the high turning radius in the Raven vs the multi radius one in the SD, kinda limits you more to longer/higher speed turns on the Raven while the SD is still stable at high speed but is happy doing shorter turns at slower speeds too. Going through crud is best done while you’re on edge(in a turn) so the SD just gives more flexibility in various conditions to change turn shape.
The rocker profile on the Raven also favors the SD when it comes to harder snow as it has more Camber to bite into it. Steep, icy chutes would be more fun on the SD I think. Lol
SD has a lightweight tip and soft flex up front along with some cap/sidewall mixed construction to better absorb shocks like rough terrain/crud which makes it ski like it’s heavier than it is. Resort skis as a rule have more dampening materials or heavier wood types than touring ones as it adds weight which is not wanted in a touring ski.
Read both reviews on Blister Gear of these 2 skis and you will see how they think the Raven is a touring ski that is better than most touring skis if used on a resort vs the Sick Day 104 which is a lighter weight resort ski that could be used for touring. So, unless you’re doing almost nothing but touring, the SD would be the more versatile choice.
Raven 190 Length Weight Calculation
1750g / 184cm = 9.51g / cm
9.51g/cm * 190 = 1807g
Ok, so I guess the Raven in 190 (actual 189) will come in a little over 1800. This is consistent with Sick Day having more damping (1850g at 185.5cm).
Having just read the Blister review again, they love the Raven. And while they do emphasize touring first, they really like it as a 50/50 option too. But point taken. Touring first, inbounds second.
I think the Sick Day does make more sense for my situation to be honest. Even though blister views it as inbounds first, touring second, and this ski will see 75% out of bounds, it will also be my ~100-105cm ski for inbounds days as well as slackcountry from the resort.
I've held the 184 Raven and man oh man, is it a feather. A little unnerving. I actually sold it for that reason without skiing. Was praying the 190 would be more confidence inspiring.