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Featured Preview by00000000onAug 18, 2014 @ 5:20 PM
Reviewed Ski Size: 195 (133-112-123)Review:
Welcome to Eric Hjorleifson's "go-to" signature ski. Inspired by the success of the matching sidecut and rocker radii, or Reflect TechTM, that the Renegade employs, Eric went back to the drawing board. The squashed pintail sinks into the snow allowing a more forward mounting position, and centered and balanced feel. The nimble and responsive HOJI produces a powder skiing sensation unlike anything you've ever experienced. Powerful enough to charge spines in AK and light enough for you to have the fire stoked at the yurt before your friends get there.
All Mountain 9
The 4FRNT Hoji continues to be my favorite full rocker Big Mountain ski. It's surfy, charging, and absolutely a well rounded ski. At 112 underfoot, it's capable of being a powder ski, but it's shape truly shines on big lines that require you to utilize the rocker profile. These skis were tested at Bridger Bowl, Big Sky, and Squaw Valley on hardpack snow, and on powder days. They have Tyrollia Attack 13's mounted on them.
"To us, however, this ski represents pain and gain; frigid, early mornings, half-listening to NPR on the way to a dawn patrol tour before work, sharing the same thermos of whatever hot beverage somebody brought. This ski represents sweaty skin tracks and windy ridges. Wherever you go the HOJI will get you to the bottom confidently and in the best style."
If you want a ski that charges, or a wide waist touring ski, then the Hoji is an excellent option. With a full rocker profile, this is NOT the ski for someone who enjoys camber, or is looking for a true quiver killer. They handle every aspect of skiing well. On groomers I was surprised to find myself laying the entire ski on edge, and not feeling like the turn radius was hindering. In narrow chutes, they feel stable enough to point and ski straight. They float in fresh snow, and crush corn/choppy packed powder. They have some pop, but don't expect them to rock your world- if you want a poppy ski look elsewhere.
Solid full rocker ski
Responsive, can ski anything
Smears so well!
If you don't have them mounted with a tech binding, they can be a little heavy
Large jump in lengths