All that and a bag of chips.
Realizing that big-mountain-ripping gals were digging what the Hoji had to offer, 4FRNT decided to tailor a lady-specific model that maintained all the original's hard-charging nature, but with a more female-friendly construction: behold the Hoji Women's Ski. Don't think 4FRNT dumbed down the guys' version, though, because this lady still checks in at an identical 112mm underfoot, and in lengths ranging from 171cm to the Ullr-sized 187cm. Outfitted with progressive, smooth-turning ReflectTech technology, the Hoji's rocker radius matches the sidecut to eliminate tip hook in powder for smooth edging and predictable carving, and the fully rockered profile maintains legendary float in deeper-than-deep conditions, making these skis capable of slaying the steepest and deepest lines you care to point them at.
The only real difference between the guys' and gals' Hoji is the ContourCore. Ladies tend to drive their skis from the hips, not the chest, so 4FRNT moved the core's center of mass back about five centimeters to give the women's Hoji better balance and allow a more natural stance. This lets you milk the energetic and strong Hi-Lite poplar and ash core for all it's worth, while the fiberglass laminates keep the ski stiff on edge and the VibeVeil laminate reduces chatter, tip flap, and vibration. ABS sidewalls underfoot provide bomber edge hold and the semi-cap construction tapers towards the tips for decreased swing weight and maneuverability, and the sintered carbon base lets you rally like a race car without worrying too much about dinging a shark tooth on your way back to base.
- Women-specific freeride ski for powder dumps and big mountains
- Wide waist assures easy flotation over deep powder
- Full rocker with ReflectTech ensures smooth edging and carving
- Female-friendly ContourCore technology
- Hi-Lite core with fiberglass laminates provide strength and energy
- Semi-cap combines lightweight cap with sturdy ABS sidewalls
- Item #FTS002Y
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This ski is absolute bliss in the powder, but I love to test out a ski based on its versatility. If you're looking for a one-ski quiver, look elsewhere. If you're looking to complement your carving skis and all-mountain crushers with a pair of surfers for the deep, deep days. This is your powder slayer!
I'm 5'5" and 140lbs, and I skied the 179. 4FRNT makes this ski huge for women for a good reason. It's so lightweight, and the rocker profile allows for easy powder turning and shortens up the effective edge. I felt totally comfortable on a 179cm even though I'd normally ski up to a 175cm ski for an all-mountain ripper. At 112mm underfoot, it's rare when a ski rips the hardpack, so I admittedly have to excuse the ski here, especially with the full rocker profile. I rode it at Snowbird on a hardpack day, and didn't feel so comfortable on it, but I later took it through some frozen chop, and it did all right. I just didn't feel that edge hold that a skier would hope for. After this day, I had already decided that this is not an all-condition ski.
Then.....January 3rd, 2017 came, and if you were in Utah that day, you may remember it as the fluffiest, lightest powder you've ever skied in your life. The Hoji W SLAYED the powder that day. I've never been on a ski that cruised so easily through the white room. It was ridiculously easy to surf along a 40 degree slope, and just with a gentle turn of the feet, the ski not only followed suit, but it crushed and sent light snow flying every which way. I was able to ski with an abundance of confidence through the powder, and I will always remember taking the best powder turns of my life. My only complaint about the ski in powder was that it was maybe a little too surfy, and I was more on top of the snow than I was in it. Oh, well. Maybe I'm just being a snow snob, but this ski has got a ton of float to it, a key characteristic of a powder ski.
Long story short, if you need something light and easy dedicated to the deep days, look no further! If you have additional questions or are interested in a pair for yourself or your snow bunny, give me a call at (801)619-7481.