You can't spell his name, but you know who Hoji is and what he's all about, so you probably already know what to expect from his 4FRNT pro model ski: a ripping, pow-loving maniac that's not opposed to some serious skintrack time. Hoji's human-powered ethos is pretty well known, so he designed his namesake with a poplar and beech Hy-Lite core, which keeps weight manageable to save your hip flexors and your energy when you're punching up 4,000 feet to the top of an unnamed peak in interior BC. Both woods are strong and snappy, too, so you can really put the Hoji through its high-speed paces without feeling unstable or chattery. Fiberglass laminates give the boards even more stability and edge control, and 4FRNT's Vibe Veil technology uses a vibration-dampening layer to take the squirreliness out of these fully rockered monsters.
At 112mm at the waist, the Hoji is still nimble enough to slarve turns through the trees, but with Reflect Tech technology, the rocker radius and sidecut match, allowing the ski to edge smoothly and predictably. With a 30m turn radius, the Hoji lives for big lines skied fast. Reverse camber and tapered extremities take the drawbacks of rocker out of the equation by eliminating tip and tail hook when you're in powder and provideing a platform for a powder skiing sensation unmatched by any other ski on the market. The semi-cap construction wraps the topsheet around the sidewall, providing increased durability and longevity to the ski. So when you're ready, step into the Hoji and charge like you never have before, whether you're ripping Hollywood lines or putting in first descents far away from civilization.
- Full rocker
- Reflect Tech matching camber and sidecut profiles
- Hi-Lite poplar and beech core
- Fiberglass laminates
- Vibe Veil vibration dampening
- Semi-cap construction
- ABS sidewalls
- Sintered base
- Item #FTS001E
- Q & A
Touring Quiver Killer
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought the OG pilsner version of these thinking I'd only use them for touring on soft days. The fully rockered shape and 30m turning radius made me a little weary about taking them out when conditions were less than stellar. I couldn't have been more wrong, these things crush in every condition in the backcountry. I mounted a pair of G3 Onyx tech bindings on these, and paired those with Dynafit Mercury boots and have been able to drive these sticks in every condition.
I have yet to ride these at the resort (I use my Devastators when I'm spinning lifts), so I can't attest to their performance on-piste. However, in the backcountry, I've ridden these in knee deep powder (anything deeper I pull out my Renegades), refrozen sun crust, windblown mank, rotted summer slush, perfect corn, and almost anything else you can think of. These skis are confidence inspiring. They handle everything well, and can either be pushed in terms of speed or slowed down to pivot and smear when things get tight.
These aren't the lightest sticks out there for touring, but when paired with a tech binding and you'll still be able to keep up with your wannabe skimo friends.
Hard Charging Ski
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Using the version from last year and love this ski! I've used it skiing in Squaw Valley, Jackson and on a Heli trip. I use it as a powder day ski at the resort and an everyday ski on the heli in the 195 length. It handles deep snow and mixed conditions really well.
This skis is great if you like to ski fast open lines. It has a ton of stability and nothing ever feels too big for it. Where the ski has limitations is making small tight turns or overly smearing. I wouldn't recommend the ski to someone that needs it for very tight trees, althought it handles glades with ease, or that likes an really "surfy" feel.
Overall, I highly recommend the ski if you like to ski fast open lines in big terrain, want a ski that is really stable at speed and gives you the confidence to go bigger.