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Crushes Western big lines and coastal pillow lines.

Although he wouldn’t admit it, Eric Hjorleifson is well on his way to becoming a legend among some of the world’s most accomplished big-mountain skiers. The 4Frnt Hoji is Eric’s pro model ski, and it benefits from the years of research and development gleaned from Eric’s previous pro models, the EHP and Renegade. Immediately, you’ll notice that the Renegade’s Reflect Technology was carried over to the Hoji. Reflect technology helps to blend rocker in sidecut in a way that allows this monster to ease into turns, hold an edge with confidence, and resist hooking in deep snow—and it floats like an eagle on wing. Full-radius rocker, a directional shape, and neutral sidecut (at the tip and tail) take things a step further by giving you the agility to maneuver through tight trees and the power to truly hammer on the gas when the terrain opens up. There’s no tip slap or sloppiness, it simply glides along with a solid and planted sensation. Part of this comes from the improved torsional rigidity gained by 4Frnt’s semi-cap construction, which partially wraps the topsheet around the sidewall.

Skiers who earn their vertical will take particular interest in the Hoji’s 112mm waist. You get just the right around of girth for landing big airs without bobble, and, when coupled with the full-radius rocker, the waist width helps to improve on the already impressive flotation. A fiend for big-mountain touring, the Hoji is a ski that’s just as easy to use as your resort shredder if you regularly take on steep, wide-open faces and massively deep conditions.

The Hoji is a newcomer to 4Frnt's Signature ski collection. Among the fat, rockered rides in the Signature collection, this ski is the most comfortable breaking trail during the approach to big, exposed terrain in the backcountry. Only the YLE and the Renegade are comparable to the Hoji. A dedicated big mountain ski, the Renegade is stiffer and longer than the Hoji. More of a backcountry park ski, the YLE is slightly softer and designed with a symmetrical design, so it gives you a more versatile platform for a wide range of skiing styles. Ultimately, the Hoji is the ideal choice for charging as hard as possible when your way to the top relies on your feet rather than a lift.

  • Full-radius rocker profile
  • Reflect Technology blends the full-radius rocker with neutral sidecut
  • Semi-Cap construction partially wraps the topsheet around the sidewall
  • Full-wrap edge
  • Directional sidecut shape

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Keyhole in Baldy Chutes on his Hoji's

Keyhole in Baldy Chutes on his Hoji's

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Crappy day on the mountain, eh?
Utah sucks!

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Just another crappy day here! The sun, and fresh snow is just an illusion haha

Put a Goat ON IT!

Put a Goat ON IT!

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Hoji got goated.

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Love the goat-mobile :)

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Hey Lexi,
I'm looking for a good alternative to my Soul 7 skis. I love the Soul 7s for really soft powder and playful conditions, but I've found they get knocked around a bit too much when charging hard and through chopped up stuff. Wondering if these would be a better option for charging.

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Hey Phil!
I've heard LOTS of similar feedback from folks out here in Utah in regards to the Soul 7 in crud or chop. Those honeycomb tips get to fluttering and it's all over. I actually think the Soul 7 must make a pretty good touring ski since they are fairly light - but I've heard lots of negative feedback about their ability to survive tougher conditions.

I'm absolutely LOVING the lineup by Blizzard. They are making some really solid sticks and overall just crushing it.

For a daily driver check out:

http://www.backcountry.com/blizzard-bonafide-ski

http://www.backcountry.com/blizzard-brahma-ski
(^ heard great stuff about this one. I think this would compliment your Soul 7 nicely, as you could save the Soul for softer days and tear up firmer stuff with these Brahma when the snow ain't fallin).

If you want more gear chat - shoot me an e-mail and I'll hook you up with one of my favorite Gearheads!

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Hoji Rocks

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After just purchasing the Hoji, Montana got dumped on. I have been able to blow through powder lines, haul ass down groomers and bust through the early morning chop. These skis are great I am 6'8" 230 lbs and the 195's are perfect. I'm so excited about them I'm using them in the spring conditions and they do it all.

Found my Center of Gravity

Found my Center of Gravity

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Dropping into a fresh line with confidence underfoot.

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It's pretty spicy Ross!
You'll have to come check out Snowbird someday and Sean and I can show you around!
He's a patroller up there!

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Super playful, worth the money

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was skiing the 2011 CRJs for a few years, and these CRUSH their performance. No more chatter at high speeds, super playful, no more top sheet peeling, very solid. Pros: Full rocker makes for a super playful ski, you can almost literally spin in circles on the tough stuff, but float really well in the deeper pow. If you are looking to ski 4'+ of new pow you will something a bit wider though. The reflect tech is awesome - very versatile for the full rocker, they hold edges very well, even east coast early season runs with crappy conditions. Bottom line: Eric really outdid himself on these, bar none my favorite ski I have been on to date - worth the big bucks. Great all mountain ski for east or west coast skiing, great float, year-long ski.

I'm moving to Japan to guide but have a...

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I'm moving to Japan to guide but have a pair of super fats for deep days. I'm looking for a pair for not so deep days and days on the ski out slopes of Whistler that will demolish crud while holding an edge on hardpack and still be playful in the trees. Is this it? How does this stack against the most recent gotama?

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Check out the video I posted above.

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Great all mountain/powder ski!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This ski performed incredible for me last winter both as a resort and touring ski. It's fun and playful in almost any conditions but with the full rocker and reflect tech it lays down turns perfectly in powder. Basically a lighter, slimmer, and more forgiving Renegade. I will be picking up another pair this winter. Can't wait to be skiing more of what is in this picture!

Great all mountain/powder ski!

how do these compare to something like the...

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how do these compare to something like the armada norwalk? Its hard to find people who have had time on the hoji's. would be interested to know how these handle through all conditions as well. any information would be great, these are some of the best looking skis ive seen in some time

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B_Flag: They are even better looking in person. I'm not sure exactly how they compare to the Norwalk, as I have not skied on the Norwalk, but I have loved my Hoji's. The big difference I see is the Norwalk has camber with some early rise while the Hoji is full rockered. Because of the full rocker and the reflect tech, they couldn't be much more fun in powder and creamy conditions. I honestly have been very satisfied with them in firmer conditions as well, although maybe in extremely firm to icy conditions a ski with camber would outperform them. If you are looking to spend most of your time in softer conditions I can tell you to go ahead and scoop up a pair of Hoji's.