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 4FRNT updated his namesake ski with a new poplar and paulownia Pop Core, which lends a 15% weight reduction from previous years. That way, you 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 underfoot, 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 providing 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 never before, whether you're ripping Hollywood lines or putting in first descents far away from civilization.
- Fully rockered pow ski for big lines and skintracks
- 112mm waist width provides generous float
- Reverse camber with Reflect Tech sidecut
- Light, energetic, and poppy paulownia and poplar core
- Semi-cap construction provides stability and rigidity
- 179mm ski weighs in under 8lbs per pair
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- Q & A
Swiss Army Hoji
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
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I was fairly skeptical of this ski at first due to the big claims made but I realized how justified they are when I clicked in. I took out the 179 length in light powder, groomers, traversing, hiking, and choppy late day resort conditions and I have never skied a ski that handed it all so easily.
- The rocker is pretty heavy in the tip, but once the tip taper converts to side cut the rocker line mellow's out and translates to smooth graceful skiing that can be powerful/aggressive or you can dial it back to cruising and jibbing. There is a bit of tip and tail flap, which is a hallmark of the Hoji ski but once I realized this translated to really easy control in softer deeper snow I no longer questioned why it was designed like this. The perfect rocker shape also allows for really loose surfy buttery skiing but unlike skis that are flat (no rocker or camber underfoot) the Hoji can hook up for really exciting high speed carving on groomers and chop, which is super unique to a ski that also kills it in the pow.
- The medium stiffness core, made a little lighter weight for uphill travel is a great choice because it makes a lot of movements easy and accessible. It really supported my confidence level and worked with me to ski harder. You can ski this ski in a longer length if you like due to the tapered/rockered tip and tail, and as a 5'5'' tall guy the 179 length was perfect for me.
I didn't believe it when the shop guy at the 4frnt store front told me the Hoji was his daily driver any conditions ski but he was not joking. After pushing it to find its weaknesses I realized that anything that I previously thought as a flaw or a downside to the ski was really an intended design feature that served a purpose. I was mostly impressed that this aspect of the ski made it so usable literally everywhere. I previously thought this ski was only for bigger stronger skiers but I was wrong; its really accessible for a wide range of skiers to have fun on. This ski is the king of this category (112 waist,touring/big mountain), and if you ski or tour west of the Mississippi you should seriously consider buying it for resort or out of bounds use.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These changed my 2015-2016 season for the better. I LOVE the full rocker. Engages really well on groomers for surfy-type turns. Handles great in bumps, but keep in mind the turning radius. Stays on top of powder and becomes super playful. This is my favorite ski of all-time. I love 4FRNT and what they're producing. For me, this is a great all-mountain ski. You won't regret adding this ski to your quiver.
I ski the 195.
Great in the Pow!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Looking for a rockered ski that smears pow turns for a living? Look no further! The Hoji - so named after skiing legend and personal idol of mine (Eric Hjorleifson) destroys pow with its rockered profile and 112 waist width. The 112 width provides the perfect amount of float to give you that effortless sensation underfoot while ensuring plentiful face shots. This ski is a great pow ski or backcountry rig (for shorter tours). Only time I didn't 100% like the ski was on groomers as it chattered a bit and seemed a bit unstable (however this is not the skis element , it likes soft snow). Please feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or are looking to place an order! I will personally assist you and would love to chat about your winter/spring ski plans. Reach out at - 801-204-4533 or email@example.com.