For the hard charging skier who regularly ventures into the sidecountry and the backcountry, the fine folks down at Dynafit have for you the Hoji Free, a quiver-of-one freeride touring boot that is compatible with both alpine and tech bindings. If you plan to spend most of your time skiing out of backcountry trailheads, we recommend you either hit that preseason training program especially hard and develop some serious stamina, or maybe consider one of our purely backcountry touring boots, found here. However, for folks who ride the chairlift as often as they hit the skin track, the Hoji Free is hands down one of the best options out there. With a wide range of motion and flexible v-shaped tongue, you'll be outpacing all your pals who are wearing true alpine boots with "walk" modes, while you zip along out front. On the descent, the 130 flex index rating of the Hoji Free feels indistinguishable from an alpine boot, where three buckles and a stout power strap offer all the security you need to ski as hard as you can. Fully moldable liner ensures that even the pickiest of feet can be made to feel great in these boots after a quick visit to the shop.
Unique to the Hoji line is the Hoji Lock, a ski/walk lever system which adds tension to the upper strap and buckle when in ski mode, while removing that tension in walk mode.
UN EN ISO 9523 compatible, meaning that this boot works with tech bindings as well as touring frame bindings and alpine bindings with adjustable toe height.
Quick Step In means that precarious transitions are simpler and easier for you to get through without getting too puckered.
Full size toe and heel welts means you can use automatic crampons for booting up icy couloirs.
Fully moldable Sidas liner offer you all the customizable potential you could possibly want.
Pomoca sole will stand up to years of parking lot abuse and rocky scrambling.
I had the privilege of skiing this boot for the last half of last season and was really impressed with the downhill performance and great "walkability." The 55 degrees of cuff rotation is as advertised and really easy to utilize with the "Hoji-Lock" lever on the spine of the boot. The fact that the lever also loosens the cuff buckle and power strap is an added bonus and makes transitions a breeze! On the downhill, the boots hold their own against true alpine boots and I had no problems skiing them hard at the resort as well as out touring. It really is the one boot to do everything in. Despite having a quiver of boots at my disposal, I have found the Hoji Free to be my go-to for both resort and BC days. **Disclosure - I work as a rep for Dynafit**
Curious how you think the Hoji Free compares in the real world to the Hoji Tour (which I own). I’ve read the specs, just wondering if you have any side by side experience to share. Thx
Hey Justin, the Hoji Free has the same level of performance as the Hoji Pro Tour, albeit with a slightly different fit (narrower, higher arch) and a newer, beefed-up liner.
Look forward to getting EPoore's input on this as well!
Hi Justin, having skied both of them. I would say that the Free is a stiffer flex and a narrower lower shell (more of a performance fit). Having worn them side by side, I would say the 130 (Free) and 120 (Pro Tour) flex rating is accurate. There is more room over the top of the foot in the Free which I really appreciate and more room in the ankle. I wouldn't say there's a noticeable difference in the ROM when touring thanks to them using the same Hoji Lock Mechanism. Having been a Vulcan lover for years, the Free fits the void my Vulcans left in my boot quiver. Hope this helps!