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 tech and some alpine 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.
- Made in Italy.
Update 2020/21: The boot was renamed the Hoji Free 130 (to differentiate from the 110) and is now available up to size 31.0.
|Weight (pair)||3308g [27.5]|
||Hoji Lock. 3 buckles + Power Strap|
||Tech, Hybrid, ISO 9523|
||17°, 11° with spoiler removed|
||Grilamid loaded with glass fibers|
||Formula Pomoca Climb
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Free touring and anything else you are a afraid to do in lighter boots|
|Notes||A Hoji boot with a tighter fit. And a toe for use with any crampon and alpine binding|
|Bottom Line||The new Free touring standard|
|Compare to other Freeride Boots|
Questions & Reviews
A Tech boot that is either GW or MNC compatible would be better/safer. Something like Tigard.
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The fit of the Hoji is interesting. It's relatively low volume in terms of the instep and height of the toe box, but the toe box is roomy laterally, which works for me. The overall fit of the front of the boot is great for my low volume, narrower feet with medium instep height and more square toe box. The heel pocket is roomy relative to the rest of the boot. I don't get blisters, but I do wish that it were more precise for my lower-volume heels. The ankle initially caused me some discomfort when flexing forward in the boot in walk mode, but I was able to widen it fairly easily with a heat gun and some clamps. Hoji himself has a video on YouTube covering this modification as it is a common problem and an easy fix. My ankles still get a little sore after a big day (over 5000 feet of gain), but not terrible.
The Hoji lock is excellent and the boot has a great range of motion uphill. It has enough forward ROM for me to tour without heel risers most of the time, even if the person setting the track had a little too much coffee that morning. Transitions are easy with the Hoji lock and ratcheting instep buckle, noticeably faster than my partners with four-buckle boots. I have never had issues with the lock mechanism icing or failing in any way. The biggest downside to this boot on the uphill is its weight, which is substantial and does take a toll on bigger days. But if you're considering this boot you already know that.
This is the good part and the whole reason to buy the Hoji. This boot has a forward flex profile and stiffness that is almost identical to my Technica Mach1 LV 130 resort boots. It is *very* stiff and the lockup between the cuff and the lower is extremely solid, to the point where you can't really tell that there is a lock mechanism in there.
That said, I can still tell that the Hoji isn't a resort boot when it comes to bad/variable snow. Mostly due to its lower weight and the thinner, stiffer grilamid material, it transmits more vibration and feeling than a big heavy plastic resort boot. But it still skis just as strong and I would happily drive full-size freeride skis with the Hoji, like my 184cm Atris for example.
My final note on the Hoji is that it has quite an aggressive forward lean, around 17 degrees. This is more than my Mach1s and more than most touring boots. I've come to enjoy it when skiing fast and aggressively, but it does get tiring on long skin-track descents at the end of the day. Not a dealbreaker for me, but if you like a more upright boot, the Hoji may not be for you.
Yes, this boot can be stretched and punched!
The Dynafit Hoji Free 130 has an ISO 9523 sole. It is compatible with Tech, MNC, and Hybrid bindings. Unfortunately, it is not compatible with Grip Walk bindings like the Look Pivot 15 GW.
I'm really impressed with this boot, but slightly frustrated by the ankle ratchet buckle, which is impossible to keep closed when bootpacking due to its location on side of boot, and is easily iced up in the same bootpacking scenario.
Have you seen any mods which locate the buckle up onto the top of the boot, so it's out of the way when booting?
tight and still experiencing the same issue then I would see if it is damaged or just overused. We do sell new Hoji buckles here. If you need any further assistance reach out to email@example.com and we can try to dial you in further.
Thanks for the question! I recommend emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or filling out the boot fitter form. That'll allow us to give you a bit more of an accurate answer!
It was obviously pretty warm here end of season so that obviously impacts things v cold weather, but I’d just had the Lange out couple of days before so close apples to apples.
Basically, the walk mode and ROM were huge differences. Far better on Hoji, no downside to that system. I didn't do as Dynafit suggested and adjust completely to downhill first then leave as is when switching to walk mode. I did have to loosen booster strap a little and first buckle one notch to be in best position for walk but still, to get to downhill comfort in transition was very easy, easier, than with a traditional system. Flex – pretty close. Lange Promodel is stated at 140 and is stiffer than the 130 XT Free LV which I've also owned and stiffer than the Cochise Pro 130, but if anything it’s only a little stiffer at first part of range and I believe the Hoji is smoother through the range – surprisingly more alpine boot like.
Volume was very close, but the instep height is lower on Hoji and that actually helped my foot where the higher volume on Lange in that part of the shell was a little bit of an issue.
My foot felt lower in the shell, closer to ski in the Hoji – very different feel that way between boots. Not sure what that is. Threw my old Cochise on and difference with Hoji was the same. Maybe a little less ramp angle so I feel lower? Not sure. But different for me in a positive way.
Only thing I didn’t like so much was adjusting that 2nd buckle. Obviously didn’t have everything dialed in yet, so had to stop coming down and adjust. It’s difficult to make small adjustments with the strap if standing awkwardly but it was my first day with boot.I think I'll get batter at it, but can't see how it will be as easy as a traditional buckle.
So I definitely preferred the Hoji Free and to a level that surprised me. I think the only way someone wouldn’t is if they had an issue with the lower instep.
One last note is that the length felt very similiar to the Lange in case that's a reference point for someone. 29.5 lange; 29 Hoji.
Few mens boots size below 24 or 25. We do have this in a 22.5 - Zero G.
Look forward to getting EPoore's input on this as well!
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