If Dynafit made a Venn diagram of its (non-race) ski boot lineup, one circle would feature the beloved TLT8 Expedition boot, known for being lightweight, efficient, and capable of big days in the mountains. The other circle would be the Hoji Free 130 boot. These aggressive, huck-your-meat, stiff-as-a-2x4 boots have proven to be a delight for the freeriders who earn their turns (and drops.) But what about the skiers who want a little A and a little B? What would be the overlap of this Venn diagram? Introducing the Dynafit Radical Pro boot. This factory-made Frankenstein keeps the best traits of the Hoji Free but goes on a diet for a faster up. Don’t worry, the ingenious Hoji Lock System isn’t going anywhere. With one simple movement, you can switch your boots from a rock-solid stiff alpine boot with a 120 flex to a comfy, nimble 60 degrees of cuff rotation. The Master Step insert makes clicking in even easier. The cuff is Grilamid loaded with glass fibers for weight savings and increased durability. Speaking of up, the Radical Pro features heel and toe welts capable of accommodating step-in crampons. Once you’ve breezed to the top, just hit that same lever again to reverse course, and charge the mountain. The Dynafit Radical Pro allows you to bask in the glory of a great performance on the up and the down.
- Ingenious Hoji Lock system transitions from climb to descend with the flip of a single lever.
- Dynafit Ultralon liner walks incredibly well when combined with 60 degrees ROM.
- Master Step insert makes clicking into your toe piece a breeze.
- 120 Flex makes this a hard charging, confidence inspiring piece of footwear.
- Pomoca outsole provides great grip to keep you upright on that ice-covered ridgeline.
Update 2023/24: Dynafit has introduced a new color palette but the boot is otherwise unchanged.
|Weight (pair)||3050g [27.5]|
||3+ Power Strap|
||Tech, Hybrid, ISO 9523|
||15°, 11° with spoiler removed|
||Grilamid with glass fibers|
||Dynafit with Ultralon foam|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Hoji Lock system has virtually no play|
|Bottom Line||Freeride boots just found a new gold standard|
|Compare to other Freeride Boots|
Questions & Reviews
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does anyone know hot to reduce flex, when the boot is really cinched down in the upper shaft? I have skinny ankles and calves, I even flipped the upper bucke 360° to cross the buckle cables to make them shorter. But with that the boot feels like beiing from concrete. If I loosen it a bit, it regains its flexibility. Maby shaving some plastics, but where exactly? What are contributes the most to the stiffness of the boot? Thanks
If you haven't already, make sure the cuff catch is in the tightest position. As far as lowering the flex goes, there's not much you can do, and probably nothing that wouldn't void the warranty. If you were to grind the plastic down, I would guess that grinding the front lower part of the cuff would help soften the forward flex, but that's a total guess.
Skis great. Walks great. A bit on the heavy side but it's a beef boot. Hoji lock system is really slick. Sometimes a bit tough to get the boot lean properly aligned for the transition, but overall not bad and something you get used to.
Keep in mind that the Radical Pro is wider throughout the forefoot than the Maestrale. You could consider the Lange XT3 Tour Pro, which has lots of room in the instep but not as wide of a forefoot as the Radical Pro. SCARPA uses slightly offset sizing. I'd recommend filling out a Boot Fitter so we can get you the most specific recommendations!
Short answer, the Radical Pro is a solid replacement option for the Vulcan.
The details: The Vulcan had a higher volume fit. In the Radical Pro, Dynafit has also opted for a higher volume fit. This boot has a wider last width, and fairly roomy instep. For a freeride boot, the Radical Pro is lightweight and sports a large ROM, while packing a punch on the way down. It is a good option if you are trying to split the difference between inbounds and backcountry skiing with one boot.
Keep in mind that the fit of a boot is paramount, not just the performance characteristics. If you have more fit questions, I would highly recommend filling out a boot fitter.
There are two removable T20 torx screws with t-nuts on the back of each boot that attach the spoiler. One of the screws also holds the power strap on, so you may want to flatten the t-nut spikes on that side when you reinstall it to avoid piercing the strap at the attachment point.
Any changes to the 2022/23 model?
Compared to the Hoji Pro Tour, I have to cinch the middle buckle pretty tight to keep the foot securely locked down. So definitely some added volume in the Radical Pros. Fortunately, the middle buckle placement/instep design seems to work well for me as I can go very tight without any resemblance of pain/pressure points. In the Hoji Pro Tours I experienced instep pain/pressure after a couple of hours of touring. So far I haven't experienced this in the Radical Pros.
For me, the heel hold is better in the Hoji Pro Tours, although the shells seem to be identical in the heel. I'd chalk this up to the beefier stock liners in the Hoji Pro Tours, with what seems to be added foam above the heel compared to the stock liners in the Radical Pros. The stock Radical Pro liners seem to me very similar to the TLT 8 CR-liners. I would also guess this is (at least somewhat) where the extra 5 degrees of added ROM in the Radical Pros compared to Hoji Pro Tour is coming from as well.
I haven't experienced the Hoji Lock-system "eating" into the liners as some reviews have mentioned, even though I have been riding lift based and changing from walk-mode to downhill-mode probably 20 times per day if not more. The liners have molded some space for the Hoji Lock. Also worth mentioning is that the stock Hoji Pro Tour liners have plastic coverage over these spots, to prevent damage to the liners I guess. In the Hoji Pro Tours I couldn't tour with buckles and power strap set to downhill-tightness, this is from my so far limited touring testing possible for me in the Radical Pros. Somewhat easier to change to downhill-mode in the Radical Pros due to the thinner liner, but I still have to do a "rocking" motion to gain enough momentum. In steep terrain I find this a bit challenging, but this is probably more due to my own poor technique.
All in all, very happy, but for me the stock liners need some foam around the heel and maybe instep to fill volume, or swap to Hoji Pro Tour liners/Intuitions. FWIW, MP28 in TLT8/Hoji Pro Tour/Radical Pro. Haven't tried the Hoji Frees as I suspect they would maybe be too stiff for my taste. Verifyt shows I have a 27.8 cm foot, 11.4 cm width, 7.0 cm heel width and 8.3 cm instep height.
I am looking at these boots, but not certain that the heel fit would be right for my wide in the front and narrowish in the back feet.
What is the mm distance from pintoe-bootcenter in 26.0?
I am wondering also because I have the Kingpin 13, but there is no official information from Dynafit that the Radical pro are compliant with ISO 9523. Whereas the webpage of the Hoji Free show the norm 9523 in its specification.
So are you sure that the Radical pro are compatible with bindings like the MNC Shift ad Kingpin 13 ?
heard about 11° or 15° with spoiler....
This isn't parts bin engineering, it's a new boot and it rocks. It walks like a 1kilo boot, seriously, and goes down like an Alpine boot. That simple. The strange ankle fit of the original hoji is gone, the liner is beefier than the original, I still think the toe buckle is absolutely useless but that's the only thing I don't like. The original also required you to drill the boot to remove the optional spoiler, this one however can be swapped in and out with screws to tweak your forward lean. How the tongue attaches is also different from the original hoji.
I thought the initial hatred of the original hoji was laughable, regarding the toe welt, because I've been climbing ice in semi automatics for awhile with zero problems often actually getting a more secure fit. nonetheless the radical has a toe welt for those that can't embrace change. It also increases the amount of bindings it can be used with.
It is relatively high volume and wide, finally the industry is starting to understand that most people don't have narrow euro elvish feet (take note scarpa).
All in all a excellent boot, I don't care what it weighs because it truly feels like a 1kilo boot on the foot when moving. Sure you'll notice the grams on back to back days, but on single big days I doubt most folks would. If your using this your probably using bigger skis anyway so the concern isn't about uphill speed, but rather downhill. I do think the color is boring, but that's what paint is for.
Some fellow Lycra glad brethren have tried mine and immediately bought some. Perhaps the best name for this boot is the Lycra convertor, cause they may just inspire you to become a freeride bro after a quick fit.
I may be selling my skorpius because it actually feels like it walks better, and it absolutely skis better. It may actually get down to a two boot quiver with this as the daily and Pierre gignoux mountains for weight weenie stuff and geriatric millennial racing.
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