Toewelttoewelttoewelttoewelttoewelttoewelt. Did you notice the toe welt? Dynafit listened to the feedback from the ski community to make one of the best ski touring boots even better. Dynafit photo.
Remember last year, when Dynafit announced a revolutionary new ski touring boot designed by the ski boot mastermind Eric “Hoji” Hjorleifson himself? Well, that original production boot was a phenomenal start, but left something to be desired for the hardcore freeriders out there. Dynafit listened to us skiers and made a few changes. So there’s a new version coming out, but what’s been updated? Two words: Toe welt.
The original Hoji Pro Tour will remain as a powerful ski touring boot designed to crush long approaches and huge lines, but it now has big brother: the 130-flex Hoji Free. The new boot features the same super-simple walk mode mechanism, but now has a stiffer liner and is compatible with DIN ISO 9523 (read: it works with most alpine bindings, the Shift, the Kingpin, the Tecton, and automatic crampons).
Ever the tinkerer, after he helped Dynafit release the original Hoji boot last season, Hjorleifson felt he needed to keep refining the design to suit his hard-charging style of skiing. So of course, he went straight back to the workshop with Dynafit's Fritz Barthel to perfect the boot.
Hoji and Barthel geeking out over some early versions of the boot. Dynafit photo.
The boot still retains a comfortable 102mm last, a 55-degree range of motion in walk mode, and a svelte claimed weight of 1550 grams. Sidas provides a brand-new heat moldable liner designed to offer extra stiffness for charging downhill and comfort for long walks in the mountains.
Dynafit plans to release the Hoji Free starting next winter at $899. Stay tuned for more details on the boot from TGR.
Hoji skis hard. Will you? Dynafit photo.
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