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Making its debut at the 2019 Outdoor Retailer Snow Show is the big brother to the wildly successful and innovative Hoji Pro Tour boot–the Hoji Free from Dynafit. Designed to eliminate compromise, the Hoji Pro Tour is built equally for its downhill performance as its ability to climb the skin track and the Hoji Lock System completely changes the way a skier goes from walk to ski mode. For free tourers who put more of their focus on the fresh descents–much like the boot’s mastermind, Eric “Hoji” Hjorleifson–the Hoji Free takes ski touring innovation a few steps further for next winter.
The Hoji Free comes with a handful of notable updates to make it the most downhill-specific touring boot on the market, the first being its alpine compatibility. With a DIN/ISO 9523 sole, a more forward leaning construction than its predecessor and modified heel, this boot is incredibly versatile with many alpine and crossover bindings like the Salomon Shift and Marker Kingpin. The Hoji Free also comes in a narrower 102 mm last and stiffer 130 flex thanks to a unique Grilamid material that is blended with fiberglass for exceptional power transfer. When in downhill mode, the boot locks out at a forward lean of 11 to 17 degrees for more slashing and carving; for the uphill, a 55-degree walk mode and V-shaped tongue maximize freedom of movement and a feather weight of 1,550 grams saves energy on every step so you can go further and have plenty of gas leftover for a ripping run down.
Exclusive to the Hoji Free is a brand-new, thermo-moldable liner by the footbed and boot-fitting specialty brand, Sidas. This liner offers a new standard of performance for Dynafit and sets the Hoji Free apart from the rest of brand’s touring boot line. The lightweight custom-molded liner strategically positions and firmly cradles the foot for a precise and secure fit for a comfortable uphill and a charging downhill.
The Hoji Free will hit shelves in the fall of 2019, available in men’s sizes 25-29.5. Like its Hoji siblings, the Hoji Free is made entirely in Italy and will retail for $899.