Although he wouldn’t admit it, Eric Hjorleifson is well on his way to becoming a legend among some of the world’s most accomplished big-mountain skiers. The 4Frnt Hoji is Eric’s pro model ski, and it benefits from the years of research and development gleaned from Eric’s previous pro models, the EHP and Renegade. Immediately, you’ll notice that the Renegade’s Reflect Technology was carried over to the Hoji. Reflect technology helps to blend rocker in sidecut in a way that allows this monster to ease into turns, hold an edge with confidence, and resist hooking in deep snow—and it floats like an eagle on wing. Full-radius rocker, a directional shape, and neutral sidecut (at the tip and tail) take things a step further by giving you the agility to maneuver through tight trees and the power to truly hammer on the gas when the terrain opens up. There’s no tip slap or sloppiness, it simply glides along with a solid and planted sensation. Part of this comes from the improved torsional rigidity gained by 4Frnt’s semi-cap construction, which partially wraps the topsheet around the sidewall.
Skiers who earn their vertical will take particular interest in the Hoji’s 112mm waist. You get just the right around of girth for landing big airs without bobble, and, when coupled with the full-radius rocker, the waist width helps to improve on the already impressive flotation. A fiend for big-mountain touring, the Hoji is a ski that’s just as easy to use as your resort shredder if you regularly take on steep, wide-open faces and massively deep conditions.
The Hoji is a newcomer to 4Frnt's Signature ski collection. Among the fat, rockered rides in the Signature collection, this ski is the most comfortable breaking trail during the approach to big, exposed terrain in the backcountry. Only the YLE and the Renegade are comparable to the Hoji. A dedicated big mountain ski, the Renegade is stiffer and longer than the Hoji. More of a backcountry park ski, the YLE is slightly softer and designed with a symmetrical design, so it gives you a more versatile platform for a wide range of skiing styles. Ultimately, the Hoji is the ideal choice for charging as hard as possible when your way to the top relies on your feet rather than a lift.
Late one night, I went back to the office where Eric remained busy crafting a new narrower shape out of the same camber forms as the Renegade. I arrived just in time, music blaring with smoke in the air, with Eric fitting the edges shortly after mixing the pot of resin. I did as he asked, with each swipe of resin and with every layer of fiberglass we pieced together the ski he’d been dreaming of for weeks. “Based off of the performance qualities developed, tested and proven by the Renegade, the HOJI incorporates Reflect Tech, matching the rocker profile with the sidecut radius. This gives the HOJI an unparalleled powder carving sensation that I have yet to experience on any other ski (except for the Renegade of course). With a 112 mm waist it is designed to also be a versatile ski in firmer snow conditions for ski touring. I am extremely excited about the HOJI and I will have them on my feet for a good portion of the season.”
|Asymmetrical:||A directional shape gives the ski a more consistent feel|
|Big Mountain:||These skis will get you down the steepest, tightest and most exposed lines out there|
|Reflect Tech:||Reflect Technology was dreamed up by the mind of Eric Hjorleifson as a way to make rocker and side-cut work together|
|Reverse Camber:||A full radius along the length of the ski gives the ski maximum float, and nimble turning|
|Semi:||Semi-cap partially wraps the topsheet around the sidewall for additional durability-cap construction|
|Tip/Tail Taper:||The neutral sidecut length at the tip and tails' widest dimension|
I was skiing the 2011 CRJs for a few years, and these CRUSH their performance. No more chatter at high speeds, super playful, no more top sheet peeling, very solid. Pros: Full rocker makes for a super playful ski, you can almost literally spin in circles on the tough stuff, but float really well in the deeper pow. If you are looking to ski 4'+ of new pow you will something a bit wider though. The reflect tech is awesome - very versatile for the full rocker, they hold edges very well, even east coast early season runs with crappy conditions. Bottom line: Eric really outdid himself on these, bar none my favorite ski I have been on to date - worth the big bucks. Great all mountain ski for east or west coast skiing, great float, year-long ski.
This ski performed incredible for me last winter both as a resort and touring ski. It's fun and playful in almost any conditions but with the full rocker and reflect tech it lays down turns perfectly in powder. Basically a lighter, slimmer, and more forgiving Renegade. I will be picking up another pair this winter. Can't wait to be skiing more of what is in this picture!