There's a lot to smile about on the Dynafit Hoji Boot, in men's and women's. PHOTO: Matt Hansen
There's a lot to smile about on the Dynafit Hoji Boot, in men's and women's. PHOTO: Matt Hansen

The Hoji Boot is Sharp…and Sharky

Dynafit's new freeride touring boot reveals Eric Hjorleifson's latest ingenuity

We’re at the 2018 Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show, the largest outdoor sports expo and conference in North America. These are some of the gear highlights from the show.

It is well known that Eric Hjorleifson, the 34-year-old Whistler-based skier, has one of skiing's most inventive minds, especially when it comes to equipment. His work with Dynafit has been pivotal in establishing touring gear that works just as well on the down as it does on the ascent.

The fruits of that labor originally resulted in the Dynafit Vulcan, one of the stiffest lightweight touring boots ever made.

But now, he's back with another boot--the Hoji (his nickname)--that Dynafit claims to be an even better application for aggressive skiers who want efficient tourability. Available in men’s and women’s, the new walk mode can be flipped independent of the buckles, releasing the entire upper cuff to provide 55-degrees of rotation. Locked into ski mode, the boot maintains its 120-degree flex rating with zero rear forgiveness.

With a last of 102, the boot aims to fit a wider ranger of skiers. The boot, constructed of Grilamid plastic, tips the scales at just 1400 grams, which puts it up next to the Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD.

Aside from the ingenuous walk mode, the most curious design element is the so-called "shark nose," which eliminates the traditional toe block seen in all ski boots (i.e. the part that goes in the binding). Instead, the Hoji doesn't have a "toe," but rather a nose. The design is intended to provide better control over the ski, since the binding is set underfoot, not out front. This means the Hoji isn't compatible with any alpine binding, DIN or MNC or the new Shift.

Retail price for the Hoji is set at $800.