4FRNT Hoji W (2015)

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Rating: 2.69 / 5
Price: $759.99
Year: 2015
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 112
Tip/Tail/Waist: 130-112-121(187), 12
Lengths: 187, 179, 171

Stability at speed: 2.82 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.10 / 5
Crud performance: 2.97 / 5
Flotation: 3.42 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.52 / 5
Overall: 2.69 / 5

Based off of 4Frnt's popular Hoji, the Hoji W is build for big-mountain freeskiers who want to ski powder all day. Like the Hoji, the women's version has a 112-mm waist to stay afloat and a slight pintail to allow the tails to sink in soft snow, thus raising the tips. It also has no camber underfoot giving it a smeary, surfy feeling, and a semi-cap construction meaning the topsheet wraps partially around the sidewall for added protection and durability while keeping some edgability. And a 30 meter radius means it wants to ski big lines with wide arcs instead of tight, quick turns. The main difference between the Hoji and the Hoji W is that the women's version is made with a Contour Core that brings the core weight rearwards about 2 inches. That's meant to help women better drive the ski from their hips. The Hoji W is part of the Signature Series, which consists of the Raven, Renegade, and Hoji (all designed with the help of Eric Hjorleifson), the women's Hoji W, the YLE (designed with the help of Wiley Miller), and the Wise (designed with the help of David Wise). They range from ski touring (Raven), to powder and big mountain (Renegade, Hoji, and Hoji W), to backcountry freestyle (YLE), and half-pipe (Wise).