For the past few seasons, Dynafit has been tinkering with freeride-specific backcountry ski boots in their much-lauded Hoji line. The key aspect of the Hoji Free and its siblings include the Hoji Lock system, which simultaneously puts the boot in walk mode and loosens the top buckle and cuff strap.
The other notable feature of the Hoji ski boot is true freeride performance, and along with it, added weight. These latter two features are generally turn-offs for backcountry purists, the types who avoid chairlifts all winter, always seem to be going on hut trips, and love to get high in the alpine when conditions warrant.
If you relate to this category, the all-new Dynafit Radical Pro ski boot should make your heart flutter. Weighing in at a hair over 3 pounds (1,380 grams), the new uphill-friendly green machine features a 60-degree range of motion in walk mode and a minimal-yet-comfy heat-moldable liner.
The shell is made with fiberglass-reinforced Grilamid, which provides weight saving with added durability, and with an extra-wide 103.5mm last, chances are the Radical Pro will fit nearly any foot out-of-the-box, especially wide ones.
For downhill performance, the Radical Pro incorporates the Hoji Lock, showing that the device can capably handle recreational tourers and Eric Hjorleifson freeride fiends alike. Push down the single buckle in the back, and the upper cuff locks into ski mode, and both the top strap and upper buckle clamp down at the same time. The Radical Pro also uses an innovative tongue construction, giving the Cabrio shell a smooth flex when skiing downhill.
“The Hoji Lock System has revolutionized the market for ski touring boots,” says Dynafit Product Director Schorsch Nickaes. “In recent years, our experience has proved to us that our system is unbeatable with respect to user comfort, cuff rotation, and downhill performance in the boot category. Therefore, it was a logical choice to build the Hoji Lock System into the new Radical Pro.”
The new Dynafit Radical Pro is designed for primary use in tech bindings, but still has enough of a toe and heel bight for step-in crampons. The brand also claims that the boot is compatible with backcountry-specific step-in bindings, however, the boot is not stamped with the ISO 9523 norm.
The Dynafit Radical Pro will be available in select shops starting in early 2021, and fully available this coming fall.
Dynafit Radical Pro Key Points
- Weight: 1,380 grams / 3.04 pounds
- Shell Material: Fiberglass-reinforced Grilamid
- Sizes 22.5-27.5 (Women); 25-31.5 (Men)
- MSRP: $800
- Available: Fall 2021
Tune in to SKI Magazine’s Instagram on February 3, 2021, at 10 a.m. MST for a live interview with Dynafit athletes Eric Hjorleifson and Marty Schaefer to learn more about the Radical Pro Boot