From the moment you step on the 4FRNT Hoji W you can tell that this is a different animal. It’s built with a softer flex and contour core designed to better suit a womans style of skiing (driving from the hips), but is otherwise the same as the mens Hoji. Like the Hoji, the 4FRNT Hoji W is a surfy, playful powder ski, which also feels smooth and stable on the variable terrain. It’s a ski that likes speed almost as much as it likes the powder. It is so much fun in the soft snow, and has enough edge hold to get you back to the lift.
Conditions: Soft Snow (5”), Crud, Groomers, Hard Pack, Bumps
Bindings: Tyrolia AAAttack 13
Ski Personality: The Hoji W is a surfy powder ski that likes speed and open spaces
On the Snow Feel: Loose, surfy, playful, however you want to describe it, the Hoji W feels like it wants to just slip and slide all the way down the mountain (In a good way).
Powder: This is a ski that was made for the soft snow. At 112mm underfoot, it has a wide enough platform for all but the deepest of days. A pintail design allows the tail to sink into the soft snow, keeping the tips pointing up, and allowing for better float and directional control. A full reverse camber keeps the ski super playful, and every turn feels like you’re surfing down the mountain. Tip the ski on edge at all and it responds without hesitation. Sure there are wider skis out there if you want more float, but this ski is so much fun in the soft snow, it’s hard to see reaching for another pair of skis.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The 4FRNT Hoji W is definitely a ski that takes a bit of getting used to. When you first step into the ski you’ll immediately notice how loose the ski is. It takes some effort to keep it going straight, and keep it from rocking back and forth. Once you find a nice balanced position, however, the ski was actually quite a bit of fun. It’s not the lightest ski, and it does take a bit of work to swing it around and put it on edge. Once there we were surprised at how stable the ski actually felt, even at lower edge angles (so long as the snow was soft). It likes to be pushed hard, and at higher edge angles it felt surprisingly locked in (again, as long as the snow was soft). It was super easy to carve large radius high speed turns, but you could also release the tails and skid, smear, or slide any turns. Once at higher speeds, the 4FRNT Hoji W is super responsive, reacting to any input you place on the ski. It’s not super lively, and although it quick, it does need a lot of room to maneuver (you need speed for it to respond well), so it’s not the best in tight spots.
Speed: So long as the snow was soft and not really bumped up, the 4FRNT Hoji W was extremely fun at high speed. It’s surprisingly damp, and feels quite solid and stable for such a light ski. The Hoji W is also most responsive at high speeds, and as long as you have the room to let them run, they are a ton of fun.
Uneven Terrain: The Hoji W is at home in the soft chop. Here it is super responsive, easy to maneuver, and quite stable. It’s not going to blast through the chop like a stiffer heavier ski, but instead you’ll find yourself turning around anything in your way, or surfing, smearing, and skidding over anything. It takes a bit more dynamic and balanced approach, but it was just so much fun in the soft chop.
Moguls: The 4FRNT Hoji W is responsive, but it’s not super quick. It likes to be on a high edge angle, or skid through the turn. We found that it definitely needs a bit of room to do this, room that the moguls don’t often provide.
Edge Hold: Edge hold on the 4FRNT Hoji W is surprisingly good, so long as the snow isn’t too firm. In firm conditions we found higher edge angles, and therefore more edge, provided the most stability, but this is still a soft snow loving reverse camber ski.
Switch: The Hoji W is a directional powder ski, and doesn’t really like to ride switch.
The 4FRNT Hoji W is a super playful, soft snow loving ski. It’s not great in firm snow, so if you plan on riding a lot of hard stuff the Hoji W isn’t for you. It has enough edge hold and stability to speed back to the groomers, but it’s definitely most at home in the soft snow and chop. At slow speeds, the Hoji W is a bit of a chore, but at high speeds it super responsive. It’s quite stable in the soft snow, and super easy to release the tails and scrub speed or smear turns. It is happiest making large radius turns, and is most stable at high angles. It won’t blast through the crud as well as a heavier for stiff ski, but is so easy to maneuver and finesse around or off piles of snow. The 4FRNT Hoji W is a great directional powder ski for aggressive advanced or expert female skiers. It offers a very unique ride that does take time to get used to. Once you do, though, it can be extremely fun. We would definitely recommend the 4FRNT Hoji W to the women that love the soft snow, and plan on spending a lot of time riding in the powder, and less so on the frontside.