Indeed, what makes this ski touring boot so revolutionary?
I feel like Fritz and I accomplished our design goals (mentioned in the last question) and this puts the Hoji boot ahead of the competitions in my opinion. Revolutionary, I’m not sure but I guess time will tell. An unique factor of the Hoji boot was how it was conceived, designed and tested by Fritz and myself from a skier’s perspective so one could call it a boot for skiers by skiers.
In particular, you mentioned the Hoji Lock System. Can you tell us how this simple but effective mechanism works and why it is unique in the ski touring boot industry?
The Hoji Lock mechanism works with a linear motion or translation, something completely new in the ski touring boot world. The simple explanation is that it is like driving a wedge between the cuff and the shell, this created a positive, play free & preload connection between the main structural components of the boot for downhill ski mode. Through this linear motion the wedge with the interfering surfaces that lock the boot together is completely moved up and out of the way to achieve a free unrestricted range of motion of the cuff. Additionally the cables that tension the upper buckle and power strap are also linked to this wedge element so they simultaneously loosen off in walk mode to providing an excellent natural walking motion for touring.
So, you were looking for a boot that makes no compromise between skinning up and tough downhill performance. How does the Hoji Boot improve your way of exploring the mountains?
Fritz has a saying: “I cannot change my ski boots on top of the mountain” and this is true so our goal was to create a boot with no compromise.