The Hoji Pro Tour was supposed to change that. I first saw the boot in action on Hoji’s feet at Whistler, where we were skiing icy groomers and bumps, and it seemed solid enough – Hoji nose-buttering and crushing ice with powerful turns all the way to The Handlebar.
My first impression when I slipped them on in Lyngen was how flexible they are. I set them up with an intuition tour liner, and padded the roomy toe-box for a tight fit, and still it felt more like wearing a hiking boot than a ski boot in walk-mode (editor's note: liner and toe-box received an update for season 2018/19). While the cuff rotation is similar to other boots on the market, the shell feels really flexible in walk-mode. Instead of moving around inside a shell that’s opened, the shell actually flexes around the foot, so it fits snugly even while doing full split steps up the mountain (which I do sometimes to impress the ladies). I’ve never used a lightweight touring boot for comparison, but this was by far the best uphill performance I’ve ever experienced.
For longer tours I found it more comfortable to open up all the buckles and the top strap, but for short laps the Hoji-lock is all I needed to adjust to switch into ski mode.