HOJI: Best 50/50 Backcountry & Resort Skis
The Hoji has been around for quite some time now, but the current iteration is the most versatile, offering an unusual combo of easy maneuverability + reliable high-speed stability in most conditions. The Hoji still features a reverse-camber profile, very long sidecut radius, and a somewhat forward mount point. All of this make it capable of rapid changes of direction, equally happy to lay down big turns, and let you ski it centered or forward. However, the current Hoji's longer "flat" section in its rocker profile equates to reliable edge hold underfoot on firm snow, and while it's far from the most exciting carver, it can get you down firm and variable conditions in a predictable manner. The Hoji really does inspire you to emulate the skiing style of its namesake, with lots of slashes and airs as well as big, fast turns when the snow is good. If you like the sound of that but spend more time touring than riding lifts, see the 4FRNT Raven in our Backcountry Touring section.