Always Bring Your Renegades...
Over a decade ago Eric ‘Hoji’ Hjorleifson clicked into his signature Renegade powder ski for the first time and launched his iconic ski career, pioneering human powered big mountain descents. At 122mm underfoot, the Renegade is Eric’s biggest and most badass powder weapon. Designed ski to conquer big lines and deep snow at a weight that still enables you to tour further into the mountains and away from the lift lines. The Renegade is light and nimble on your feet, yet extremely solid and stable in gnarly descents, big pillow lines and bottomless powder. Its unique rocker profile enables you to feather your way through technical terrain and ditch speed or slash at the drop of a dime. Click into the Renegade and charge your way through those lines you’ve always dreamed of, just like Hoji does!
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Favorite powder ski since the OG JJ's way back. In deep snow they truly are surfboards, ski em active and centered and the float is unmatched by anything I've been on for the last 10 years. Mount +1 if you like to get freaky and because park laps on the way back down to the lift are fun. 6'2" went with the 191 and couldn't be happier. Swing weight is low and they spin with much less effort than the width would suggest. Not squirrely at all switch. Honestly surprised by how well they hold edge on groomers, can rail GS turns if you really lean into them. Deadly weapon for people who know how to wield them.
Wish they were stiffer
Overall I'm a little disappointed with my Renegades 191's. I'm 6'1, 205lbs, expert skier and I used these as my 1 ski quiver for about 35 days last year; home mountain Crested Butte, with trips to Snowbird, Silverton, and heli in AK. My main gripes are twofold, first, the float isn't as good as I'd expect for the fattest ski in 4frnt's lineup (or just Hoji's lineup?). Second, I wish these were stiffer. Looking back, I'm not surprised that I have these issues because I've heard Hoji is like 150/160lbs, and I'm a bigger guy at 205lbs. So maybe it's plenty of float and stiffness for someone 50lbs lighter than me. As far as different conditions you'll encounter, when you take these on the frontside, obviously you shouldn't expect much b/c they're a powder ski, but with the right conditions they can hold an edge pretty well on groomers, though if I push too hard the front of my tips frequently wash out (again no surprise there). In bumps I've been disappointed because they often hook and lose their line (maybe it's me, but I've had more luck on fatter skis in bumps; main point of reference the discontinued Icelantic Gypsy 125's). Soft chop, I wish they were stiffer because I get bucked around pretty good when charging. Powder, they have great float, but I'm not blown away (do I sound like a powder snob?). Where these skis really excel is in powder around tight trees. They're very maneuverable in soft snow and it's very intuitive to smear them around in powder; this is fun. It pains me to write a critical review because 4frnt is a great company, I've had previous pairs of 4frnt's that I absolutely loved (bring back the 4frnt Gaucho's!), and I really wanted to love these skis (by the way, the graphics are SICK), but maybe it helps a skier like myself somewhere out there.
Jeff, sorry to hear you don't love the Renegades. Couple questions for you quickly if you don't mind - have you ever skied a fully rockered ski like the renegade before? Where did you mount your Renegades? The Renegades takes some getting use to due to its unique rocker profile. You mention when you push to hard your tips wash out. The Ren skies best when you maintain a neutral centered stance in order to properly balance the profile of the ski (not saying you're not doing this) I often suggest taking a couple runs in walk mode to find that central balance point and fine tune your stance on the ski. If you'd like to chat further shoot us an email at email@example.com!
I bought the Renegade 184cm and I’m really happy about anything. - really fast shipping to Europe - really good quality ski - easy to ride, good edge grip, turns very well but still great for high speeds
4FRNT is a first class company that knows how to communicate with it's market. The have the DTC market nailed with support that goes above and beyond to ensure your satisfaction. Pleasure doing business with you 4FRNT!
Best and most fun big ski I've owned
All the hype is well deserved. I knew it by my 2nd turn on it. A fabulously accurate and responsive ski. The weight is exceptionally light for a big ski, so all day tours with lots of vert feel easy and there is no sacrifice on downhill performance. I have skied it from the Tetons to Alaska. It is the first ski I reach for in the morning. Brenton Reagan, Exum Mountain Guide/IFMGA Mountain Guide.