Either-or is so yesterday. The Hoji Pro Tour knows no compromise. On the descent, it holds it’s own against alpine competitors thanks to it’s high rigidity and optimum power transfer on the ski. At the same time, the boot enables efficient climbing technique with superb comfort, flexibility, and maximum freedom of movement with a cuff rotation of 55 degrees. This enables a natural, energy-saving walking motion even on very steep terrain. The Speed Nose ensures additional efficiency, agility and maneuverability. With a last width of 103.5mm, the Ultra Lock Strap, and three micro-adjustable buckles, the foot sits ideally positioned to deliver best performance and function precisely on the downhill, even on demanding terrain. The quick and simple switch between uphill and downhill modes is accomplished with just one kick thanks to the patent-pending Hoji Lock System. The ski/walk systems mechanism is integrated into a cable system along with the buckles and the Ultra Lock Strap. For the switch into downhill mode only the rear lever must be moved. After that, the boot is locked into an 11-degree angle and ready for fun descents.
Binding Compatibility: Touring Tech/Pin
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Ski boot fitting is something we take very seriously at Gnomes. It requires a wealth of knowledge and years of experience to see you right. There are several factors to consider when fitting boots including but not limited to: foot shape, foot profile, size, ability, age, biomechanics, goals and previous issues. It is always recommended you visit us instore for a full custom ski boot fit.
Beginner – Intermediate
This level covers new skiers that are getting to grips with the basics through to those who are cruising around the slopes linking turns top to bottom. Skiing predominantly on the groomed/prepared trails. This gear is more forgiving and encourages good progression to the next level.
Intermediate – Advanced
A majority of skiers fit into this level. These skiers can carve a good turn on the groomers as well as ski steeper freeride terrain or powder. This ability can ski with good speed and finesse in most snow types. The gear suited for this level can be pushed but is unlikely to be punishing if technique is off or a more chilled approach is taken.
Advanced – Expert
Experienced skiers that have an aggressive ski style and demonstrate a higher level of technique whether on groomed runs or the steepest chutes on the mountain. These skiers demand stronger equipment that is performance focused, usually stiffer and requires more input to get the most out of it.
There are three main measurements of the foot we look at to gauge the best boot selection. Although these are the main areas we look at it’s still not quite that simple, biomechanics and flexibility also have a major contributing factor on the fit.
Below is an example of the fit profiles we are looking for.
A. Forefoot Width – narrow, medium or wide
B. Instep Height – low, medium or high
C. Heel Width– narrow, medium, or wide
All ski boots are measured in centimetres also known as Mondo Point. Shoe sizes don’t exactly crossover with CM so the only true way to find you size is measure your foot in CM.
Note: Half (.5) centimetre sizes are the same fit as whole centimetres. E.G. 27.5cm fits exactly the same as 27.0cm, ski boot shells only come in 10mm size jumps.
Using the latest technology, we take a scan of the foot on a pressure mapping system showing us images that can’t be seen by the naked eye, such as weight distribution and anatomical structure of the feet. This can help us identify the areas you need support. Gnomes’ experienced technicians evaluate your stance, posture and bio-mechanical makeup identifying your foot shape, flexibility, previous sporting injuries and any problem areas that may occur within a ski boot.
We mould the custom footbeds directly to the contours of the feet. The feet are the foundations of the entire body therefore we must support them correctly, otherwise major problems will occur. Pronation and supination are normal bio-mechanical motions that the foot must engage in to perform correctly. When either of these motions becomes excessive they can cause foot fatigue, knee, hip and back pain. Gnomes’ custom footbeds will prevent this from happening. All foot types including neutral feet benefit from custom footbeds by improving comfort, performance and weight distribution while aligning the lower leg to decrease fatigue, impact and shock.
At Gnomes we have a large range of ski boots to accommodate all foot types, and abilities. After your foot analysis your technician will select two or three ski boots that are correct for your foot shape, ability, fitness level and future goals. Together you and your technician will the find the best fit. Once the final boot has been selected, you will add in your custom made footbeds and complete the following if needed:
Shell Modification: We may need to carry out some stretching to the plastic shell of the ski boot to accommodate the foot using our ski boot press. This is a simple process and makes for a fully custom shell offering maximum comfort.
Liner: Liners can be moulded and modified as needed in order to aid in initial comfort. There are also options for aftermarket liners that can have added benefits over the stock liners.
Cuff Alignment & Canting: Once you have the correct ski boot for your foot shape, and custom footbeds supporting your foot in the correct way, we need to align the cuff for the correct weight distribution on your skis. Bearing in mind that some of the miss aliment happening in your lower leg can be caused from over-tight or unbalanced muscles, your technician will work through a program that helps you to improve this.
There are three main sole types on the market, most of the boots we sell fall into these categories.
Alpine (DIN) soles – ISO 5355: These are the most common sole types, found on most inbound boots and race boots. They have been around the longest and offer the best binding and boot coupling interface but they are not the best for walking around due to low grip.
GripWalk soles – ISO 23223: This sole type is becoming much more popular as it offers more grip when walking around, plus a rockered toe plate to aid with walking. To use this boot the binding must display a GW, Sole I.D or MNC symbol.
Touring soles – ISO 9523: These soles are usually found on true touring boots. They feature heavily rockered soles with thicker rubber for maximum grip. These can only usually be used in MNC, Sole I.D or bindings or pin-tech bindings.
* Boot needs tech fittings to be fully compatible
Boot manufacturers refer to the last of the boot, the number they state is the width across the forefoot (from 1st metatarsal head to the 5th, usually in a diagonal line). This number is a guide only, it gives a general ideal of the overall volume of the boot. 98mm = LV, 100mm = MV, 102/104mm = HV
This is the overall space inside the boot. Low Volume/LV, Medium Volume/MV and High Volume/HV. Brands usually state this number on the model.
Mondo Point is a foot measuring scale; it equates to centimetres. E.g., 28 mondo = 28cm. Ski boots are measured in mondo point. All other foot measurement scales don’t convert into mondo, you must have your feet measured in mondo to get fitted to ski boots.
This can often be referred to ‘canting’ but true sole canting is next up in the glossary. Cuff alignment adjustment can be found of the side rivets between the boot lower and cuff. Sometimes you can adjust both sides, other times it’s just one side. Cheaper boots have no cuff alignment.
Canting wedges or plates are fitted to the underside of your boot before routing the toe and heel lugs back to DIN. The aim is to have you ski bases running perfectly flat. Gnomes can carry out full canting assessment and fitting of plates.
This is the internal base board. In some case these are removable so it can be ground-down to create more space over the instep.
Lifter plates usually come in 3mm & 5mm. These typically are fitted to race boot soles (non-changeable heel & toe plates). These add protection in terms of wear, stop boot from dragging at high angle carving and create a great carving angle.
Each boot has a stated flex, the higher the number the stiffer the flex. Men’s boot we stock range from 90 – 140 and women’s 70 – 120. Take these numbers with a pinch of salt as there is no testing, it’s simply a gauge the manufactures assign the boot.
GripWalk or GW soles are slowly replacing standard alpine soles for the most part. They are grippier and have rocker on the toe making it slightly easier to walk in.
A piece of Velcro material that acts like a 5th buckle around the lower leg. This strap can be upgrade to an aftermarket strap like Booster for better rebound properties.
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