Dynafit Hoji Pro Tour vs Vulcan — Ski Boots Comparison

By Lou Dawson 2  

You guys were asking, thought I’d do more bench touring seeming as it’s 82 degrees outside.

Vulcan and Hoji geometry are clearly more similar than different. Not clones. Kind of like comparing your feet to those of your sibling. DNA and all that sort of thing. Vulcan can be had for a song, discounted all over the place (including by our post sponsor Cripple Creek Backcountry). So why buy the Hoji Pro Tour instead of Vulcan? Glean a few reasons below.

The objects at hand. Vulcan to right, spankin' new Hoji to left.

The objects at hand. Vulcan to right, spankin’ new Hoji to left. It is common knowledge that the Hoji designer’s point of departure was the Vulcan. So, it is asked, what’s different?

In my view, the over arching item is the “Hoji Lock” cuff lock system boasted by the Hoji Pro ski touring boot. Benefits: Probably a true “one motion” touring/downhill lock, but more importantly, stiff yet progressive flex in downhill mode, with minimal to no bulging when you drive your knees forward. Read on for additional comparison details.

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Ski Touring News Roundup — Party and Crisp Air — September 2018

By Lou Dawson  

Woke up this morning to the first autumn chill since an exceptionally warm and dry summer here in western Colorado. It always surprises me how well I sleep with a taste of cold mountain air sifting through a cracked window. I think I’ll work on a pair of ski touring boots… still having fun with bench racing the Hoji

WildSnow news: Firstly, know your friendly blogger will be attending the ISSW avalanche science conference, Innsbruck Austria, October 7 – 12. If anyone wants to meet there for a beer, let me know. I’ve got a place to stay fairly nearby, wouldn’t mind a backup plan if any readers in Innsbruck have an extra futon.

Vintage Ski World 2018 party, they do have a variety of amusing ski tour gear.

Vintage Ski World 2018 party, they do have a variety of amusing ski tour gear.

Bigger news: If you’re in Colorado: Vintage Ski World is right up there with our favorite top two retailers on the planet. They’ve been working like madmen and madwomen on the largest displayed collection of vintage ski gear on, yes, the planet. They’re going officially public with a grand opening shindig this coming September 27, just a few miles from WildSnow HQ in humble Carbondale.

Rumor has it the owners of Vintage Ski World found a patrol of WWII 10th Mountain Division soldiers who’d been living in caves up high in Colorado’s mountains. While ski training at Camp Hale in 1943, an inexperienced officer sent the crew on a training mission from which they never returned. They’re like those Japanese WWII soldiers that were found on the Pacific islands, recluses who never knew the war was over. In any case, the old soldiers passed their time for the last 70 years by singing ski songs. (The acoustics in their cave were perfect for a capella.) The soldiers will show up at the Vintage party and lead a sing-along. They call themselves the Super Skiers. Be there.

To help Vintage with food and drink planning, please if possible let them know you’re going. You can also simply call them to RSVP for this amazing event, see their website for contact details.

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Measuring Release Values — Salomon-Atomic U-spring bindings

By Lou Dawson  

We published this last spring. People missed it. Useful infos so we reup. The point of the exercise is you don’t want to be making assumptions about binding release and retention values. At the least, a hand check on workbench, better, actually measure. Exception being skiers who simply crank all settings to the maximum, as testing those rigs often requires excessive force, and they provide little to no injury protection needing verification. In other words, a binding set on release value 13 is about staying on your feet, not coming off.

And by the way… when you do your bench testing, be aware of gotchas such as the Fritschi Evo/Tecton offerings needing the boot toe actuation of binding toe opening during a forward release. Easy to check on the bench, major problem if this does’t function correctly.

'Twist' testing.

‘Twist’ testing. (Binding shown is a Dynafit, while the binding we cover in this article is the Salomon-Atomic.

This project used a Vermont binding release checker. While this tool is designed for toe-wing (alpine) binding release checking of TUV certified DIN/ISO standard systems, it correlates well when used to evaluate lateral (twisting, side) release and retention of classic tech bindings. To verify, I checked a set of Dynafit Speed Radical I’ve got mounted up for my current Cosmos 3 boots, as well as testing with my quite used TLT-6 boots. Dynafit binding set on 8, checked out with release value (RV) of 7.5/8 on the torque wrench using my boot choices, other experiments showed good results as well. Thus knowing the Vermont instrument would give me usable results (at least for comparisons), I then played around with the Salomon-Atomic U-spring bindings.
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