Where do I mount my Hoji's? Renegades/Ravens too. by kevin hjertaas

4FRNT Raven, Hoji, Renegade Mounting positions 2016/17

"Where should I mount my Hoji's?" People ask all the time so we went right to the source to get it right. Below you'll find mounting instructions from Eric himself which should be clear as mud. A couple points I'll add are that these skis are not shaped like a traditional ski or meant to be skied like a traditional ski, so resist the urge to mount them like a traditional ski. The gentle reverse camber, stiff flex pattern and mellow sidecut mean you aren't initiating turns at the tip and exiting at the tail like old race skis. Instead you initiate with a lateral movement to get them on edge while staying balanced over the centre of the ski (more or less). Youtube Eric skiing and it might make more sense! Picture an old-school ski mid-turn: it's flexed to reverse-camber, the edge is holding and you are centred. That's where you want to be for most of the turn on these puppies. For pillows, airs or tight areas, it's a more balanced and ready to react stance. Like I said, clear as mud!

Eric Hjorleifson testing an early pair of EHPs on Mt Victoria's North Face. 2006??

Eric Hjorleifson testing an early pair of EHPs on Mt Victoria's North Face. 2006??

Eric's Instructions:

1.The recommended boot sole mid point mounting positions is clearly labeled as a measurement from the tail of the ski in cm’s. This is my recommended mounting position but please read the following points to help you make the best decision possible to suite your needs.

2.It is always a good idea to double check any factory mount indicator marks (stamped in the sidewalls) to be sure you end up mounting your skis where you want them to be mounted.

3. I measure from the end of the tail of the skis with a ruler to find: The true centre of the ski’s length & the boot sole mid point that I will mount the ski with.

Mounting Recommendation:

-My recommendations of boot sole mid point mounting locations (the recommended measurement printed on the top-sheet graphic) are based off my boot size 25.5/284 mm. 

-Because my boot is small and I am not tall or that heavy173 cm & 69 kg (5’8”  152 lbs) and I prefer a more forward mounting position than some traditionalists, some interpretation may be necessary to dial in your mounting position:

-My general guideline for determining a mount position is based off my boot size, I usually recommend individuals with larger boot soles (usually taller/heavier than myself) adjust for their mounting position accordingly, here is an example:

-Boot sole size 27.5 (304 mm) so 304 mm - 284 mm(my boot) = 20 mm (in additional boot sole length) Dividedby 2 = 10 mm. Therefore I would recommend mounting a size 27.5 mid sole at -6.5 cm (my usual -5.5cm + 10mm) behind the true centre of the ski for Renegades and Hojis. 

-My models of skis are meant to have an optimum mounting position area between -5 cm to -8 cm behind the true centre of the ski. *I would not recommend mounting outside of this optimum mounting area.

If you can't stomp it on Renegades, you can't stomp it. Hjorleifson at Sentry Mtn Lodge.

If you can't stomp it on Renegades, you can't stomp it. Hjorleifson at Sentry Mtn Lodge.

Renegade Mounting

-General Mounting Boot Sole Mid Point Position -5.5 cm behind the true centre of the ski

Ren 186 = 87.5 cm measured from the tail

Ren 196 = 92.5 cm measured from the tail

Hoji Mounting

-General Mounting Boot Sole Mid Point Position -5.5 cm behind the true centre of the ski

Hoji 179 = 84 cm measured from the tail

Hoji 187 = 88 cm cm measured from the tail

Hoji 195 = 92 cm measured from the tail

Raven Mounting

-General Mounting Boot Sole Mid Point Position -6 cm behind the true centre of the ski

Raven 184 = 86 cm measured from the tail

Raven 190 = 89 cm measured from the tail

Testing another prototype, Eric Hjorleifson, 2005

Testing another prototype, Eric Hjorleifson, 2005

 

Happy Shredn’ 

Hoji

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Martin enjoying his new Hoji's earlier this year!

Martin enjoying his new Hoji's earlier this year!

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