Rated 5 out of 5 by SnowPhile Easy to use, these will become your best friend!
When I first unpacked these, I loved their look and design. They are lightweight and easy to adjust to my insulated hiking boots, and the bindings are quick in and out. The first couple of times I used them, though, the snow stuck to the bottoms. Frustratingly slow. Then I got some Swix F4 onto them and they now work like a charm. Have used them at close to melting, and at 5 below zero, and in between. They glide smoothly along packed snowshoe tracks, swish across new deep powder... had a blast zooming up and down hills, between trees, wherever I want to go! Easy to control. Can't wait to go out again, so glad I got these.
January 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by cavesar My out the door skis, even ski on only a few inche
The Hok is my out the door ski. Even when there are only a few inches of snow I can still ski. The base and mohair are tough so rocks, roots, when the snow is shallow aren?t an issue.
The mohair gives excellent grip and tracking even on shallow snow or icy crust, but it also glides well. Unlike the LL Bean Boreal skis which need at least 7cm/6in of track depth and the Boreal is a fish scale no-wax so grip can be an issue.
The mohair also gives a bit of drag on the downhills so speed is much more controlled during bushwack/off-track descents.
For 0 C skiing one may need to use a SwixNordic Zero spray ? anti icing spray.
Nils Larsen, Francois Sylvain, helped designed the original TRAK Bushwacker skis so they have experience designing bushwacking, out the door, skis.
I have both the Hok 125 cm with Universal/Xtrace Binding, and 145 cm with a Solomon XADV, SNS BC, binding. I am getting a 2nd 145 cm and adding a 75mm binding.
The Xtrace Binding works with up to a boot length of US 12/13 or size 43 75mm duckbill. Changing the binding is easy since the Hok have inserts matching extended 75mm spacing. On altaiskis.com is a mounting plate for System bindings ? NNN BC, SNS XADV. The Boreal?s Universal binding has a standard 75mm spacing.
With the Xtrace binding one needs a really stiff soled boot, torsional rigidity, to have good downhill control. With a 75mm duckbill binding and a good pair of boots one can Tele with the Hok. With a System binding, great extension for kick and glide but not much downhill control ? toe box isn?t anchored, just a pivot rod in front of the toe.
January 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by tmkrkr Fun and easy
I've been out five times and am having a blast. The universal binding is slick. The integrated climbing skin and maneuverability of the short skis allow a more whimsical romp through woods than snow shoes. The skis aren't that fast on the downhills but I no longer have the need for speed and my wife is new to skiing. They don't take to groomed x-c trails that well but cut trail with ease.
February 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by iSchneggs A++ Quality & Back Country FUN!
Being a lifelong back country Xcountry skier utilizing retail off-the-shelf brand name equipment, I wasn't sure if I should purchase the Hok. I did - and love them! Living in the Great Lakes snow belt south of Buffalo, NY, we get some serious lake effect dumps. Was just out yesterday in ~ 16 inches of powder and I can't imagine lugging my much longer Fishers out in hilly, branch-, rut- and rock-strewn woods areas (powder does help smooth out the terrain though). But the Hoks eat up the rough stuff. Would recommend getting a serious Xcountry boot (I have Solomon) plus the 3 pin 75mm binding. The 125cm length is fine for my 6' 2" 190# frame. If I were to try and 'ski' with them I'd consider the 145cm, but what works for me is to utilize them like a Xcountry ski mixed in with a snowshoe. The videos make the Hoks look sexy, but my shooshing through powder isn't quite at that level. Regardless, buy them, GET OUT of the HOUSE, and HAVE FUN!
January 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bruanmar Love these skis!
We have wanted shorter skis for a long time. When I saw these I was sure they would be perfect and they are! We live in an area with large hills, lots of woods. We go wherever we want...with or without a previous trail. Due to having too much ice we had to wait for a bit of snow cover and it was worth the wait. Easy on and off, easy adjustment, great uphill,skin keeps it a bit slower going down...which I need. I let my 8 year old granddaughter try them, her 1st on skis and she even did well. They are perfect for us!
January 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by yellowstonetodd Outstanding Ski!!
I am so happy that LLBean is now stocking the Hok Ski. I bought these last year around Christmas 2012 so I have had a full year of skiing on my Hoks in a wide variety of terrain. I have skied most of my life, on many different types of skis and the simplicity of the Hok is really somthing. The universal binding is easy to use, with ANY type of boot and provides good kick and glide and control on downhills. The ski is wonderfully designed to have the binding mounted into stainless steel mounts so I can take off the universal binding and mount my 3 pin, 75mm binding and use my Scarpa Boots on the Hoks. The ski itself has wonderful "kick" with the permanant climbing skin and the glide is great. These skis are so short they really want to turn and have both telemarked and short swing turned down many a powdered slope. I have also carried the skis on my backpack (just over 6 lbs) to the snow line and then have strapped into my regular leather hiking boots and enjoyed "skishoeing". I think this is an excellent beginner/intermediate ski set up at a good price, they also serve me well and I am more of an advanced/expert skier. Get yourself a pair, you will not be disappointed.
October 16, 2013