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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