The buzz is strong — and the wait is over. HO Sports’ newest binding creation, the EXO System, is now available at select pro shops. The boots, which mimic the look of high-end basketball shoes, are available in two flexes, depending on how much response you desire. For instance, more advanced skiers might prefer the stiffer flex. The HO EXO system allows skiers to remain in their boots but release from the ski when experiencing out-the-front-type falls.
“The magic of the system is in the binding,” says Dave Wingerter, HO brand manager and current National Men 2 slalom champion.
Designed with a variable retention system, the binding has two springs in the heel unit that are adjusted by the dealer according to the customer’s weight, height and skiing ability. For skiers who like the freedom of skiing with a rear toe plate, HO offers a back boot option that does not include a cuff, thus allowing increased flexibility.
“When I’ve tried double hard shells in the past, I’ve felt like my back foot had too much control,” says Will Asher, HO team skier and the current world slalom champ. “Our new rear toe boot allows plenty of front foot control, but the best thing for me is the comfort and the control I get from the system.”
For more information on HO’s EXO System and a dealer locator, check out hosports.com