I’m not the first guy to put a buckle on a power strap, but I’m seeking accolades and fame as the first to publish doing so as a Hoji mod. In honor of Hoji the modder, of course. My left ankle is messed up (as regular WildSnow readers might remember), it needs a STIFF boot, especially with good blocking in the forward flex. Hoji ski touring boot is fairly stiff, but due to only one buckle on the upper cuff, and a rather meager power strap, I was challenged with getting the boot wrapped tightly enough around my lower leg. Changing the power strap to a hybrid buckle worked well. We’ll see how testing goes, only issue I can see is my attachment to the thin nylon strap using only a small T-nut. If that fails, I have other nefarous ways to attach such things. A few photos from the WildSnow modshop:
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.