2016-17 Tecnica Zero G Guide Boot Review by A Better Ski
We don’t talk much about the “one boot quiver” because until late, there hasn’t been boots that fit the phrase. Enter, the Tecnica Zero G Guide boot, alpine like handling, light weight, 4 buckles, a generous walk mode and universal binding comparability.
2016-17 Tecnica Zero G Guide Boot Review
Days Skied: 1
Conditions Skied: Groomers, powder, chop, tight trees
Binding Integration: Tech or alpine (with DIN inserts)
Fit: The Tecnica Zero G Guide is based if a 99mm low volume last and fit well right out of the box. I tested the 29.5 which fit true to size and with the exception of a small punch on the 5th meta, I wouldn’t have changed anything.
Liner: Quadrafit Ultrafit provides a supple and comfortable fit right out of the box but is able to be heat molded.
Performance (Ascending): The Tecnica Zero G Guide boot offers a 1540g (size 26.5) is surprisingly light for a 4 buckle overlap design. Sure, there are other AT boots on the market that are lighter and provide a larger range of motion but we find that the Zero G Guide offers the perfect compromise between weight and performance. Using Triax 3.0 plastic allowed Tecnica to make a thinner, stronger and lighter boot then ever before. Tech inserts in heal and toe allow the boot to be compatible with your favorite tech binding and available DIN sole inserts and flat lugs allow you to use this boot with with many alpine bindings. The Rubber soles are rockered, but do not provide large rubber surface area like some competitors and may be more challenging on slippery rock. We loved the attention to small details like the buckle tenders that allow the buckles to lay flat while skinning.
Performance (Descending): The Zero G Guide has a claimed flex of 110, we thought that the flex felt much stouter then listed, not that you can ever trust the number written on the boot. This boot provided a rigid stop rather then a progressive flex pattern, I was able to drive large skis without any issue and the four buckle design provided plenty of support while skiing hard in bounds and out. You will be able to ski this boot on piste as your daily driver and in the backcountry without being concerned about a light unsupportive boot underneath you.
Durability: Although durability is yet to be seen since we only tested these for a day the buckles look really solid and have removable fasteners if replacement is needed. Smartly, Tecnica also added fasteners to the sole tread so if you do use this on rock, you wont have to worry about ruining the rubber.
Binding Integration: You will need to buy the additional DIN sole in order to fit the Tecnica Zero G Guide boot in some more traditional bindings, but you will not have an issue with tech or multi-norm as the boot comes stock.
The Tecnica Zero G Guide boot is a perfect choice for a freeride backcountry tourer that does not want to give up downhill performance for tourablity or someone looking for one boot to ski on resort and off. With a high ration of power to weight, the Zero G Guide boot makes this a competitive choice for backcountry travelers.