2016-17 Blizzard Zero G 108 Review by A Better Ski
The Blizzard Zero G 108 is fattest ski in its touring lineup, at an impressive 1750g per ski, it falls in line with skis like the DPS Wailer 112, Volkl V-Verks Katana but its more serious personality makes this ski feel more like a tool for a job rather then a toy.
2016-17 Blizzard Zero G 108 Ski Review
Turning Radius: 27m
Conditions: Powder, any debris, chop, breakable crust
Boots: Scarpa Maestrale RS
Bindings: Marker Kingpin
Ski Personality: The Blizzard Zero G 108 is a backcountry tool for advanced skiers, this ski is not as playful or forgiving as other light weight ski options, which is a good thing. When I seek to achieve big mountain lines with exposure and consequence, I want confidence underfoot, and the Blizzard Zero G 108 provides that.
On the Snow Feel: The Zero G 108 is a strong backcountry charger for a free ride tourer that values light weight skis, with camber underfoot and stout flex, it is more at home making large carving turns through soft snow then smearing.
Turn Initiation and Carving: After skiing the Zero G 85 and 95, the 108 definitely felt a bit slower edge to edge and took a little more to initiate the turn. Once you got the Zero G 108 on edge though, it held nicely and the ski provided adequate torsional stiffness, thanks to Blizzard’s 3D uni-directional carbon frame. The paulownia core with carbon provided a lively transfer of power and confidence underfoot. I would have liked to see a more moderate radius the 27m for on piste skiing, but its really not what this ski is designed for.
Speed: This is a ski that really enjoys speed and skis true to length. Over the past couple of years, I have been bumping my ski length up as they become more rockered. This is a ski that feels a true 185cm and provides confidence at speed.
Powder: The Blizzard Zero G 108 is not the lightweight playful poppy ski that has been popular over the last few years, but more of a stout charger, traditional camber and ski that skis true to length will have you skiing with more confidence. The Zero G 108 is not going to be effortless, but will reward strong skiing technique.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The extra mass and width underfoot helps the Zero G 108 glide over chop and crud, just don’t get too back seat as the flat-ish tails will become catchy. Release and weight transfer will help you navigate through the difficult stuff
Touring: The Blizzard Zero G 108 is a great option for the avid back country touring in the West where any condition could be encountered from spring corn to mid-winter’s powder. Flat tails ensure a good mounting point for skins and a ski where there is plenty of surface area on the ground helps on the skin track. The only issue? The Zero G 108 is too light to use it as an excuse for falling back on the skin track, gonna have to think of something else…boot range of motion is always a good one 😉
Overall: The Blizzard Zero G is a great option for the advanced backcountry traveler that is looking for a confident, versatile, and durable tool to count on through daily adventures. Beginner skiers will find that this ski is a lot of work and may be to much ski in difficult terrain and conditions.