2016-17 Blizzard Zero G 85 Review by A Better Ski
The Blizzard Zero G 85 offers unprecedented downhill performance in a small package. A ski that is designed to companion climbers and skiers to the worlds demanding places, by cutting weight and increasing performance. Blizzard has a history of making some amazing mountaineering skis for companies like Black Diamond and Dynafit, why would you think theirs would be anything less then spectacular.
2016-17 Blizzard Zero G 85 Ski Review
Turning Radius: 19m
Conditions: Powder, corduroy, chop, trees, moguls
Boots: Tecnica Zero G Guide
Bindings: Marker Kingpin
Ski Personality: It was REALLY nice to ski something that rewards good skiing, the Blizzard Zero G 85 is not a ski that should be taken lightly or skied lazily. Lively paulownia and multidirectional carbon core creates a lively and stable ride. Flat (ish) tails really likes to hook up and finish turns directing energy into the next turn.
On the Snow Feel: Serious, stout and lively. The Blizzard Zero G 85 may be light, but don’t take it lightly.
Turn Initiation and Carving: A 19m turning radius provides fun short swing turns and the skis traditional camber helps store energy on edge until the finish of the turn. Keeping the ski (and yourself) on the ground can be difficult once all of that energy is released. This ski could easily be s great choice for someone who is looking for a lively frontside carver, we would recommend that the ski be detuned tip and tail if you plan on skiing this on piste, once it hooks up, it does not like to let go, and can become hoppy when attempting to blow off some speed. Once the groomer opens up, let it loose and the Zero G 85 will give you the feeling of flying.
Speed: No issue here, just be carful charging into crud or bumps as there is not a lot of mass to dampen the chunder.
Powder: At 85mm underfoot, as you would expect, you may be happier choosing another set of sticks on deep days. Although, we did ski this in some soft snow, we had more fun on a mid width ski like the Zero G 95.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Zero G 85 can ski crud, but you better be on your game, lack of significant tip/tail rocker makes this ski a touch grabby. Its stiffness does help you cut through soft bumps and thus dampening impact.
Touring: Or should we say mountaineering? This ski is most likely going to fit a skier/climber that is searching for tall peaks in spring conditions. The Blizzard Zero G 85 will be a joy to carry uphill on your feet or back due to its 1255g (185cm) frame, pair this with a lightweight tech binding and you will be feeling fresh from sun up till sun down.
Overall: Although the Zero G 85 may be a good choice for a east coast front side skier, this will probably fit better into a ski mountaineers quiver. Don’t be scared to downsize by one size as this ski skis rather long. Thanks Blizzard for making a ski that can take the abuse of non featherweight mountaineers!