2016-17 Blizzard Zero G 95 Review by A Better Ski
Blizzard’s Zero G line offers versatility and durability at weights that are truly impressive. The Zero G 95 is an all mountain touring ski that is at home anywhere on the mountain, at sub 6lbs per set (185cm) it wont be the ski that’s holding you back on the ski track either.
2016-17 Blizzard Zero G 95 Ski Review
Turning Radius: 22m
Conditions: Powder, corduroy, chop, trees, moguls
Boots: Tecnica Zero G Guide
Bindings: Marker Kingpin
Ski Personality: The Blizzard Zero G 95 is lively and robust, just like it’s light(er) weight brother the Zero G 85, it just has more versatility. Fun to ski in steep powder and tight trees, the Zero G 95 will reward technically strong skiers.
On the Snow Feel: The Zero G 95 is not a forgiving ski, made for serious business, thus ski will require concentration in any snow less then perfect. Tons of edge hold keeps this ski on rails in packed conditions, speed freaks will be grinning from ear to ear.
Turn Initiation and Carving: I can see this light weight ski fitting into an east coast front-side skiers quiver. At 22m medium radius turns are a blast, just be sure that you have a wide open run because when you get this ski going it does not like to let loose and blow speed. If you are skiing this on front side, I would suggest a serious detune both tip and tail. Camber underfoot with a strong core of paulownia and carbon gives this ski a poppy and lively feel, the Zero G 95 does like to finish the turn with a lot of stored energy and pop the skier into the air and into the next turn. Get out of body position and little and this ski will take off.
Speed: Confident construction will have you pushing to speeds that you may not have been comfortable at before, ex racers will enjoy a lightweight ski that is this capable.
Powder: 95mm underfoot and a 128mm rockered tip help keep this mid width ski capable in deep snow, the steeper the better, as this ski will ride really low in deep powder and slow you down in low angle trees. Low swing weight and its lively rebound helps keep it playful and fun as conditions soften up,
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Zero G 95 is a lightweight ski so we didn’t expect it to be a crud crusher, but we were surprised how well it did do. I think that its extra width over the Zero G 85 kept it planing a little higher and gave it a less catchy attitude, its extra width will be nice skiing through chop or any debris.
Touring: This is a perfect ski for the ski track, with its light weight, flat tails and camber underfoot, the Zero G 95 was a joy to hike with. Pair this with a lightweight confident binding and you will have no issues skiing anything that you can skin to. This ski is is a really good middle ground for the advanced skier, edge hold, float, maneuverability are all attributes of the Blizzard Zero G 95.
Overall: The Blizzard Zero G 95 is a do-it-all touring ski for the advance skier that is looking for a lightweight high performing ski that will not hold them back on the skin track. I can see front side skiers that really enjoy light swing weight also enjoying this ski on piste and off.