Our test team is having a hard time comprehending how some brands are managing to pack as much skiing power and stability into small, lightweight packages. Take the Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro--one tester said this: Yeah, this thing is as quick as any race boot, steers as good as any race boot--how the hell did they do this? It's magic, goddamn sorcerer's work there. Race boot quickness and steering? Well, perhaps that's a little bit of hyperbolic tester talk there, but our test team's consensus was that the Zero G Tour Pro might be one of the very best skiing and fitting true backcountry boots we've ever tested.
The Zero G's liner is all new this year and it did the trick for testers who claimed that it was a nearly perfect fit for the human foot and leg. Testers say it fits more narrow than medium in the in-between fit zone that is the 99mm last. It's a close fit everywhere, they said, but without offending typical wide and bony spots. While the liner is low profile and light, it offers enough padding to keep the plastic just far enough away for a warm and comfortable experience on snow. Yes, the new liner is fully moldable and articulated for touring, with two liner pull loops and a minimalist rear spoiler--it also sports expanded use of grindable CAS exterior material for enhanced fitting work if needed, but testers said no, it's good to go out of the box.
The co-molded carbon fiber and Grilamid cuff has much to do with this little micro's bigger-than-expected power reserves--it's light but rigid, and the double-blocking cuff release mechanism increases anchoring strength when locked for skiing but allows free rotation of the cuff when popped loose. Testers loved the Zero G's rare combination of descending power mated with real backcountry travel functionality, packaged in a near-flawless fit. While testers didn't really expect to use it in a race course, or even on hard resort pistes, they said you could get by with its close-to-alpine levels of downhill performance. Quick, strong, light and comfortable--one of Tecnica's best efforts, they agreed.