One of our testers said of the Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro, it's like they voodoo-shrunk a real ski boot and added a walk mode without messing it up! Another said it more simply: Skiing this one is like skiing a ski boot.
Why is this talk of real-skibootness a thing? Because this is the Backcountry category we're talking about, where light weight and uphill capability can somehow supplant what we think is most important--skiing! Well, that and a good, anatomical fit. Surprisingly (well, not to veteran testers it's not), the boots that can be found in the backcountry space commonly do not offer these two latter elements, that of skiing prowess and a well-executed fit for the human foot and leg. And while that might be just fine for the rando-racers, low-angle spruce doodlers and in-bounds ski area skinners (ugh!), it simply ain't okay for a backcountry charger who's going up for the sake of the down, not just for the fresh air or the peace and quiet.
The Zero G Tour Pro bucks the backcountry trend by packing real ski boot power and quickness into a tiny, lightweight package and it manages to do that without screwing up the stance or the fit! It's not miraculous, but it's close, testers said. One summed it up like this: The blend of light weight, uphill ease of use and solid downhill performance puts the Zero G at the top of the category. And testers did--it won the Backcountry category this year (it took silver last time) with a perfect score for its Quickness & Steering.
The range of motion while in tour mode is long and smooth, according to testers who thought it offered the best uphill skill set of the BC group tested this year. The entry through the throat of the boot isn't carefree, but it wasn't characterized as difficult--standard for the boot type, testers said. Testers said it's a proper 99mm fit, with curves where they need to be, but this is not a boot for the thick-footed. Perhaps they'll create a less-voodoo-shrunken HV version of this someday, but for now the slim-average to skinny feet folks will do best here. Though, one tester suggested that the boot's uphill and downhill performance was so good, that any skier should get this boot and hope that his or her bootfitter will be able to sort it out for them. Grilamid is a great plastic for stretching, but we would caution folks not to put too much hope in massive shell shape changes--if it fits pretty well out of the box (and it should for a lot of folks), call it a win and plunk down the cash while they last!
“Wow, this is the little boot that could! It's just a micro-version of a real boot--they've voodoo-shrunken it down, they've lightened it up, but it still functions like a real ski boot with fantastic range of motion and just no problems. It goes on easily, buckles up normally, it's got a normal power strap and it fits properly. Skis great--it's a real boot! It's the best of the backcountry options for sure.” -- Mark Elling
“If you want a full walking sole BC boot get this one and make it work--it's worth the effort. Great overall fit and this sucker rips.” -- Kevin Gabriel
“Just based on fit, I could sell this model.” -- Jim Schaffner
“Impressive initial fit and feel. These have an elastic rebound between turns. They are the definition of lively. The blend of light weight, uphill ease of use and solid downhill performance puts the Zero G at the top of the category. ” -- Bob Gleason
“Skiing this one is like skiing a ski boot--with a great hike mode.” -- Christian Sigvartsen