A lot of backcountry boots may claim to combine both uphill and downhill performance, but rarely do both exist in equally excellent measure--then add the nuances of a properly shaped fit and a stance that's functional for both directions on the mountain and the list of contenders can be whittled down to just a few. The Tecnica Zero G Tour Scout W is one such boot, say our testers, and it was that way last year too!
Testers liked the revised Light Fit liner for its additional substance, which filled some gaps and provided a slightly more contained and padded feel inside the minimalist shell environment. They called this an all-day adventure boot that would get you where you were headed, then help you crush the descent, even with tired legs. They said the slightly upright stance was ideal for a less-flexed knee position and more sustainable long tours, and the predictable stability the Zero G Tour Scout W offered was second to none.
The 99mm last is true to its billing, testers concurred, which was snug enough for average volume feet to power up quick moves and point the skis exactly where intended. Testers gave the Zero G TSW a perfect 5.00 for it's Quickness, Steering & Feel metric and suggested that there were few boots to come anywhere close to the up and down performance package it offered the expert backcountry skier.
“The liner has more substance this year, and that is what this boot has needed. It skis a little more upright, as to be expected in this category, but you feel safe when skiing it. The flex is true and firm, and there are no worries about the boot having strange parts needing to be rigged if something were to go wrong while out on a big backcountry mission.” -- Sam Tischendorf
“The clog is responsive and nimble. It's quick to initiate and hold a turn. The boot is light weight, with good foot hold. I like the dual locking feature on walk mechanism for return to ski mode.” -- Emily Poore
“There's more compression across the instep than expected for the cited last width. ” -- Sam Tischendorf