Deling Renwrote a review of Blizzard Zero G 85 Ski on June 1, 2016
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I got a pair of 171cm this spring as my spring/summer setup. I have skied them about 10 times so far, totaling about 30,000 vertical ft.
* Late May, Mt Hood, summit to parking lot, 5500", hard, blue ice on 45-50 degree slope near the summit to slushy bunny slopes down below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k-8Acz_NHY
* Late April, Mt St Helens, summit to snow line, 4800", bullet proof ice near the summit to slush down below.
* Multiple times in April & May, Muir Snowfield on Mt Rainier, 2" of freshies on top of firm snow;
* Multiple times in April near Snoqualmie Pass, mostly slushy and soft snow.
I am absolutely in love with them. They grip extremely well on ice. I was very comfortable side skipping and making jump turns below the summit of Mt Hood where a fall can be very bad. The grippy edges also came handy when I was traversing while skinning up Panorama Face on Muir Snowfield. On soft and slushy snow, they are not too shabby either. It's very easy to initiate and get out of turns. Compared to my downhill skis (K2 Annex 108) and my fat AT skis (Dynafit Stoke 105), I feel like I have to engage the core a little more and quads a little less, which is good when my legs are tired after skinning 5000 ft. They are not as "bouncy" as heavier skis (and heavier boots). It took me some getting used to. But once I got used to it and learned to adjust the expectation, it was not an issue at all. Just be aware, there is a little learning curve there.
This ski has the reputation of being stiff and that is true. I feel very confident charging at a much faster speed than I normally do off piste and it doesn’t chatter even given its short length (I’m 175 pounds, so 171cm is a bit short for me).
They are also extremely lightweight. I normally carry skis A-frame when I have to carry them, just because diagonal carry throws off my balance. But I didn't find it a problem with these skis. I carried them diagonally on Mt Hood and hardly felt the weight. This saved the side straps for the poles. It also made access to the top pocket of the pack a lot easier.