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Blizzard Zero G 95 Ski

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Have your cake and eat it too.

If you thought a lightweight touring ski that's actually inspiring on the descent was beyond your grasp, think again. The Blizzard Zero G 95 Ski comes at a weight that will leave your legs feeling fresh at the top of the skintrack, but will still charge like a proper pair of Blizzards. With what Blizzard is calling Carbon Drive Technology, the Zero G uses both a 3D unidirectional carbon fiber frame and lightweight paulownia wood core to save on weight, and to guarantee fluid flex and torsional rigidity when you lay them on edge.

The versatile, midfat 95mm waist will carve down corn, hold an edge on bulletproof ice, and still float when there's some freshies to be had. Rocker in the tip and tail help with float, while a generous dose of camber underfoot inspires confidence in variable conditions. Like all Blizzard skis, the Zero G's maintain a durable and stable sandwich sidewall construction, which boasts some of the best binding retention ratings in the industry.

  • Touring ski to tackle anything from corn to freshies
  • 95mm waist handles terrain found off any skin track
  • Lightweight construction keeps legs fresh after hiking
  • Camber underfoot inspires confidence on packed snow
  • Wood core is both lightweight and responsive through turns
  • Carbon drive tech offers optimal flexibility in varied conditions
  • Item #BLZ004A

Tech Specs

Length
164cm, 171cm, 178cm, 185cm
Dimensions
[178] 128 / 95 / 111.5mm
Turn Radius
[164cm] 18m, [171cm] 20cm, [178cm] 21m, [185cm] 22m
Profile
rocker/camber/rocker
Construction
sandwich compound sidewall
Core
wood
Claimed Weight
[171cm] 3lb
Recommended Use
backcountry skiing
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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Great all around touring ski

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a former "all about the down" backcountry skier that has been moving to lighter and lighter gear every year. My other touring set up (Volkl 108, Dynafit Radical ST) is fairly heavy, so this ski was going to be a big departure.

First, they're so dang light you just fly up to the skin track. At first, I did not like them at all on the down. I found them catchy, a bit unpredictable, and I was overall hesitant to charge on a ski this light. After a few more days on them, I've finally realized you need to drive these skis hard to make them come alive. Once you do, oh boy they're fun. No casual cruising on these skis.

Edge hold and stability at speed is great. I've even skied deep powder on them on a day I wasn't expecting it and had a ton of fun. My only gripe is they really like short turns rather than long turns, but that's nitpicking.

Light is right!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very versatile and everything you'd expect with this weight of ski.

I just finished up roughly 20-ish days of back country touring on them (both in the Austrian Alps and in Colorado). I am 6ft 2in and 200lbs and ended up getting the 185cm length. I put the G3 Zed 12s on them w/ leashes, great combo. Writing this review from the perspective of someone who has always chosen to go with massive 120mm+ width powder skis...

These skis are very light and are perfect on the uphill as well as for any roped in ski-mountaineering missions. You barely feel them on your back/skin track. These skis will make you work a little for your turns but they are responsive when they need to be. Super stiff when you need to be jump turning into a colouir and or making some high consequence maneuvers. These are definitely a corn-charging ski and can handle *some* powder. However, sun effected/heavy snow is a very difficult endeavor on these skis.

Obviously subjective and dependent on the skier, but I would have appreciated an extra 5 cm of length for this ski. they do not perform too well in *very* deep powder and certainly are not to be 100% trusted if you're looking to drop any large cliffs. If you decide to point it and get going fast on them, be aware that it is difficult to maintain control of your edges (being such a light ski that's no shocker).

Overall I'm super happy with this purchase and would recommend this as a light weight ski-mo set up.

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  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've been trending back to "skinnier" skis lately, and decided I wanted a ~95mm waisted, spring touring set up. After much research, I ended up pulling the trigger on these skis. I paired them with Atomic's Backland Tour binding (which, so far, has proven to be a very good touring binding).



First, these things are crazy light. Something like 2lbs 14oz for one ski in length 178cm. What's even crazier to me, though, is how stout they are at that weight. These are a stiff ski. The tip and tail are noticeably stiffer than those on the Atomic Backland 95 skis. Like...way more stiff.



I've only used these a few times mostly on some refrozen death chop (so, really ideal testing conditions), but my initial impressions are: 1) I can't even feel them under my boot. Hiking is a breeze. 2) Edge hold is fantastic. I did some jump turns just because, and they are super easy to throw around due to their lightness, and the edges grip instantly. 3) On the little bit of soft groomer I put them on, they were awesome.



I think as a spring touring/skimo ski they are going to be perfect. I chose them mainly for their weight and stiffness, and for their ability to get me down whatever I choose to drop into. I think they'll rise to the occasion. More to follow once I use them more...

Blizzard Wizard Magic

Perfect every day touring ski

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As everyone has said below, there really isn't a more versatile ski mountaineering ski that this. Full camber with a slight amount of rise in the tip (very small) allows you to ski anything from a steep and icy line, to 3 ft of pow. The only time i've felt maxed out on the 95 was a heavier denser storm with 4+ ft, other than that it is mo every day. While not a "surfy" ski there is a ton of energy and pop to this ski to get you in and out of your turns rather effortlessly in deep snow with only 95mm underfoot. All of your friends will be jealous on the uphill ... and then also on the downhill.

Ski Mountaineering Ski

    I bought these for all-day ski mountaineering missions where snow is hardpack and falling is not an option. They bite into steep terrain and crush on the uphill. They are not the best powder ski but I also sized down. For light, fast missions in the high-alpine, these are your skis.

    Also - If you wondering what ski they...

      If you are wondering what ski Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison used to ski Lhotse - the 4th highest mountain in the world - it was the Zero G 95...

      Link to Article -

      https://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/2018/10/first-ski-descent-lhotse-hilaree-nelson-jim-morrison/?fbclid=IwAR019HRs9nQKKCacoRdMg1nGz9EuK1CguuK_ck5HNKldgD3K27WwnJrtmNI&user.testname=none

      Great for touring, all around.

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      This is a great everyday ski for just about any day in the backcountry. It's super light and efficient on the uphill, and the 95mm waist is wide enough to keep me afloat on deeper days. I've always been skeptical about going lighter with my backcountry set up because I'm ultimately in it for the downhill, but the Zero G has not disappointed me. They're solid enough to lay down an edge on hardpack when I've dipped into the resort, and super stable at high speeds--i.e. no chatter.

      Yep. the one ski to rule them all.

        Yeah, sure, a bit hyperbolic.

        But as far as a ski that can do it all - you're looking at it. Not only does it have the shape and construction to handle any type of condition, it just straight skis fun. It's full of energy and pop, it has a solid carbon flex - stiff where you need it - poppy where you dont. It really crosses all the lines. No chatter at speeds, almost full sidewalls, carves on groomers, comes around quickly in tight spots, and edges beautifully in the steep/coulies.

        Yep. the one ski to rule them all.

        Best touring ski at the best price point

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I really haven't found anything better than this ski. I love the 95 underfoot as my everyday ski. I lean more towards the mountaineering/technical style of skiing, but being in Utah also have many days in waist deep Pow. You aren't going to float on this ski, but there is plenty of energy to pop in and out of your turns when it's deep.

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          If you have questions about this ski, don't hesitate to contact me.



          When I first started looking for a new touring ski the Zero G was at the top of my list. At first I was a little hesitant of their tag line “the days of sacrificing downhill performance for light weight are over.” They further claim that the Zero G is the “lightest weight alpine ski construction on the market.” Usually super lightweight means sacrificing downhill performance. That is not the case with the Zero G. I think the 95mm waist is the most versatile for skiers on both Coasts. No changes this year to construction just different colors. The Blizzard Zero G 95 is lightest ski in its class yet it skis like it should be two pounds heavier. This ski is a great touring ski especially when combined with a boot like the Salomon MTN Lab or Zero G boot and a binding like the Ion 10 or Dynafit Radical speed.


          I am 5/11 and ski the 185 cm. The flex in my opinion would be medium to stiff. There were no changes made to the ski except color.



          Feel free to hit me up with any questions regarding skis:



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          Bindings: If your curious about what binding may compliment this ski, how much retention you need, or even which brake to size to choose.



          Full Package: What would be the best boot and binding to go on this ski in regards to your weight/ability, and where you ride.



          Skins: Mohair-Mix/Nylon/ Mohair? Whats the best option for you? What size should you get?



          Comparison: How do other skis feel in this weight class? What are the pros and cons of going with another option?


          Patrick Law
          plaw@backcountry.com
          801-204-4661

          I hear skis for ski mountaineering should be sized down. I'm 176cm and weigh 165lbs. Most of my skis range from 177-180. I have a Gero G 108 in 178 which skis great but is a bit cumbersome for skinning and kick turns. Should sizing down to 171 for Gero G 95 feel too short? I don't imagine hucking down cliffs or going Super G on a ski mountaineering trip but more controlled and medium turns. Thoughts?

          Honestly, I think you would be fine on a 171! You are correctly, for that type of skiing you definitely want size down a few CMs than your normal ski. For example, I normally ski on a 185cm, so my skimo ski is a 178cm. You would be very similar. If I were you, I think that 171cm would be just fine!