Take 'em down.
The Zero G Guide Pro was all the rage last year, so Tecnica decided it was high time to let terrain-crushing backcountry ladies in on the fun. Designed for women who devour sky-scraping peaks for breakfast and aren't about to apologize for it, the Women's Zero G Guide Pro Alpine Touring Boot is a light and stiff, no-nonsense boot with enough power to rip spines and bomb couloirs, while holding its own on the skintrack. The stiff 115 flex provides solid performance and power during burly descents, and the 99mm last comfortably accommodates a wide variety of feet.
Tecnica's Power Light Design aims to shed weight without sacrificing performance thanks to a Grilamid frame that is 30% thinner than conventional boots and 2.5 times stiffer. These boots retain the aggressive capabilities of the original Zero G Guide Pro, but with a women-specific profile featuring a shorter cuff for smaller calves. The Light Fit liner is heat-moldable so you can dial in a precise fit, and the mobility cuff features a 44-degree range of motion in walk mode, providing you with maximum efficiency and a natural uphill stride when you're passing other skiers on the skinner. The interchangeable rubber soles add traction on sketchy, wind-blasted traverses, and the Aqua Stop water protection system keeps your feet dry while you're setting the bootpack for your buddies that are lagging behind.
- Power-hungry boot for conquering terrain in the backcountry
- Commanding 115 flex for driving stiff skis down big lines
- Performance-focused 99mm last accommodates medium feet
- Grilamid shell is stiff, lightweight, and strong
- Triax 3.0 cuff has a women-specific profile
- 44˚ range of motion in walk mode promotes uphill efficiency
- Quick Instep system provides easy entry to boot
- Interchangeable rubber soles add traction on icy bootpacks
- Item #TEC002T
- Q & A
Initial Fit Impressions
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I tried these on along with the Scarpa F1, Scarpa Freedom SL, and the Scarpa Gea RS. And I'm coming from the Black Diamond Shiva.
I am trying to fit a med-wide foot, low arch, and HUGE calves, and looking for a boot that can handle my weight, and skier type, plus the weight of my camera gear/heavy pack driving the boot.
I would say these are very comparable to the Black Diamond Shiva's all around. They are not the lightest weight touring boot, they fit more like a traditional alpine boot with a thicker cushier liner and traditional 4 buckle design.
This boot fit pretty well straight out of the box. It felt a little short in the toes at first and I worried about that for half a minute, but as with all boots, you need to get fully buckled in and flex forward first. Once I did that, the length was perfect.
The buckles have enough adjustment to fit my calves. And once I pulled the tongue into place and let the liner relax for a few minutes, there was no pinching around the calf. It seemed to get more comfortable the longer I wore it.
There is a handle on the tongue of the liner, but it does not have a handle on the back of the cuff. This seems like a strange omission when you are trying to get your foot to sit comfortable inside a ski boot.
The tongue itself is pretty beefy and has an extra rubber piece that can be repositioned as you like. Hard to say how it works in practice, but it seemed like a cool feature.
The walk mode doesn't have as much rotation as I'd like, though it claims to be 44 degrees vs the claimed 40 degrees of the Shiva. The shiva feels like it has more rotation so it may be a function of needing to break it in.
Overall seems like a great boot, and would be a very comparable replacement to the BD Shiva. A bit heavy for just a touring boot, but would make a great versatile one-quiver boot for both in-bounds charging and ski touring.
Light on the way up, charge on the down
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
After a couple of seasons in the Tecnica Cochise Pro 105's, I decided it was time to upgrade to a lighter-weight, stiffer boot, with more range of motion. So far, I am impressed! At just 3lbs, these boots allow for ease on the way up, but still charge like an all mountain boot on the way down. For any ladies looking for a touring boot that skis with the stiffness of an all mountain boot, the Zero G Guide's are the boot for you!