Blizzard Tecnica Highlights New Ski Touring Offerings
Backcountry skiers know the descent is the sweet reward at the end of a long journey, and the path to get there is up, with a lot of elevation and probably a few kick turns along the way. They know that most of your day will be spent getting to the top, and Blizzard & Tecnica want to make sure the journey is worth it, because first and foremost, they are skiers.
Two years have passed since they conducted the first interview with the mountain guides focus group for ski tests. It’s been a long story of trials, successes and also failures. A process of constant development – testing out on snow and in the lab. Now, following prototype after prototype, it’s finally time to put them to the ultimate test.
THE SORAPIS GLACIER
It’s mid-May and last month was pretty warm. For the right terrain to test the new Zero G 80 skis and the Zero G Peak boots, they looked to mountains above 2,000 metres.
THE COMICI COULOIR
After bad weather with a storm over the past few days, they got lucky – conditions look perfect. `they skin up until the base of the Comici couloir. Here the face is too steep to ski and we use crampons and axes. The summit at 3,200 metres is always a great reward.
DOWN THE LINE
They were expecting to find perfect snow in the couloir after the snowfall on Sunday, but the surface is surprisingly hard and technical. Going down the line, after some turns on steep terrain, the snow rapidly changes into what we might call “firm” condition.
TIME FOR A BEER
As with any great day in the mountains, they finally relaxed over a cold beer. The team exchanged impressions about the tour and the products tested. It’s time to transform these feelings into clear feedback for R&D and designers.
Each small detail is perfected and transformed to deliver a state-of-the-art product. Passion, craftsmanship and intuition underpin everything that we do… and that’s why they are so proud of this project.
ZERO G PEAK CARBON
The Pinnacle. The cream of the crop. The Peak. Call it what you want, but rest assured Tecnica’s first sub-1000-gram touring boot lives up to its name. Born from our fit-and-performance-first ethos, the Zero G Peak Carbon is built to be extremely light and efficient on the uphill, yet maintain the power and downhill performance you’ve come to know and expect from a Tecnica boot. Adapted from our experience in the alpine world, the Zero G Peak Carbon uses a semi-overlap shell design, allowing the boot to wrap the foot better which not only increases comfort but significantly improves downhill performance.
A CAS shell and CAS Light liner provide for a better anatomical fit out of the box and allow for slight customization in the way of punching or grinding - something that until now, has been unheard of in this space. A bi-directional carbon fiber plate underfoot reinforces the torsional stability and allows for better power transmission to the ski. What’s more, a carbon fiber cuff provides unprecedented strength and stiffness in a touring boot, and the efficient single lever T-Hike mechanism allows for maximum walkability with a 75-degree range of motion. The Zero G Peak Carbon is a true light-touring boot built the Tecnica way – Fit to bag every peak on your checklist and out-ski your buddies on the way down.