It’s near the end of January – it is that time of year when the P.R. and marketing ramp-up.
For years, and for a good reason, WildSnow has covered new and emerging gear with a trend: lighter gear that skis well. We know “skis well” can be massively subjective. “Skis well” for some could mean “well enough” for those smashing and grabbing FKTs, and “poor” for pillow line aficionados.
You get the drift- there’s some subjectivity involved.
Let’s start with boots in this quick-hit post. First up are the tinkerers at Tecnica. In 2018, WildSnow reviewed an iteration of Tecnica’s Zero G Tour Pro ski boot. It’s morphed slightly since then and now comes in an orange/black combo, four-buckle, semi-lightweight, power-oriented overlap boot. Although not a boot featuring a massive range of motion, people dig the Zero G Pro for its stiffness and somewhat spartan weight: all this for just over 1300g in size 26.5.
Life goes on, as does gear evolution. Last week Tecnica introduced their Zero G Peak series. A Tecnica press release quoted the brand’s North American Product Manager, Christian Avery, as saying, “We’re not coming at this from the skimo and race side of the industry. Having a background in more hard-charging overlap boots, we made performance our number one priority from the start.”
The Zero G Peak line separates into a few tiers. The weights provided by Tecnica are all sub-1kg. (All weights are unverified.) We assume most weights will bump beyond that threshold for larger sizes. The Carbon model features a carbon cuff, while all three have a carbon-grilamid construction. All have heat-moldable Tecnica C.A.S. light liners and a weatherproof gaiter similar to those seen on other models like Atomic Backlands and the Fischer Transalps. The soles are Vibram and one image makes them appear to be reinforced with carbon.
Tecnica’s version of a z-cable buckle secures the lower, while a powerstrap and buckle snug-up the upper.
Series ROM: 75 degrees, comes with a spoiler and a 35mm powerstrap.
Zero G Peak Carbon 990g at 26.5, MSRP $1,140
Zero G Peak W 900g at 24.5, MSRP $1020.00
Zero G Peak 980g at 26.5, MSRP $1020.00
Tecnica enters the realm of the non-race 1000g ski boot several years after players like Scarpa, Atomic, Dynafit, Fischer, and LaSportiva.
We hope to take a closer look at the Zero G Peak boots in the next few months.
Tecnica has not yet announced information on a release date or availability. For the time being, we have these stylishly lit images from Tecnica.
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