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Blizzard Zero G 85 Ski

Brand: Blizzard
Model: ZeroG 85
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Seemingly out of left field comes some impressive new lightweight skis. That is, if left field were defined as the Blizzard factory in Austria and you gloss over the fact that Blizzard manufactured many skis stamped with other, well-known, backcountry brand names. Now showing off their clandestine experience, Blizzard added a three-dimensional layer of carbon fiber across the enter length and width. This Carbon Drive makes the ski stiff in all directions while offering a relatively damp ride with smooth flex. They also built in sidewalls to help the edges penetrate crusts and ice, while offering more protection from rocks. A rocker + camber profile is just what the doctor ordered for the variable conditions you find while climbing mountains. The Zero G 85 is just what we ordered for classic mountaineering.

  • Full-length sidewalls are rare for a ski this light, offering dampness, edge hold, and durability.
  • Carbon Drive technology is a unidirectional weave in a three-dimensional pattern that just works.
  • Metal edges also run the full length of the ski so you aren’t compromising an inch on the steeps.
  • Paulownia wood core with the carbon frame offers a reasonably stiff ride with some rebound.

Update 2016/17: Just a new topsheet.

Lengths (cm) 157, 164, 171, 178, 185
-> ounces
1055g [164]
1120g [171]
1205g [178]
Weight (pair) 2110g [164]
2240g [171]
2410g [178]
Dimensions 116-85-99.5
Turn Radius 18m [164]
19m [171]
20m [178]
Skin Fix Roundish tips, flat tail notch
Specs Verified Yes
Profile Mild rocker with camber underfoot
Shape Medium radius with easy arcing tip & tail
Construction Sidewall sandwich w/ Carbon Drive
Core Paulownia
Skimo Co Says
Usage Mountaineering, classic touring
Notes Rare sidewall on lightweight skis
Bottom Line Confident steep skier
Question from Jim
Hi-What is the difference between the 2015/16 Blizzard Zero G 85 and the 2016/17 Blizzard Zero G 85? Thanks.
Answer from jbo
Hi Jim, just the topsheet color.
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by jake (downright abused product)
Really great ski for what I used it for- lots of groomer tours before lifts spin. And even a couple laps on the chairs when I didn't have enough time to switch to alpine gear.

I used the 185cm. The ski is very stiff, but the tip and tail rocker allow for a little easier turn engagement and disengagement in a ski with that much length. I was able to get this carving up to around 45-55mph before I started to get a little concerned about the chatter and jumpiness. These are not a damp ski at all. You feel the energy course through them. But they hold a wicked strong edge. These skis suck with aplomb in any snow deeper than 4". Keep them away from pow. Def light enough to make uphill a breeze. A very fun, unique ski which serves the terrain I am around very well.

Sadly for me I passed my pair on. I am kind of inbetween sizes on these. With my TLT6s I just couldn't get the tip engagement on the 185s to every feel much better than vague. And the 178s with the tip/tail rocker were just a little too short and thus a little skiddish and the speeds I was wanting.
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Question from Peter
How would you compare these skis to the Voile Objective? They seem like direct competitors.
Answer from Trace Leches
They are direct competitors when considering weight and dimensions, but each ski has its own sweet spot. While both are fairly versatile, the Zero G 85 seems more hard snow oriented and a better carving ski, whereas the Voile will end up being a bit easier to ski in variable and soft conditions. Just depends on your application.
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Question from Nick
Given the overwhelming feedback, I'm seriously considering these skis for a lighter setup this year.
I have a kingping + mid-fat 102cm skis but they tend to be a little on the heavy side for long days.

Now I'm just wondering which length. I'm 172cm and my current setup is 178cm.
I've always enjoyed longer skis, especially when I try to get a bit more aggressive. However for a more "couloir" setup I'm wondering if taking the g 85 with a length of 171cm would make more sense? Would do you guys reckon?

Thanks in advance :)
Answer from jbo
Hi Nick, the 171 would complement your existing skis better. As your only ski I might recommend the 178 but the shorter length is quicker in couloirs and will be enough ski for lots of conditions.
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by Dan (used product regularly)
These skis are a fantastic ski mountaineering tool. They are light, stiff and have outstanding edge grip. The only caveat I have about these skis is that you really do have to ski well on them - they are unforgiving of backseat skiing and reward very good skiers (which I am aspiring to be as a result of these skis!)

So far there's no dramas with durability, and they have performed excellently in firm snow conditions. If you want a lightweight ski for spring / firm snow focused descents, look no further.

I'm 178cm, about 85kg with gear and ski the 171.
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by Matt (used product a few times)
Blizzard has tapped into some kind of magic in the ZeroG line. The weight on these is stellar and they rail in any snow which is even remotely soft. In the hard stuff, they can be a little prone to chatter, but they do shut up quickly with some strong input to the front of the ski. The tapered tips make for a surfy and predictable ride in soft snow, but the tradeoff is the loss of a little precision when making very tight jump turns. Maybe that's just a function of my technique, though. It also gives up a little effective edge.

As with every ski in the ZeroG line, the lateral stiffness is unreal, lending a precise and responsive feel to the ski.

I concur with the other reviewer who laments the lack of a tip notch. Had Blizzard included one they would have created an excellent speed touring/casual race ski. Aside from that my main gripe with this ski is that for only 100g more, you can have the ZeroG 95, which given my experience with both strikes me as the way to go. A tip notch would really have differentiated this ski a lot more from its slightly bigger brother.
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by Sam (used product a few times)
These skis are the real deal. I had been in the market for something along the lines of the Dynafit Cho Oyu when I came across these skis on Skimo. I have around 10,000 ft of climbing and skiing a variety of conditions, and have some initial impressions. First, they are light. They are just under 5 lbs for the pair in the 170. Obviously not race light, but certainly light enough to bring up pretty much any mountaineering objective. The kicker is how they ski. These skis rail. In firm snow off the summit of Mt. Hood last weekend, they held an edge on 45 degree refrozen corn. By far the most secure I have felt coming off the summit in those conditions. The snow quickly transitioned to corn snow, which is where these skis really shine. The slight early rise in the tip and tail give the skis a loose feeling, meaning they turn when and where you want. Even in the glop near the bottom of the mountain, they turned nicely and didn't get hung up. For a speed touring and mountaineering ski, was impressed.

I only wish these had a tip notch for speed skin setup. With the carbon layup, I'm afraid to dremel my own. That would also void the warranty, I think.

I ski these with Dynafit speed superlites and TLT 6ps. 5'9, 180lbs.

I will add that Skimo.co is by far the best online retailer I have purchased from. So many helpful answers on this site. Shipping is very prompt. And obviously the curated selection is unlike almost any other retailer in the US.
Reply from Sam
So this is a follow-up review with another couple dozen K of vert on my 0G 85s. the more I ski them, the more I like them. Durability wise, the are holding up well despite using them during the Oregon summer on volcanoes (volcanic rocks are hard on skis). No core shots despite some pretty hard impacts with with rocks. There is some chipping around the tips in the skin attachment area, but its pretty minimal.

In terms of ski performance...wow. I have now skied these in corn, refrozen corn, ice, cream cheese, mashed potatoes, and straight up pow. Despite their (lack of) weight, these guys have no problem holding a line in heavy and wet conditions. They are a blast in corn snow. What surprised me most was their pow performance. These skis have so much energy! They simply bounce from turn to turn in the pow. They are somewhat forgiving if you get caught in the backseat, or need to slide out a turn, but they perform best when you're driving your tips and using good technique. Be sure to detune the tails a little if you tend to slide your tails.

Frankly, I could see the 0G 95 being a quiver of one. The 85 is a little lighter, but doesn't quite have the float on the deep days. The 85s are an excellent complement to a powder touring, or an awesome ski on their own if you don't frequently ski deep snow. I'll post again about durability. But in terms of ski performance, I could not be happier.
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Question from SSB
A friend of my brother in laws recommended I purchase my gear through you. He fed my excitement to get going since Ive been a nordic/alpine guy for 35 years. Its time to start going UP the hills.

Whats the best skin to match these Blizzards? And would you recommend a better "all terrain ski" for the price for an east coaster (vermont) who goes back-woods and ski hills primarily? He recommended 170cm length to 178cm with ~85midfoot and ~ 1200 grams weight.

Lastly...I am a 30 in a boot size with a fairly wide forefoot (need wider toebox). he recommended the Dynafit Seven Summits... do you concur?

And lastly, can you recommend a shop in southern vermont for mounting? Im afraid to go just anywhere. Do you have any connections in the Stratton/Winhall area?

Answer from jbo
Hi SSB, the matching skins are the easiest. The Pomoca climb pro glides also work, which are made by the same company. I wouldn't question his recommendation on skis, these will handle well in those conditions.

I'm confused about the boots since you listed a ski, but check out our boot fitter. Unfortunately we don't have any recommended mounters in that area, but we can handle those.
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