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.
Update 2016/17: Just a new topsheet.
Update 2018/19: Blizzard again updated the graphics while keeping the same construction.
|Lengths (cm)||157, 164, 171, 178, 185|
|Weight (pair)||2140g 
|Turn Radius||18m 
|Skin Fix||Roundish tips, flat tail notch|
|Profile||Mild rocker with camber underfoot|
|Shape||Medium radius with easy arcing tip & tail|
|Construction||Sidewall sandwich w/ Carbon Drive|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Mountaineering, classic touring|
|Notes||Rare sidewall on lightweight skis|
|Bottom Line||Confident steep skier|