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Blizzard Zero G 85 Ski

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The quintessential ski mountaineering and touring machine is back and better than ever. For years, words like reliable, stable, and bomber have been used to describe the Zero G 85. Now, with an updated carbon overlay and sidewall construction, those words are more accurate than ever. Edging into a steep and narrow chute always feels intimidating at first, but after a turn or two you'll notice that the Zero G 85 has stability and edge hold not typically found in lightweight mountaineering skis. That particular quality can be attributed to this ski's carbon overlay and sidewall construction, which lends torsional rigidity to the ski without adding any extra g's (hence the name Zero G). While most folks tend to opt for slightly (or much) wider skis when heading powder hunting, on deep days you may find yourself making a very skimo-esque® decision due to the float these skis' rockered tips and tails give them. For a select few wintery days, the sky is too clear, the snow is too creamy, and the skin tracks are too crisp to be encumbered by any extra weight. On those perfect winter days, head out with the Blizzard Zero G 85 ski and be ready for anything (with exactly zero g's of extra weight).

  • Skiing in steep terrain and on harder snow, skiers will appreciate the stable underfoot feel that the updated core and sidewall offer.
  • Blizzard altered the dimensions of the sidewall, saving weight and tuning the flex to better suit the needs of most skiers.
  • An updated Carbon Overdrive overlay strikes the perfect balance between snappy and forgiving.
  • Snazzy graphics are sure to make your ski partner green with envy.
  • Made in Austria.

Lengths (cm) 157, 164, 171, 178, 185
convert to ounces
950g [150]
1000g [157]
1070g [164]
1120g [171]
1205g [178]
Weight (pair) 1900g [150]
2000g [157]
2140g [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
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Miles K
Hey SkimoCo,
Have you heard of the camber flattening out on these after a few season's use? A friend has a pair that are now completely flat and even reverse camber after 4 seasons of use and the camber on mine is notably flatter after 3 seasons of use. Is this just inherent to light skis or a problem you've noticed with this ski in particular? Thanks!
Answer from Brett S
Thanks for your question, Miles! All skis, whether alpine or touring specific, will get softer and de-camber over time. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
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Question from James
Has anyone had experience cutting a race skin tip notch in these? Any advice for doing so?
Answer from jbo
Hi James, yes we've done a number of them. But actually with the new recessed tip slots you don't really need to as the Trab Attivo tips work well.
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Question from Chris Pinchbeck
Hey Skimo!
East Coast - mostly uphill - hard pack groomer ride down - occasional foray into backcountry on sled trails, powder no deeper than 1'. Traditional downhill boards have always been thin and long. I'm 5-11 and currently ski an older pair of Blizzard GS's 190's - which I LOVE the response of.
Debating over:Blizzard Zero G 85 (178) or Ski Trab Sintestri (178) due to thinner underfoot. Which would you steer me toward.
Can you mount bindings without boots? Have Scarpa Freedom SL's 28.5.
Thanks for your help! Chris
Answer from Brett S
Thanks for your question, Chris. It sounds like the Blizzard Zero G 85 will serve you well! It is very at home making long powerful turns and really excels on harder snow surfaces. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
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Question from Jesse G
How would these perform as an eastern sierra spring ski/multi-day traverse option? Basically, steep corn couloirs and lots of time going uphill.
Answer from Zak M
Hey Jesse, the Blizzard Zero G 85 would fit the bill quite nicely from what it sounds like you require. The Zero G 85 has slightly less early rise than some other ski options, so in more variable snow conditions you might find them a bit more challenging. Overall the Zero G 85 packs a lot of stiffness into a really light weight package that excels in executing steep turns.
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Question from Dave
Is there a difference between the yellow and gray besides the color of the top sheet?
Answer from Teddy Young
Hey Dave, thanks for reaching out! It is just the color of the top sheet, the construction is the same!
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Stormpeakco (used product a few times)
I'm previously, very familiar w/ the flip core technology Blizzard skis.
Purchased a pair of 164 cm length Zero G 85 that were mounted up with Hagan Ride 10 bindings (86mm brakes).
Despite the modest construction change w/ the tailored carbon fiber, these skis handle bumps and under 6" of Rocky Mtn powder decently though still seem to be more on the stiffer side, but not overtly so.
Coupled w/ a pair of Blizzard-Pomoca skins (also purchased from Skimo), this set up tours very well and seem nearly feather weight.
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Question from Karl L
Has anyone skied both the earlier and 2019/2020 model Zero G 85? I would appreciate a comparison of the experience.
Answer from eric
Hey Karl- I have skied the old version extensively and the 19/20 model a few times. While the 19/20 is supposed to have been tweaked a little I would say it skied very close, if not the same, to the previous version. Maybe a bit easier to initiate a turn but not much. Felt very similar to me.
Answer from jbo
Hi Karl, I concur with Eric, I have a hard time describing the functional difference after skiing the new version. They are as good as ever!
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