When Blizzard introduced the Zero G 95 in the wee years of 2018, many skeptics were impressed with how hard they could push such a light ski. This skiability came in large part due to their Carbon Drive construction, which when wrapped around a paulownia core, delivered hard-charging performance at a reasonable weight. After a few years elapsed, Blizzard introduced their improved Carbon Drive 2.0, which kept the same hard-charging performance as the original while making it a bit more approachable to the masses. As you've guessed, the new Carbon Drive 3.0 continues this evolution and is arguably their best version yet. Supportive but not overbearing, the Zero G 95 handles steep and scary terrain with poise, leaving behind any unwanted “hookiness” of its forebears. This laminate change also gives the Zero G 95 an almost playful feel, which is something you'll surely appreciate on the long ski out from your objective. From harvesting corn, to mid-winter powder, to far out mountaineering objectives, the Zero G 95 is a reliable partner for the job.
- Carbon Drive 3.0 results in a supportive yet playful ride that is just plain fun underfoot.
- Paulownia core keeps things light and poppy for your enjoyment.
- Lots of effective edge for superior edge hold in challenging terrain.
- Partial sidewall for better durability means you better like these skis (you will) because you're going to have them for a while.
|157, 164, 171, 178, 185
|Round tip with recess for precut skins, flat tail with notch
|Rocker in the tip, Camber underfoot, Slight rocker in tail
|Round tip, squared off tail, medium sidecut
|Carbon Drive 3.0
|Skimo Co Says
|All snow types
|Very agile and nimble with Carbon Drive 3.0 construction
|Quiver of one, good for everything
|Compare to other High-fat Skis
Questions & Reviews
For that reason I was going to move away from them. As I thought the biggest problem was maybe the radius (23m) and pretty much zero camber under foot, I looked into other skis that I thought could still hold edge well, but turn better.
I keep reading that with the "new models" Blizzard fixed the "problem". But it is hard to tell if they talk about the "catching edge" and " forgiveness" of the ski. Or if it also includes the ability of the ski to turn. (was the shape or camber changed in the new models)?
For that reason I was looking into a ski with smaller radius... Maybe the Backland 95 (18m) or Ripstick, Enforcer or something... But your comments above mentioned the Backland might be better for soft snow, and again this is east coast, our default is the opposite. Basically looking for good east coast touring ski. Something that can handle ice and tight turns, that is not too heavy.
I wonder if you think the i m p r o v e d ZeroG might be an option.
Or given what I said above it is best to look for something perhaps less light that can handle these conditions better.... in which case would you have suggestions?
The Zero G are one of the best Light skis on ice. The newer 2.0 and 3.0 versions they soften the tips and tails, but still have the same turn radius.
The Backland 95 is good on firm snow and the Ripstick Tour 88 or 94 are good choices. They bite well and turn quick. The 95 is a bit heavier, but that extra weight will make for better on the down. Or the Full resort Enforcer....
The current Zero G 95 and the current Backland are fairly comparable. Previous generations of the Zero G 95 were less friendly, but the current model has become a lot more fun and less demanding. Between the two, they are both energetic, fun 95mm skis - the Zero G is still the choice for firmer snow and edge-hold, whereas the Backland - although not lacking in that department - I would favor for softer/fresh snow.
The Backland 100 is a different ski, a bit softer, and more powder-oriented. I would definitely choose one of the two 95mm options you're considering for a ski mountaineering application, or for a do-it-all lightweight adventure ski. I would take the 100 for a lightweight uphill-oriented powder ski, if you like a turnier ski in powder. Unfortunately we do not carry the Helio Carbon 95 and so I am less familiar with those.
Personally, I'd err towards going 2 back, but neither are ideal. If you have a more upright/less aggressive skiing style, 2 forward would be better. If you can find a binding that has a different toe pattern that would allow you to mount closer to recommended, that would be best. Or you may be able to use a toe adjustment or shift plate to avoid the old holes.
1) how would these fare on ice and as a quiver of one ski to do it all on both the east coast and west coast (resort and backcountry)?
2) would you recommend other similar quiver of one skis that might be of the same weight or lighter?
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These are a very precise ski with a long effective edge. That gives them great edge hold on firm snow and in steeps. They'd make a great all-around touring setup. Only time you might want more out of them would be high speeds on chopped up snow. They tend to be a little bit chattery in variable snow, but less and less so with the Carbon Drive 3.0. Also, a ski with a shorter effective edge and earlier rocker would be floatier and arguably more fun in soft snow, but that's personal preference. Overall, these would make a great quiver of one!
As I mentioned below, the Wayback is a similar, slightly more versatile option you could take a look at. It would be better suited to western skiing, while the Zero G will handle ice better.
Both very similar skis! The Wayback has a bit earlier of a rocker than the Zero G, so it will float a bit better in soft snow, and have a bit less effective edge on firm snow. In the past, the Zero G was somewhat chattery on crud, but with the Carbon Drive 3.0 layup, that has changed somewhat. It's now much more progressive. I'd say the Wayback is a bit more versatile, while the Zero G is a bit more honed in on steep skiing.
I am considering buying new skis after 3 seasons of skiing on K2 Wayback 88 - 174cm. Wayback 88 skis were often too soft for me on steeper slopes and hard snow.
That's why I rented Zero G 95 178cm, 21/22y, skis and tested them on a tour with various types of snow. They were great on a slope, in the forest, on soft snow, but on frozen avalanche debris, crusty snow and frozen ski tracks from the day before, it was very difficult to control the ski.
I compared the length of Wayback 174 and Zero G 95 178, side by side and they are the same length -176.2cm. When I compared them to my height, they reach the top of my forehead (the beginning of my hair) when I'm in ski boots (Dynafit Radical Pro).
On steeper slopes, above 45 deegres, I found it difficult to make jump turn the K2 178 while skiing downhill.
Do you think the Zero G 95 22/23 would be a good chice for me? I understand that you prefer shorter skis and you will probably recommend 171cm to me instead of 178 which I tried but not on a slope steeper than 35°.
In addition to the Zero G, I am also considering the Rossignol Escaper 97 Nano, the Salomon MTN 96 Carbon, even the Atomic Backland 95 and the Hagan Boost 94.
Thank you for your advice.
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The Zero G is an excellent ski, but no ski will ski frozen avalanche debris well. The Backland and the Armada Locator are some of the best at absorbing chop, but touring skis just aren't as damp as alpine skis.
Yes, sizing down will help with jump turns, but it sounds like the 178cm fits you pretty well. The amount of rocker will change how tall a ski is compared to a person, which is why the 174 and 178 wind up being roughly the same length.
Jump-turning performance is primarily dictated by ski weight and length, so I'd recommend looking more at performance in crud and your turning style - personally, I like to slash and rarely connect more than a couple of turns, so the Locator suits me very well - easy to break out of the turns and easy to get back into them.
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Depends on the year. If you are talking the first Generation of Zero G 85 (15/16-18/19) The new Zero G 95 is a very different ski. Blizzard has worked hard to make the Zero G friendlier over the iterations. The new construction in the Zero G line is much more forgiving with a softer flex. It is easier to initiate turns, with a more relaxed turn radius, and overall more approachable feel.
That being said, this ski can certainly still perform. If you have further ski questions, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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