It’s said that “Necessity is the mother of invention.” While we don’t claim skiing a gazillion vertical feet to be a necessity, it certainly inspired innovation in the form of Tecnica Zero G Peak Carbon! This boot enters a small but increasingly prominent market of truly lightweight touring boots that punch above their weight class when pushed in downhill ski mode. It all starts with a carbon-grilamid lower and full carbon cuff. The cuff’s overlap design and doubled ski-walk mechanism together lend progressive stiffness when flexed forward. At the same time, walking cuff rotation remains as sparklingly smooth as one could hope for with a boot this streamlined. Two buckles and a power strap operate at strategic points on the instep and cuff to keep skiers snugged down where it matters. Underfoot, a Vibram sole makes short work of rocky scrambles or those unfortunate skimo races requiring a vertical kilometer of running before reaching snow. Is it a skimo boot for the masses or a touring boot for the carbon addicts? You can make up your mind but either way, you'll be happy with the Tecnica Zero G Peak Carbon on your feet.
- Ski-walk mechanism incorporates a hinged lever as well as a straight shim to remove unwanted play in downhill mode.
- Carbon-grilamid shell and full carbon-fiber cuff are music to the ears of fast and light skiers.
- Two buckles with power strap adjust to your particular skiing style and foot shape.
- C.A.S. liner flexes seamlessly and avoids unnecessary weight.
|Weight (pair)||1980g [26.5]|
||2 Buckles and powerstrap|
||13°, 15° with spoiler installed|
||Co-injected carbon and grilamid, carbon cuff|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Light and fast ski mountaineering|
|Notes||Double lock ski/walk mechanism like their beefier brothers|
|Bottom Line||Tecnica setting the bar once again on what's possible in a touring boot|
|Compare to other Touring Boots|
Questions & Reviews
The Zero G Peak fits pretty true to its listed mondo. If you would like help dialing in on the correct shell size, I would highly recommend filling out a boot fitter.
Keep in mind that Scarpa shell sizing is a half size offset from all other boot brands, with a few exceptions in skimo race and skimo race plus boots.
For a 1000g boot, the Zero G Peak packs a punch on the way down. However, a ski that is 112mm underfoot is a lot to ask. In really soft snow, you may be able to get away with it.
However, in variable or firm snow conditions, you will definitely feel underbooted. Also, driving a wider ski will probably reduce the lifespan of the boot. For the Zero G Peak, I would not go much wider than 95mm underfoot.
Note that the fit is a good bit wider then the F1 LT, Good news for those who are too wide for the Scarpas.
The tecnica is narrower in the heel and wider in the forefoot. The f1 Lt is opposite. Cankle heel, pointed elf toe. I couldn't really feel a massive difference in cuff height, and whatever minimal cuff height difference is not going to outweigh how different the lowers are as far as fitment. I do think that the flex in the tecnica is more progressive in a good way.
I'm so intrigued by the race plus category but realizing that there may not be a boot for me here, with my fat ankles, high instep and wide toes. Do I just have to buy and crack transalps every season? My radical pros fit well with work (and walk and ski surprisingly well without the tongue), but where's the sport in just skiing, when you could be boot tinkering too?
And is the new blacklight boot a TLT8 kinda volume? a PDG2 kinda volume?
The toe box is also much better shaped for me, with the big toe having length and room to the inside of its tip. The Zero G Tour had a more pointed toe box that crushed the front/medial side of the tip of my big toe.
In a comparison of the Tecnica Zero G Peak Carbon and the Salomon S/Lab MTN Summit, The Zero G Peak Carbon has the edge on the way down. It is the stiffer boot, and can handle a wider range of ski waist widths. If you have further boot comparison questions, feel free to reach out to email@example.com!
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