Tecnica Zero G Peak Carbon Boot
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)||2132g [27.5]|
||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
Stiffness- I’ve skied in the Zero G about 160 days the past two seasons and this boot is easily stiffer in forward motion! Perhaps it’s that I ski them in a 24.5 and the cuff is not “ scaled” down??
Skiing- for something this light with limited adjustment ( two buckles)to get a tight fit overall they ski very well. Would I like my forefoot to be more locked down? Absolutely, but the cuff/ ankle area fits so tightly when buckled that if you adjust how you pressure and roll the ski they work really well.
Fit- I have a pretty low volume foot and getting in is a very interesting thing. Super tight to get into. You need to rotate the cuff fully back and even then the “ sock” liner is so tight it’s a struggle to get in. I have found that once I’m 1/2 in I grab the plastic across the arch area that the buckle is on and lift it and that helps clear some room. Once in just standing there they feel a bit too high a volume in the forefoot but I now kinda like it as the lower buckle does a nice job of shrugging the area above the arch. Btw I think the “ sock” is so tight as it serves to help hold you back in the heel pocket when buckles are loose. I did add a slight heel wedge which helps place me in the shell better and tighten my heel pocket, I think they also ski better that way. I am going to try a front spoiler also. I think this fits shorter ( just compare stock insole length if you don’t believe your feet) then the Zero G.
Motion- with the lower buckle on loosest fit , top buckle just on the retainer clip and the power strap loosened just a bit I find the range of motion to be really good forward and average to the rear. For rear movement the strap being looser really helps for me.
Gripes- not much. Would be nice to get into them easier, maybe I should have gone up a shell size and added more underfoot to take up volume? Yes the buckles flap. That is I’m sure a weight saving step to pull the springs. I’m ok with it. I’m pretty sure I will pull the bladder straps out of the bladder getting into them.
Warmth- haven’t skied them on a truly cold day but so far I’ve been surprised at the earth as the bladder is thickness similar to a alpine plug race boot which is an icebox!
Conclusion- light as f##k! Zero G skis better by a bit and the zero g feels normal. This feels like an insanely light boot that is stiff and as a result it feels different skiing as the fit is more tight places vs an overall grip on your foot.
Wish they where less of a struggle to get into and can’t wait to see if they improve that. Oh… the carbon cuff is dead sexy!
I use Intuition Godivas in my Zero G Tour Pro boots (yes, a liner designed for women—I like the ski performance of a wrap liner and the lower cuff height interferes less with rear flexion), but I have not been able to fit a wrap or Tour Pro tongue liner.
I just recently learned there are 3 versions of the Intuition Tour Pro — high, medium and low volume. Wonder if the LV would work.
Curious to hear what others have tried/experienced.
And for the parts and pieces of this boot my wish list includes, spring loaded buckles to prevent floppy buckles, micro adjustment on the front buckle to make these more usable and effective, some kind of zipper or something to be able to open up the shell gasket would make it more easy to take on and off and insert and remove the liners, and a more sturdy intuition liner. One of these days I will find my perfect boot!
If you have the spoiler installed, removing that will get you from 15 degrees of forward lean to 13 degrees. If you have questions on how to do this, feel free to reach out to email@example.com!
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.
The Scarpa F1 in a 27.5 will have a longer fit for length as compared with the Tecnica Zero G Peak in a 27.5.
However, without knowing your foot, I am hesitant to give a shell size recommendation. If you are on the hunt for new boots, I would highly recommend filling out a boot fitter!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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