The Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro could easily be overlooked due to its typical ski-boot-like appearance. It sports a four-buckle overlap design, rockered Vibram rubber sole, and ski/walk mechanism on the spine. Just a checklist beef boot with nothing to see here, right?
Wrong! The Tour Pro is elegantly simple and refined to such a degree that this boot will become the elusive one-boot quiver for many aggressive backcountry skiers. Four supportive buckles, one Light Lock Power Strap, and a Double Blocking ski/walk latch provide a true 130 flex. A 55-degree range of motion and relatively free cuff movement give it walk-ability to rival lighter boots. Tecnica also managed to get the weight of the Zero G Tour Pro so low that we don’t know whether to categorize this as a Beef Boot or a Touring Boot.
Tecnica didn’t set out to change the touring game with gimickry, but the Zero G Tour Pro has been masterfully refined to a higher level.
- Extra-light magnesium buckles keep it locked down without weight penalty.
- Grilamid shell with a carbon cuff delivers uncompromising ski performance.
- Double Blocking ski/walk latch means no play in your mech.
- Vibram sole offers secure footing when boot packing and scrambling.
- Dynafit certified inserts provide confident tech-binding operation.
2020 Update: Zero G Pro Tour boot has gotten a color change for the new year with the same great design but an eye-catching black and red shell!
|Weight (pair)||2748g [27.5]|
|Buckles||4 + Power Strap|
|Boot Sole Length||273mm [22.5]
|Binding Compatibility||Tech, frame|
|Forward Lean(s)||12°, 13°|
|Materials||Carbon fiber, Grilamid, magnesium buckles|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Free touring, mountaineering|
|Notes||Unique double locking ski/walk mechanism.|
|Bottom Line||Clash of the categories: touring and freeride.|
|Compare to other Freeride Boots|
Questions & Reviews
I see the 20-21 version of these boots are going to be red. Is there anything beside color that will be changed for these boots in the upcoming season?
The only thing I don't like about them is that, compared to the Travers/TLT6/Backland they are VERY fiddly at transition time. Oh well, good thing I have every other aspect of my transitions dialed.
TL;DR if you've been skeptical about the "beef" class of boots for their touring performance and disappointed by the crappy ROM in some of those boots, these are not the same thing at all. A legit 125 flex you can drive big skis hard in bad snow with, that walks uphill like a "race plus" boot.
I am a 27.5 in Salomon MTN/Lab, but 28.5 in Salomon X-Alpa, and 28.5 in Scarpa Maestrale RS (but they are too wide).
So do I want 27.5 or 28.5 in the Tecnica Pro Tour??
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Some minor issues I have had:
- Good backwards mobility requires fully releasing the cuff buckles which makes transitions take longer.
- This boot is colder than others I have used, probably because of the relatively thin liner.
- The ski mode latch sometimes fails to lock in deep powder but it's easy to clear.
- Toe buckle is pretty much useless but it is riveted on and difficult to remove.
- Power strap is also riveted on.
- Swapped the stock liners for some Intuition Pro Tour liners. A size 28 liner in a 28.5 boot works well. This adds 60g or so which is worth it for the added comfort, performance, and warmth in my opinion.
- Removed the power strap (requires drilling out the rivets) and replaced it with a Booster Strap. This adds about 35g. I mainly added the Booster to help with skinny legs. If I didn't have skinny legs I would remove the power strap entirely and save 40g. The stock one isn't effective and complicates transitions.
- Installed the included tongue spoiler. Took me a while to figure out what it was, I thought it was a really small rear spoiler at first. This seems to help a bit with skinny legs.
- Hot glued the bootboard after I noticed a bit of slop in one boot on a long firm descent.
My 28.5 boots weighed 1525g stock. After all modifications they weigh 1675g.
I asked the same question of the Hawx XTD. I'm a big fan of intuition liners and would likely replace the stock liners with intuitions. Looking at either of these as my next boot and wondering what volume to possibly replace them with.
Skis better than most of the old 2000g-ish beef boots, uphills as well and even better than some 1200g boots (almost as good as Backlands with the tongues in). Keeping the clog buckles secured and the cuff buckles open yields IMPRESSIVE rom especially since it's overlap and skis amazing.
The upright lean makes wonky tech binding deltas much more manageable, but if you throw them into alpine bindings it feels real upright.
I actually had to get the Scouts since by the time I industry purchased, most people were out or didn't want to sell their last pair (understandable).
I've enjoyed the stock liners, but switched them out for Intuition Pro Tours (regular volume) near the end of last season since my Atomic Backland liners were shot and the stock Tour Pro liners worked perfectly in the Backlands. I haven't noticed any ROM decrease with the Pro Tours and it feels like it's stiffened the boot up just a whiff.
Another thing to note is that older Marker Tour F12, and older Marker Griffon (pre Sole.ID) bindings actually don't have enough vertical adjustment in the toe to properly adjust to the rockered sole of this boot. The Tour's come close enough... But I know for sure that Warden MNC, and Marker Lord SP's work, have yet to try newer Marker Sole.ID bindings to see, but I'd assume they would.
These boots are pretty sweet in every regard. They go down as well as any boot I've skied; better than Mtn Labs or Vulcans. They weigh not much more than most regular touring boots, but are vastly superior when descending. In terms of touring and climbing, they go well. I loosen all the cuff buckles. Probably could use a bit more range of movement aft, but that's a minor quibble. Sole seems durable and grippy.
The walk/ski lever is simple and reliable. The powerstrap is the most user-friendly ever. For performance to weight ratio, this boot kills it.
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