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.
This is a great all-around boot if you care more about performance than weight but still want something light enough for big days. It skis as well as my old MTN Labs and has no problem with heavier powder skis (Völkl Katanas). It skins well enough that I rarely feel the need for my lighter boots. I have used it for about 25 days so far and haven't had any durability issues.
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.
Would you say the stock liner is comparable in thickness to a medium volume Intuition Pro Tour or a low volume?
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.
Damn these are a great boot. 10/10 would buy again (as long as no long term durability issues come up)
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).
One "long term" issue to watch out for on these boots. The screws that hold on the moving part of the walk mechanism can and will loosen on you. I was inbounds skiing with them and at lunch noticed that one of the screws was completely missing. Found another guy on TGR that this happened to as well. Definitely pull them out when you buy them and apply some Vibratight VC-3 (so as not to have loctite weaken the plastic) to the screws so you don't have this happen to you.
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.
After some more use of both the Scouts and Pros in Marker lords. The binding seems to have some geometry that doesn't always play nice with the rear and toe ledges of these boots. You can end up with dents in those ledges.
Yet another small but important update. The 19/20 season boots ship with MUCH better loctite on the walk mode screws (hard to get them undone without heat and not stripping the screw head) + they include a ton of extra's with pre applied loctite.
The sample size floating around down my way was my size - hence the early review.
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.