Expert Review: Blizzard Zero G 105
This review is my own honest opinion of the skis, which I bought with my own money in November 2019.
About this review This review is my own honest opinion of the skis, which I bought with my own money in November 2019.
The Blizzard Zero G 105 is the perfect backcountry ski for me. It likes to charge, but it’s nimble enough for skiing trees and light enough for long approaches and big days.
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 170 lbs
- Model: 2020 Blizzard Zero G 105
- Size: 180cm
- Boots: Dynafit Hoji Pro Tour
- Boot Size: 28.5
- Bindings: Salomon MTN / Atomic Backland (mounted boot center)
- Experience: 18 years
- When I bought these: November 2019
- Days tested: 8+
- Where I’ve used it: Colorado backcountry
- Terrain: Steep trees, open glades, meadow skipping, couloirs
How it performs
What I was looking for
I bought the Zero G 105 because I was looking for a daily driver for Colorado Backcountry conditions. Weight was a big concern, as I like to get out for big days on the weekend, and fast and light tours during the week.
Why I chose this gear
For me, 105mm underfoot is the ideal waist range for a do-it-all backcountry ski. I really like the versatility of how well the Zero G 105 floats in powder but still holds an edge skiing steeps. I also prefer a more traditional ski with a flatter tail over a twin tip, and the Zero G 105 fits the bill perfectly.
I considered the Atomic Backland 107 and Black Diamond Helio 105. I decided on the Blizzards because they felt like they had a bit more life to them than the backlands and were more stable than the Helios. Blizzard seems to be doing the best job producing lightweight skis that don’t chatter. My biggest internal debate was between the 180cm and 188cm lengths, but after a couple months of debate, I was able to make up my mind and have been loving the 180s.
What I love about it
- Speed: I love fast skis because the faster I get to the bottom the quicker I can get another lap. The Zero G really comes alive at speed but doesn’t demand that I am charging.
- Powder: I was really surprised by the powder performance of the 105s. I have several lightweight wider skis to choose from, but I grab my 105s on a lot of powder days because they perform so well, and I’d rather save some weight.
- Trees: Most of my time on the 105s were spent skiing steep trees. I have to stay on top of them in tight areas, but they are plenty nimble to wiggle my way through tight squeezes when I have to.
- Backcountry: The Zero G 105 might be the best backcountry ski of all time.
- Weight: The weight of these is perfect. At 1,650g per ski they are light enough that I can go all day on them, but they still feel solid on the downhill.
- Stability: I found the stability to be quite good, though I was mostly skiing in powder with very few hard snow days. These skis like to stay planted and have very little chatter compared to other skis of similar weights.
- Other: The Zero G is versatile enough that I use it with a number of different boots depending on the conditions and objective. My main boot for the ski is the Dynafit Hoji Pro Tour, but I have paired the ski with the Tecnica Zero G Guide for more aggressive skiing, the Scarpa F1 for long days, and even the Dynafit TLT8 Carbonio for moving fast with mellow skiing.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Park: I’ve never taken the Zero G to the park or even skied them inbounds, but due to their lightweight construction they can be a little unpredictable in the air.
- Durability: I’ve managed to put a few deeper scratches in the top sheet, but it’s worth noting that I treat all my skis like rock skis.
- Other: When I was mounting these I had one screw that was a spinner. I ended up helicoiling that toe piece, but the rest of the screws were installed normally. I have had no issues since.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite moment on the Zero G 105 was doing some night skiing with my main partner. Our schedules rarely align, and I was doing more skiing by headlamp than during daylight at the time, so we were just excited to get out together. It turned out to be one of the coldest days of the season, and we didn’t start until well after sunset. Conditions were great, but it quickly got to the point that we were in all our emergency layers trying to stay warm on the uphill and had to call it earlier than expected and actually found an open bar as we made it back that was still serving pizza.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Zero G 108 isn’t a cheap ski, but it has a lot of value for the money. It has held up well to abuse, but a lot of its value comes from its versatility. It’s an everyday ski that skis powder well enough that I wouldn’t need a powder ski, and is light enough that I wouldn’t have to have a mountaineering ski.
The Zero G 105 is the perfect dedicated backcountry ski. It’s incredibly light for its size, it can charge when I want it to, and it’s an awesome size and shape for Colorado backcountry conditions.