Blizzard Zero G 95 2019 – 2020 Ski | Review

Lightweight, yet powerful – the Blizzard Zero G 95 is one for the big ski touring missions

Lengths (cm): 164, 171, 178 & 185
Sidecut (mm): 127 / 95 / 127 (178 cm)
Radius: 23m (178 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1250g (178 cm)
Price: £660


Why we chose the Blizzard Zero G 95: Extremely lightweight planks with minimal performance penalty.

Take a look at the planks strapped onto the packs of Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison during their ascent of the Lhotse Couloir on the north east face of Lhotse – the world’s fourth highest mountain – and you’ll see a pair of Blizzard Zero G 95.

It goes without saying that the first descent of Lhotse – made by Jim and Hilaree – was one of the finest ski mountaineering descents of the decade and the duo made sure they had some of the most solid ski mountaineering skis strapped to their feet.

“The duo made sure they had some of the most solid ski mountaineering skis strapped to their feet”

Windslab, ice, and powder were all encountered during their descent and it wouldn’t be an understatement to say that any equipment failure could’ve had fatal consequences. So, what exactly has the Blizzard Zero G 95 got that made Hilaree and Jim reach for it as their tool to complete such a huge descent?

When the Zero G was first released back in 2015, the skis made an instant impression because of the way it combined a lack of weight with an ability to provide a surprisingly smooth ride. With this newly updated range of Zero G skis for 2020, Blizzard has continued to strip weight down, while preserving the same downhill edge they’ve come to be known for.

The weight (or lack of) in the Zero G 95 is a pretty big factor in why we chose the ski to be featured within our Backcountry Ski Guide. 1250 grams, after all, is very much pushing it into lycra-clad skimo racer territory.

This is an extremely impressive figure given the fantastic downhill characteristics this ski possesses. Whilst it’s no Cadillac when the going gets bumpy, the Zero G construction has managed to avoid some of the pitfalls that carbon constructed lightweight skis usually create – chatter.

“This is an extremely impressive figure given the fantastic downhill characteristics this ski possesses”

How do they achieve such a sought-after mix of weight and smoothness? That’ll be the updated “Carbon Drive 2.0” build, which makes use of unidirectional carbon fibre.

It’s this full layer of unidirectional carbon fibre that stretches from the tips down to the tails, giving you that all-important power transfer underfoot as you drive the skis through the tips.

New for 2020, Blizzard have slightly reduced the amount of carbon fibre in the tip and tails in an effort to make this ski a little more playful and pivotable in tight areas – such as steep couloirs.

Carbon Drive gives the ski power, without too much of a weight penalty

Yes, it may seem like an extremely specific ski and there are some slightly better all-rounders out there to look at if you’re looking for a single ski quiver – the Faction Agent 2.0 comes to mind. But what you’ve got in the Blizzard Zero G 95 is a real weapon in terms of its power-to-weight ratio, and one that’s hard to beat in its category.

You’re going to be reaching for the Zero G 95 on those days when it hasn’t snowed for a few days and you’re in need of a bit of bite into what has now become some heavily recycled snow. This ski performs fantastic on steep/tight terrain, where the low weight (and low swing-weight) create the ideal platform to launch some quick jump turns.

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