Why we chose the Tecnica Zero G Peak: Lightweight, efficient, downhill-capable
Flex: Not stated
Cuff Range: 75°
Forward Lean: 13 & 15°
Binding Compatibility: Tech bindings only
Weight (per boot): 980g (26.5)
Salomon’s got the MTN Summit, Dabello has the Quantum Evo range and now, Tecnica has crafted this masterpiece of a boot: the Zero G Peak. 2022 certainly is the year for the downhill capable 1,000 gram (and, in this case, sub-1,000 gram) ski touring boot with many of the usually alpine-specific boot brands pouring their vast R&D resources into this quickly expanding ski mountaineering category.
So this is the new Zero G Peak. It comes in two different versions, the Zero G Peak Carbon and standard Zero G Peak. The difference between the two, as the name suggests, is the use of carbon in the cuff and an additional Recco reflector for the carbon version. We’ve got hold of the standard Zero G Peak, so let’s take a look at how Tecnica managed to get this downhill capable touring boot down to that 980 gram sweet spot.
Tecnica Zero G Peak Build
As mentioned, this standard Zero G Peak shuns the use of a carbon cuff in favour of a slightly more traditional Grilamid plastic that’s been co-injected with carbon. This blend of plastic and carbon allowed Tecnica to keep a good balance of smoothness from the plastics and low weight responsiveness from the carbon.
The lower is made up from this same carbon / Grilamid blend (in both the standard and carbon versions) and is beefed up with what Tecnica calls their ‘Power Frame Construction’. This is essentially a frame of extra co-injected plastics that runs in strategic places to provide both power and support where it’s needed. In the lower, the frame runs up towards the pivot points and back around the heel while on the cuff the frame goes above the achilles and wraps around the other side.