I normally would never take a new pair of touring boots for a long BC ski/tour without fitting foot beds/molding, and at least some short tours to make sure they weren't going to destroy my feet, I agreed to do a spring ski on a local peak and didn't expect much snow lower on the mountain so I figured it would be mostly hiking skis to the snow line with a short skin/boot pack to the top. I was wrong. The trip ended up being 10 miles, 4k vert, 75%skining, 15% bushwhack ski carry, and 10% boot pack (rock and snow). I was amazed to see I had no blisters at the end of the day and the boot skied great!
- Fit: Medium volume overall, with a very narrow heel. I have normal feet with somewhat high arches. I think I will end up putting thinner boot beds with arch support, and baking the liners to give just a bit more room in the heels.
-Sole: rockered vibram sole is great and gave plenty of traction on logs, rocks, and were pretty good hiking around too.
-Walk mech: The walk mech is awesome!!
- Skiing: I really like the way they skied. I thought they had a pretty progressive flex, and I liked the shorter cuff (compared to my last boot which had a taller cuff that required a more up-right stance or to be aggressive all the time).
I'm glad you were able to really put your Zero G's through the ringer! Sounds like they came out the other side with high marks, and provided for a pretty rad ski tour. If you need to be outfitted with anymore gear to get you through the season, you know who to turn to!
I considered the stiffer orange model, but with only 10 difference in the rating, I chose these and have no regrets, I’m even wearing them at the resort now too!