Tyler Christoff is one of our favorite ski testers. He was on Denali with us in 2010 and skied from the summit.
Editor’s note from Lou: Last season, we liked the idea of Tecnica’s effort in their Zero G Guide Pro overlap cuff ski touring boot. Only we felt the boot to be a sophomore effort lacking in enough cuff travel to qualify as a “real” touring shoe, as well as being a bit on the heavy side in term of our expectations. We got some grief for our take from various Tecnica hyper-fans. It appears we also got to be right. This year’s version of the boot (available fall of 2018) has a vastly improved cuff flex range, a clearly better lean lock, drops the two piece swap sole (adds complexity and expense, doesn’t cover middle of boot sole), is lighter, and overall appears finished in terms of being something more than a nice yellow downhill boot with a lean lock and some rubber on the toe and heel. Our only real gripe is the awkward 4-word name, which we’ll play around with shortening so we don’t damage our wrist tendons. Below, one of our best gear testers takes the Zero Pro out for a spin. Looks like we have a winner.