The POWDER staff is attending SIA in Denver this week—the snow sports industry’s biggest trade show, where we are getting a first look at the best gear for skiers. For more reviews and first looks at new gear, go here.
Lady shredders who ski hard often opt for a men's touring boot for the extra stiffness, sacrificing other women's-specific fit details in favor of power. As more manufactures get on board the backcountry train, the bar gets pushed higher and higher and high-performance women's gear starts popping up, like the Tecnica Zero G Guide Pro W. This four-buckle, overlap women's touring boot was built for charging. With a 115-flex it's the stiffest women's touring boot in Tecnica's 17/18 lineup, joining the 105-flex women's model (and men's 110- and 130-flex models) in the current line. The CAS (custom adaptable shape) shell is anatomically shaped with small dimples in common problem areas that make it easier for boot fitters to work on, helping ensure fit is dialed. At just over 3.5-pounds (in a 26.5), the Zero G is light enough to keep you hauling uphill, but stout enough to be powerful on the downhill.