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Gara HV

5 Stars

Gara HV

Designed for
All-mountain
Feel
Aggressive
Liner Volume
High

Designed for the all mountain skier seeking performance, the Gara HV (high volume) ski boot liners offer uncompromising edge control, with an engaging forward leaning design, keeping you balanced through bumps, steeps, powder, and chunder. Recognized as Best of 2021/2022 by Blister Magazine, the award winning Gara is the signature liner in our fleet and is now offered in low volume and high volume models to accommodate more skiers.

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€375
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Returns and refunds will be granted as long as the liners show no more than 5 days of use. See our Return Policy.

Product details

The interior is stitched with comfortable neoprene that offers just the right amount of padding and is easy to slide on or slip off. Gara HV ski boot liners properly position your foot so that your toes have wiggle room and stay warm thanks to a neoprene toe box insulated with Thinsulate and merino wool. A moderately stiff cuff makes the Gara our most versatile liner, capable of performing in any terrain on the mountain.

Fit considerations

The Gara HV liner is pre-packed with the most OMFit self-molding cork composite, specifically designed for higher volume performance boots and lower volume feet. While the Gara HV comes pre-packed with more cork, skiers can still add more cork to the tongue or ankle pockets to dial in their perfect fit. If the Gara HV has too much volume for your ski boot shells, consider the Gara LV model.

Intended use

All mountain, freeride, carving

Tech features

Laces and power strap

Designed to keep your heel and midfoot in place, the lacing system and power strap align your foot within the liner.

Neoprene toe box

A flexible toe box conforms to your forefoot, regardless of the width. With your foot secure in place, this toe box design allows for toe movement, keeping your feet warm.

Merino wool and Thinsulate

ZipFit toe boxes are insulated with Thinsulate and real merino wool, keeping your toes warmer while still promoting breathability.

Adjustable cork pouches

Three cork pouches in each liner (located behind the top of the tongue and on either side of the instep) allow you to adjust the cork fill to dial in your perfect fit.

Neoprene lining

3mm neoprene lines the interior of this ZipFit, adding a nice element of cushioning without sacrificing the performance of your fit.

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Reviews of the Gara HV

17 reviews with an average star rating of 4.94

5 Stars

Great comfort. Did not use boot heaters all winter. Held my heel in place.

Mark Reynolds
4 months ago
5 Stars

I'm in a 26.5 FTO shell + 26.5 ZF and longest foot measures 276mm I could write a short novel on how I ended up in ZipFits but I'll make a long story short: I'm a fool for not purchasing a pair ages ago. ZF's allow me to ski a less than 10mm shellfit all day, every day (I wish), comfortably. Any other liner in my 26 shell and both big toes are bruised badly and the left surely loses the nail. This speaks to how firmly the ZF holds your foot/ankle in the shell: it does not move. They are heavy (compared to foam). They are cold. That is also on me as my extremities do run very cold, but compared to a hugely popular foam liner, they are cold. They can be a bear to get into your overlap shell and it takes some use/practice to get a process down. It took quite a few ski days to get the instep aspect dialed in, both in terms of the OMFit placement in the tongue and how tightly I did up my instep buckle. I have a high instep and a moldable foam liner easily accommodated for that from the start. I wish I could give 4.5 stars but a whole star off for the lower eyelets + round laces did not seem warranted. I found I would get pressure points from the stock laces at those eyelets. I simply removed the lace routing from those eyelets to solve that issue. I later replaced those stock round laces with some old flat cotton hockey skate laces: now I can use the lower eyelets and no pressure points on lower instep. I assume the metal eyelets are a cost saving measure over the sewn in lace loops on earlier versions of ZF liners. Clearly the metal eyelets can work, but the sewn in lace loops were ideal.

Jason Tardiff
4 months ago
5 Stars

After 60 years of skiing, I have finally found the perfect boot liner; the Gara HV gives all support (and warmth) I need. I really like that I can "re-model" my liners when I come back after a summer out of ski boots; the possibility of adding, subtracting and moving cork around is priceless

Ole Retlev
4 months ago
5 Stars

So glad to get rid of my Intuitions after all these years. The majority of my patrol who are not in them got them last season. Make sure you have a source for cork. I put a ridiculus amount of cork even with this liner selected by Zifit staff. Also, gorrilla tape the seams as they tend to fray quickly.

Arvin Cheng
4 months ago
5 Stars

I have narrow feet and ski a Head Raptor 140RS. They're the narrowest commercial boots on the market. Yes, I could ski a race boot, but I don't want to deal with the discomfort. In a 28.5, the boot is 100mm wide. Ideally, if the boot was 99mm wide, it would be a perfect fit. My Zipfits help take up the extra space AND provide me with a greater level of comfort and control than I can experience with stock liners. I can't imagine skiing without these liners because they make a HUGE difference in my experience in that I'm a better skier with them, than I am while skiing the stock liners. Stock liners pack out. These do not. And having the ability to inject more omnifit to dial in my fit, is a game changer. I'd pay double for them! That's how incredible these have been for me.

William Bly
4 months ago
5 Stars

These liners deliver incredible boot fit and ankle hold. And they’re warm and comfortable, once they’re molded. The cork composite and neoprene toe box construction is hands-down the best boot liner construction I’ve ever experienced. It’s worth noting that Zipfit isn’t kidding when they say it takes 12 - 15 hours of skiing to get the cork fully molded. I heat molded my liners, which produced a decent fit and removed any crazy pressure points. But it took a handful of ski days to really dial in the fit and relieve smaller hotspots. Additionally, I had to replace my insoles and completely reconfigure my buckle adjustments because this liner fills out my boots so much better than my old liners. These liners also stiffened up my boots a touch and made the cuff rebound a little more responsive. I’ve only had these for a few months. So I can’t speak to the long-term durability. But they’re incredibly comfortable, firm fitting, and deliver really solid performance. Two thumbs up!

James Miller
8 months ago
5 Stars

This season I put the Gara HV into the Salomon Shift Pro 130 boots that I am riding for the second season and they helped me unlock another level of performance and enjoyment while skiing. I have slim ankles and heels and have had trouble getting adequate heel lock in a boot that tours well. The Gara HV totally solved that. The neoprene toe box gives awesome articulation and breathability for touring while adding some cork a few times throughout the season has kept my heel right where I want it on the downhill. I've never felt more comfortable or capable in my boots. I paired the new liners with some new cork insoles and am stoked to see the durability of the whole setup over the old foam alternatives. I'm so happy I'll be rocking these liners (literally this same pair) for years to come!

Connor Ryan
9 months ago
5 Stars

At 62 I have almost 60 years in ski boots. I think I have had just about every "new" boot design on my feet at one time or the other. A competitive ski racer turned freestyle competitor I spent hours with a boot fitter trying to find the "magic" fit that would provide performance and some level of comfort. Well that honestly just did not happen. I have narrow ankles and a wide forefoot. In addition large bone spurs on both feet and major toes that to this day cringe at any "toe bang" due to "race fit" boots. I recently replaced my 2010 Dalbello Krypton pro's with 2021 Krypton 130's thinking I would get the same great fit. Unfortunately the new intuition liners are a far cry from the older ones and they provided none of the fit I had come to enjoy. Upon consultation with the team at Powder 7 they recommended I try Zipfit. I was very skeptical at first both from a price standpoint and a design standpoint. I have skied in intuition wrap liners for over 10 years and didn't know how the tongue style would work with my cabrio design Dalbello's. Initially I purchased the Freeride Neo high volume. After skiing 3 days I was not happy with the space and feel at the top of the liner due to my thin and high calves and desire for something stiffer. Jeff at ZipFit suggested the Gara HV and he exchanged them without hesitation. The Gara HV liner is the bomb! It fit my calf area perfectly and with the stiffer cuff fit my skiing style perfectly. The large toe box is super warm and the tongue and ankle hold is awesome. Best of all I am skiing better with the liners! The liners are handmade with such quality control it is like purchasing a new pair of ski boots. They were easy for me to fit and they are very easy to tweet with additional cork. That might be the best part. I can fit the liners myself at home without having to spend time with a boot fitter (if you can even find a good one). I look at the investment this way. The liners are the MOST important aspect of the boot fit and the performance out of the boot. Fit is THE most important aspect to skiing performance and comfort. I highly recommend the product and I can't say enough about Jeff and ZipFit for their customer service. These liners will far outlast the shells and the best part is I will always know that I will have the same great fit regardless of what shell I am currently in. 5 stars!!!

Ted Beyer
9 months ago
5 Stars

I've been skiing for 45 years and am something of an equipment junkie with more skis than I should admit to. My ZipFit liners are unquestionably my single favorite piece of equipment and the only one that I will never again do without. Generally performance and comfort are opposing concepts but my Gara liners are a huge performance benefit while also being more comfortable than my stock liners.

Michael Kantor
9 months ago
5 Stars

After 40-50 days in my boot's stock liners, the lack of performance was becoming pretty alarming. I looked at options including adding external padding, intuition liners and foams before deciding on Zipfits. I chose Zipfit for the long lifespan, ability to remould them if I moved to a different boot and horror stories of foams going badly wrong. I couldn't be happier! Immediately the hold was a massive step up and the control and comfort only got better over the first weeks using them. I think for anybody who will ski enough to put a significant number of days on their liners, upgrading to Zipfits is a great way to go.

Matt Parker
9 months ago
5 Stars

Bought a pair of Gara HVs to fit into my Atomic Hawx Ultra 130 S GW. There is no going back after trying these. Truly fantastic. All day comfort and the control you get is unparalleled.

Ernesto de Losada
9 months ago
5 Stars

Couldn't be happier. I'm a hardboot snowboarder and heel-lift is the bane of our existence. These liners keep you LOCKED DOWN. Went through all the usual situations that cause heel-lift- and NOPE, none. Chris and Jeff got me set up quickly and were super helpful. Fit is great, instant energy transmission through the cuffs, yet not overly stiff. I've tried all the other brands and they don't even come close to the total package these are.

Aaron
last year
5 Stars

What's amazing about the Gara HV liners is that for the first time in a long time I have FULL contact between every square inch of each foot/lower leg-every recess/every bony prominence with the liners and Dynafit shells. This fit evolved in the first few hours of skiing and feels like what a really good foam injection procedure felt like years ago. It's no secret that we're skiing rock-hard groom here in Breckenridge right now. The edge-to-edge advantage in the Gara's is hard to ignore. We're also ski-compacting some of our avalanche terrain which involves lots of kick-turns and breaking up windslab snow. The feeling of having my flat/wide SoCal skateboard feet totally locked in with no pressure points is one I haven't felt since these boots were noew...and even then. Hauling a 250-pound knee patient over a thousand vertical feet on skied-off groom was the ultimate test for the Gara HV's. Passing with flying colors. Its actually really fun to be Patroller again.

Matt Krane
last year
5 Stars

Love em!! My 2nd pair

Kelli S.
last year
4 Stars

Been skiing in em for 10 days or so and so far they're bomber and hold my feet tight and right where I want. 5th start will come after 100, 200, 300+ days when I can truly see what the hype is all about. Friggen stoked so far tho!

Jan P.
last year
5 Stars

I ski in a Lange 130 RS, wide, and could not get that 125% fit and ordered the new Gara HV (high volume) and oh, what a relief it is... That 'high volume' has made an amazing difference. I have skied since the middle of last century and fall into the category of "Grooomer Boomer" and the ZipFit is absolutely the best, most comfortable, supportive inner boot I ever skied in. That everchanging, moldable cork really makes the difference... (Had I known, I would have started saving my wine corks a long time ago...).

Ole R.
last year
5 Stars

I've skied for 28 years and have always been averse to gimmicks in ski gear/technology. Zips aren't a gimmick. These liners are just an entirely different level of performance. Now when I think about it, it's crazy to think that we all have skied in foam liners for so long. Zipfits are a proper boot - made with leather, clearly designed around the shape of a foot and a leg, and built with quality and care. I look at old foam liners now, they're not that different from the foam liner in my Sorel winter boots - they're pathetic. I'm more than satisfied with the quality of these liners based on the comfort and performance alone- if I can get half as many days as some other Zipfit users, I'll be over the moon. I ski this liner in a Fischer Curv 130

Jeffrey C.
last year
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What’s better - leather or neoprene?

It all comes down to user preference.

Are you willing to lace up your liners and step into your shells before every use? Our leather lined ZipFits require this move, while our neoprene lined ZipFits are easier to step into. If your answer is “no way” – we suggest the neoprene ZipFits.

Leather offers a true to form fit meaning your ankles and shinbone will imprint into the leather, securing your lower leg and foot to the ultimate degree.

Neoprene has more natural cushioning, so while you can still get an excellent fit, they have a more forgiving feel when skiing.

Both interior liners can last a LONG TIME with proper care. While we think of leather as more durable, we know of a pair of neoprene liners with 1500 ski days.

For precision fit and performance, the leather has a slight advantage.

For ease of use and all mountain comfort, the neoprene has a slight edge.

Should you take your liners out of your ski boots?

Ski boot liners will dry better if removed from the shells, but what about the wear and tear of removing the liners and then stepping back into the shells? We recommend removing your ZipFits from the shell after skiing to unlace them and let them dry and then using the Ski Boot Horn to assist in stepping back into your shells. The Ski Boot Horn dramatically reduces the wear on the backs of your liners and by lacing your liners up prior to stepping into your boots will ensure that your foot is properly positioned.

Can I add boot heaters to my ZipFits?

Certainly, but take note that if you make an incision in your liners for boot heaters, that will void your 30 day money back guarantee. We recommend skiing in your liners for a week or so to ensure they are the right size and model before you add boot heaters. Additionally, heated socks perform well and don’t require altering your liners. 

Are there any return exclusions?

Yes, if you alter your liners or make any incisions to them in the first 30 days, it will void your return policy.

How should I care for my ZipFits?

Great question, we built out an entire Care and Repair section to help our customers keep their ZipFits skiing longer.

Will I be charged for a replacement item?

If there is a difference in price of an item, you will be asked to pay the difference or receive the appropriate refund. ZipFit offers free shipping to the customer on our orders over $100, if there is a return, the customer is responsible for paying for return shipping.

How can I track my orders and payment?

When you place an order, you will receive a confirmation email followed by another email when the product ships. This email will contain tracking information. If you can only receive USPS at your address, please leave a note in your product order.