60 pippa.io <![CDATA[The Blister Podcast]]> http://blistergearreview.com en © 2016 Blister Review. All rights reserved Blister Review yes Blister Review info+5a305be5d97c54ea788d100b@pippa.io http://assets.pippa.io/shows/5a305be5d97c54ea788d100b/show-cover.png http://blistergearreview.com <![CDATA[The Blister Podcast]]> https://feed.pippa.io/public/shows/blisterpodcast <![CDATA[Rethink Everything: Renoun founder, Cyrus Schenck (Ep.67)]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:04:34 GMT 1:00:00 5a8faf1c5e562b510c97522f yes full Cyrus Schenck is the founder of the company, Renoun, and a ski designer with an award-winning technology that's used by no other ski manufacturer in the world. Cyrus is thinking big. And definitely outside of the box. And definitely not just about skis.

So we talk to Cyrus about building skis with non-Newtonian polymers, and everything else he's working on — both inside and outside the world of skiing.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Cyrus’ background (2:50)
  • Starting Renoun & working with “Non-Newtonian Polymers” (6:25)
  • So what is the on-snow advantage of using “HDT” in a ski? (16:14)
  • How does HDT work? (18:23)
  • If HDT is so great, why don’t more companies use it? (34:11)
  • Other applications for HDT - like NBA flooring?? (36:03)
  • Why expanding into other industries could be great for skiing (39:36)
  • Who is “Renoun” — you and who else? (41:49)
  • Renoun’s current ski lineup (42:16)
  • Renoun’s new ski - The Citadel - with carbon + HDT (45:16)
  • Why Renoun’s 100-Day Guarantee is the smartest thing any indie could offer (49:14)
  • What’s the best question I haven’t asked you? (53:54)
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Cyrus Schenck is the founder of the company, Renoun, and a ski designer with an award-winning technology that's used by no other ski manufacturer in the world. Cyrus is thinking big. And definitely outside of the box. And definitely not just about skis.

So we talk to Cyrus about building skis with non-Newtonian polymers, and everything else he's working on — both inside and outside the world of skiing.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Cyrus’ background (2:50)
  • Starting Renoun & working with “Non-Newtonian Polymers” (6:25)
  • So what is the on-snow advantage of using “HDT” in a ski? (16:14)
  • How does HDT work? (18:23)
  • If HDT is so great, why don’t more companies use it? (34:11)
  • Other applications for HDT - like NBA flooring?? (36:03)
  • Why expanding into other industries could be great for skiing (39:36)
  • Who is “Renoun” — you and who else? (41:49)
  • Renoun’s current ski lineup (42:16)
  • Renoun’s new ski - The Citadel - with carbon + HDT (45:16)
  • Why Renoun’s 100-Day Guarantee is the smartest thing any indie could offer (49:14)
  • What’s the best question I haven’t asked you? (53:54)
]]>
<![CDATA[Greg Hill & Chris Rubens' Electric Adventures (Ep.66)]]> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 20:47:01 GMT 35:39 5a721d351cd38de27451511e no full This week we're talking to Greg Hill and Chris Rubens. Greg is probably best known for his feats in ski touring, including his accomplishment in 2010 of skiing 2 million vertical feet in a year. And Chris Rubens is probably best known for being dumb enough to try to keep up with Greg.

We sat down with Greg and Chris in Denver to talk about how the two became the unofficial power couple of Revelstoke, and to learn more about the logistics of their latest Electric Adventure which took them from Revy to Colorado in an electric car for a screening of their new film, The Curve of Time.

Greg and Chris talk about what inspired the film, how it embodies both their love of the outdoors and their continued efforts to consider the impact that each of us is having on the environment — and what we might do about that. So I really hope their new film and our conversation here stimulate some new thoughts that get each of us to take some new actions.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • When did you guys meet? (2:10)
  • Greg’s background & trajectory (5:35)
  • How long have you guys been adventuring together? (8:45)
  • The Salomon film, Guilt Trip (11:12)
  • Chris & Gregs' Electric Adventures - the logistics of journeying in various electric cars (15:25)
  • Recognizing our footprints, taking steps to reduce it (22:38)
  • Taking action & the charges of hypocrisy (26:08)
  • The new film by Jordan Manley, The Curve of Time (30:45)
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This week we're talking to Greg Hill and Chris Rubens. Greg is probably best known for his feats in ski touring, including his accomplishment in 2010 of skiing 2 million vertical feet in a year. And Chris Rubens is probably best known for being dumb enough to try to keep up with Greg.

We sat down with Greg and Chris in Denver to talk about how the two became the unofficial power couple of Revelstoke, and to learn more about the logistics of their latest Electric Adventure which took them from Revy to Colorado in an electric car for a screening of their new film, The Curve of Time.

Greg and Chris talk about what inspired the film, how it embodies both their love of the outdoors and their continued efforts to consider the impact that each of us is having on the environment — and what we might do about that. So I really hope their new film and our conversation here stimulate some new thoughts that get each of us to take some new actions.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • When did you guys meet? (2:10)
  • Greg’s background & trajectory (5:35)
  • How long have you guys been adventuring together? (8:45)
  • The Salomon film, Guilt Trip (11:12)
  • Chris & Gregs' Electric Adventures - the logistics of journeying in various electric cars (15:25)
  • Recognizing our footprints, taking steps to reduce it (22:38)
  • Taking action & the charges of hypocrisy (26:08)
  • The new film by Jordan Manley, The Curve of Time (30:45)
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<![CDATA[New York Times sportswriter, Karen Crouse (Ep.65)]]> Thu, 25 Jan 2018 01:55:37 GMT 59:06 5a69021a35417d651cecc98b no full Today we’re talking with New York Times sportswriter, Karen Crouse, about her new book, Norwich.

Norwich is a tiny town in Vermont that has produced eleven Olympians, and Karen’s extremely well-written book looks into how it is that this little town has managed to produce so many successful athletes.

But Karen is also exploring far bigger, universal questions about the relationship of athletic achievement and personal well-being, and really, I think her book Norwich is best understood as a blueprint for how to raise and train athletes to be more than mere medal-winning machines. Norwich is a book about community, about parenting, and how to go about helping kids become fully-developed people who are well positioned to lead happy, healthy lives.

Karen and I also discuss the current state of the Olympic Games, since Karen has been to and has covered a bunch of them and will be at the Olympics again next month, and she and I talk about how her time spent with all-time achievers like Michael Phelps and Tiger Woods has informed her thoughts on the price of greatness.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • How do you sum up what this book is about? (1:55)
  • How do you view the state of the Olympics today? (4:17)
  • Some of the principles of Norwich that are worth emulating / cultivating (8:51)
  • Takeaways from the experience of Olympic moguls skier, Hannah Kearney (13:53)
  • Ford Sayre & Norwich’s culture of volunteering (23:38)
  • Replicating elsewhere the connection between Dartmouth College & Norwich (28:09)
  • Praising Effort vs. Praising Results (31:07)
  • Cultivating Happiness, Cultivating Greatness (on Michael Phelps, Tiger Woods, & Hannah Kearney) (34:04)
  • Placing the Person before the Performer - shifting our priorities (51:14)

Connect with Karen on Twitter at: @bykaren

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Today we’re talking with New York Times sportswriter, Karen Crouse, about her new book, Norwich.

Norwich is a tiny town in Vermont that has produced eleven Olympians, and Karen’s extremely well-written book looks into how it is that this little town has managed to produce so many successful athletes.

But Karen is also exploring far bigger, universal questions about the relationship of athletic achievement and personal well-being, and really, I think her book Norwich is best understood as a blueprint for how to raise and train athletes to be more than mere medal-winning machines. Norwich is a book about community, about parenting, and how to go about helping kids become fully-developed people who are well positioned to lead happy, healthy lives.

Karen and I also discuss the current state of the Olympic Games, since Karen has been to and has covered a bunch of them and will be at the Olympics again next month, and she and I talk about how her time spent with all-time achievers like Michael Phelps and Tiger Woods has informed her thoughts on the price of greatness.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • How do you sum up what this book is about? (1:55)
  • How do you view the state of the Olympics today? (4:17)
  • Some of the principles of Norwich that are worth emulating / cultivating (8:51)
  • Takeaways from the experience of Olympic moguls skier, Hannah Kearney (13:53)
  • Ford Sayre & Norwich’s culture of volunteering (23:38)
  • Replicating elsewhere the connection between Dartmouth College & Norwich (28:09)
  • Praising Effort vs. Praising Results (31:07)
  • Cultivating Happiness, Cultivating Greatness (on Michael Phelps, Tiger Woods, & Hannah Kearney) (34:04)
  • Placing the Person before the Performer - shifting our priorities (51:14)

Connect with Karen on Twitter at: @bykaren

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<![CDATA[Black Crows Skis - Camille Jaccoux & Julien Regnier (Ep.64)]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:03:41 GMT 48:47 5a619e59d1a9c2d8128140cd no full Black Crows is one of the hottest brands in the entire ski world, and today we’re talking with their co-founder, Camille Jaccoux, and head ski designer, Julien Regnier, about the origins and design principles of the brand, a few of the important skis in the history of the company, and what's next.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • When did Black Crows start, and talk a bit about what was going on at the time in skiing? (2:58)
  • When & how Julien and Camille met (9:17)
  • Chamonix’s particular impact on the company and the skis they were making (12:29)
  • The 1st Black Crows ski: the Corvus (13:30)
  • The 2nd Black Crows ski: the Navis (14:45)
  • The origin of the Black Crows name & the Black Crows logo (16:00)
  • If someone were to ask, “What do Black Crows skis ski like?”, what would your answer be? (22:03)
  • Julien on the new-for-this-season Black Crows Daemon (23:25)
  • Which are your personal favorite skis in the lineup? (29:35)
  • Outside of the ski world, what areas of design are you interested in? (34:10)
  • Julien on the Japanese architect, Tadao Ando (34:55)
  • Camille on the designer, Yorgo Tloupas (36:30)
  • On the move from making only skis to making other hardgoods, and now, Black Crows apparel (41:10)
]]>
Black Crows is one of the hottest brands in the entire ski world, and today we’re talking with their co-founder, Camille Jaccoux, and head ski designer, Julien Regnier, about the origins and design principles of the brand, a few of the important skis in the history of the company, and what's next.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • When did Black Crows start, and talk a bit about what was going on at the time in skiing? (2:58)
  • When & how Julien and Camille met (9:17)
  • Chamonix’s particular impact on the company and the skis they were making (12:29)
  • The 1st Black Crows ski: the Corvus (13:30)
  • The 2nd Black Crows ski: the Navis (14:45)
  • The origin of the Black Crows name & the Black Crows logo (16:00)
  • If someone were to ask, “What do Black Crows skis ski like?”, what would your answer be? (22:03)
  • Julien on the new-for-this-season Black Crows Daemon (23:25)
  • Which are your personal favorite skis in the lineup? (29:35)
  • Outside of the ski world, what areas of design are you interested in? (34:10)
  • Julien on the Japanese architect, Tadao Ando (34:55)
  • Camille on the designer, Yorgo Tloupas (36:30)
  • On the move from making only skis to making other hardgoods, and now, Black Crows apparel (41:10)
]]>
<![CDATA[Matt Manser, Atomic Ski Boots (Ep.63)]]> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:51:38 GMT 1:24:55 5a58e9b937fcf95b548799c8 no full So how does a kid from a little town in New York end up becoming a global product manager at one of the largest ski and boot manufacturers in the world, and living in Austria? And why does he believe that studying philosophy in college and in grad school turned out to be the ideal preparation for his day-to-day responsibilities at Atomic?

We’re talking to Matt Manser about his background, his studies in philosophy, his experience as a bootfitter, and the design decisions that go into the creation of every ski boot he works on, including the current Atomic Hawx Ultra and Hawx Ultra XTD.

Matt and I cover a lot of topics, so if you want to dip in and out of our conversation, check the show notes on the website or on your phone to see a list of the topics and times.

Also, if you’d like to ask Matt a question or give him some feedback, you can hit him up on instagram at: @onenerdykid — and if he isn’t too busy playing video games or reading Aristotle, you will probably get a reply back pretty quickly.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Where do you currently live, and what is your title at Atomic? (1:35)
  • Background: where did you grow up & when did you start skiing? (4:13)
  • College: discovering philosophy (9:03)
  • Why study philosophy & logic? (11:48)
  • Philosophy, bootfitting, and bootfitting for Doug Coombs and other athletes (23:40)
  • Matt’s job: taking a boot from concept to finished product (36:42)
  • What do you consider to be the three main aspects of making a great ski boot? (39:51)
  • Managing the different expectations of skiers in different parts of the world (44:26)
  • Trivia Question: Guess which company sells the most World Cup race boots? (47:23)
  • On the Atomic Hawx Ultra — developing a lightweight alpine boot (51:45)
  • Why it’s so difficult to build lightweight ski boots with a progressive flex (55:10)
  • Marcel Hirscher: what it's like working with one of the greatest ski racers of all time (1:06:26)
  • On the different intentions behind the Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 120 vs. XTD 130 (1:11:33)
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So how does a kid from a little town in New York end up becoming a global product manager at one of the largest ski and boot manufacturers in the world, and living in Austria? And why does he believe that studying philosophy in college and in grad school turned out to be the ideal preparation for his day-to-day responsibilities at Atomic?

We’re talking to Matt Manser about his background, his studies in philosophy, his experience as a bootfitter, and the design decisions that go into the creation of every ski boot he works on, including the current Atomic Hawx Ultra and Hawx Ultra XTD.

Matt and I cover a lot of topics, so if you want to dip in and out of our conversation, check the show notes on the website or on your phone to see a list of the topics and times.

Also, if you’d like to ask Matt a question or give him some feedback, you can hit him up on instagram at: @onenerdykid — and if he isn’t too busy playing video games or reading Aristotle, you will probably get a reply back pretty quickly.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Where do you currently live, and what is your title at Atomic? (1:35)
  • Background: where did you grow up & when did you start skiing? (4:13)
  • College: discovering philosophy (9:03)
  • Why study philosophy & logic? (11:48)
  • Philosophy, bootfitting, and bootfitting for Doug Coombs and other athletes (23:40)
  • Matt’s job: taking a boot from concept to finished product (36:42)
  • What do you consider to be the three main aspects of making a great ski boot? (39:51)
  • Managing the different expectations of skiers in different parts of the world (44:26)
  • Trivia Question: Guess which company sells the most World Cup race boots? (47:23)
  • On the Atomic Hawx Ultra — developing a lightweight alpine boot (51:45)
  • Why it’s so difficult to build lightweight ski boots with a progressive flex (55:10)
  • Marcel Hirscher: what it's like working with one of the greatest ski racers of all time (1:06:26)
  • On the different intentions behind the Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 120 vs. XTD 130 (1:11:33)
]]>
<![CDATA[Backcountry Travel & Wilderness Medicine (Ep.62)]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:06:03 GMT 1:02:28 no full What items should you be carrying with you, and what do you need to know before venturing out into the backcountry in the first place? We're discussing these critical topics of backcountry travel and wilderness medicine with blister reviewer, AWLS instructor, and physician Paul Forward — and giving a status update on Jonathan Ellsworth, after his own backcountry accident this past summer.

TOPICS & TIMES

  • Update on Jonathan’s status (3:24)
  • What should people have, studied before venturing out into the backcountry? (8:56)
  • Two-Way Radios (12:03)
  • How to improve your radio signal in the backcountry (17:02)
  • Minimizing interference with your beacon (17:44)
  • DeLorme / Garmin In-Reach (21:58)
  • Satellite Phones (26:29)
  • First Aid Kit, and what Paul himself carries (28:37)
  • How to evacuate someone / Creating a makeshift sled (39:24)
  • Various Types of Wilderness Education Courses (46:06)
  • The course Paul is teaching this coming February — AWLS + Heli-Skiing (51:38)
]]>
What items should you be carrying with you, and what do you need to know before venturing out into the backcountry in the first place? We're discussing these critical topics of backcountry travel and wilderness medicine with blister reviewer, AWLS instructor, and physician Paul Forward — and giving a status update on Jonathan Ellsworth, after his own backcountry accident this past summer.

TOPICS & TIMES

  • Update on Jonathan’s status (3:24)
  • What should people have, studied before venturing out into the backcountry? (8:56)
  • Two-Way Radios (12:03)
  • How to improve your radio signal in the backcountry (17:02)
  • Minimizing interference with your beacon (17:44)
  • DeLorme / Garmin In-Reach (21:58)
  • Satellite Phones (26:29)
  • First Aid Kit, and what Paul himself carries (28:37)
  • How to evacuate someone / Creating a makeshift sled (39:24)
  • Various Types of Wilderness Education Courses (46:06)
  • The course Paul is teaching this coming February — AWLS + Heli-Skiing (51:38)
]]>
<![CDATA[Danny Davis on Peace Park, the Olympics, and More (Ep.61)]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:36:07 GMT 1:21:12 no full We talk to Danny Davis about the upcoming Peace Park 6; why Peace Park should become a new discipline; "technical" tricks vs. "stylish" tricks; the Olympics; and the need for a unified snowboarding tour; and Danny's growing passion for splitboarding.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Danny’s health & contest culture (3:31)
  • Why Danny was splitboarding so much last season (6:28)
  • The beauty of going from the backcountry to the halfpipe and back (14:23)
  • The advantages of being an older, more experienced rider in halfpipe contests (24:50)
  • “Technical” tricks vs. “Stylish” tricks (35:47)
  • What is Peace Park, and what makes it so unique (and awesome)? (46:05)
  • On Peace Park becoming its own new discipline (54:00)
  • On the Olympics & the need for a unified snowboarding tour (1:00:40)
  • On the east-coast qualifying event for Peace Park 6 (1:09:40)
  • Danny’s upcoming contest schedule (1:14:20)
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We talk to Danny Davis about the upcoming Peace Park 6; why Peace Park should become a new discipline; "technical" tricks vs. "stylish" tricks; the Olympics; and the need for a unified snowboarding tour; and Danny's growing passion for splitboarding.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Danny’s health & contest culture (3:31)
  • Why Danny was splitboarding so much last season (6:28)
  • The beauty of going from the backcountry to the halfpipe and back (14:23)
  • The advantages of being an older, more experienced rider in halfpipe contests (24:50)
  • “Technical” tricks vs. “Stylish” tricks (35:47)
  • What is Peace Park, and what makes it so unique (and awesome)? (46:05)
  • On Peace Park becoming its own new discipline (54:00)
  • On the Olympics & the need for a unified snowboarding tour (1:00:40)
  • On the east-coast qualifying event for Peace Park 6 (1:09:40)
  • Danny’s upcoming contest schedule (1:14:20)
]]>
<![CDATA[Scott Gaffney – Skier & Director, Matchstick Productions (Ep.60)]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 23:12:20 GMT 58:37 no full Scott Gaffney is one of the most accomplished ski movie directors of all-time, and the guy behind so many of the iconic Matchstick Productions films.

So we talked to Scott about how he got into filming ski movies; how he got connected with Matchstick Productions; and which Matchstick films are his personal favorites.

We also talk a lot about working with the likes of Shane McConkey, Eric Hjorleifson, Cody Townsend, and Candide Thovex, and about the most mind-blowing sessions he ever witnessed.

Scott and I also talk about the newest Matchstick film, Drop Everything, and you can head over to skimovie.com to see the Drop Everything tour schedule and go see it with your friends on the big screen. You can also download Drop Everything and a bunch of the other MSP films we talk about in this episode at skimovie.com — which is good since, after listening to this conversation, I am certain you’re going to want to watch or rewatch a number of them.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • When & where did you get into skiing? (4:01)
  • How did you get into making ski movies? (6:20)
  • Two essential documents in Ski History: A Need to Fly & Pursuing a Passion (8:11)
  • How Scott originally got involved with Matchstick Productions? (13:11)
  • Scott’s favorite MSP films (15:48)
  • The editing & filming process — and why bad conditions aren’t a bad thing (18:58)
  • Gaffney on MSP’s 2004 film, YEARBOOK (24:52)
  • What’s the most mind-melting session you ever witnessed? (29:13)
  • Best skier you’ve seen that’s kind of flying under the radar? (32:25)
  • Skier who consistently blows your mind? (36:47)
  • Making ski films in an era of online edits (39:59)
  • Gaffney on Shane McConkey (43:24)
  • Scott’s day-to-day skiing at Squaw (52:51)
  • What’s the Greatest Ski Movie Ever? (55:23)
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Scott Gaffney is one of the most accomplished ski movie directors of all-time, and the guy behind so many of the iconic Matchstick Productions films.

So we talked to Scott about how he got into filming ski movies; how he got connected with Matchstick Productions; and which Matchstick films are his personal favorites.

We also talk a lot about working with the likes of Shane McConkey, Eric Hjorleifson, Cody Townsend, and Candide Thovex, and about the most mind-blowing sessions he ever witnessed.

Scott and I also talk about the newest Matchstick film, Drop Everything, and you can head over to skimovie.com to see the Drop Everything tour schedule and go see it with your friends on the big screen. You can also download Drop Everything and a bunch of the other MSP films we talk about in this episode at skimovie.com — which is good since, after listening to this conversation, I am certain you’re going to want to watch or rewatch a number of them.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • When & where did you get into skiing? (4:01)
  • How did you get into making ski movies? (6:20)
  • Two essential documents in Ski History: A Need to Fly & Pursuing a Passion (8:11)
  • How Scott originally got involved with Matchstick Productions? (13:11)
  • Scott’s favorite MSP films (15:48)
  • The editing & filming process — and why bad conditions aren’t a bad thing (18:58)
  • Gaffney on MSP’s 2004 film, YEARBOOK (24:52)
  • What’s the most mind-melting session you ever witnessed? (29:13)
  • Best skier you’ve seen that’s kind of flying under the radar? (32:25)
  • Skier who consistently blows your mind? (36:47)
  • Making ski films in an era of online edits (39:59)
  • Gaffney on Shane McConkey (43:24)
  • Scott’s day-to-day skiing at Squaw (52:51)
  • What’s the Greatest Ski Movie Ever? (55:23)
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<![CDATA[DPS Phantom & the End of Ski Wax (Ep.59)]]> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:02:59 GMT 25:42 no <![CDATA[Claudio Caluori on Redbull Rampage, DH, & the Meaning of Life (Ep.58)]]> Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:58:17 GMT 59:58 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

Why is Claudio in Beijing? (3:49); How would you describe Rampage in a single sentence? (5:10); Claudio’s pick for our “Rampage No-Fear Zombie” Award (8:32); What would your choice be for the next Rampage venue? (20:58); Biggest surprise of this past DH season? (22:45); Aliens vs. 1 DH rider for the fate of the world - who would you pick? (26:59); Any news about the SCOTT team or new SCOTT products? (28:38); What is Velosolutions, what is its mission, and what are you guys up to? (30:03); WARNING: soccer players might get triggered here (31:28); The Meaning of Life (38:58); Elon Musk and Claudio’s suspicions about his intentions (41:25); Claudio’s Grand Vision (50:30)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

Why is Claudio in Beijing? (3:49); How would you describe Rampage in a single sentence? (5:10); Claudio’s pick for our “Rampage No-Fear Zombie” Award (8:32); What would your choice be for the next Rampage venue? (20:58); Biggest surprise of this past DH season? (22:45); Aliens vs. 1 DH rider for the fate of the world - who would you pick? (26:59); Any news about the SCOTT team or new SCOTT products? (28:38); What is Velosolutions, what is its mission, and what are you guys up to? (30:03); WARNING: soccer players might get triggered here (31:28); The Meaning of Life (38:58); Elon Musk and Claudio’s suspicions about his intentions (41:25); Claudio’s Grand Vision (50:30)]]>
<![CDATA[Wagner Custom Skis founder, Pete Wagner (Ep.57)]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:55:33 GMT 40:11 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

Why the “indie” ski scene is so confusing (2:43); Of the potential customers coming to check out Wagner Custom, what is it that they care about the most? (4:55); Pete’s new shop, and the unique connection between Telluride and Wagner Skis (6:54); Ski Construction 101: Wood Cores - Do they really matter? How do they differ? (11:38); When it comes to downhill performance, are you impressed by the new lighter-weight materials you’re seeing and working with? (18:15); Is Wagner Custom getting more orders for backcountry skis these days? (24:27); What are your particular challenges as a small, custom ski builder? (28:14)
Is it easier or harder today to be a small ski builder? (31:17); What are you most proud of in terms of your specific ski-building process? (34:34)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

Why the “indie” ski scene is so confusing (2:43); Of the potential customers coming to check out Wagner Custom, what is it that they care about the most? (4:55); Pete’s new shop, and the unique connection between Telluride and Wagner Skis (6:54); Ski Construction 101: Wood Cores - Do they really matter? How do they differ? (11:38); When it comes to downhill performance, are you impressed by the new lighter-weight materials you’re seeing and working with? (18:15); Is Wagner Custom getting more orders for backcountry skis these days? (24:27); What are your particular challenges as a small, custom ski builder? (28:14)
Is it easier or harder today to be a small ski builder? (31:17); What are you most proud of in terms of your specific ski-building process? (34:34)]]>
<![CDATA[Camo is the New Black: Interbike 2017 (Ep.56)]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:42:28 GMT 25:59 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

The current state of Interbike (1:00); Interbike location: Vegas vs. Reno (2:40); Who are the biggest non-motor-having bike manufacturers here? (10:27); Most interesting bikes we rode: Zerode Taniwha & Marin Wolf Ridge (12:35); e-camouflage-hunting-fatbikes! (17:35); New coil forks (20:08); Should Interbike happen at a different time of year? (22:00)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

The current state of Interbike (1:00); Interbike location: Vegas vs. Reno (2:40); Who are the biggest non-motor-having bike manufacturers here? (10:27); Most interesting bikes we rode: Zerode Taniwha & Marin Wolf Ridge (12:35); e-camouflage-hunting-fatbikes! (17:35); New coil forks (20:08); Should Interbike happen at a different time of year? (22:00)]]>
<![CDATA[Peter Bauer on the Past, Present, & Future of Snowboarding (Ep.55)]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:41:47 GMT 1:15:36 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

Growing up in Bavaria, skiing at the age of two, and getting on his first snowboard (4:25); Being asked by Jake Burton to ride for Burton (14:27); The early days of snowboard design (19:30); The early culture — and crusade — of snowboarding (24:57); Snowboarding, self-identification, and the need early on to be "against skiing" (31:37); How the industry and snowboard media hurt the growth of snowboarding (38:19); Which industry currently has the healthiest culture — snowboarding, skiing, surfing, or skateboarding? (46:33); What is the status of park riding today, and what is the status of backcountry riding today? (54:27); As a rider, which of your achievements or titles are you most proud of? (1:01:40); What led you to start Amplid, and what makes Amplid unique? (1:03:19)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

Growing up in Bavaria, skiing at the age of two, and getting on his first snowboard (4:25); Being asked by Jake Burton to ride for Burton (14:27); The early days of snowboard design (19:30); The early culture — and crusade — of snowboarding (24:57); Snowboarding, self-identification, and the need early on to be "against skiing" (31:37); How the industry and snowboard media hurt the growth of snowboarding (38:19); Which industry currently has the healthiest culture — snowboarding, skiing, surfing, or skateboarding? (46:33); What is the status of park riding today, and what is the status of backcountry riding today? (54:27); As a rider, which of your achievements or titles are you most proud of? (1:01:40); What led you to start Amplid, and what makes Amplid unique? (1:03:19)]]>
<![CDATA[Adam Ondra’s New Grade + DH World Championships (Ep.54)]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 19:56:00 GMT 33:08 no *
We then discuss the World Championships Downhill races that are happening this weekend in Cairns, Australia, and talk about two of the greatest DH riders of all-time squaring off this weekend — Greg Minnaar vs. Aaron Gwinn — then we start placing bets on who we think will win the men’s and women’s races.
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TOPICS AND TIMES: * Adam Ondra's, "Project Hard" and the new grade of 9C / 5.15d (2:44) * Whether we'll see Ondra — or anyone — attempt (and establish?) 5.16 (12:40) * This weekend's World Championships DH races in Cairns, Australia — Aaron Gwin vs. Greg Minnaar (20:39) * Our picks for Cairns (25:45)]]>
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We then discuss the World Championships Downhill races that are happening this weekend in Cairns, Australia, and talk about two of the greatest DH riders of all-time squaring off this weekend — Greg Minnaar vs. Aaron Gwinn — then we start placing bets on who we think will win the men’s and women’s races.
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TOPICS AND TIMES: * Adam Ondra's, "Project Hard" and the new grade of 9C / 5.15d (2:44) * Whether we'll see Ondra — or anyone — attempt (and establish?) 5.16 (12:40) * This weekend's World Championships DH races in Cairns, Australia — Aaron Gwin vs. Greg Minnaar (20:39) * Our picks for Cairns (25:45)]]>
<![CDATA[Flylow Co-Founder, Dan Abrams (Ep.53)]]> Sat, 02 Sep 2017 22:14:50 GMT 37:20 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

Kids names, kids, and being a ski bum with kids (2:30) * How & when did Flylow get started? (8:28) * At what point did it finally feel like you were past the startup phase? (13:48) * How different are things now in the outerwear industry than they were back in 2004/05? (14:51) * How similar or different are your biggest challenges these days vs the challenges you faced in the early days of Flylow? (19:19) * What current trends do you like, and which do you dislike? (26:30) * What current tech are you excited about? (29:11) * Breaking News: Dan talks about the new tech Flylow has been developing (30:52) * Dan’s personal favorite Flylow piece (34:14)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

Kids names, kids, and being a ski bum with kids (2:30) * How & when did Flylow get started? (8:28) * At what point did it finally feel like you were past the startup phase? (13:48) * How different are things now in the outerwear industry than they were back in 2004/05? (14:51) * How similar or different are your biggest challenges these days vs the challenges you faced in the early days of Flylow? (19:19) * What current trends do you like, and which do you dislike? (26:30) * What current tech are you excited about? (29:11) * Breaking News: Dan talks about the new tech Flylow has been developing (30:52) * Dan’s personal favorite Flylow piece (34:14)]]>
<![CDATA[Eric Hjorleifson on Skiing Trends & His Boot Project (Ep.52)]]> Sat, 26 Aug 2017 18:25:29 GMT 45:53 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

* Hoji on the state of skiing today + a quick history of his trajectory in the industry (2:30) * Eric’s take on weight / lightweight gear (9:03) * the state of the ski industry, part 2 (15:38) * getting gnar & midlife crises (18:45) * Matt Sterbenz, Jason Levinthal, and the future of 4FRNT Skis (22:13) * What do you think your future looks like in the next 5-10 years? (27:47) * On mountain biking, climbing, and the fun of being a novice (31:20) * Hoji's boot project, and why he believes it could represent the next chapter in ski boot design (34:58)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

* Hoji on the state of skiing today + a quick history of his trajectory in the industry (2:30) * Eric’s take on weight / lightweight gear (9:03) * the state of the ski industry, part 2 (15:38) * getting gnar & midlife crises (18:45) * Matt Sterbenz, Jason Levinthal, and the future of 4FRNT Skis (22:13) * What do you think your future looks like in the next 5-10 years? (27:47) * On mountain biking, climbing, and the fun of being a novice (31:20) * Hoji's boot project, and why he believes it could represent the next chapter in ski boot design (34:58)]]>
<![CDATA[Eric Hjorleifson on Ski Design & Pillow Lines (Ep.51)]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:03:43 GMT 1:19:48 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

How and When did you first get involved with 4FRNT Skis? (4:35) * The 4FRNT EHP (9:00) * The 4FRNT Renegade and its evolution (14:45) * The 4FRNT Raven (25:46) * The 4FRNT Hoji — is the Hoji just a wider version of the Raven? (31:08) * Hoji vs Raven vs. Renegade (45:27) * Eric’s take on mount points, and where he personally mounts the Hoji, Renegade, and Raven (49:57) * Skiing pillows vs skiing spines (1:02:25)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

How and When did you first get involved with 4FRNT Skis? (4:35) * The 4FRNT EHP (9:00) * The 4FRNT Renegade and its evolution (14:45) * The 4FRNT Raven (25:46) * The 4FRNT Hoji — is the Hoji just a wider version of the Raven? (31:08) * Hoji vs Raven vs. Renegade (45:27) * Eric’s take on mount points, and where he personally mounts the Hoji, Renegade, and Raven (49:57) * Skiing pillows vs skiing spines (1:02:25)]]>
<![CDATA[What’s Up with K2? And Rossignol Mtn Bikes? (Ep.50)]]> Sat, 12 Aug 2017 17:00:59 GMT 1:28:34 yes
TOPICS & TIMES: * Backcountry Safety - Jed talks about two impactful experiences of his own (4:31) * What's up with K2? (15:05) * Jed goes in-depth over a few skis in K2's 17/18 lineup (24:30) * All-Mountain skis — What does "All-Mountain" mean? (39:30) * Where is K2 headed? (53:15) * Line's new Sick Day series (58:31) * Rossignol's move into mountain biking (1:11:00) *]]>

TOPICS & TIMES: * Backcountry Safety - Jed talks about two impactful experiences of his own (4:31) * What's up with K2? (15:05) * Jed goes in-depth over a few skis in K2's 17/18 lineup (24:30) * All-Mountain skis — What does "All-Mountain" mean? (39:30) * Where is K2 headed? (53:15) * Line's new Sick Day series (58:31) * Rossignol's move into mountain biking (1:11:00) *]]>
<![CDATA[New Tech & Trends in Outerwear (Ep.49)]]> Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:07:43 GMT 43:41 no
TOPICS & TIMES: Sam’s background (2:00) * Starting an outerwear company at the age of 15 (5:55) * The significant challenges of building an outerwear company (11:00) * How — and why — Sam first got involved with Blister (18:58) * New Tech #1: “breathable” insulation (25:20) * New Tech #2: “the coolest technology ever”- new manufacturing processes (31:43)
* New Tech #3: "the death of down" (35:26)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES: Sam’s background (2:00) * Starting an outerwear company at the age of 15 (5:55) * The significant challenges of building an outerwear company (11:00) * How — and why — Sam first got involved with Blister (18:58) * New Tech #1: “breathable” insulation (25:20) * New Tech #2: “the coolest technology ever”- new manufacturing processes (31:43)
* New Tech #3: "the death of down" (35:26)]]>
<![CDATA[A Nearly Fatal Birthday, Part 2 (Ep.48)]]> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 22:42:48 GMT 1:07:30 yes
TOPICS & TIMES: * My primary pre-accident mistake (7:10) * The decision not to go to the hospital (12:00) * A very David-Lynchian birthday dinner (23:38) * The drive home, continued self-assessment, and health care (27:27) * Emergency spinal surgery? Other options? (My injury + Nate’s popsicle analogy) (43:00) * Important Rant: Know your “Out-of-Pocket Maximum” (54:35) * The surgery & post-surgery (57:39) * Conclusions & Takeaways (1:00:00)*]]>

TOPICS & TIMES: * My primary pre-accident mistake (7:10) * The decision not to go to the hospital (12:00) * A very David-Lynchian birthday dinner (23:38) * The drive home, continued self-assessment, and health care (27:27) * Emergency spinal surgery? Other options? (My injury + Nate’s popsicle analogy) (43:00) * Important Rant: Know your “Out-of-Pocket Maximum” (54:35) * The surgery & post-surgery (57:39) * Conclusions & Takeaways (1:00:00)*]]>
<![CDATA[A Nearly Fatal Birthday in the Backcountry (Ep.47)]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:46:16 GMT 1:24:13 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

Jonathan's friends describe the crash (0:00); The group — who was there (5:00); The objective that day (10:00); The line (17:30); The crash (27:57); The response (39:20)
The decision to walk out (55:36); The bear incident (1:17:17); What’s next (1:24:12)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

Jonathan's friends describe the crash (0:00); The group — who was there (5:00); The objective that day (10:00); The line (17:30); The crash (27:57); The response (39:20)
The decision to walk out (55:36); The bear incident (1:17:17); What’s next (1:24:12)]]>
<![CDATA[4FRNT Skis – Matt Sterbenz & Jason Levinthal (Ep.46)]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:00:42 GMT 47:13 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

So what exactly just happened here? (2:52) * Will this affect where 4FRNT skis are produced? What changes are we going to see? (11:41) * What does it mean to be an "indie" ski brand in today's arena? (15:20) * When did you guys first start talking about the possibility of teaming up? (21:17) * So what’s going to change and what’s going to stay the same in the next season or two? (25:18) * Matt: what’s your favorite LINE ski or J Ski that you’ve seen or been on? (29:15) * Do you think we’ll see more acquisitions like this in the coming years — specifically, of indies teaming up? (35:27) * Closing Thoughts (43:45)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

So what exactly just happened here? (2:52) * Will this affect where 4FRNT skis are produced? What changes are we going to see? (11:41) * What does it mean to be an "indie" ski brand in today's arena? (15:20) * When did you guys first start talking about the possibility of teaming up? (21:17) * So what’s going to change and what’s going to stay the same in the next season or two? (25:18) * Matt: what’s your favorite LINE ski or J Ski that you’ve seen or been on? (29:15) * Do you think we’ll see more acquisitions like this in the coming years — specifically, of indies teaming up? (35:27) * Closing Thoughts (43:45)]]>
<![CDATA[Tommy Caldwell, Big-Wall Climber (Ep.45)]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:49:45 GMT 1:27:01 no
But Tommy is more than just an all-time great climber, he’s also just published a truly excellent book called, The Push, that John Krakauer calls “the most insightful book about climbing I’ve ever read, and quite possibly the most enjoyable.”

We sat down with Tommy at his home in Estes Park, Colorado, to talk about a number of things in his book and a whole bunch of other stuff, including the discipline of writing; Alex Honnold’s recent free solo of Freerider and the contemplation of risk that the feat inexorably raises.

Tommy and I also discuss the desire for balance with the reality that great achievements always seem to require an obsessive focus (and a complete lack of balance). And finally, we talk about the future of climbing which then leads us into some bigger questions about technology, raising kids, and basically modern society in general.

TOPICS & TIMES: Writing (and Climbing and Suffering) (0:00); Kyrgyzstan & Self Examination (11:00) * Self-Identity & Self-Worth (28:38) * Tommy on risk, Free Soloing, & Honnold's solo of Freerider (32:45) * Faith (49:30) * Avoiding burnout (52:08) * Out of all of your climbing accomplishments, what’s the one where you most think, “I can’t believe I pulled this off?” (57:59) * Obsessive Focus vs. the “Desire for Balance” (01:01:18) * Old School vs New School: the pros and cons of climbing going mainstream (01:09:23) * What’s Next? (01:21:50)
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But Tommy is more than just an all-time great climber, he’s also just published a truly excellent book called, The Push, that John Krakauer calls “the most insightful book about climbing I’ve ever read, and quite possibly the most enjoyable.”

We sat down with Tommy at his home in Estes Park, Colorado, to talk about a number of things in his book and a whole bunch of other stuff, including the discipline of writing; Alex Honnold’s recent free solo of Freerider and the contemplation of risk that the feat inexorably raises.

Tommy and I also discuss the desire for balance with the reality that great achievements always seem to require an obsessive focus (and a complete lack of balance). And finally, we talk about the future of climbing which then leads us into some bigger questions about technology, raising kids, and basically modern society in general.

TOPICS & TIMES: Writing (and Climbing and Suffering) (0:00); Kyrgyzstan & Self Examination (11:00) * Self-Identity & Self-Worth (28:38) * Tommy on risk, Free Soloing, & Honnold's solo of Freerider (32:45) * Faith (49:30) * Avoiding burnout (52:08) * Out of all of your climbing accomplishments, what’s the one where you most think, “I can’t believe I pulled this off?” (57:59) * Obsessive Focus vs. the “Desire for Balance” (01:01:18) * Old School vs New School: the pros and cons of climbing going mainstream (01:09:23) * What’s Next? (01:21:50)
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<![CDATA[Jim Harris, Perpetual Weekend (Ep.44)]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:49:58 GMT 1:13:00 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

Jim's entrance — and rise — in the outdoors industry (0:00); Great advice on starting any creative pursuit, and why you shouldn't pander to your audience (9:05); The details of Jim's accident (22:55); What now? Life after the accident (33:20); Would you go back to your life prior to the injury? (38:15); Jim's crazy recovery (43:35); What are you currently most passionate about? (53:10); Important Stuff: Self Development, Self-Identity, & Self Worth (58:30)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

Jim's entrance — and rise — in the outdoors industry (0:00); Great advice on starting any creative pursuit, and why you shouldn't pander to your audience (9:05); The details of Jim's accident (22:55); What now? Life after the accident (33:20); Would you go back to your life prior to the injury? (38:15); Jim's crazy recovery (43:35); What are you currently most passionate about? (53:10); Important Stuff: Self Development, Self-Identity, & Self Worth (58:30)]]>
<![CDATA[Alex Honnold’s Free Solo of El Cap (Ep.43)]]> Thu, 08 Jun 2017 22:52:26 GMT 1:27:27 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

What exactly did Alex Honnold just do? (2:40); Difference between free solo climbing vs. free climbing vs. aid climbing vs. rope soloing (5:45); Talk about the specifics of the Freerider route / Honnold’s route (11:20); The *speed* of Alex’s ascent (22:25); Locating Honnold’s free solo among other climbing feats (32:17); Climbing and Mainstream Culture (41:30); Biggest Achievement in Sport Climbing? (45:22); Biggest Achievement in Bouldering? (52:55); Is Honnold’s free solo the greatest athletic achievement ever? What are the contenders? (59:12); Dean Potter’s take on Alex Honnold (1:11:30); Zen and the Art of (Honnold’s) Free Soloing (1:12:38)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

What exactly did Alex Honnold just do? (2:40); Difference between free solo climbing vs. free climbing vs. aid climbing vs. rope soloing (5:45); Talk about the specifics of the Freerider route / Honnold’s route (11:20); The *speed* of Alex’s ascent (22:25); Locating Honnold’s free solo among other climbing feats (32:17); Climbing and Mainstream Culture (41:30); Biggest Achievement in Sport Climbing? (45:22); Biggest Achievement in Bouldering? (52:55); Is Honnold’s free solo the greatest athletic achievement ever? What are the contenders? (59:12); Dean Potter’s take on Alex Honnold (1:11:30); Zen and the Art of (Honnold’s) Free Soloing (1:12:38)]]>
<![CDATA[Michelle Parker — Skier, Climber, Biker, “Pretend Band Member” … (Ep.42)]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 14:56:39 GMT 1:01:50 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

Michelle's recent and upcoming trips (2:05); Joining the Arc'teryx team, and why it's a good fit (4:34); Where are you on the gear-head spectrum between "Don't care" and "Eric Hjorleifson" (8:35); Michelle's current one-ski quiver (12:28); The age-old topic of women's-specific skis and boots, and why it matters so much (17:12); Michelle’s background: racing, soccer, slopestyle, halfpipe, big mountain skiing (24:12); Climbing (31:05); S.A.F.E.A.S. Clinics (34:03); Outside of skiing & climbing, what else are you up to? (37:50); Michelle’s “pretend band” (46:43); Upcoming Trips & who she's going with (49:00); Biking (and Swimming) (51:15); Ski touring with Greg Hill ... and Mountain Lions??? (56:30)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

Michelle's recent and upcoming trips (2:05); Joining the Arc'teryx team, and why it's a good fit (4:34); Where are you on the gear-head spectrum between "Don't care" and "Eric Hjorleifson" (8:35); Michelle's current one-ski quiver (12:28); The age-old topic of women's-specific skis and boots, and why it matters so much (17:12); Michelle’s background: racing, soccer, slopestyle, halfpipe, big mountain skiing (24:12); Climbing (31:05); S.A.F.E.A.S. Clinics (34:03); Outside of skiing & climbing, what else are you up to? (37:50); Michelle’s “pretend band” (46:43); Upcoming Trips & who she's going with (49:00); Biking (and Swimming) (51:15); Ski touring with Greg Hill ... and Mountain Lions??? (56:30)]]>
<![CDATA[Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (Ep.41)]]> Tue, 09 May 2017 16:43:35 GMT 1:02:43 no
We talk about a whole bunch of topics, but it is particularly fascinating to hear Sage talk about his preparation — how cautious he claims to be in the mountains — which isn’t exactly obvious given that Sage has thrown down some of the heaviest lines anyone has skied in Alaska. For Sage, skiing is simply fun. But big-mountain skiing — the stuff you see him doing in his film segments — is all about Problem Solving. So if you think he’s out there just hucking his meat with abandon, you’ll need to think again.

TOPICS & TIMES:

Sage’s “Ranch” — the dream spot (1:50); How / Why Bend? (3:03); Sage’s injury & rehab (5:10); Some keys to being injury-free for so long (8:15); Approaching Alaska — taking it “ridiculously mellow”? (11:15); Sage on Intuition (and the Double Front Flip) (17:00); Sage on Preparation — Skiing as Problem Solving (19:58); Ski racing, big-mountain skiing, and practicing the fundamentals (27:36); Kids, Parenthood, & Skiing (36:01); Sage on Mt Bachelor and their Northwest Express Lift (40:00); Sage's Future (which probably involves alpacas) (42:20); Sage on the future of skiing (49:18); Parting Thoughts (59:30)]]>

We talk about a whole bunch of topics, but it is particularly fascinating to hear Sage talk about his preparation — how cautious he claims to be in the mountains — which isn’t exactly obvious given that Sage has thrown down some of the heaviest lines anyone has skied in Alaska. For Sage, skiing is simply fun. But big-mountain skiing — the stuff you see him doing in his film segments — is all about Problem Solving. So if you think he’s out there just hucking his meat with abandon, you’ll need to think again.

TOPICS & TIMES:

Sage’s “Ranch” — the dream spot (1:50); How / Why Bend? (3:03); Sage’s injury & rehab (5:10); Some keys to being injury-free for so long (8:15); Approaching Alaska — taking it “ridiculously mellow”? (11:15); Sage on Intuition (and the Double Front Flip) (17:00); Sage on Preparation — Skiing as Problem Solving (19:58); Ski racing, big-mountain skiing, and practicing the fundamentals (27:36); Kids, Parenthood, & Skiing (36:01); Sage on Mt Bachelor and their Northwest Express Lift (40:00); Sage's Future (which probably involves alpacas) (42:20); Sage on the future of skiing (49:18); Parting Thoughts (59:30)]]>
<![CDATA[New Ski Reviews from Mt Bachelor (Ep.40)]]> Sat, 06 May 2017 16:21:03 GMT 26:05 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

DPS Wailer A 112 (2:30); ON3P Billy Goat (5:20); Black Crows Anima (7:00); Nordica Enforcer 110 & Enforcer Pro (8:30); Atomic Backland 109 (11:29); Q: One-Ski Quiver for Mt Bachelor? (12:50); Q: Two-Ski Quiver for Mt Bachelor? (18:30)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

DPS Wailer A 112 (2:30); ON3P Billy Goat (5:20); Black Crows Anima (7:00); Nordica Enforcer 110 & Enforcer Pro (8:30); Atomic Backland 109 (11:29); Q: One-Ski Quiver for Mt Bachelor? (12:50); Q: Two-Ski Quiver for Mt Bachelor? (18:30)]]>
<![CDATA[New Bike Stuff! (Ep.39)]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:24:03 GMT 37:53 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

What’s interesting this season? (2:10); Are e-bikes gaining public acceptance? (4:50); Death-O-Meter: How dead are 26” wheels? (9:28); Where are we seeing the most innovations in bike stuff? (14:05); Specific Bikes: YT Jeffsy 29 (21:10) Canyon Spectral (23:10); Scott Spark Plus & Scott Genius LT Plus (24:45); The upcoming Word Cup DH Season -- who are you betting on? (29:09); 29ers on the WC DH circuit (32:33)

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TOPICS & TIMES:

What’s interesting this season? (2:10); Are e-bikes gaining public acceptance? (4:50); Death-O-Meter: How dead are 26” wheels? (9:28); Where are we seeing the most innovations in bike stuff? (14:05); Specific Bikes: YT Jeffsy 29 (21:10) Canyon Spectral (23:10); Scott Spark Plus & Scott Genius LT Plus (24:45); The upcoming Word Cup DH Season -- who are you betting on? (29:09); 29ers on the WC DH circuit (32:33)

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<![CDATA[DPS Skis Founder, Stephan Drake (Ep.38)]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:09:30 GMT 1:03:10 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

Where did you grow up, and when did you get into skiing? (2:25); Being a “gringo ski bum” down in Las Lenas, Argentina (7:40); Were you interested in product design in general? / Early days of DPS? (13:35); Carbon fiber & the history of DPS (18:50); The first rockered ski -- the 2002 Tabula Rasa (23:40); Low weight and the “race to zero” in ski design (26:37); DPS’s new Alchemist construction (vs. their DPS Pure3 construction) (29:30); Tip Taper (where I was expecting to get into a fight with Stephan) (40:39); The new paradigm-shifting DPS ski boot (54:15)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

Where did you grow up, and when did you get into skiing? (2:25); Being a “gringo ski bum” down in Las Lenas, Argentina (7:40); Were you interested in product design in general? / Early days of DPS? (13:35); Carbon fiber & the history of DPS (18:50); The first rockered ski -- the 2002 Tabula Rasa (23:40); Low weight and the “race to zero” in ski design (26:37); DPS’s new Alchemist construction (vs. their DPS Pure3 construction) (29:30); Tip Taper (where I was expecting to get into a fight with Stephan) (40:39); The new paradigm-shifting DPS ski boot (54:15)]]>
<![CDATA[New Gear – Powder Skis with Paul Forward (Ep.37)]]> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:12:50 GMT 46:19 no
This has shaped up to be a very good winter in the Chugach, so Paul has been getting a lot of time in on some fat skis, and I wanted to talk to him about a number of them.

TOPICS & TIMES:

DPS Lotus 124 Alchemist (3:30); 16/17 Blizzard Spur (10:48); New HEAD Kore 117 (22:23); On the trend of pow skis getting narrower (24:44); Liberty Genome (27:55); Salomon QST 118 (29:33); 4FRNT Renegade, w/ comparisons to the 4FRNT Raven (35:48)]]>

This has shaped up to be a very good winter in the Chugach, so Paul has been getting a lot of time in on some fat skis, and I wanted to talk to him about a number of them.

TOPICS & TIMES:

DPS Lotus 124 Alchemist (3:30); 16/17 Blizzard Spur (10:48); New HEAD Kore 117 (22:23); On the trend of pow skis getting narrower (24:44); Liberty Genome (27:55); Salomon QST 118 (29:33); 4FRNT Renegade, w/ comparisons to the 4FRNT Raven (35:48)]]>
<![CDATA[Magnus Granér, X Games Real Ski Gold Medalist (Ep.36)]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:28:18 GMT 1:22:00 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

Magnus in Zermatt (1:45); Andorra & SLVSH CUP (3:45); Growing up in Hörnefors, Sweden — and growing up snowboarding (13:10); Playing soccer, "floorball", and husky racing (16:05); Thinking / Not Thinking (19:22); How you got from just starting to ski to where you are right now? (22:31); True Story: Magnus attends the weirdest / coolest school ever (24:45); The Formation of The Bunch (31:15); Creation Nation (33:58); X Games Real Ski — from getting invited to winning the Gold (37:55); Battling fear & scaring yourself vs. making urban more fun & accessible (44:30); Magnus on Henrik Harlaut (48:37); Re: the peanut butter 450 on (54:35); On the closing shot of Magnus’ real ski edit (56:45); LJ Strenio’s crash reel (59:27); The Bunch: How would you describe it? (01:03:00); Dancing (01:07:35); India, Russia, China: the state of skiing internationally (01:10:23); Your pro model / working with ON3P Skis (01:15:00); What’s next? (01:18:35)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

Magnus in Zermatt (1:45); Andorra & SLVSH CUP (3:45); Growing up in Hörnefors, Sweden — and growing up snowboarding (13:10); Playing soccer, "floorball", and husky racing (16:05); Thinking / Not Thinking (19:22); How you got from just starting to ski to where you are right now? (22:31); True Story: Magnus attends the weirdest / coolest school ever (24:45); The Formation of The Bunch (31:15); Creation Nation (33:58); X Games Real Ski — from getting invited to winning the Gold (37:55); Battling fear & scaring yourself vs. making urban more fun & accessible (44:30); Magnus on Henrik Harlaut (48:37); Re: the peanut butter 450 on (54:35); On the closing shot of Magnus’ real ski edit (56:45); LJ Strenio’s crash reel (59:27); The Bunch: How would you describe it? (01:03:00); Dancing (01:07:35); India, Russia, China: the state of skiing internationally (01:10:23); Your pro model / working with ON3P Skis (01:15:00); What’s next? (01:18:35)]]>
<![CDATA[Sven Coomer, Founder of Zipfit Ski Boot Liners (Ep.35)]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:46:23 GMT 58:44 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

Why "Liners" should be called "Inner Boots," and what a good inner boot should do (0:00); Why Sven thinks that liners are the most important piece of equipment (5:00); What is someone failing to understand if they are failing to consider the inner boot? (13:00); Why liners and boots are more complex than skis; Why Zipfit liners don’t pack out (22:50); What is it about the construction of a Zipfit liner that's different? (24:45); What are the top issues / problems that a Zipfit liner might solve? (29:00); Alpine-Touring boots & liners — and the touring inner boot that Sven is working on (39:20); Final thoughts on the difference that the right liner can make (49:30)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

Why "Liners" should be called "Inner Boots," and what a good inner boot should do (0:00); Why Sven thinks that liners are the most important piece of equipment (5:00); What is someone failing to understand if they are failing to consider the inner boot? (13:00); Why liners and boots are more complex than skis; Why Zipfit liners don’t pack out (22:50); What is it about the construction of a Zipfit liner that's different? (24:45); What are the top issues / problems that a Zipfit liner might solve? (29:00); Alpine-Touring boots & liners — and the touring inner boot that Sven is working on (39:20); Final thoughts on the difference that the right liner can make (49:30)]]>
<![CDATA[Paul Forward — Heli Guide, Doctor, Blister Reviewer (Ep.34)]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:35:03 GMT 1:14:51 no
In this conversation, we talk about Paul’s background; how he and I met and how he got involved with Blister; the life and logistics of a heli guide; and the new program on advanced wilderness medical care that Paul is starting this spring. And of course, Paul and I talk a bit about some of the new gear that he and I are currently reviewing, including the 4FRNT Devastator, Salomon QST 106, and Volkl 100Eight.

TOPICS & TIMES:

How Paul and I met (in Argentina), and how he almost killed me (3:20); How he became a Blister reviewer (5:20); Paul’s background (11:40); How he became a heli guide (18:25); How it works to be both a physician and a heli guide (22:38); What does a typical day in the life of a heli guide actually look like? (29:45); What are the most common mistakes that first-timers make? (35:09); What it's like guiding pro skiers / filming AK lines for movies (42:35); Paul’s new “venture,” offering advanced wilderness life support courses (52:05); Paul and I talk Gear: ski boots; 194 4FRNT Devastator vs. 184 Devastator; Salomon QST 106 vs. Volkl 100Eight (57:55)]]>

In this conversation, we talk about Paul’s background; how he and I met and how he got involved with Blister; the life and logistics of a heli guide; and the new program on advanced wilderness medical care that Paul is starting this spring. And of course, Paul and I talk a bit about some of the new gear that he and I are currently reviewing, including the 4FRNT Devastator, Salomon QST 106, and Volkl 100Eight.

TOPICS & TIMES:

How Paul and I met (in Argentina), and how he almost killed me (3:20); How he became a Blister reviewer (5:20); Paul’s background (11:40); How he became a heli guide (18:25); How it works to be both a physician and a heli guide (22:38); What does a typical day in the life of a heli guide actually look like? (29:45); What are the most common mistakes that first-timers make? (35:09); What it's like guiding pro skiers / filming AK lines for movies (42:35); Paul’s new “venture,” offering advanced wilderness life support courses (52:05); Paul and I talk Gear: ski boots; 194 4FRNT Devastator vs. 184 Devastator; Salomon QST 106 vs. Volkl 100Eight (57:55)]]>
<![CDATA[Round Table on Custom Skis — Wagner, Parlor, Folsom (Ep.33)]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:46:13 GMT 56:00 no
We sat down with Pete Wagner of Wagner Custom Skis, Mark Wallace of Parlor Custom Skis, and Mike McCabe of Folsom Custom Skis, and among other things, we discussed why they each decided to go the custom route; how they each go about the custom process; and what sort of skier might want to consider custom skis.

We also talk about Frankenstein skis, why innovations in materials can be overrated, and the really remarkable fact that Wagner, Parlor, and Folsom all offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

TOPICS & TIMES:

* Introduction to Wagner Custom Skis (2:25)

* Introduction to Parlor Custom Skis (3:59)

* Introduction to Folsom Custom Skis (5:21)

* What does “Custom” mean, and why go custom? (7:35)

* How the Folsom process works (8:50)

* How the Parlor process works (11:20)

* How the Wagner process works (13:49)

* Why custom skis aren’t only for great skiers (16:20)

* How sophisticated is the input you get from prospective customers? (17:37)

* 100% Satisfaction Guarantee (What??) (24:54)

* What if a customer has a really bad idea? Will you still build it? (26:05)

* Parlor Ballet Skis ?!?! (31:25)

* Folsom Trn Tek 201 Pros !! (32:00)

* Remaking skis that have been discontinued (aka, “Frankenstein” skis). (34:45)

* How much differentiation/customization is there when it comes to materials? (38:09)

* Why innovations in materials can be overrated (41:20)

* The Advantage of Agility (46:32)

* Designing for individual skiers, not the “average” skier (47:25)

* What’s the best question I haven’t asked? (49:57)]]>

We sat down with Pete Wagner of Wagner Custom Skis, Mark Wallace of Parlor Custom Skis, and Mike McCabe of Folsom Custom Skis, and among other things, we discussed why they each decided to go the custom route; how they each go about the custom process; and what sort of skier might want to consider custom skis.

We also talk about Frankenstein skis, why innovations in materials can be overrated, and the really remarkable fact that Wagner, Parlor, and Folsom all offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

TOPICS & TIMES:

* Introduction to Wagner Custom Skis (2:25)

* Introduction to Parlor Custom Skis (3:59)

* Introduction to Folsom Custom Skis (5:21)

* What does “Custom” mean, and why go custom? (7:35)

* How the Folsom process works (8:50)

* How the Parlor process works (11:20)

* How the Wagner process works (13:49)

* Why custom skis aren’t only for great skiers (16:20)

* How sophisticated is the input you get from prospective customers? (17:37)

* 100% Satisfaction Guarantee (What??) (24:54)

* What if a customer has a really bad idea? Will you still build it? (26:05)

* Parlor Ballet Skis ?!?! (31:25)

* Folsom Trn Tek 201 Pros !! (32:00)

* Remaking skis that have been discontinued (aka, “Frankenstein” skis). (34:45)

* How much differentiation/customization is there when it comes to materials? (38:09)

* Why innovations in materials can be overrated (41:20)

* The Advantage of Agility (46:32)

* Designing for individual skiers, not the “average” skier (47:25)

* What’s the best question I haven’t asked? (49:57)]]>
<![CDATA[SIA Snow Show 2017 — Overview & Trends (Ep.32)]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:23:27 GMT 40:19 no
Some of the New Products We Discuss:

Scarpa Maestrale; Armada ARV 116; Scott S1 130 AT Boot; Atomic Hawx XTD 130 AT Boot; G3 Sender 112 Touring / 50-50 Ski; Patagonia Descensionist Touring Kit; Patagonia Descensionist Pack; Advances in airbag packs; Polartec Neoshell 2.0; Polartec; Alpha Direct; Metal in Skis; Scott Skis: the new lineup, including the Scrapper 115 and Punisher 105; Nordica’s expanding Enforcer line; Nordica’s women’s skis; Sego Skis — and Blades (!); Fischer Ranger 115; Nordica Enforcer Pro; Fischer RC4 130; K2’s new carvers; Black Crows lineup & their new Vertis.]]>

Some of the New Products We Discuss:

Scarpa Maestrale; Armada ARV 116; Scott S1 130 AT Boot; Atomic Hawx XTD 130 AT Boot; G3 Sender 112 Touring / 50-50 Ski; Patagonia Descensionist Touring Kit; Patagonia Descensionist Pack; Advances in airbag packs; Polartec Neoshell 2.0; Polartec; Alpha Direct; Metal in Skis; Scott Skis: the new lineup, including the Scrapper 115 and Punisher 105; Nordica’s expanding Enforcer line; Nordica’s women’s skis; Sego Skis — and Blades (!); Fischer Ranger 115; Nordica Enforcer Pro; Fischer RC4 130; K2’s new carvers; Black Crows lineup & their new Vertis.]]>
<![CDATA[Warner Nickerson — American Skier, Perpetual Underdog, King of Fun (Ep.31)]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:19:02 GMT 1:10:26 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

Warner’s review of the movie, “Scully” (0:00); Warner’s First Beer League Race (which happened last week); Warner's Early Years + the first race he ever won (9:36); The problem of the “big business” of ski racing academies (20:24); Warner’s college experience (Colby), and his advice for skiers when choosing colleges (23:15); One of Warner’s biggest regrets in life (35:18); Warner’s time on the US Ski Team (36:20); Getting Cut — But Not Quitting; Team Dreamin’ the Life - enter Jon Olsson (43:15); Q: How often are elite racers on equipment they don’t like? Aka, The issue of sponsored skiers — or any skier — being on the wrong equipment (47:25); Q: What’s your best Jon Olsson story? (58:38); The Crown Jewel of Racing: Kitzbuhel / The Streif (01:02:33); Race Approach: going flat out vs. slightly dialing things back to be able to correct (01:06:17)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

Warner’s review of the movie, “Scully” (0:00); Warner’s First Beer League Race (which happened last week); Warner's Early Years + the first race he ever won (9:36); The problem of the “big business” of ski racing academies (20:24); Warner’s college experience (Colby), and his advice for skiers when choosing colleges (23:15); One of Warner’s biggest regrets in life (35:18); Warner’s time on the US Ski Team (36:20); Getting Cut — But Not Quitting; Team Dreamin’ the Life - enter Jon Olsson (43:15); Q: How often are elite racers on equipment they don’t like? Aka, The issue of sponsored skiers — or any skier — being on the wrong equipment (47:25); Q: What’s your best Jon Olsson story? (58:38); The Crown Jewel of Racing: Kitzbuhel / The Streif (01:02:33); Race Approach: going flat out vs. slightly dialing things back to be able to correct (01:06:17)]]>
<![CDATA[How to Handle Backcountry Emergencies (Ep.30)]]> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:15:07 GMT 1:23:12 no
This topic does not get talked about enough. So today, we’re talking with three experienced first responders to help you understand why — for your own personal safety, and for the safety of your friends and family — getting training in wilderness medicine is something you ought to do. There’s a lot of good information in this conversation, so please listen, and let’s all of us commit to increasing our level of knowledge and readiness for our adventures.

TOPICS & TIMES

• Quick Christmas Party Story (4:28)
• Backgrounds: Mike Thurber, Morgan Matthews, and Justin Bobb (7:05)
• What is "Wilderness Medicine"? (13:30)
• Huge Factor: wilderness injuries involve *long* evacuation times (16:40)
• Three Real-World Emergency Anecdotes (19:40)
• Most important things you learn in a Wilderness First Responder course? (32:30)
• Difference between a WFR certification and an EMT certification (38:26)
• Emergency Scenarios #4 & 5: Driving, come up on a crash on the highway (40:29)
• Hypothermia, Avalanches, and Trauma — some important stats (44:35)
• Beacons, First Aid Kits, etc. Do you have them? Do you *know how to use them*? (53:55)
• What are the different WFR certifying agencies, and what are the different certifications a person can get? (58:49)
• How to tell if your friends, boyfriend, or girlfriend really love you (01:15:58)
• How helpful is WFR training if you are out by yourself? (01:17:28)
• FINAL POINT: Why is there so much emphasis on taking an AVI 1 course, while wilderness medical courses are given so little attention? (01:20:00)]]>

This topic does not get talked about enough. So today, we’re talking with three experienced first responders to help you understand why — for your own personal safety, and for the safety of your friends and family — getting training in wilderness medicine is something you ought to do. There’s a lot of good information in this conversation, so please listen, and let’s all of us commit to increasing our level of knowledge and readiness for our adventures.

TOPICS & TIMES

• Quick Christmas Party Story (4:28)
• Backgrounds: Mike Thurber, Morgan Matthews, and Justin Bobb (7:05)
• What is "Wilderness Medicine"? (13:30)
• Huge Factor: wilderness injuries involve *long* evacuation times (16:40)
• Three Real-World Emergency Anecdotes (19:40)
• Most important things you learn in a Wilderness First Responder course? (32:30)
• Difference between a WFR certification and an EMT certification (38:26)
• Emergency Scenarios #4 & 5: Driving, come up on a crash on the highway (40:29)
• Hypothermia, Avalanches, and Trauma — some important stats (44:35)
• Beacons, First Aid Kits, etc. Do you have them? Do you *know how to use them*? (53:55)
• What are the different WFR certifying agencies, and what are the different certifications a person can get? (58:49)
• How to tell if your friends, boyfriend, or girlfriend really love you (01:15:58)
• How helpful is WFR training if you are out by yourself? (01:17:28)
• FINAL POINT: Why is there so much emphasis on taking an AVI 1 course, while wilderness medical courses are given so little attention? (01:20:00)]]>
<![CDATA[Report from Bachelor + Meet the New Reviewers (Ep.29)]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 19:12:15 GMT 1:00:39 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

* Meet the new reviewers (2:30)

* Our take on Bachelor and a recap of the week (4:00)

* News about the release of a special-edition Blister Pro (7:50)

* Andrew Forward's story: Growing up in Alaska, why he turned from skiing to snowboarding; the job that allows him to stop working and ride all winter long; etc. (10:00)

* David Steele's story: Growing up in Kalispell, Montana; from mogul skier to park rat to backcountry beast; (16:06)

* Cy and David recount their most excellent "adventure" skiing Mt. Olympus, Washington (19:00)
David's deep relationship with Glacier National Park (34:45)

* Andrew's new obsession: Speed Flying (aka, "Kite Running"??) (39:30)

* David on skiing and climbing and teaching — and why he loves them all (49:00)

* Super Burrito! (54:50)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

* Meet the new reviewers (2:30)

* Our take on Bachelor and a recap of the week (4:00)

* News about the release of a special-edition Blister Pro (7:50)

* Andrew Forward's story: Growing up in Alaska, why he turned from skiing to snowboarding; the job that allows him to stop working and ride all winter long; etc. (10:00)

* David Steele's story: Growing up in Kalispell, Montana; from mogul skier to park rat to backcountry beast; (16:06)

* Cy and David recount their most excellent "adventure" skiing Mt. Olympus, Washington (19:00)
David's deep relationship with Glacier National Park (34:45)

* Andrew's new obsession: Speed Flying (aka, "Kite Running"??) (39:30)

* David on skiing and climbing and teaching — and why he loves them all (49:00)

* Super Burrito! (54:50)]]>
<![CDATA[Brendan Leonard, Semi-Rad.com (Ep.28)]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:26:52 GMT 57:52 yes
TOPICS & TIMES:

* The reception of Brendan's book, "60 Meters from Anywhere" — and what it's like to do a 43-stop Book Tour (5:50)

* About Brendan's Brand New Book, "Make it Till You Make It" (16:00)

* On How — and How Not — to Get Started (22:29)

* The Difference Between Art and Narcissism (24:33)

* How to Deal with Criticism — and Internet Trolls (25:39)

* Saying Yes to Things that Terrify You (31:50)

* On Busy-ness (39:11)

* Book, Movie, and Music Recommendations from Brendan (47:05)

* Brendan's foray into film making (56:00)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

* The reception of Brendan's book, "60 Meters from Anywhere" — and what it's like to do a 43-stop Book Tour (5:50)

* About Brendan's Brand New Book, "Make it Till You Make It" (16:00)

* On How — and How Not — to Get Started (22:29)

* The Difference Between Art and Narcissism (24:33)

* How to Deal with Criticism — and Internet Trolls (25:39)

* Saying Yes to Things that Terrify You (31:50)

* On Busy-ness (39:11)

* Book, Movie, and Music Recommendations from Brendan (47:05)

* Brendan's foray into film making (56:00)]]>
<![CDATA[Ski Designers, Armada Skis (Ep.27)]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:11:24 GMT 1:29:38 yes
TOPICS & TIMES:

• How Logan broke into the ski industry and the ski design industry (6:50)

• The very tricky business of setting recommended mount points on skis (14:00)

• “Symmetrical” park skis — overrated? (25:30)

• How do you handle the dual responsibilities of designing skis that will be attractive to a broad range of customers, but you also have to answer to Armada athletes? (26:40)

• History of the Armada JJ (29:00)

• Andy Hytjan’s background (33:30)

• The evolution of park skis & Armada’s future in park (~36:00)

• Possible redesign of Henrik Harlaut’s pro model, the Al Dente / Edollo (~39:00)

• The Armada Invictus 108Ti (44:20)

• The Armada “ARV” line & particularly the new ARV 106 (47:38)

• The Armada Invictus 99Ti & B-Dog (53:20)

• Armada’s Touring Skis - Declivity, Kufo, and a peek into what’s next... (54:50)

• Big Indie or Small Major? Armada’s unique position in the industry (1:04:04)

• Manufacturing in the US vs. China vs. Europe (vs. Dubai?) (1:15:00)

• Park & freestyle are such a big part of Armada’s roots, but as the company grows, do you let go of certain segments that used to be important? Or do you fight like hell to maintain those original segments? (1:22:15)]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

• How Logan broke into the ski industry and the ski design industry (6:50)

• The very tricky business of setting recommended mount points on skis (14:00)

• “Symmetrical” park skis — overrated? (25:30)

• How do you handle the dual responsibilities of designing skis that will be attractive to a broad range of customers, but you also have to answer to Armada athletes? (26:40)

• History of the Armada JJ (29:00)

• Andy Hytjan’s background (33:30)

• The evolution of park skis & Armada’s future in park (~36:00)

• Possible redesign of Henrik Harlaut’s pro model, the Al Dente / Edollo (~39:00)

• The Armada Invictus 108Ti (44:20)

• The Armada “ARV” line & particularly the new ARV 106 (47:38)

• The Armada Invictus 99Ti & B-Dog (53:20)

• Armada’s Touring Skis - Declivity, Kufo, and a peek into what’s next... (54:50)

• Big Indie or Small Major? Armada’s unique position in the industry (1:04:04)

• Manufacturing in the US vs. China vs. Europe (vs. Dubai?) (1:15:00)

• Park & freestyle are such a big part of Armada’s roots, but as the company grows, do you let go of certain segments that used to be important? Or do you fight like hell to maintain those original segments? (1:22:15)]]>
<![CDATA[The Best – and Worst – of Interbike, 2016 (Ep.26)]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:30:02 GMT 29:17 no <![CDATA[New Ski Gear Report from Craigieburn Valley, New Zealand (Ep.25)]]> Sun, 11 Sep 2016 06:30:17 GMT 35:42 no
Our four reviewers talk about the skis they've been testing from Kastle, Moment, Salomon, Armada, 4FRNT, K2, and more — which of them surprised us the most, which impressed us most, and which skis we’d most want to add to our quivers this season. We also talk about the Salomon MTN Lab boot vs. the new Tecnica Zero G Pro, and we may or may not also talk about Millennials and Tinder profiles.

TOPICS:

• Gear that surprised you the most?

• A/B Results: Salomon MTN Lab boot vs. Tecnica Zero G Pro

• A/B Results: Armada ARV 106 vs. K2 Marksman

• If you had to spend the entire upcoming season on one of the skis we brought, which would you pick?

• Which of the skis we have down here would you most want to add to your regular quiver?

• Paul Forward offers his take on Millennials

• Which reviewer won the most spectacular crash award on this trip?

• Tinder profile advice from Cy Whitling

• A quick word on the new Tecnica Cochise Pro 130 AT Boot]]>

Our four reviewers talk about the skis they've been testing from Kastle, Moment, Salomon, Armada, 4FRNT, K2, and more — which of them surprised us the most, which impressed us most, and which skis we’d most want to add to our quivers this season. We also talk about the Salomon MTN Lab boot vs. the new Tecnica Zero G Pro, and we may or may not also talk about Millennials and Tinder profiles.

TOPICS:

• Gear that surprised you the most?

• A/B Results: Salomon MTN Lab boot vs. Tecnica Zero G Pro

• A/B Results: Armada ARV 106 vs. K2 Marksman

• If you had to spend the entire upcoming season on one of the skis we brought, which would you pick?

• Which of the skis we have down here would you most want to add to your regular quiver?

• Paul Forward offers his take on Millennials

• Which reviewer won the most spectacular crash award on this trip?

• Tinder profile advice from Cy Whitling

• A quick word on the new Tecnica Cochise Pro 130 AT Boot]]>
<![CDATA[The National Parks, with James Kaiser (Ep.24)]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:23:20 GMT 1:35:30 no
TOPICS & TIMES:

• Overview of the history of the parks, including Abraham Lincoln’s role and their unprecedented nature (3:55)

• Grand Canyon National Park, and its wild, contested past (5:50)

• What’s the difference between National Forests, National Parks, and National Monuments? (9:08)

• What are the biggest problems facing the parks? (16:43)

• Why do the national parks matter? At their best, what do they do? (24:50)

• Why do people do such stupid things when they go to national parks? (28:15)

• How optimistic or pessimistic are you about the future of the parks? (31:30)

• James’ background, and how he got into creating guide books (36:45)

• The history of Acadia National Park and what makes it unique (38:22)

• Joshua Tree National Park (46:25)

• Yosemite National Park — James’ recommendation for where to go when it’s crowded; the history of climbing there, etc. (53:00)

• What's the most famous park you haven't visited? And which do you most want to visit? (58:12)

Topics & Times:

• Overview of the history of the parks, including Abraham Lincoln’s role and their unprecedented nature (3:55)

• Grand Canyon National Park, and its wild, contested past (5:50)

• What’s the difference between National Forests, National Parks, and National Monuments? (9:08)

• What are the biggest problems facing the parks? (16:43)

• Why do the national parks matter? At their best, what do they do? (24:50)

• Why do people do such stupid things when they go to national parks? (28:15)

• How optimistic or pessimistic are you about the future of the parks? (31:30)

• James’ background, and how he got into creating guide books (36:45)

• The history of Acadia National Park and what makes it unique (38:22)

• Joshua Tree National Park (46:25)

• Yosemite National Park — James’ recommendation for where to go when it’s crowded; the history of climbing there, etc. (53:00)

• What's the most famous park you haven't visited? And which do you most want to visit? (58:12)

• Costa Rica — why James’ wrote a guidebook to Costa Rica, the history of their parks, and why it was the most difficult of his books to write. (1:00:02)

• How do you go about building and updating a guidebook? And what makes a guidebook good or bad? (1:10:15)

• Back to Acadia: James’ best recommendation for where to go in Acadia to escape the crowds on the busiest days (1:18:25)

• Random Questions for James, including: "Allen's Coffee-Flavored Brandy — What the ???" (1:23:26)
]]>

TOPICS & TIMES:

• Overview of the history of the parks, including Abraham Lincoln’s role and their unprecedented nature (3:55)

• Grand Canyon National Park, and its wild, contested past (5:50)

• What’s the difference between National Forests, National Parks, and National Monuments? (9:08)

• What are the biggest problems facing the parks? (16:43)

• Why do the national parks matter? At their best, what do they do? (24:50)

• Why do people do such stupid things when they go to national parks? (28:15)

• How optimistic or pessimistic are you about the future of the parks? (31:30)

• James’ background, and how he got into creating guide books (36:45)

• The history of Acadia National Park and what makes it unique (38:22)

• Joshua Tree National Park (46:25)

• Yosemite National Park — James’ recommendation for where to go when it’s crowded; the history of climbing there, etc. (53:00)

• What's the most famous park you haven't visited? And which do you most want to visit? (58:12)

Topics & Times:

• Overview of the history of the parks, including Abraham Lincoln’s role and their unprecedented nature (3:55)

• Grand Canyon National Park, and its wild, contested past (5:50)

• What’s the difference between National Forests, National Parks, and National Monuments? (9:08)

• What are the biggest problems facing the parks? (16:43)

• Why do the national parks matter? At their best, what do they do? (24:50)

• Why do people do such stupid things when they go to national parks? (28:15)

• How optimistic or pessimistic are you about the future of the parks? (31:30)

• James’ background, and how he got into creating guide books (36:45)

• The history of Acadia National Park and what makes it unique (38:22)

• Joshua Tree National Park (46:25)

• Yosemite National Park — James’ recommendation for where to go when it’s crowded; the history of climbing there, etc. (53:00)

• What's the most famous park you haven't visited? And which do you most want to visit? (58:12)

• Costa Rica — why James’ wrote a guidebook to Costa Rica, the history of their parks, and why it was the most difficult of his books to write. (1:00:02)

• How do you go about building and updating a guidebook? And what makes a guidebook good or bad? (1:10:15)

• Back to Acadia: James’ best recommendation for where to go in Acadia to escape the crowds on the busiest days (1:18:25)

• Random Questions for James, including: "Allen's Coffee-Flavored Brandy — What the ???" (1:23:26)
]]>
<![CDATA[ENVE Composites (Ep.23)]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:00:59 GMT 1:15:35 no
You’d never guess from the look of things now, but ENVE’s trajectory wasn't exactly a rocket ship, but more of a roller coaster ride with lots of peaks and a number of nerve-wracking valleys.

Last week I headed to Ogden, Utah, to visit ENVE’s headquarters and tour their factory, and I then sat down for a conversation with three people who have each have played (and continue to play) an important role in ENVE’s past, present, and future.

We were joined by ENVE’s CEO, Sarah LEE-man, about the highs, lows, and the absolutely pivotal decisions that were made when the company’s future looked very precarious.

Also with us is ENVE’s chief engineer Kevin Nelson, and we talk with Kevin about working with carbon, why ENVE’s use of it isn’t simply about making lightweight bike parts, and what it means when ENVE talks about doing carbon the right way.

And last but not least, ENVE’s product manager, jake Pantone, is at the table. Jake has been at ENVE since the early days (back before the company was even named ENVE), so he’s basically seen it all.

TOPICS & TIMES:

• Our guests introduce themselves, and we discuss the origins and the early days of ENVE. (3:25)

• Sarah talks about the “Cinderella story” of ENVE, including the dark days of cease & desist notices and name changes, and the company’s major decision to keep manufacturing in the US. (6:20)

• Why carbon, and what does it mean to “Do carbon right”? (29:45)

• Manufacturing in the US vs manufacturing overseas: What are some of the misconceptions, challenges, and benefits? (36:10)

• Will an intermediate rider even notice the performance benefits of an expensive carbon wheelset? (46:40)

• ENVE’s future: what does ENVE’s plan to grow look like, how is “price” related to that growth, and how does ENVE hope to continue to differentiate itself as more companies get into their space? (50:00)

• Working with the Santa Cruz Syndicate — which Syndicate rider breaks the most stuff? Which rider provides the most product feedback? (1:00:00)

• Team Dimension Data vs The Syndicate — Which team is providing the most feedback? (1:03:30)

• Sarah’s best day at ENVE (1:07:57)

• What’s next? (1:10:00)

• My Grand Finale Question (1:11:53)]]>

You’d never guess from the look of things now, but ENVE’s trajectory wasn't exactly a rocket ship, but more of a roller coaster ride with lots of peaks and a number of nerve-wracking valleys.

Last week I headed to Ogden, Utah, to visit ENVE’s headquarters and tour their factory, and I then sat down for a conversation with three people who have each have played (and continue to play) an important role in ENVE’s past, present, and future.

We were joined by ENVE’s CEO, Sarah LEE-man, about the highs, lows, and the absolutely pivotal decisions that were made when the company’s future looked very precarious.

Also with us is ENVE’s chief engineer Kevin Nelson, and we talk with Kevin about working with carbon, why ENVE’s use of it isn’t simply about making lightweight bike parts, and what it means when ENVE talks about doing carbon the right way.

And last but not least, ENVE’s product manager, jake Pantone, is at the table. Jake has been at ENVE since the early days (back before the company was even named ENVE), so he’s basically seen it all.

TOPICS & TIMES:

• Our guests introduce themselves, and we discuss the origins and the early days of ENVE. (3:25)

• Sarah talks about the “Cinderella story” of ENVE, including the dark days of cease & desist notices and name changes, and the company’s major decision to keep manufacturing in the US. (6:20)

• Why carbon, and what does it mean to “Do carbon right”? (29:45)

• Manufacturing in the US vs manufacturing overseas: What are some of the misconceptions, challenges, and benefits? (36:10)

• Will an intermediate rider even notice the performance benefits of an expensive carbon wheelset? (46:40)

• ENVE’s future: what does ENVE’s plan to grow look like, how is “price” related to that growth, and how does ENVE hope to continue to differentiate itself as more companies get into their space? (50:00)

• Working with the Santa Cruz Syndicate — which Syndicate rider breaks the most stuff? Which rider provides the most product feedback? (1:00:00)

• Team Dimension Data vs The Syndicate — Which team is providing the most feedback? (1:03:30)

• Sarah’s best day at ENVE (1:07:57)

• What’s next? (1:10:00)

• My Grand Finale Question (1:11:53)]]>
<![CDATA[Luke Jacobson – Moment Skis (Ep.22)]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:32:02 GMT 1:09:27 no
We talk to Luke about their new 16/17 lineup (including the new Meridian, the new Bibby Tour, and the redesigned Tallac), and Luke breaks some exclusive news about two other new skis. We also discuss how Moment’s rather unique aesthetic came to be, why Luke thinks that the "Deathwish" isn't the worst name ever for a ski, and more...

TOPICS & TIMES:

• Talk about your new role at Moment, and what you guys are up to now? (1:50)

• What do you miss about the early days of Moment, and what don’t you miss? (5:55)

• The 16/17 lineup of skis, starting with the redesigned Tallac (9:55)

• The new Bibby Tour (13:15)

• The new Meridian, and how it evolved from the Chipotle Banana (16:25)

• What’s your current favorite ski in the line? (21:20)

• Breaking News: Luke announces a new ski (23:50)

• More Breaking News: Luke announces another new ski, the “Chief Commander” (25:25)

• Art and the ‘Moment aesthetic’ (32:15)

• Music - what Luke’s listening to (40:55)

• Outside of skiing, what are you into these days? (Answer: aerobatic flying?!?) (43:15)

• Luke’s DJ name (48:50)

• Wes Anderson films! (50:20)

• How drunk were you when you named a ski, the “Deathwish”? (~52:00)

• Ski Shops (59:00)

• Bidets, and why Moment is a more eco-friendly company than ON3P (1:04:55)]]>

We talk to Luke about their new 16/17 lineup (including the new Meridian, the new Bibby Tour, and the redesigned Tallac), and Luke breaks some exclusive news about two other new skis. We also discuss how Moment’s rather unique aesthetic came to be, why Luke thinks that the "Deathwish" isn't the worst name ever for a ski, and more...

TOPICS & TIMES:

• Talk about your new role at Moment, and what you guys are up to now? (1:50)

• What do you miss about the early days of Moment, and what don’t you miss? (5:55)

• The 16/17 lineup of skis, starting with the redesigned Tallac (9:55)

• The new Bibby Tour (13:15)

• The new Meridian, and how it evolved from the Chipotle Banana (16:25)

• What’s your current favorite ski in the line? (21:20)

• Breaking News: Luke announces a new ski (23:50)

• More Breaking News: Luke announces another new ski, the “Chief Commander” (25:25)

• Art and the ‘Moment aesthetic’ (32:15)

• Music - what Luke’s listening to (40:55)

• Outside of skiing, what are you into these days? (Answer: aerobatic flying?!?) (43:15)

• Luke’s DJ name (48:50)

• Wes Anderson films! (50:20)

• How drunk were you when you named a ski, the “Deathwish”? (~52:00)

• Ski Shops (59:00)

• Bidets, and why Moment is a more eco-friendly company than ON3P (1:04:55)]]>
<![CDATA[Xavier de le Rue, Snowboarder (Ep.21)]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:40:38 GMT 1:02:12 no
Among other things, Xavier and I talk about his philosophy of life and risk taking; why he thinks that riding faster = riding safer; the current state of the snowboarding industry; some of his former and current film projects; and what’s next for him.

TOPICS & TIMES:

• Where are you currently? (1:59)

• Snowboarding, Surfing, and Why XV hates traditional Fitness Programs (2:54)

• XV on risk, death, “progression,” and his film White Noise (5:27)

• Do you look at the younger version of yourself and think, “The risks I was taking then were stupid”? (13:59)

• Why Xavier gets nervous before every line he rides (17:25)

• What’s your demeanor like when things start getting intense — do you lock in, or do you tend to crack jokes and keep things light? (25:47)

• Who were your heroes growing up? Who were you drawing inspiration from? (28:23)

• The massive importance of boarder cross for XV; why he is so disappointed in the current state of it; and what he might do about it (32:56)

• Why XV thinks riding faster = riding safer in the mountains (36:44)

• What do you think of the current state of snowboarding? (39:54)

• What XV is currently reading, and why he doesn’t watch many snowboard movies (45:32)

• XV’s DIY Project, and why he has moved away from more traditional films to his current projects (49:09)

• Xavier’s board — how it was designed to be ridden, and whether his taste in boards has changed over the years (54:17)

• Which of your films is your favorite? Is there one that you think is most representative of your riding? (56:53)]]>

Among other things, Xavier and I talk about his philosophy of life and risk taking; why he thinks that riding faster = riding safer; the current state of the snowboarding industry; some of his former and current film projects; and what’s next for him.

TOPICS & TIMES:

• Where are you currently? (1:59)

• Snowboarding, Surfing, and Why XV hates traditional Fitness Programs (2:54)

• XV on risk, death, “progression,” and his film White Noise (5:27)

• Do you look at the younger version of yourself and think, “The risks I was taking then were stupid”? (13:59)

• Why Xavier gets nervous before every line he rides (17:25)

• What’s your demeanor like when things start getting intense — do you lock in, or do you tend to crack jokes and keep things light? (25:47)

• Who were your heroes growing up? Who were you drawing inspiration from? (28:23)

• The massive importance of boarder cross for XV; why he is so disappointed in the current state of it; and what he might do about it (32:56)

• Why XV thinks riding faster = riding safer in the mountains (36:44)

• What do you think of the current state of snowboarding? (39:54)

• What XV is currently reading, and why he doesn’t watch many snowboard movies (45:32)

• XV’s DIY Project, and why he has moved away from more traditional films to his current projects (49:09)

• Xavier’s board — how it was designed to be ridden, and whether his taste in boards has changed over the years (54:17)

• Which of your films is your favorite? Is there one that you think is most representative of your riding? (56:53)]]>
<![CDATA[Blister’s Bike Editor, Noah Bodman (Ep.20)]]> Fri, 08 Jul 2016 16:52:49 GMT 45:15 no
And we even discuss one or two things that don’t start with the second letter of the alphabet, like the new SRAM Eagle 1x12 drivetrain; the current state of bike trails access and advocacy, and whether or not we can expect to see bike trails in wilderness areas, etc.

Topics & Times:

• How Noah spent the 4th of July (2:50)

• Why Noah hates Butte, Montana (3:05)

• Noah enlightens us about Brexit (4:45)

• Noah tries to explain Trump and Hilary to me (7:00)

• Noah's top 3 favorite bands (that we're not sure actually exist) (8:02)

• What Noah learned on Blister's recent bike review trip to Whistler (9:42)

• Peachios! (10:30)

• Best method to carry water on a bike: fanny packs vs. water bottles vs. hydration packs vs. bibs (11:25)

• Noah and I debate which bike race / bike event is the greatest in the world (12:35)

• New bike tech: what trends do I have to familiarize myself with now? (16:58)

• Which bike company is bucking the trends to get lower, longer, slacker? (18:00)

• SRAM Eagle: do I need 12 speeds? (19:50)

• Clipless pedals vs. Flats: which is trending? (22:50)

• E-bikes: are they currently more of a thing or less of a thing? (23:40)

• The part in the podcast where you can actually hear Noah blow my mind (26:50)

• What bike movie should I watch? (29:00)

• Bike advocacy: How to go about improving trails & trail access (33:35)

• The conflict between mountain bikers and other wilderness users — IMBA / Sustainable Trails Coalition vs. the Sierra Club & the Wilderness Society (36:50)

• What Noah is reviewing now & what's up next (40:48)

• Heroin vs. Carbon Wheels? Which is worse? (42:28)

Episode Sponsor: Nest Bedding

The last couple of weeks we’ve talked about the importance of sleep to achieve peak performance and for improving the quality of your life, day in and day out.

But this week, we want to provide a bit of a Public Service Announcement, and point out that Nest Bedding makes a mattress they call, The Love Bed. Why is it called the Love Bed, and what is it supposed to be good for? Let’s just say that, ideally, your mattress should be doing more than just delivering a great night of sleep. Get it? Whether you do or you don’t, check out The Love Bed at nestbedding.com, and ask yourself whether that nasty, stained mattress of yours is doing you any favors.]]>

And we even discuss one or two things that don’t start with the second letter of the alphabet, like the new SRAM Eagle 1x12 drivetrain; the current state of bike trails access and advocacy, and whether or not we can expect to see bike trails in wilderness areas, etc.

Topics & Times:

• How Noah spent the 4th of July (2:50)

• Why Noah hates Butte, Montana (3:05)

• Noah enlightens us about Brexit (4:45)

• Noah tries to explain Trump and Hilary to me (7:00)

• Noah's top 3 favorite bands (that we're not sure actually exist) (8:02)

• What Noah learned on Blister's recent bike review trip to Whistler (9:42)

• Peachios! (10:30)

• Best method to carry water on a bike: fanny packs vs. water bottles vs. hydration packs vs. bibs (11:25)

• Noah and I debate which bike race / bike event is the greatest in the world (12:35)

• New bike tech: what trends do I have to familiarize myself with now? (16:58)

• Which bike company is bucking the trends to get lower, longer, slacker? (18:00)

• SRAM Eagle: do I need 12 speeds? (19:50)

• Clipless pedals vs. Flats: which is trending? (22:50)

• E-bikes: are they currently more of a thing or less of a thing? (23:40)

• The part in the podcast where you can actually hear Noah blow my mind (26:50)

• What bike movie should I watch? (29:00)

• Bike advocacy: How to go about improving trails & trail access (33:35)

• The conflict between mountain bikers and other wilderness users — IMBA / Sustainable Trails Coalition vs. the Sierra Club & the Wilderness Society (36:50)

• What Noah is reviewing now & what's up next (40:48)

• Heroin vs. Carbon Wheels? Which is worse? (42:28)

Episode Sponsor: Nest Bedding

The last couple of weeks we’ve talked about the importance of sleep to achieve peak performance and for improving the quality of your life, day in and day out.

But this week, we want to provide a bit of a Public Service Announcement, and point out that Nest Bedding makes a mattress they call, The Love Bed. Why is it called the Love Bed, and what is it supposed to be good for? Let’s just say that, ideally, your mattress should be doing more than just delivering a great night of sleep. Get it? Whether you do or you don’t, check out The Love Bed at nestbedding.com, and ask yourself whether that nasty, stained mattress of yours is doing you any favors.]]>
<![CDATA[What’s Next? The Future of Helmet Design (Ep.19)]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:52:22 GMT 1:11:23 no
To that end, we recruited the senior director of R&D at Giro, Rob Wesson, to further flesh out some of the fundamental issues surrounding head injuries, what sorts of new safety standards we can expect to see in the near future, and how helmet designs will evolve in the coming years.

Rob and I cover a lot of important ground in this conversation, and you will find a detailed breakdown of the topics and the specific times at which we cover them in the Show Notes below.

Topics & Times:

• Rob’s background & what his work at Giro’s R&D Center involves (2:40)

• What most customers regard as the #1 factor when selecting a helmet (12:18)

• Which helmet type (road bike, mtn bike, ski, etc) is the most labor-intensive and most difficult to design? (14:40)

• Where are we headed in terms of helmet design? (18:14)

• Why MIPS matters, but why Giro wasn’t an early adopter (20:15)

• Thing you should know: What's the Difference between “MIPS” and “Rotational Energy Management Systems” (22:38)

• Helmet Standards & Certifications: Who sets them & How does it all Work? (25:10)

• Rob sets the record straight on the term “Multi-Impact” (30:10)

• Why Rob doesn’t think I should start skiing in a hockey helmet (43:37)

• CTE: How does our growing understanding of head injuries in general — and CTE in particular — affect your work? (36:30)

• Why people who are against the use of helmets—and the evidence they tend to cite—are off base. (42:28)

• 4-5 years from now, what will be the biggest differences in the helmets from what is available today? (45:38)

• What is Giro doing different or better than other helmet companies out there? Why should someone buy a Giro helmet? (50:19)

• A dirty little secret about over 80% of the companies that sell helmets (52:35)

• What’s the real difference between a $60 helmet and a $250 helmet? (59:15)

• Why Giro is coming out with a $600 ski helmet, and why it was a huge project (1:02:22)

• How does Giro determine what sort of shape and fit their helmets will have? (1:04:40)

EPISODE SPONSOR: Nest Bedding

More studies are showing that the quality of your sleep is directly related to the quality of your life. So even if you happen to have a cool job, the best friends, or you make a bunch of money, you won’t feel all that great if you aren’t well rested. (This is a super obvious point, by the way, so how come so many of us report that we aren’t getting enough quality sleep?)

So if you’d like to literally improve the overall quality of your life and feel better every single day, you might want to consider a new mattress. Check out nestbedding.com — the affordable alternative to overpriced mattress stores — to see which of their mattresses is the best option for you.]]>

To that end, we recruited the senior director of R&D at Giro, Rob Wesson, to further flesh out some of the fundamental issues surrounding head injuries, what sorts of new safety standards we can expect to see in the near future, and how helmet designs will evolve in the coming years.

Rob and I cover a lot of important ground in this conversation, and you will find a detailed breakdown of the topics and the specific times at which we cover them in the Show Notes below.

Topics & Times:

• Rob’s background & what his work at Giro’s R&D Center involves (2:40)

• What most customers regard as the #1 factor when selecting a helmet (12:18)

• Which helmet type (road bike, mtn bike, ski, etc) is the most labor-intensive and most difficult to design? (14:40)

• Where are we headed in terms of helmet design? (18:14)

• Why MIPS matters, but why Giro wasn’t an early adopter (20:15)

• Thing you should know: What's the Difference between “MIPS” and “Rotational Energy Management Systems” (22:38)

• Helmet Standards & Certifications: Who sets them & How does it all Work? (25:10)

• Rob sets the record straight on the term “Multi-Impact” (30:10)

• Why Rob doesn’t think I should start skiing in a hockey helmet (43:37)

• CTE: How does our growing understanding of head injuries in general — and CTE in particular — affect your work? (36:30)

• Why people who are against the use of helmets—and the evidence they tend to cite—are off base. (42:28)

• 4-5 years from now, what will be the biggest differences in the helmets from what is available today? (45:38)

• What is Giro doing different or better than other helmet companies out there? Why should someone buy a Giro helmet? (50:19)

• A dirty little secret about over 80% of the companies that sell helmets (52:35)

• What’s the real difference between a $60 helmet and a $250 helmet? (59:15)

• Why Giro is coming out with a $600 ski helmet, and why it was a huge project (1:02:22)

• How does Giro determine what sort of shape and fit their helmets will have? (1:04:40)

EPISODE SPONSOR: Nest Bedding

More studies are showing that the quality of your sleep is directly related to the quality of your life. So even if you happen to have a cool job, the best friends, or you make a bunch of money, you won’t feel all that great if you aren’t well rested. (This is a super obvious point, by the way, so how come so many of us report that we aren’t getting enough quality sleep?)

So if you’d like to literally improve the overall quality of your life and feel better every single day, you might want to consider a new mattress. Check out nestbedding.com — the affordable alternative to overpriced mattress stores — to see which of their mattresses is the best option for you.]]>
<![CDATA[How to Protect Your Head (Ep.18)]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:56:49 GMT 1:35:58 no
But while we can agree that helmets are a good idea, it is pretty alarming how little most of us know beyond that — and that lack of knowledge could prove to be dangerous.

Are all helmets pretty much the same, and equally safe? What's up with all those different safety certifications? What should a helmet fit like if it is actually going to protect your head? What are the main things you should you be looking for, and what do you most need to know, before selecting and purchasing a helmet? One thing’s for sure: the time to figure all of this out is not after you’ve had a bad crash.

In this episode, we talk to Ståle Møller, the lead designer and co-founder of Sweet Protection.

Ståle has spent a lot of his time thinking about and designing helmets, and I am confident of three things if you listen to this podcast: (1) You will come away much better informed about how to protect your head; (2) You will almost certainly purchase helmets differently in the future, and (3) You will see why we were so impressed with Ståle back at SIA.

Topics and Times:

• What is your background — athletic and academic?

• How did you get into helmet design (4:15)

• How did you go from making some products to starting a company, Sweet Protection (12:20)

• What are the most important factors for people to consider when purchasing a helmet? (17:20)

• What does a “properly sized" helmet fit like / feel like? (19:00)

• What is the real difference — in terms of safety — between a $80 helmet and a $300 helmet? (26:30)

• Does “MIPS” (Multidirectional Impact Protection System) matter? (30:25)

• What's up with "Multi-Impact" helmets? (35:58)

• How do I evaluate / know when it's time to replace my helmet? (41:04)

• What are the trickiest compromises to deal with in helmet design? (43:13)

• Why use carbon in helmets? Is it just for the bling factor? (53:00)

• What's next for Sweet Protection — are there other categories Sweet is looking to move into? (1:07:42)

• As a designer of helmets for outdoors sports, what other fields are you paying attention to? (1:09:00)

• Where are we in terms of helmet tech — pretty advanced, or in the early stages of development? (1:14:20)

• How do helmet certifications differ? Is one better than the others? Are they the same for bike and ski? (1:18:41)

• What makes Sweet Protection's price-point helmets different or better than others on the market? And why should someone consider buying a kid's helmet from Sweet? (1:25:50)

• What makes Sweet's top-of-the-line helmets different or better than others on the market? (1:29:40)]]>

But while we can agree that helmets are a good idea, it is pretty alarming how little most of us know beyond that — and that lack of knowledge could prove to be dangerous.

Are all helmets pretty much the same, and equally safe? What's up with all those different safety certifications? What should a helmet fit like if it is actually going to protect your head? What are the main things you should you be looking for, and what do you most need to know, before selecting and purchasing a helmet? One thing’s for sure: the time to figure all of this out is not after you’ve had a bad crash.

In this episode, we talk to Ståle Møller, the lead designer and co-founder of Sweet Protection.

Ståle has spent a lot of his time thinking about and designing helmets, and I am confident of three things if you listen to this podcast: (1) You will come away much better informed about how to protect your head; (2) You will almost certainly purchase helmets differently in the future, and (3) You will see why we were so impressed with Ståle back at SIA.

Topics and Times:

• What is your background — athletic and academic?

• How did you get into helmet design (4:15)

• How did you go from making some products to starting a company, Sweet Protection (12:20)

• What are the most important factors for people to consider when purchasing a helmet? (17:20)

• What does a “properly sized" helmet fit like / feel like? (19:00)

• What is the real difference — in terms of safety — between a $80 helmet and a $300 helmet? (26:30)

• Does “MIPS” (Multidirectional Impact Protection System) matter? (30:25)

• What's up with "Multi-Impact" helmets? (35:58)

• How do I evaluate / know when it's time to replace my helmet? (41:04)

• What are the trickiest compromises to deal with in helmet design? (43:13)

• Why use carbon in helmets? Is it just for the bling factor? (53:00)

• What's next for Sweet Protection — are there other categories Sweet is looking to move into? (1:07:42)

• As a designer of helmets for outdoors sports, what other fields are you paying attention to? (1:09:00)

• Where are we in terms of helmet tech — pretty advanced, or in the early stages of development? (1:14:20)

• How do helmet certifications differ? Is one better than the others? Are they the same for bike and ski? (1:18:41)

• What makes Sweet Protection's price-point helmets different or better than others on the market? And why should someone consider buying a kid's helmet from Sweet? (1:25:50)

• What makes Sweet's top-of-the-line helmets different or better than others on the market? (1:29:40)]]>
<![CDATA[Semi-Rad.com’s Brendan Leonard (Ep.17)]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 20:04:48 GMT 1:42:45 no
Brendan has a new book out, called, Sixty Meters to Anywhere. So it was a good time to bring Brendan onto the podcast to talk about the book, and a bunch of other things, such as:

• Some of Brendan's upcoming projects, including a book about art, a book about pizza, and a book about football (that I might have to force him to write).

• Why Brendan is being drawn toward films & filmmaking

• Addiction

• Distraction (and social media and phones and dopamine)

• On being "busy," and why Brendan tries to avoid using the term

• Kanye West (!!!)

• Coffee — and why I think Brendan is wrong to be trying to cut back on his consumption

Brendan is a great storyteller, so if you love the outdoors and have ever been tempted to pick up a pen or a camera to document your experience, you ought to listen to this podcast.

]]>

Brendan has a new book out, called, Sixty Meters to Anywhere. So it was a good time to bring Brendan onto the podcast to talk about the book, and a bunch of other things, such as:

• Some of Brendan's upcoming projects, including a book about art, a book about pizza, and a book about football (that I might have to force him to write).

• Why Brendan is being drawn toward films & filmmaking

• Addiction

• Distraction (and social media and phones and dopamine)

• On being "busy," and why Brendan tries to avoid using the term

• Kanye West (!!!)

• Coffee — and why I think Brendan is wrong to be trying to cut back on his consumption

Brendan is a great storyteller, so if you love the outdoors and have ever been tempted to pick up a pen or a camera to document your experience, you ought to listen to this podcast.

]]>
<![CDATA[Scott Andrus – Founder, ON3P Skis (Ep.16)]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 12:33:15 GMT 1:10:32 no
Question: Aside from the graphics, what’s the difference between one ski from the next? How do you tell whether a ski is well-built or poorly-built? What sort of things should you be looking for?

We’ve just returned from our review trip to the PNW, and our very first stop in Portland was at the ON3P Skis factory, where we stopped by to talk to ON3P founder, Scott Andrus.

Of all the people I know in the ski industry, there is no one I talk to who obsesses more about the minute details of ski building & finishing than Scott.

So I talked to Scott about how to tell the difference between a quality build and a crap build, and we go on to talk about a bunch of other stuff, too, including:

• ON3P’s new ski lineup (and Scott’s personal favorite).
• Why ON3P loves a good bidet. (No joke.)
• The real and perceived differences between “major" ski companies and smaller “indie” companies.
• The role of “teams” at ski companies, plus how — and how not — to get sponsored.
• Why ON3P isn’t in the race to build the lightest skis out there.
• We also ask Scott several questions from Blister readers and listeners, and we talk about the cat farm that Scott is probably going to start if he ever stops building skis...

My advice is to listen closely at the start of this one -- you’ll very quickly get the sense that not all skis are created equal, and hopefully, you’ll be able to size up various skis yourself with a more critical eye.

And then after about the first 10 minutes, you can relax a bit and listen to us discuss a bunch of other good stuff - including Scott’s future cat farm.]]>

Question: Aside from the graphics, what’s the difference between one ski from the next? How do you tell whether a ski is well-built or poorly-built? What sort of things should you be looking for?

We’ve just returned from our review trip to the PNW, and our very first stop in Portland was at the ON3P Skis factory, where we stopped by to talk to ON3P founder, Scott Andrus.

Of all the people I know in the ski industry, there is no one I talk to who obsesses more about the minute details of ski building & finishing than Scott.

So I talked to Scott about how to tell the difference between a quality build and a crap build, and we go on to talk about a bunch of other stuff, too, including:

• ON3P’s new ski lineup (and Scott’s personal favorite).
• Why ON3P loves a good bidet. (No joke.)
• The real and perceived differences between “major" ski companies and smaller “indie” companies.
• The role of “teams” at ski companies, plus how — and how not — to get sponsored.
• Why ON3P isn’t in the race to build the lightest skis out there.
• We also ask Scott several questions from Blister readers and listeners, and we talk about the cat farm that Scott is probably going to start if he ever stops building skis...

My advice is to listen closely at the start of this one -- you’ll very quickly get the sense that not all skis are created equal, and hopefully, you’ll be able to size up various skis yourself with a more critical eye.

And then after about the first 10 minutes, you can relax a bit and listen to us discuss a bunch of other good stuff - including Scott’s future cat farm.]]>
<![CDATA[Blister’s Bike Editor, Noah Bodman (Ep.15)]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 06:03:02 GMT 52:25 no
• What the 'Most Montana' town in Montana is?

• Aaron Gwin’s impressive world cup victory in Lourdes, France, on his new bike

• Whether Noah thinks I could beat Gwin down a DH course if I got to ride a DH bike and he had to ride a hardtail

• Why Noah doesn’t think I should shoot Gwin in the leg in Butte, Montana (You’re going to have to listen to the end to hear that part. It’s worth it. Promise.)

• The most intriguing new bikes this season

• 27.5" vs. 29" — where are we in the war of the wheel sizes?

• Carbon wheels vs. Aluminum wheels — which riders would benefit most by going to carbon?

• The pros and cons of all the new bike standards (including "Boost", and what the real implications of all of these new options will be over the next 5 to 10 years.

• The "Best Bets" for bikes - which bikes Noah thinks amount to the surest things, the safest recommendations to a broad range of riders.

• Why I'm excited to go to Butte, MT, and whether or not Noah will ever be able to safely set foot in Butte after this podcast...]]>

• What the 'Most Montana' town in Montana is?

• Aaron Gwin’s impressive world cup victory in Lourdes, France, on his new bike

• Whether Noah thinks I could beat Gwin down a DH course if I got to ride a DH bike and he had to ride a hardtail

• Why Noah doesn’t think I should shoot Gwin in the leg in Butte, Montana (You’re going to have to listen to the end to hear that part. It’s worth it. Promise.)

• The most intriguing new bikes this season

• 27.5" vs. 29" — where are we in the war of the wheel sizes?

• Carbon wheels vs. Aluminum wheels — which riders would benefit most by going to carbon?

• The pros and cons of all the new bike standards (including "Boost", and what the real implications of all of these new options will be over the next 5 to 10 years.

• The "Best Bets" for bikes - which bikes Noah thinks amount to the surest things, the safest recommendations to a broad range of riders.

• Why I'm excited to go to Butte, MT, and whether or not Noah will ever be able to safely set foot in Butte after this podcast...]]>
<![CDATA[Ted Ligety – US Ski Racer, GS Legend (Ep.14)]]> Sat, 02 Apr 2016 01:10:56 GMT 50:05 no
In our conversation, Ted and I talk about his end-of-January injury, what happened, and what his goals are for next season.

We also revisit the question of the ‘current’ FIS-regulation skis, and whether his initial opinions about those skis have softened or grown stronger?

We then set the record straight on Ted’s background: how and why he was able to go from losing races badly to becoming the best in the world, and we talk about “failure” and figuring out when to quit vs. when to persevere.

Finally, we talk about Ted’s company Shred, and why he thinks that some of their latest developments are improvements over current technologies.]]>

In our conversation, Ted and I talk about his end-of-January injury, what happened, and what his goals are for next season.

We also revisit the question of the ‘current’ FIS-regulation skis, and whether his initial opinions about those skis have softened or grown stronger?

We then set the record straight on Ted’s background: how and why he was able to go from losing races badly to becoming the best in the world, and we talk about “failure” and figuring out when to quit vs. when to persevere.

Finally, we talk about Ted’s company Shred, and why he thinks that some of their latest developments are improvements over current technologies.]]>
<![CDATA[Jason Levinthal on How to Save Skiing (Ep.13)]]> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 02:01:17 GMT 1:08:47 no
In our conversation, Jason pulls back the curtain on the ski industry—he pulls it waaay back—and talks very bluntly and with full transparency about how the ski industry works, what isn’t working, and what he thinks needs to be done to fix it.

(You might want to buckle up and brace yourself—there's a lot of real talk in here.)

In addition to brass tacks and gory details, J and I also talk about some of the new ski designs he’s experimenting with, what the hardest and easiest things have been about starting his new company, and J reveals what his next company might be. (Spoiler alert: it involves sleds, and he thinks I should go in on it with him.)

Jason has always been known to speak his mind, but I doubt you’ve ever heard him be this unfiltered before:]]>

In our conversation, Jason pulls back the curtain on the ski industry—he pulls it waaay back—and talks very bluntly and with full transparency about how the ski industry works, what isn’t working, and what he thinks needs to be done to fix it.

(You might want to buckle up and brace yourself—there's a lot of real talk in here.)

In addition to brass tacks and gory details, J and I also talk about some of the new ski designs he’s experimenting with, what the hardest and easiest things have been about starting his new company, and J reveals what his next company might be. (Spoiler alert: it involves sleds, and he thinks I should go in on it with him.)

Jason has always been known to speak his mind, but I doubt you’ve ever heard him be this unfiltered before:]]>
<![CDATA[Everest Guide & Ski Patroller, Dave Hahn (Ep.12)]]> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 03:41:57 GMT 1:13:10 no <![CDATA[Daron Rahlves – World Champion Downhiller, Big Mtn Skier, Banzai Master (Ep.11)]]> Fri, 26 Feb 2016 07:17:47 GMT 46:22 no <![CDATA[Angel Collinson – Big Mountain Skier (Ep.10)]]> Mon, 22 Feb 2016 07:15:09 GMT 1:28:28 no
She’s just come off a win of the Red Bull Cold Rush comp, she was the first woman to win Powder Magazine’s Line of the Year, and she has two recent TGR segments that the entire internet is watching and rewatching. And more impressive than all that is how well Angel is handling the spotlight.

Some of the things we discussed with Angel: growing up across the street from Snowbird; how a cute coach she had as a kid might be responsible for the success she's enjoying today; "women's-specific" equipment"; the fact that she studied philosophy in college; filming with Ian McIntosh and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (and who's cooler, Ian or Sage?); Lazer Tag; candy; her new sponsors (Red Bull & Volkl); self-marketing & social media (and her advice to those coming up and interested in becoming a pro) her favorite audiobooks and podcasts, and more.
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She’s just come off a win of the Red Bull Cold Rush comp, she was the first woman to win Powder Magazine’s Line of the Year, and she has two recent TGR segments that the entire internet is watching and rewatching. And more impressive than all that is how well Angel is handling the spotlight.

Some of the things we discussed with Angel: growing up across the street from Snowbird; how a cute coach she had as a kid might be responsible for the success she's enjoying today; "women's-specific" equipment"; the fact that she studied philosophy in college; filming with Ian McIntosh and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (and who's cooler, Ian or Sage?); Lazer Tag; candy; her new sponsors (Red Bull & Volkl); self-marketing & social media (and her advice to those coming up and interested in becoming a pro) her favorite audiobooks and podcasts, and more.
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<![CDATA[Blister’s Best Bets & Week in Review (Ep.9)]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:08:50 GMT 33:05 no ]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Special Summit on Ski Design (Ep.8)]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:36:40 GMT 1:14:09 no <![CDATA[SIA 2016 – Overview & Trends (Ep.7)]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:45:38 GMT 36:56 no <![CDATA[Cody Townsend – Skier, Filmmaker, Entrepreneur (Ep.6)]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 03:57:43 GMT 1:17:05 no
Cody's been staring in ski movies since he was 19 years old, he's recently been making his own films while simultaneously running a company, Arcade Belt Co. So we talk to Cody about skiing, filming, and entrepreneurship, including:

• His background (including a great story about Cody not exactly fitting in with the other ski racers).

• Our product of the year (and Cody's go-to ski boot), the Salomon MTN Lab AT boot.

• Skiing consequential lines on skis that are not traditional big-mountain chargers.

• Cody's take on the next revolution in skiing.

• Filmmaking and the Rise of Indie Film Projects — including Cody's own film, Conquering the Useless.

• A discussion of the best ski movie ever, Cody’s recent favorites, and the future of ski movies.

• Cody’s company, Arcade Belt Co., the pros and cons (and grind) of starting a company, and the reasons why VC investor, Chris Sacca, is impressed with Arcade’s products.

• Podcasts: why we love them, and which ones are Cody’s favorites.]]>

Cody's been staring in ski movies since he was 19 years old, he's recently been making his own films while simultaneously running a company, Arcade Belt Co. So we talk to Cody about skiing, filming, and entrepreneurship, including:

• His background (including a great story about Cody not exactly fitting in with the other ski racers).

• Our product of the year (and Cody's go-to ski boot), the Salomon MTN Lab AT boot.

• Skiing consequential lines on skis that are not traditional big-mountain chargers.

• Cody's take on the next revolution in skiing.

• Filmmaking and the Rise of Indie Film Projects — including Cody's own film, Conquering the Useless.

• A discussion of the best ski movie ever, Cody’s recent favorites, and the future of ski movies.

• Cody’s company, Arcade Belt Co., the pros and cons (and grind) of starting a company, and the reasons why VC investor, Chris Sacca, is impressed with Arcade’s products.

• Podcasts: why we love them, and which ones are Cody’s favorites.]]>
<![CDATA[Freeride World Tour skier, Garrett Altmann (Ep.5)]]> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 22:26:06 GMT 1:11:26 no
We talk to Garrett about his background: growing up racing and mogul skiing, his time on the US ski team, filming with Warren Miller movies, and more.

Garrett is leaving in just a couple days to head to Europe for the start of the Freeride World Tour, so we talk to him about the FWT: about some of the venues, Garrett’s mindset heading into the tour; and his strategy this season—how he thinks about 'Risk vs. Reward' — that constant inner struggle of whether to pick a conservative line, play it safe, and just stay on your feet, Vs. saying, "Screw It," and just Going Big.

We also talk about some rule changes that we’d like to see the FWT adopt, and why these FWT comps are even harder, scarier, and more demanding than they look.]]>

We talk to Garrett about his background: growing up racing and mogul skiing, his time on the US ski team, filming with Warren Miller movies, and more.

Garrett is leaving in just a couple days to head to Europe for the start of the Freeride World Tour, so we talk to him about the FWT: about some of the venues, Garrett’s mindset heading into the tour; and his strategy this season—how he thinks about 'Risk vs. Reward' — that constant inner struggle of whether to pick a conservative line, play it safe, and just stay on your feet, Vs. saying, "Screw It," and just Going Big.

We also talk about some rule changes that we’d like to see the FWT adopt, and why these FWT comps are even harder, scarier, and more demanding than they look.]]>
<![CDATA[Climber & American Ninja Warrior Champion, Isaac Caldiero (Ep.4)]]> Thu, 07 Jan 2016 18:51:29 GMT 51:55 no <![CDATA[On Patagonia’s Recent Environmental Initiative & “Fair Trade” (Ep.3)]]> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 16:57:22 GMT 47:32 no <![CDATA[Ep. 2: Line & K2 Ski Designer, Jed Yeiser – Part 2]]> Thu, 24 Dec 2015 07:05:33 GMT 50:36 yes <![CDATA[Ep. 1: Line & K2 Ski Designer, Jed Yeiser – Part 1]]> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 18:57:09 GMT 1:04:12 yes