60 pippa.io GEAR:30 http://blistergearreview.com en Blister, 2018 Skiing, snowboarding, gear, snow, bike, outdoors Blister GEAR:30 is the blister podcast where we dive deep into the details of the most interesting and innovative outdoors gear. GEAR:30 is the blister podcast where we dive deep into the details of the most interesting and innovative outdoors gear.


We talk with some of our own editors and reviewers about the gear they’ve been testing and what they think of it, and we also talk to product designers, engineers, and athletes about the latest stuff they’ve been working on.


Finally, we are going to be talking to some of the owners of our blister recommended shops around the world, to have them weigh in on gear trends and the equipment they’ve been most impressed with in terms of durability, value, or performance in places like Alaska, Colorado, Europe, New Zealand, and more. If you love outdoors gear, you're going to love this podcast.

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GEAR:30 is the blister podcast where we dive deep into the details of the most interesting and innovative outdoors gear.


We talk with some of our own editors and reviewers about the gear they’ve been testing and what they think of it, and we also talk to product designers, engineers, and athletes about the latest stuff they’ve been working on.


Finally, we are going to be talking to some of the owners of our blister recommended shops around the world, to have them weigh in on gear trends and the equipment they’ve been most impressed with in terms of durability, value, or performance in places like Alaska, Colorado, Europe, New Zealand, and more. If you love outdoors gear, you're going to love this podcast.

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yes Blister info+5a3ae21d968b52d22587f211@mg.pippa.io episodic https://assets.pippa.io/shows/5a3ae21d968b52d22587f211/1539973054111-4a4027a594a13ce058327960d2cc3c09.jpeg http://blistergearreview.com GEAR:30 https://feed.pippa.io/public/shows/gear30 <![CDATA[Spark R&D - Part 2]]> Fri, 09 Nov 2018 14:58:39 GMT 44:25 5be45c75c6084f3612ad4207 no https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/spark-rd-part-2 full 28 Last week we talked to Will Ritter, the founder of the biggest splitboard binding company in the world, Spark R&D, about the origin story of Spark R&D, and some of the milestones and setbacks that the company has achieved — and survived — along the way.

This week we’re running Part 2 of our conversation, and Will and I discuss some of Spark R&D’s current products, discuss the old hard boots vs. soft boots debate, talk collaborating with companies like CAST Touring and 22 Designs, and using solar power at the Spark R&D factory.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Sparks’ new "Pro Series" of bindings (1:05)
  • Should we expect any drastic changes in Spark's splitboard interface? (4:43)
  • Thoughts on Karakoram’s new interface? (14:02)
  • Hard boots vs. soft boots (15:48)
  • Will the next biggest innovation be in bindings, splitboards or boots? (21:30)
  • Spark's collaborations with CAST Touring, 22 Designs, Phantom, etc. (29:31)
  • What’s the best question I haven't asked you? (35:54)
  • Using solar power at Spark R&D (38:45)
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Last week we talked to Will Ritter, the founder of the biggest splitboard binding company in the world, Spark R&D, about the origin story of Spark R&D, and some of the milestones and setbacks that the company has achieved — and survived — along the way.

This week we’re running Part 2 of our conversation, and Will and I discuss some of Spark R&D’s current products, discuss the old hard boots vs. soft boots debate, talk collaborating with companies like CAST Touring and 22 Designs, and using solar power at the Spark R&D factory.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Sparks’ new "Pro Series" of bindings (1:05)
  • Should we expect any drastic changes in Spark's splitboard interface? (4:43)
  • Thoughts on Karakoram’s new interface? (14:02)
  • Hard boots vs. soft boots (15:48)
  • Will the next biggest innovation be in bindings, splitboards or boots? (21:30)
  • Spark's collaborations with CAST Touring, 22 Designs, Phantom, etc. (29:31)
  • What’s the best question I haven't asked you? (35:54)
  • Using solar power at Spark R&D (38:45)
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<![CDATA[Zen & the Art of Creating the World's Biggest Splitboard Binding Company: Will Ritter, Spark R&D]]> Fri, 02 Nov 2018 16:38:36 GMT 51:23 5bdbffed50ed800563350950 no http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/zen-the-art-of-creating-the-worlds-biggest-splitboard-binding-co-will-ritter-spark-rd-ep-27 full 27 Will Ritter is the founder of Spark R&D, the largest splitboard binding company in the world, and Spark R&D designs and manufactures all of their products in Bozeman, Montana. This turned into such an interesting conversation with Will that we are presenting it in two parts. Here in part 1, we talk about the history of Spark R&D, and whether or not you’ve ever ridden a snowboard, if you have ever thought about starting any company of any kind, listen closely, because I promise you that you will glean some very real insights into what actually goes into starting and running a company.

And then we will be posting later part 2 of our conversation, where Will and I went deeper into Spark R&D’s specific products, we discuss hard boots vs. soft boots, how much room Will thinks there is for splitboards to improve, and more.

But for now, let’s get the origin story of Spark R&D, and listen to Will kindly share some real words of wisdom for anyone thinking of starting anything.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Trick or Treating & the myth of the Sugar Sprite?? (1:44)
  • When, where, and why did Will start Spark R&D? (3:48)
  • The many products Will worked on as an engineering consultant (5:25)
  • Working on the MFD ALLTIME touring binding with Jason Prigge (7:27)
  • The move from consulting to factory production (10:06)
  • The backcountry touring scene back when Will started Spark R&D (14:05)
  • "Making One" - and other major milestones (23:35)
  • How to have Zen get beaten into you (35:35)
  • The state of Spark R&D today (46:35)

STAY TUNED FOR PART 2...

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Will Ritter is the founder of Spark R&D, the largest splitboard binding company in the world, and Spark R&D designs and manufactures all of their products in Bozeman, Montana. This turned into such an interesting conversation with Will that we are presenting it in two parts. Here in part 1, we talk about the history of Spark R&D, and whether or not you’ve ever ridden a snowboard, if you have ever thought about starting any company of any kind, listen closely, because I promise you that you will glean some very real insights into what actually goes into starting and running a company.

And then we will be posting later part 2 of our conversation, where Will and I went deeper into Spark R&D’s specific products, we discuss hard boots vs. soft boots, how much room Will thinks there is for splitboards to improve, and more.

But for now, let’s get the origin story of Spark R&D, and listen to Will kindly share some real words of wisdom for anyone thinking of starting anything.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Trick or Treating & the myth of the Sugar Sprite?? (1:44)
  • When, where, and why did Will start Spark R&D? (3:48)
  • The many products Will worked on as an engineering consultant (5:25)
  • Working on the MFD ALLTIME touring binding with Jason Prigge (7:27)
  • The move from consulting to factory production (10:06)
  • The backcountry touring scene back when Will started Spark R&D (14:05)
  • "Making One" - and other major milestones (23:35)
  • How to have Zen get beaten into you (35:35)
  • The state of Spark R&D today (46:35)

STAY TUNED FOR PART 2...

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<![CDATA[Our 18/19 Winter Buyer's Guide & "Best Of" Awards]]> Fri, 26 Oct 2018 16:20:06 GMT 32:31 5bd336735cc9992d21fe2d9b yes http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/our-1819-winter-buyers-guide-best-of-awards-ep-26 full 26 Blister editors Jonathan Ellsworth, Luke Koppa, and Sam Shaheen talk about the making of our 18/19 Blister Winter Buyer’s Guide, the current state of Buyer's Guides in general, some of the “Best Of” award winners, and our Product of the Year.

And if you have any comments or questions about the Guide that you’d like to see us address on a future GEAR:30 episode, feel free to email us or leave a question in the comments section to this episode’s show notes on the website.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • On the Print Buyer's Guide & Other News (2:12)
  • Our Guide and the state of Buyer's Guides in general (5:31)
  • Our Product of the Year (9:12)
  • Some of our "Best Of" Award Winners (11:56)
  • What we'll be discussing in Part 2 (29:06)
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Blister editors Jonathan Ellsworth, Luke Koppa, and Sam Shaheen talk about the making of our 18/19 Blister Winter Buyer’s Guide, the current state of Buyer's Guides in general, some of the “Best Of” award winners, and our Product of the Year.

And if you have any comments or questions about the Guide that you’d like to see us address on a future GEAR:30 episode, feel free to email us or leave a question in the comments section to this episode’s show notes on the website.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • On the Print Buyer's Guide & Other News (2:12)
  • Our Guide and the state of Buyer's Guides in general (5:31)
  • Our Product of the Year (9:12)
  • Some of our "Best Of" Award Winners (11:56)
  • What we'll be discussing in Part 2 (29:06)
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<![CDATA[Confessions & Observations from Interbike]]> Fri, 28 Sep 2018 15:48:24 GMT 24:52 5bae3feac87e962e7fd27106 no http://blistergearreview.com/featured/interbike-confessions-observations-ep-25 full 25 Today we're discussing the wonders and weirdness of Interbike, 2018, with Blister's bike editor, Noah Bodman. Noah gives the rundown on Interbike's new digs (it moved from Las Vegas to Reno this year), what he saw, what he didn't see, and what he rode.

And we open with Jonathan Ellsworth giving a bit of an update on our 18/19 Winter Buyer’s Guide, and revealing some sketchy details about his participation at Interbike last year.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Update on Winter Buyer's Guide (2:20)
  • Confessions from Interbike, 2017 (4:00)
  • Interbike's New Digs — from Vegas to Reno, NV (6:40)
  • The new Pivot Shuttle and the predominance of e-bikes (8:20)
  • Pivot 429 Trail (14:45)
  • How this year's show compared to last year's (16:20)
  • Dumb or Niche: folding e-fat bikes (20:05)
  • Tariffs impact on Asian companies (20:45)
  • Single bike racks are for the lonely and / or lazy (22:06)


PRESENTING SPONSOR:

750 Miles of Trail in Gunnison/Crested Butte, CO

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Today we're discussing the wonders and weirdness of Interbike, 2018, with Blister's bike editor, Noah Bodman. Noah gives the rundown on Interbike's new digs (it moved from Las Vegas to Reno this year), what he saw, what he didn't see, and what he rode.

And we open with Jonathan Ellsworth giving a bit of an update on our 18/19 Winter Buyer’s Guide, and revealing some sketchy details about his participation at Interbike last year.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Update on Winter Buyer's Guide (2:20)
  • Confessions from Interbike, 2017 (4:00)
  • Interbike's New Digs — from Vegas to Reno, NV (6:40)
  • The new Pivot Shuttle and the predominance of e-bikes (8:20)
  • Pivot 429 Trail (14:45)
  • How this year's show compared to last year's (16:20)
  • Dumb or Niche: folding e-fat bikes (20:05)
  • Tariffs impact on Asian companies (20:45)
  • Single bike racks are for the lonely and / or lazy (22:06)


PRESENTING SPONSOR:

750 Miles of Trail in Gunnison/Crested Butte, CO

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<![CDATA[Parlor Skis 18/19 Lineup & 'Build Your Own Skis' Class]]> Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:00:17 GMT 53:41 5b7f9e10a13e0a117ca4e576 no http://blistergearreview.com/featured/parlor-skis-1819-lineup-build-your-own-skis-class-ep-24 full 24 We talk to Boston-based Parlor Custom Skis co-founder, Mark Wallace, about the origins story of Parlor; the very successful “Build Your Own Skis” class they offer; the new models in their 18/19 lineup — including Parlor snowboards and splitboards; and several trends on the East Coast ski scene.

And if you’d like to hear Mark talk more about custom ski building, check out our Round Table on Custom Skis, which is episode #33 of the Blister Podcast.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Brief history of Parlor Skis (2:50)
  • On Parlor's "Build Your Own Skis" class (8:21)
  • 18/19 Parlor Skis Lineup (19:58)
  • "Project Warbird" (21:20)
  • Naming skis (22:53)
  • Working with titanal (24:47)
  • The Cardinal Pro (26:59)
  • The "Dad Skinner"?? (29:24)
  • Parlor's New Snowboards (31:39)
  • Trends in East Coast Skiing: backcountry skiing (34:15)
  • East Coast Ski Width (36:54)
  • EC Snowmaking (43:55)
  • What's the best question I haven't asked you? (48:38)



PRESENTING SPONSOR:

750 Miles of Trail in Gunnison/Crested Butte, CO

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We talk to Boston-based Parlor Custom Skis co-founder, Mark Wallace, about the origins story of Parlor; the very successful “Build Your Own Skis” class they offer; the new models in their 18/19 lineup — including Parlor snowboards and splitboards; and several trends on the East Coast ski scene.

And if you’d like to hear Mark talk more about custom ski building, check out our Round Table on Custom Skis, which is episode #33 of the Blister Podcast.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Brief history of Parlor Skis (2:50)
  • On Parlor's "Build Your Own Skis" class (8:21)
  • 18/19 Parlor Skis Lineup (19:58)
  • "Project Warbird" (21:20)
  • Naming skis (22:53)
  • Working with titanal (24:47)
  • The Cardinal Pro (26:59)
  • The "Dad Skinner"?? (29:24)
  • Parlor's New Snowboards (31:39)
  • Trends in East Coast Skiing: backcountry skiing (34:15)
  • East Coast Ski Width (36:54)
  • EC Snowmaking (43:55)
  • What's the best question I haven't asked you? (48:38)



PRESENTING SPONSOR:

750 Miles of Trail in Gunnison/Crested Butte, CO

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Bikes vs. Skis, Part 2 Bikes vs. Skis, Part 2 Sat, 11 Aug 2018 05:28:07 GMT 1:21:48 5b6e2b062f5e9a505adb98bf yes http://blistergearreview.com/featured/bikes-vs-skis-part-2-ep-23 full 23 We are back with round 2 of Bikes vs. Skis, where our bike editor, Noah Bodman, and I ask the question, “Which particular bike company is most like which particular ski company?”

And the response to Bikes vs Skis, Part 1 certainly warmed our hearts, since we learned that a lot of you wonder about these sorts of questions, too. Noah and I talk about a number of your suggestions in this episode, so listen up to see where we think you had the better answer, and where we think you are clearly crazy.

Here in Part 2, Noah offers his rather surprising vote for the “best looking bikes ever made"; we discuss which bike is the equivalent of the Moment Bibby / Wildcat / Blister Pro; and we give our take on another 20+ bike companies.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Which bike company is Moment Skis? (4:50)
  • Santa Cruz (7:50)
  • Yeti (9:16)
  • Bike equivalent of Kaestle or Stockli? (10:40)
  • What bike is the Moment Bibby Pro? (13:19)
  • Commencal (22:39)
  • Canfield (25:01)
  • Devinci (26:30)
  • Zerode (30:35)
  • Surly (32:17)
  • Salsa (36:40)
  • Intense (39:38)
  • Kona (43:59)
  • Rocky Mountain (46:08)
  • J Skis? (47:40)
  • Knolly (51:09)
  • Schwinn (54:57)
  • Smaller indie bike vs. indie ski co's (57:15)
  • Scott (1:02:30)
  • KHS (1:08:34)
  • Diamondback (1:11:25)
  • GT (1:13:44)
  • Mongoose (1:16:33)
  • How to apply for Team Disappointment (1:20:30)


PRESENTING SPONSOR:

750 Miles of Trail in Gunnison/Crested Butte, CO

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We are back with round 2 of Bikes vs. Skis, where our bike editor, Noah Bodman, and I ask the question, “Which particular bike company is most like which particular ski company?”

And the response to Bikes vs Skis, Part 1 certainly warmed our hearts, since we learned that a lot of you wonder about these sorts of questions, too. Noah and I talk about a number of your suggestions in this episode, so listen up to see where we think you had the better answer, and where we think you are clearly crazy.

Here in Part 2, Noah offers his rather surprising vote for the “best looking bikes ever made"; we discuss which bike is the equivalent of the Moment Bibby / Wildcat / Blister Pro; and we give our take on another 20+ bike companies.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Which bike company is Moment Skis? (4:50)
  • Santa Cruz (7:50)
  • Yeti (9:16)
  • Bike equivalent of Kaestle or Stockli? (10:40)
  • What bike is the Moment Bibby Pro? (13:19)
  • Commencal (22:39)
  • Canfield (25:01)
  • Devinci (26:30)
  • Zerode (30:35)
  • Surly (32:17)
  • Salsa (36:40)
  • Intense (39:38)
  • Kona (43:59)
  • Rocky Mountain (46:08)
  • J Skis? (47:40)
  • Knolly (51:09)
  • Schwinn (54:57)
  • Smaller indie bike vs. indie ski co's (57:15)
  • Scott (1:02:30)
  • KHS (1:08:34)
  • Diamondback (1:11:25)
  • GT (1:13:44)
  • Mongoose (1:16:33)
  • How to apply for Team Disappointment (1:20:30)


PRESENTING SPONSOR:

750 Miles of Trail in Gunnison/Crested Butte, CO

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<![CDATA[New DPS Skis & Products with Stephan Drake]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:26:26 GMT 36:00 5b5222eb0079d0cf79d1a259 no http://blistergearreview.com/featured/new-dps-skis-products-with-stephan-drake full 22 We talk with DPS Skis founder, Stephan Drake, about DPS Dreamtime; the new DPS Wailer 110; the DPS Spoon, Lotus 138, and 124; and some very big news about DPS Phantom, the ski and snowboard base treatment that DPS introduced this past season.

(If you’d like to learn more about Stephan’s own background and the history of DPS skis, you should check out Episode #38 of the Blister Podcast. And if you’d like to hear the conversation I had with Stephan about the introduction of DPS Phantom, check out Episode #59 of the Blister podcast.)

Presenting Sponsor: The 750 Miles of Trail in the Gunnison Valley — Check out Outerbike in Crested Butte

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Stephan's current ski testing (2:45)
  • What is DPS Dreamtime? (3:22)
  • DPS "Powderworks" - and the new DPS Wailer 110 (5:18)
  • Clarifying the DPS framework: constructions & shapes (9:49)
  • The DPS Lotus 138 (13:47)
  • DPS Spoon (17:53)
  • Lotus 138 vs. DPS Spoon (19:10)
  • Lotus 124 vs. Lotus 138 (22:40)
  • Cassiar 94 and Cassiar 79 (24:54)
  • Big News about DPS Phantom (27:52)
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We talk with DPS Skis founder, Stephan Drake, about DPS Dreamtime; the new DPS Wailer 110; the DPS Spoon, Lotus 138, and 124; and some very big news about DPS Phantom, the ski and snowboard base treatment that DPS introduced this past season.

(If you’d like to learn more about Stephan’s own background and the history of DPS skis, you should check out Episode #38 of the Blister Podcast. And if you’d like to hear the conversation I had with Stephan about the introduction of DPS Phantom, check out Episode #59 of the Blister podcast.)

Presenting Sponsor: The 750 Miles of Trail in the Gunnison Valley — Check out Outerbike in Crested Butte

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Stephan's current ski testing (2:45)
  • What is DPS Dreamtime? (3:22)
  • DPS "Powderworks" - and the new DPS Wailer 110 (5:18)
  • Clarifying the DPS framework: constructions & shapes (9:49)
  • The DPS Lotus 138 (13:47)
  • DPS Spoon (17:53)
  • Lotus 138 vs. DPS Spoon (19:10)
  • Lotus 124 vs. Lotus 138 (22:40)
  • Cassiar 94 and Cassiar 79 (24:54)
  • Big News about DPS Phantom (27:52)
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Bikes vs. Skis, Part 1 Bikes vs. Skis, Part 1 Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:34:15 GMT 1:01:47 5b48661cb5c7f0046d122b40 yes http://blistergearreview.com/featured/bikes-vs-skis-part-1-ep-21 full 21 Which ski company is most like which bike company? Who is the Moment Skis of the bike world? And which ski company shares the most family resemblance with Yeti? Or Transition?

Jonathan Ellsworth and Blister's bike editor, Noah Bodman, have been having this conversation for years, and they're now taking the debate public. So give it a listen, then let us know in the comments section of the show notes to this episode on the site where you agree, where you disagree, and where you've got the better analogies. Then in a week or two, we'll run Part 2 of this conversation, where we’ll share some of your comments and questions, and do another round of Bikes vs Skis.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Which ski brand is most like Specialized? (4:15)
  • Evil & Transition? (8:48)
  • Yeti (15:41)
  • Santa Cruz (25:40)
  • Giant (34:02)
  • Trek (42:04)
  • YT (45:55)
  • Cannondale? (51:08)
  • Ellsworth? (52:48)
  • Pivot vs. Ibis, Transition, and Yeti (55:03)
  • Preview of Part 2 of Bikes vs. Skis (59:25)


PRESENTING SPONSOR:

The 750 miles of trail in Gunnison / Crested Butte

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Which ski company is most like which bike company? Who is the Moment Skis of the bike world? And which ski company shares the most family resemblance with Yeti? Or Transition?

Jonathan Ellsworth and Blister's bike editor, Noah Bodman, have been having this conversation for years, and they're now taking the debate public. So give it a listen, then let us know in the comments section of the show notes to this episode on the site where you agree, where you disagree, and where you've got the better analogies. Then in a week or two, we'll run Part 2 of this conversation, where we’ll share some of your comments and questions, and do another round of Bikes vs Skis.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Which ski brand is most like Specialized? (4:15)
  • Evil & Transition? (8:48)
  • Yeti (15:41)
  • Santa Cruz (25:40)
  • Giant (34:02)
  • Trek (42:04)
  • YT (45:55)
  • Cannondale? (51:08)
  • Ellsworth? (52:48)
  • Pivot vs. Ibis, Transition, and Yeti (55:03)
  • Preview of Part 2 of Bikes vs. Skis (59:25)


PRESENTING SPONSOR:

The 750 miles of trail in Gunnison / Crested Butte

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Alpenglow Mtn Festival + Stuff We Learned during Spring Ski Testing Alpenglow Mtn Festival + Stuff We Learned during Spring Ski Testing Sat, 30 Jun 2018 14:23:07 GMT 33:25 5b36937288bf522965f0b769 no http://blistergearreview.com/featured/alpenglow-mtn-festival-lessons-rants-and-recommendations-ep-20 full 20 We talk with Blister editors, Luke Koppa and Sam Shaheen, about the recent Alpenglow Mountain Festival and running with our hero, Courtney Dauwalter. Then we talk about some of the key things we learned during our ski testing this spring, including the correct thing to think about Domino's thin-crust pizza, dumb gear, and great gear.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Luke's recap of the Alpenglow Summer Mountain Festival (2:01)
  • In praise of our hero, Courtney Dauwalter (4:02)
  • Rants & Revelations from our spring ski testing - #1: Domino's thin-crust pizza (7:36)
  • Recommendation #2: Primus Kuchoma Grill (11:05)
  • On Hubris - groomers & pond skims (12:08)
  • Rant #1: waterproof jackets: hard shells vs soft shells (19:05)
  • Rant #2: socks (24:14)
  • Rant #3: waterproof low-cut shoes (26:33)
  • Recommendation #3: Patagonia's new R1 TechFace (28:18)
  • Recommendation #4: the redesigned Flylow Richie Hoody (29:15)
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We talk with Blister editors, Luke Koppa and Sam Shaheen, about the recent Alpenglow Mountain Festival and running with our hero, Courtney Dauwalter. Then we talk about some of the key things we learned during our ski testing this spring, including the correct thing to think about Domino's thin-crust pizza, dumb gear, and great gear.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Luke's recap of the Alpenglow Summer Mountain Festival (2:01)
  • In praise of our hero, Courtney Dauwalter (4:02)
  • Rants & Revelations from our spring ski testing - #1: Domino's thin-crust pizza (7:36)
  • Recommendation #2: Primus Kuchoma Grill (11:05)
  • On Hubris - groomers & pond skims (12:08)
  • Rant #1: waterproof jackets: hard shells vs soft shells (19:05)
  • Rant #2: socks (24:14)
  • Rant #3: waterproof low-cut shoes (26:33)
  • Recommendation #3: Patagonia's new R1 TechFace (28:18)
  • Recommendation #4: the redesigned Flylow Richie Hoody (29:15)
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<![CDATA[Dialing in "The Hammer" + other New Folsom Skis]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 19:18:42 GMT 47:44 5b05b4e5d992dc42668f1d51 no http://blistergearreview.com/featured/dialing-in-the-hammer-other-new-folsom-skis-ep-19 full 19 Jonathan Ellsworth sat down with Mike McCabe at the Folsom Skis headquarters in Denver, Colorado, to dial in "The Hammer" that they have been discussing for a long time now, and that's based on the Folsom Primary Jonathan reviewed last season.

They then talk about three other new skis that Mike's recently developed, the Spar 88, some new editions of the Rad Dad, and the Primary Plus. (You can see graphics for all these skis - including The Hammer - here on the site.)

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Background on The Hammer (2:33)
  • Folsom's new "Primary Plus" (11:14)
  • Tweaks to the Primary to create The Hammer (12:08)
  • The new Folsom SPAR 88 (27:06)
  • New variation of the Folsom Rad Dad (31:09)
  • More on the new Folsom Primary Plus (35:53)
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Jonathan Ellsworth sat down with Mike McCabe at the Folsom Skis headquarters in Denver, Colorado, to dial in "The Hammer" that they have been discussing for a long time now, and that's based on the Folsom Primary Jonathan reviewed last season.

They then talk about three other new skis that Mike's recently developed, the Spar 88, some new editions of the Rad Dad, and the Primary Plus. (You can see graphics for all these skis - including The Hammer - here on the site.)

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Background on The Hammer (2:33)
  • Folsom's new "Primary Plus" (11:14)
  • Tweaks to the Primary to create The Hammer (12:08)
  • The new Folsom SPAR 88 (27:06)
  • New variation of the Folsom Rad Dad (31:09)
  • More on the new Folsom Primary Plus (35:53)
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New Skis from Prior, Atomic, K2, and More New Skis from Prior, Atomic, K2, and More Sun, 13 May 2018 17:58:26 GMT 27:00 5af769f273a893c525f84ad7 no https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/new-skis-from-prior-atomic-k2-and-more-ep18 full 18 Jonathan Ellsworth and Blister senior editor, Sam Shaheen, discuss a number of new skis they've been reviewing recently, including two skis from Prior Skis — the CBC and the Husume. They then discuss the new Atomic Bent Chetler 100, the K2 Wayback 106, the Scott Super Guide 105, and Sam offers his thoughts on the ski that is serving as our reference ski for the lightweight AT binding comparison review we’re conducting, the Salomon MTN Explore 95.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Prior CBC (1:50)
  • Prior Husume (7:44)
  • K2 Wayback 106 (11:55)
  • Scott Super Guide 105 (15:33)
  • Atomic Bent Chetler 100 (16:47)
  • Salomon MTN Explore 95 (20:01)
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Jonathan Ellsworth and Blister senior editor, Sam Shaheen, discuss a number of new skis they've been reviewing recently, including two skis from Prior Skis — the CBC and the Husume. They then discuss the new Atomic Bent Chetler 100, the K2 Wayback 106, the Scott Super Guide 105, and Sam offers his thoughts on the ski that is serving as our reference ski for the lightweight AT binding comparison review we’re conducting, the Salomon MTN Explore 95.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Prior CBC (1:50)
  • Prior Husume (7:44)
  • K2 Wayback 106 (11:55)
  • Scott Super Guide 105 (15:33)
  • Atomic Bent Chetler 100 (16:47)
  • Salomon MTN Explore 95 (20:01)
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<![CDATA[Spring Skiing & Biking in Alaska]]> Fri, 27 Apr 2018 14:43:15 GMT 53:02 5ae2781f3dac0d943363d011 no http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/spring-skiing-biking-in-ak-ep-17 full 17 It seems like everyone who hasn’t been to Alaska dreams of going, and those who have been dream of going back. So today we’re talking about spring skiing and biking in Alaska with Eric Helmbrecht, the owner of Powder Hound ski shop in Girdwood, AK.

Eric and I talk a bit about some of the inbounds and touring gear that he thinks works particularly well in Alaska’s maritime snowpack and unique terrain, and some of the boots and bindings that are coming out next year. Then, Eric provides a bit of beta on spring skiing and biking in Alaska, and we wrap up with some talk about the quickly-growing mountain bike scene around Girdwood and Anchorage.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Introducing Eric / starting Powder Hound in Girdwood, AK (1:05)
  • What skis do you like for AK's snowpack and terrain? (7:32)
  • AT boots - Scarpa Maestrale RS, Atomic XTD 130, Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro (19:14)
  • AT boot liners (27:57)
  • AT bindings (31:29)
  • Beta on spring ski skiing in Alaska (38:31)
  • Spring mountain biking in Alaska (46:04)
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It seems like everyone who hasn’t been to Alaska dreams of going, and those who have been dream of going back. So today we’re talking about spring skiing and biking in Alaska with Eric Helmbrecht, the owner of Powder Hound ski shop in Girdwood, AK.

Eric and I talk a bit about some of the inbounds and touring gear that he thinks works particularly well in Alaska’s maritime snowpack and unique terrain, and some of the boots and bindings that are coming out next year. Then, Eric provides a bit of beta on spring skiing and biking in Alaska, and we wrap up with some talk about the quickly-growing mountain bike scene around Girdwood and Anchorage.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Introducing Eric / starting Powder Hound in Girdwood, AK (1:05)
  • What skis do you like for AK's snowpack and terrain? (7:32)
  • AT boots - Scarpa Maestrale RS, Atomic XTD 130, Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro (19:14)
  • AT boot liners (27:57)
  • AT bindings (31:29)
  • Beta on spring ski skiing in Alaska (38:31)
  • Spring mountain biking in Alaska (46:04)
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<![CDATA[Touring Bindings & the New G3 Zed]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:42:23 GMT 50:07 5ada2910c4a86b7c5968b8e9 yes http://blistergearreview.com/featured/touring-bindings-the-new-g3-zed full 16 G3 (aka, Genuine Guide Gear) is introducing a new touring binding — the Zed — that they’re calling the lightest fully-featured AT binding on the market. So we talk to G3’s engineers about their design philosophy and development process, current trends in AT bindings, and the compromises inherent in any AT binding.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Introductions (2:15)
  • When did work begin on this binding, and what was the primary aim? (4:55)
  • The “Dark Swamp of Despair” (8:03)
  • The difficulty of naming products (11:09)
  • The G3 ION as the precursor to the ZED (12:37)
  • Cutting weight on the ZED (17:14)
  • Why choose the ION over the ZED? (26:03)
  • Why choose the Zed over "ultralight" bindings (29:07)
  • Using ultralight bindings on wide skis (30:19)
  • Carbon reinforced plastics (33:51)
  • Current binding trends and U-Spring bindings (37:15)
  • Understanding the inherent compromises in bindings (44:55)
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G3 (aka, Genuine Guide Gear) is introducing a new touring binding — the Zed — that they’re calling the lightest fully-featured AT binding on the market. So we talk to G3’s engineers about their design philosophy and development process, current trends in AT bindings, and the compromises inherent in any AT binding.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Introductions (2:15)
  • When did work begin on this binding, and what was the primary aim? (4:55)
  • The “Dark Swamp of Despair” (8:03)
  • The difficulty of naming products (11:09)
  • The G3 ION as the precursor to the ZED (12:37)
  • Cutting weight on the ZED (17:14)
  • Why choose the ION over the ZED? (26:03)
  • Why choose the Zed over "ultralight" bindings (29:07)
  • Using ultralight bindings on wide skis (30:19)
  • Carbon reinforced plastics (33:51)
  • Current binding trends and U-Spring bindings (37:15)
  • Understanding the inherent compromises in bindings (44:55)
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<![CDATA[18/19 All-Mountain & Frontside Skis]]> Wed, 04 Apr 2018 22:36:24 GMT 41:03 5ac4711b4f107d6578a19a18 no https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/new-all-mountain-and-frontside-skis full 15 We just finished testing a bunch of skis at Taos, and because of a closing-week snowstorm, we ended up getting on everything from very heavy, modified race skis, to a new, extremely light big mountain ski. So Blister editors Sam Shaheen and Luke Koppa join me to go over a number of the highlights, including the new Atomic Bent Chetler 100, the HEAD Supershape i.Titan, a new carver from DPS, the Black Crows Orb, and what might be my new personal favorite ski from Blizzard.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Shredding West Basin in a Hello Kitty onesie & snowblades (2:04)
  • Atomic Bent Chetler 100 (5:48)
  • Bent Chetler 100 vs. LINE Sick Day 104 (8:20)
  • Renoun Citadel 106 (13:41)
  • Blizzard Brahma (17:28)
  • Update on the Fritschi Tecton (20:00)
  • Black Crows Orb (22:15)
  • HEAD SuperShape i.Titan (29:10)
  • HEAD i.Speed Pro (33:10)
  • DPS Cassiar 79 - “The Trainer” (35:34)
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We just finished testing a bunch of skis at Taos, and because of a closing-week snowstorm, we ended up getting on everything from very heavy, modified race skis, to a new, extremely light big mountain ski. So Blister editors Sam Shaheen and Luke Koppa join me to go over a number of the highlights, including the new Atomic Bent Chetler 100, the HEAD Supershape i.Titan, a new carver from DPS, the Black Crows Orb, and what might be my new personal favorite ski from Blizzard.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Shredding West Basin in a Hello Kitty onesie & snowblades (2:04)
  • Atomic Bent Chetler 100 (5:48)
  • Bent Chetler 100 vs. LINE Sick Day 104 (8:20)
  • Renoun Citadel 106 (13:41)
  • Blizzard Brahma (17:28)
  • Update on the Fritschi Tecton (20:00)
  • Black Crows Orb (22:15)
  • HEAD SuperShape i.Titan (29:10)
  • HEAD i.Speed Pro (33:10)
  • DPS Cassiar 79 - “The Trainer” (35:34)
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<![CDATA[New Backcountry Ski Gear & Culture]]> Sun, 25 Mar 2018 04:29:54 GMT 41:36 5ab6e762e5cbe2014824a9b2 no https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/backcountry-ski-culture-and-gear-bentgate-ep-14 full 14 We're talking about new backcountry gear and some of the changes to backcountry ski culture with the founder of Bentgate, Greg Floyd. Greg founded Bentgate in Golden, Colorado back in 1994, and Bentgate has become a cornerstone shop in the front range of Colorado for all things skiing and climbing.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • How Bentgate got its start (2:20)
  • How Greg has watched backcountry skiing culture change (6:05)
  • Bentgate’s Backcountry 101 sessions (7:23)
  • Sam Shaheen’s close call in Japan (19:04)
  • Some of Greg’s favorite AT gear (23:25)
  • Bentgate’s take on the Atomic / Salomon Shift binding (25:47)
  • G3 Zed binding (28:07)
  • Icelantic Skis (29:44)
  • 22 Designs bindings (31:04)
  • Arc’teryx outerwear (32:00)
  • Flylow Gear (33:36)
  • Black Crows skis (34:32)
  • Climbing skins: G3 vs. Black Diamond vs. Pomoca vs. Contour (35:31)
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We're talking about new backcountry gear and some of the changes to backcountry ski culture with the founder of Bentgate, Greg Floyd. Greg founded Bentgate in Golden, Colorado back in 1994, and Bentgate has become a cornerstone shop in the front range of Colorado for all things skiing and climbing.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • How Bentgate got its start (2:20)
  • How Greg has watched backcountry skiing culture change (6:05)
  • Bentgate’s Backcountry 101 sessions (7:23)
  • Sam Shaheen’s close call in Japan (19:04)
  • Some of Greg’s favorite AT gear (23:25)
  • Bentgate’s take on the Atomic / Salomon Shift binding (25:47)
  • G3 Zed binding (28:07)
  • Icelantic Skis (29:44)
  • 22 Designs bindings (31:04)
  • Arc’teryx outerwear (32:00)
  • Flylow Gear (33:36)
  • Black Crows skis (34:32)
  • Climbing skins: G3 vs. Black Diamond vs. Pomoca vs. Contour (35:31)
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<![CDATA[Weird Skis & Women's Ski Boots]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:56:56 GMT 39:03 5aacb448e932f49b6bf95c55 yes https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/weird-skis-womens-ski-boots-ep13 full 13 We’ve got 2 parts to this episode — first, I talk with Blister reviewer, Sam Shaheen, about the most unusual ski we’ve ever reviewed (and the ski that nearly caused Sam and me to fight), the Renoun Endurance 98. And then Sam and I wrap up with an update on the Scott Scrapper 115.

Then I talk with Blister reviewers Sascha Anastas and Kara Williard about women’s ski boots and the problem it can be for good skiers (that happen to have small feet) to find boots that works for them. Having Sascha and Kara weigh in on this is great, since they are both good skiers, and Kara also happens to be very good bootfitter who works at the Boot Doctors in Taos Ski Valley. Sascha has just gone through a pretty extensive process of trying to find a new boot that really works for her, so she and Kara talk a bit about that, and why Sascha ended up going with the Atomic Hawx Ultra 110 W.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Renoun Endurance 98 (1:42)
  • Scott Scrapper 115 (16:15)
  • Sascha & Kara's backgrounds (19:30)
  • Sascha & Kara on the problem of women's ski boots (24:50)
  • Atomic Hawx Ultra 110 W (30:28)
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We’ve got 2 parts to this episode — first, I talk with Blister reviewer, Sam Shaheen, about the most unusual ski we’ve ever reviewed (and the ski that nearly caused Sam and me to fight), the Renoun Endurance 98. And then Sam and I wrap up with an update on the Scott Scrapper 115.

Then I talk with Blister reviewers Sascha Anastas and Kara Williard about women’s ski boots and the problem it can be for good skiers (that happen to have small feet) to find boots that works for them. Having Sascha and Kara weigh in on this is great, since they are both good skiers, and Kara also happens to be very good bootfitter who works at the Boot Doctors in Taos Ski Valley. Sascha has just gone through a pretty extensive process of trying to find a new boot that really works for her, so she and Kara talk a bit about that, and why Sascha ended up going with the Atomic Hawx Ultra 110 W.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Renoun Endurance 98 (1:42)
  • Scott Scrapper 115 (16:15)
  • Sascha & Kara's backgrounds (19:30)
  • Sascha & Kara on the problem of women's ski boots (24:50)
  • Atomic Hawx Ultra 110 W (30:28)
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ON3P Skis 18/19 Lineup ON3P Skis 18/19 Lineup Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:12:22 GMT 50:09 5aa247c609689f487cfd517d no https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/on3p-new-skis-18-19 full 12 ON3P is releasing their entire new ski line early next month. So we talk to ON3P founder, Scott Andrus, about this decision, then go over every ski in the 18/19 line, including what’s new, what's unchanged, and what’s so new and experimental that Scott didn’t want to talk about it. (But we got him to anyway.) And you can also see all the new 18/19 ON3P graphics in the show notes to this episode on blister.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Why release the new line next month? (03:20)
  • Kartel 96, 108, & 116 (05:06)
  • Magnus 90 & 102 (08:16)
  • Wrenegade 96, 108, & 114 (12:41)
  • New *Metal* Wrenegades (15:59)
  • Jessie 96 & 108 (20:47)
  • Women’s Billy Goat? (22:34)
  • Billy Goat - and the 2 skis that originally inspired it (24:24)
  • Graphics & Scott’s all-time favorite ON3P graphic (26:26)
  • ON3P Kid’s Ski: the Charlie Murphy + Scott’s cats (31:45)
  • ON3P snowblades & ON3P monoski? (34:15)
  • Cease & Desist (35:36)
  • The Super Goat (37:25)
  • Experimental New Project - The St. Lucas (39:46)
  • Touring Skis: available “Tour” layups of the Kartels, Wrens, and Billy Goats (46:58)
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ON3P is releasing their entire new ski line early next month. So we talk to ON3P founder, Scott Andrus, about this decision, then go over every ski in the 18/19 line, including what’s new, what's unchanged, and what’s so new and experimental that Scott didn’t want to talk about it. (But we got him to anyway.) And you can also see all the new 18/19 ON3P graphics in the show notes to this episode on blister.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Why release the new line next month? (03:20)
  • Kartel 96, 108, & 116 (05:06)
  • Magnus 90 & 102 (08:16)
  • Wrenegade 96, 108, & 114 (12:41)
  • New *Metal* Wrenegades (15:59)
  • Jessie 96 & 108 (20:47)
  • Women’s Billy Goat? (22:34)
  • Billy Goat - and the 2 skis that originally inspired it (24:24)
  • Graphics & Scott’s all-time favorite ON3P graphic (26:26)
  • ON3P Kid’s Ski: the Charlie Murphy + Scott’s cats (31:45)
  • ON3P snowblades & ON3P monoski? (34:15)
  • Cease & Desist (35:36)
  • The Super Goat (37:25)
  • Experimental New Project - The St. Lucas (39:46)
  • Touring Skis: available “Tour” layups of the Kartels, Wrens, and Billy Goats (46:58)
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Testing in Telluride: 18/19 Ski Gear Testing in Telluride: 18/19 Ski Gear Fri, 02 Mar 2018 17:50:05 GMT 40:17 5a9988bb82780ac12351d5aa no https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/2018-2019-skis full 11 We discuss a bunch of the brand new ski equipment we've been testing at Telluride, including the Line Sakana, ON3P Wrenegade 114, Faction Dictator 4.0, Rossi Soul 7, the new Atomic-Salomon SHIFT binding, and more.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • A recap of Telluride, plus JE getting back on snow - and heli skiing (1:23)
  • Rossignol Soul 7 HD & Blizzard Rustler 11 (5:00)
  • Line Sakana (10:30)
  • ON3P Wrenegade 114 (12:45)
  • Faction Dictator 4.0 (15:00)
  • Atomic / Salomon SHIFT MNC binding (18:55)
  • Black Crows Daemon (23:20)
  • Volkl Mantra M5 & Blizzard Bonafide (26:30)
  • Renoun Endurance 98 (29:31)
  • ON3P Kartel 108 (35:55)
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We discuss a bunch of the brand new ski equipment we've been testing at Telluride, including the Line Sakana, ON3P Wrenegade 114, Faction Dictator 4.0, Rossi Soul 7, the new Atomic-Salomon SHIFT binding, and more.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • A recap of Telluride, plus JE getting back on snow - and heli skiing (1:23)
  • Rossignol Soul 7 HD & Blizzard Rustler 11 (5:00)
  • Line Sakana (10:30)
  • ON3P Wrenegade 114 (12:45)
  • Faction Dictator 4.0 (15:00)
  • Atomic / Salomon SHIFT MNC binding (18:55)
  • Black Crows Daemon (23:20)
  • Volkl Mantra M5 & Blizzard Bonafide (26:30)
  • Renoun Endurance 98 (29:31)
  • ON3P Kartel 108 (35:55)
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Moment Skis 18/19 Lineup Moment Skis 18/19 Lineup Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:04:28 GMT 42:42 5a8722ab4a651dd8110dafef no https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/moment-skis-new-lineup full 10 We talk to the CEO and head designer of Moment Skis, Luke Jacobson, about Moment's lineup for next season — what’s new, what's unchanged, and what's tweaked — and we cover everything from touring skis, kid's skis, women’s skis and even … the Chief Commander.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • On Moment athlete - and current Olympian - David Wise winning X Games SuperPipe (1:12)
  • The 18/19 Moment lineup: the revised Deathwish (4:55)
  • Meridian 107 & 117 (10:18)
  • PB&J - “unchanged but changed” (10:42)
  • Wildcat & Wildcat Tour (13:08)
  • Commander 98 and Commander 108 (17:06)
  • “Women’s” skis - Hot Mess, Sierra, Bella (28:58)
  • The Carson (and Zephyr) - Moment’s kid's ski (31:34)
  • Touring Skis - Deathwish Tour 106 & Wildcat Tour (35:40)
  • Meridian Tour (37:25)
  • The Chief Commander! (40:30)
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We talk to the CEO and head designer of Moment Skis, Luke Jacobson, about Moment's lineup for next season — what’s new, what's unchanged, and what's tweaked — and we cover everything from touring skis, kid's skis, women’s skis and even … the Chief Commander.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • On Moment athlete - and current Olympian - David Wise winning X Games SuperPipe (1:12)
  • The 18/19 Moment lineup: the revised Deathwish (4:55)
  • Meridian 107 & 117 (10:18)
  • PB&J - “unchanged but changed” (10:42)
  • Wildcat & Wildcat Tour (13:08)
  • Commander 98 and Commander 108 (17:06)
  • “Women’s” skis - Hot Mess, Sierra, Bella (28:58)
  • The Carson (and Zephyr) - Moment’s kid's ski (31:34)
  • Touring Skis - Deathwish Tour 106 & Wildcat Tour (35:40)
  • Meridian Tour (37:25)
  • The Chief Commander! (40:30)
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<![CDATA[Testing Pow Skis in Alaska & Japan + Shop Talk]]> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 03:39:20 GMT 42:48 5a80880947663caf5d68deb8 no https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/pow-skis-and-shop-talk full 9 We talk to blister reviewer, Paul Forward, about some of the powder skis he’s been reviewing recently in Alaska and Japan, including the Faction Prime 4.0, the Black Diamond Helio 116, and the DPS Spoon.

And then we talk to Jeremy Cole, owner of Alpine Sports, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which is one of our Blister Recommended Shops. Jeremy and I cover 3 topics: new gear; some of his favorite price-point boots & skis, and some real-world issues surrounding boots, bindings, and bench test results.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Join us in Telluride the weekends of February 24, March 10, March 17 (2:11)
  • Paul Forward on the DPS Spoon, Faction Prime 4.0, Black Diamond Helio 116 (3:01)
  • Jeremy Cole, owner of Alpine Sports, Santa Fe, New Mexico (20:31)
  • As a buyer, what were some of the most intriguing new products you saw at OR/SIA (21:52)
  • Bang for the Buck: some of Jeremy’s favorite price-point boots & skis (27:02)
  • Bench Test Results: real-world issues around boots + binding compatibility (32:41)
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We talk to blister reviewer, Paul Forward, about some of the powder skis he’s been reviewing recently in Alaska and Japan, including the Faction Prime 4.0, the Black Diamond Helio 116, and the DPS Spoon.

And then we talk to Jeremy Cole, owner of Alpine Sports, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which is one of our Blister Recommended Shops. Jeremy and I cover 3 topics: new gear; some of his favorite price-point boots & skis, and some real-world issues surrounding boots, bindings, and bench test results.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Join us in Telluride the weekends of February 24, March 10, March 17 (2:11)
  • Paul Forward on the DPS Spoon, Faction Prime 4.0, Black Diamond Helio 116 (3:01)
  • Jeremy Cole, owner of Alpine Sports, Santa Fe, New Mexico (20:31)
  • As a buyer, what were some of the most intriguing new products you saw at OR/SIA (21:52)
  • Bang for the Buck: some of Jeremy’s favorite price-point boots & skis (27:02)
  • Bench Test Results: real-world issues around boots + binding compatibility (32:41)
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Outdoor Retailer / SIA Highlights Outdoor Retailer / SIA Highlights Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:53:04 GMT 50:00 5a70c6290c77b46c3f51c110 no https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/outdoor-retailer-sia-highlights-ep8 full 8 This episode is a roundtable recap from the Outdoor Retailer / SIA show in Denver with five of our editors and reviewers about some of the most interesting new gear we saw at the show.

We hope you’d been following us along on instagram, because we put up about a hundred Insta stories that captured pretty well the highlights of what we were seeing. So if you aren’t following us on instagram, you can find us at @blisterreview.

For this round table conversation, I was joined by reviewers Sascha Anastas, Kristin Sinnott, Sam Shaheen, and Luke Koppa. We talk about a ton of gear, so check our show notes to this episode (below) or on your phone if you want to jump around in our conversation.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Thoughts on the new combination of OR and SIA (2:10)
  • Trade Show Awards - They're Still Dumb (7:00)
  • Women’s ski trends (8:20)
  • New developments from Gore (11:18)
  • Tecnica’s new Zero G boots (14:00)
  • Mogul Skis (16:48)
  • Lightweight Inbounds Ski Boots: HEAD Kore LYT, K2 Recon 130, Hawx Ultra 130, Nordica Pro Machine (17:11)
  • Lightweight AT Boots: HEAD Kore boot, Fischer Ranger Free, Rossignol All Track LT (20:48)
  • Ski Bindings: G3 Zed, Marker Alpinist, Black Diamond / ATK (23:06)
  • New Skis: Volkl Mantra M5, Rossignol Experience 94, Atomic Vantage 97, Armada Invictus 99, Blizzard Rustler 9 &amp; Sheeva 9, Armada Trace 98, new Line Pandora (26:18)
  • New Light & Playful Skis: Atomic Backland 107, Scott Scrapper 105, Atomic Bent Chetler 120 & 100 (31:16)
  • Products We’d Most Want to Steal (33:11)
  • Outerwear: the most intriguing pieces we saw (39:46)
  • New Avi Pack: the Scott Backcountry Patrol AP 30 (46:15)

This episode is presented by Marble Brewery

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This episode is a roundtable recap from the Outdoor Retailer / SIA show in Denver with five of our editors and reviewers about some of the most interesting new gear we saw at the show.

We hope you’d been following us along on instagram, because we put up about a hundred Insta stories that captured pretty well the highlights of what we were seeing. So if you aren’t following us on instagram, you can find us at @blisterreview.

For this round table conversation, I was joined by reviewers Sascha Anastas, Kristin Sinnott, Sam Shaheen, and Luke Koppa. We talk about a ton of gear, so check our show notes to this episode (below) or on your phone if you want to jump around in our conversation.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Thoughts on the new combination of OR and SIA (2:10)
  • Trade Show Awards - They're Still Dumb (7:00)
  • Women’s ski trends (8:20)
  • New developments from Gore (11:18)
  • Tecnica’s new Zero G boots (14:00)
  • Mogul Skis (16:48)
  • Lightweight Inbounds Ski Boots: HEAD Kore LYT, K2 Recon 130, Hawx Ultra 130, Nordica Pro Machine (17:11)
  • Lightweight AT Boots: HEAD Kore boot, Fischer Ranger Free, Rossignol All Track LT (20:48)
  • Ski Bindings: G3 Zed, Marker Alpinist, Black Diamond / ATK (23:06)
  • New Skis: Volkl Mantra M5, Rossignol Experience 94, Atomic Vantage 97, Armada Invictus 99, Blizzard Rustler 9 &amp; Sheeva 9, Armada Trace 98, new Line Pandora (26:18)
  • New Light & Playful Skis: Atomic Backland 107, Scott Scrapper 105, Atomic Bent Chetler 120 & 100 (31:16)
  • Products We’d Most Want to Steal (33:11)
  • Outerwear: the most intriguing pieces we saw (39:46)
  • New Avi Pack: the Scott Backcountry Patrol AP 30 (46:15)

This episode is presented by Marble Brewery

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Black Crows Skis 18/19 Line Black Crows Skis 18/19 Line Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:11:51 GMT 33:45 5a64845bbf27cc415a6f6c17 no https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/black-crows-skis-1819-lineup-ep7 full 7 This is Part 2 of our conversation with Black Crows co-founder, Camille Jaccoux, and head ski designer, Julien Regnier. Here, we get into the topic of women-specific skis, then go over what’s new in the Black Crows 18/19 lineup before it gets unveiled in Denver next week at the SIA tradeshow.

You can check out Part 1 of our conversation with Camille and Julien about the history and trajectory of the Black Crows on the Blister Podcast (episode 64), and here is Part 2:

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • The Black Crows approach to “women-specific” skis (2:12)
  • The Black Crows Arto and Vertis (12:50)
  • The difference between the 16/17 Atris and the current Atris (13:27)
  • Julien’s take on mount points (21:39)
  • The redesigned Corvus (24:19)
  • The redesigned Camox Freebird (25:45)
  • The new Solis (26:55)
  • Camille on the new Black Crows apparel (29:37)

This episode is presented by Marble Brewery. Check out their Reserve Ale that we talk about in the intro.

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This is Part 2 of our conversation with Black Crows co-founder, Camille Jaccoux, and head ski designer, Julien Regnier. Here, we get into the topic of women-specific skis, then go over what’s new in the Black Crows 18/19 lineup before it gets unveiled in Denver next week at the SIA tradeshow.

You can check out Part 1 of our conversation with Camille and Julien about the history and trajectory of the Black Crows on the Blister Podcast (episode 64), and here is Part 2:

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • The Black Crows approach to “women-specific” skis (2:12)
  • The Black Crows Arto and Vertis (12:50)
  • The difference between the 16/17 Atris and the current Atris (13:27)
  • Julien’s take on mount points (21:39)
  • The redesigned Corvus (24:19)
  • The redesigned Camox Freebird (25:45)
  • The new Solis (26:55)
  • Camille on the new Black Crows apparel (29:37)

This episode is presented by Marble Brewery. Check out their Reserve Ale that we talk about in the intro.

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Black Sheep Sports, Sebastian Steinbach Black Sheep Sports, Sebastian Steinbach Fri, 29 Dec 2017 17:11:06 GMT 44:57 5a45e00d4d903aa21331784c no https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/black-sheep-sports-episode-6 full 6 Back in 2010, Sebastian Steinbach had the crazy idea to go against traditional European ski culture and open a freeride-specific shop in Munich, Germany. Black Sheep Sports became one of the first dedicated freeride shops in Europe, and it has since evolved into one of the best freeride and backcountry shops in the Alps — which is why Black Sheep is on our list of Blister Recommended Shops.

Blister senior editor, Sam Shaheen, was in Munich earlier this season to talk with Sebastian about how Black Sheep got started, the ski culture in Europe vs the ski culture in North America, and about some of Sebastian’s current favorite skis and boots for skiing in Europe.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Justin Bobb on his favorite Marble beer, Marble Red Ale (1:23)
  • Why the name "Black Sheep"? (7:50)
  • The crazy idea of opening a freeride shop in Europe (11:16)
  • European race & ski touring culture vs freeride culture (14:56)
  • Off-Piste Skiing & Resort Boundary Lines — US vs Europe (18:49)
  • For skiing in the Alps, which skis & brands are you currently high on? (25:21)
  • Which ski boots are you most excited about? (32:48)
  • Interlude: Breakfast Beer! (36:12)
  • Back to ski boots & ski bindings (36:48)
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Back in 2010, Sebastian Steinbach had the crazy idea to go against traditional European ski culture and open a freeride-specific shop in Munich, Germany. Black Sheep Sports became one of the first dedicated freeride shops in Europe, and it has since evolved into one of the best freeride and backcountry shops in the Alps — which is why Black Sheep is on our list of Blister Recommended Shops.

Blister senior editor, Sam Shaheen, was in Munich earlier this season to talk with Sebastian about how Black Sheep got started, the ski culture in Europe vs the ski culture in North America, and about some of Sebastian’s current favorite skis and boots for skiing in Europe.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Justin Bobb on his favorite Marble beer, Marble Red Ale (1:23)
  • Why the name "Black Sheep"? (7:50)
  • The crazy idea of opening a freeride shop in Europe (11:16)
  • European race & ski touring culture vs freeride culture (14:56)
  • Off-Piste Skiing & Resort Boundary Lines — US vs Europe (18:49)
  • For skiing in the Alps, which skis & brands are you currently high on? (25:21)
  • Which ski boots are you most excited about? (32:48)
  • Interlude: Breakfast Beer! (36:12)
  • Back to ski boots & ski bindings (36:48)
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<![CDATA[On the Fritschi Tecton & Vipec Evo]]> Sat, 23 Dec 2017 17:50:49 GMT 40:00 5a3e0569d918e06930c20a6f no https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/on-the-fritschi-tecton-vipec-evo-ep5 full 5 Today we are talking about two new alpine-touring bindings from Fritschi, the Tecton 12, and the Vipec Evo 12. We’ve just put up full reviews of both the Tecton 12 and the Vipec Evo 12, and we wanted to go deeper with Blister reviewers Brian Lindahl and Cy Whitling about their experience with these new products, and how they would rank them against some of the the other most popular alpine touring bindings on the market.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Brian's extremely memorable tour on the Tecton (1:35)
  • How Brian first got interested in the Fritschi Vipec very early on (3:00)
  • A/B-ing the Tecton with the Marker Kingpin (8:15)
  • A/B-ing the Tecton with an alpine binding (17:40)
  • On the Fritschi Vipec Evo 12 (22:39)
  • Updates to the Vipec Evo (24:43)
  • Fritschi Vipec Evo vs. Dynafit Radical 2.0, G3 ION, and Marker Kingpin (27:38)
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Today we are talking about two new alpine-touring bindings from Fritschi, the Tecton 12, and the Vipec Evo 12. We’ve just put up full reviews of both the Tecton 12 and the Vipec Evo 12, and we wanted to go deeper with Blister reviewers Brian Lindahl and Cy Whitling about their experience with these new products, and how they would rank them against some of the the other most popular alpine touring bindings on the market.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Brian's extremely memorable tour on the Tecton (1:35)
  • How Brian first got interested in the Fritschi Vipec very early on (3:00)
  • A/B-ing the Tecton with the Marker Kingpin (8:15)
  • A/B-ing the Tecton with an alpine binding (17:40)
  • On the Fritschi Vipec Evo 12 (22:39)
  • Updates to the Vipec Evo (24:43)
  • Fritschi Vipec Evo vs. Dynafit Radical 2.0, G3 ION, and Marker Kingpin (27:38)
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The New Volkl Mantra M5 The New Volkl Mantra M5 Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:00:19 GMT 41:30 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=35977 no https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/the-new-volkl-mantra-m5 full 4 Volkl is unveiling today the new Mantra M5, the fifth iteration of the Mantra that Volkl originally released back in 2005. A lot has changed in skiing since then, but the Mantra is still one of the most recognizable and most iconic names in the game.

Last month, Blister editor Sam Shaheen headed to Germany to ski the new Mantra M5, to tour the extremely impressive Volkl factory in Straubing, Germany, and to speak to two key designers at Volkl: Tobias Heil, the head of R&D at Volkl, and Dominik Grunert, the lead designer on the Mantra M5 and the women’s version of the Mantra, the Volkl Secret.

This is a really fascinating conversation — and an extremely uncommon event. In 90+ years that Volkl has been around, rarely (if ever) has a review publication been granted this degree of direct access to Volkl R&D and Engineering, and Tobias and Dominik were extremely interesting, candid, and knowledgeable talking about the Mantra M5 in particular, and about the guiding design principles at Volkl in general.

So you can check out Sam’s conversation with Tobias and Dominik here, then head over to blisterreview.com to read our accompanying writeup and Sam’s initial on-snow impressions of the new Mantra M5.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • What were your trying to achieve with this 5th version of the Mantra, the M5? (2:28)
  • Changes and the guiding design principles (3:38)
  • History of the Mantra (6:55)
  • Will this new shape and / or construction make its way into other Volkl skis? (9:35)
  • The women’s version of the Mantra — the Volkl Secret (10:08)
  • Which skis on the market is the Mantra M5 set to compete against? (12:20)
  • Of the 5 different iterations of the Mantra, which are your personal favorites? (13:38)
  • Dominik on the Volkl 100Eight (16:30)
  • Rocker Profiles & Flex Patterns (17:50)
  • Weight — what is Volkl’s position on construction & weight? (23:03)
  • The possibility of bringing back a limited run of the metal Katana? (25:35)
  • Predictions: where is ski design headed in the next 5 years? (28:15)
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Volkl is unveiling today the new Mantra M5, the fifth iteration of the Mantra that Volkl originally released back in 2005. A lot has changed in skiing since then, but the Mantra is still one of the most recognizable and most iconic names in the game.

Last month, Blister editor Sam Shaheen headed to Germany to ski the new Mantra M5, to tour the extremely impressive Volkl factory in Straubing, Germany, and to speak to two key designers at Volkl: Tobias Heil, the head of R&D at Volkl, and Dominik Grunert, the lead designer on the Mantra M5 and the women’s version of the Mantra, the Volkl Secret.

This is a really fascinating conversation — and an extremely uncommon event. In 90+ years that Volkl has been around, rarely (if ever) has a review publication been granted this degree of direct access to Volkl R&D and Engineering, and Tobias and Dominik were extremely interesting, candid, and knowledgeable talking about the Mantra M5 in particular, and about the guiding design principles at Volkl in general.

So you can check out Sam’s conversation with Tobias and Dominik here, then head over to blisterreview.com to read our accompanying writeup and Sam’s initial on-snow impressions of the new Mantra M5.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • What were your trying to achieve with this 5th version of the Mantra, the M5? (2:28)
  • Changes and the guiding design principles (3:38)
  • History of the Mantra (6:55)
  • Will this new shape and / or construction make its way into other Volkl skis? (9:35)
  • The women’s version of the Mantra — the Volkl Secret (10:08)
  • Which skis on the market is the Mantra M5 set to compete against? (12:20)
  • Of the 5 different iterations of the Mantra, which are your personal favorites? (13:38)
  • Dominik on the Volkl 100Eight (16:30)
  • Rocker Profiles & Flex Patterns (17:50)
  • Weight — what is Volkl’s position on construction & weight? (23:03)
  • The possibility of bringing back a limited run of the metal Katana? (25:35)
  • Predictions: where is ski design headed in the next 5 years? (28:15)
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The New Salomon S/LAB SHIFT MNC The New Salomon S/LAB SHIFT MNC Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:23:23 GMT 1:01:02 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=35447 no https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/the-new-salomon-slab-shift-mnc full 3 The new SHIFT MNC 13 from Salomon & Atomic represents a significant leap forward in binding design. Check out our conversation with Salomon's Cody Townsend Chris Rubens, and Benoit Sublet, and our initial on-snow impressions.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Introductions — Cody Townsend, Chris Rubens, Sam Shaheen, and Ben Sublet (1:58)
  • What does this binding do, and what makes it different? (5:45)
  • Which boots work with this binding? (11:15)
  • "No compromise" safety (14:23)
  • How & when did the idea originate, and why was it controversial? (15:10)
  • How long has the current version of the binding been tested? (23:33)
  • The big breakthrough: carbon-infused plastic (27:09)
  • Downhill Performance: Salomon STH2 vs. S/LAB SHIFT (29:20)
  • What was the most difficult element of this binding to design? (34:23)
  • How the toe works (37:10)
  • How often and in what scenarios will Cody & Chris use this binding? (39:40)
  • Uphill performance (and why "touring steep is stupid" (47:48)
  • Icing Issues? (52:08)
  • Durability & the question of consumers as Beta testers (55:30)
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The new SHIFT MNC 13 from Salomon & Atomic represents a significant leap forward in binding design. Check out our conversation with Salomon's Cody Townsend Chris Rubens, and Benoit Sublet, and our initial on-snow impressions.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Introductions — Cody Townsend, Chris Rubens, Sam Shaheen, and Ben Sublet (1:58)
  • What does this binding do, and what makes it different? (5:45)
  • Which boots work with this binding? (11:15)
  • "No compromise" safety (14:23)
  • How & when did the idea originate, and why was it controversial? (15:10)
  • How long has the current version of the binding been tested? (23:33)
  • The big breakthrough: carbon-infused plastic (27:09)
  • Downhill Performance: Salomon STH2 vs. S/LAB SHIFT (29:20)
  • What was the most difficult element of this binding to design? (34:23)
  • How the toe works (37:10)
  • How often and in what scenarios will Cody & Chris use this binding? (39:40)
  • Uphill performance (and why "touring steep is stupid" (47:48)
  • Icing Issues? (52:08)
  • Durability & the question of consumers as Beta testers (55:30)
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The Making of Our 17/18 Winter Buyer’s Guide The Making of Our 17/18 Winter Buyer’s Guide Thu, 30 Nov 2017 01:53:30 GMT 59:35 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=34188 no https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/the-making-of-our-1718-winter-buyers-guide full 2 We discuss the making of — and our takeaways from — our 17/18 Winter Buyer's Guide, including our "Best Of" awards, our Blister Spectrums, our ski quiver selections, and some of the strangest claims we saw in some of the other buyer's guides out there.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • A very cool thing we did recently at marblebrewing.com (2:16)
  • The blurring of ski categories (3:15)
  • What we talk about when we talk about “Frontside” (8:56)
  • The pros and cons of the growing category of “50/50” Skis (13:57)
  • 17/18 Season -- the year of the binding? (22:15)
  • “Stated Range of Motion” numbers on AT boots & the Scarpa Freedom RS (23:07)
  • Head-scratching claims we saw in other buyers guides about the Blizzard Rustler 10, J Skis The Metal, and ON3P Billy Goat (29:03)
  • Our “Blister Spectrums” (35:37)
  • Our Ski Quiver Selections in the Buyer’s Guide (38:19)
  • The rationale behind our Blister “Best Of” Awards + some specific winners: Patagonia MicroPuff; Scarpa Maestrale RS; and K2 Ikonic 84 Ti (42:52)
  • Almost “Best Of” Award winners: G3 SENDr 112, The North Face Ventrix (51:46)
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We discuss the making of — and our takeaways from — our 17/18 Winter Buyer's Guide, including our "Best Of" awards, our Blister Spectrums, our ski quiver selections, and some of the strangest claims we saw in some of the other buyer's guides out there.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • A very cool thing we did recently at marblebrewing.com (2:16)
  • The blurring of ski categories (3:15)
  • What we talk about when we talk about “Frontside” (8:56)
  • The pros and cons of the growing category of “50/50” Skis (13:57)
  • 17/18 Season -- the year of the binding? (22:15)
  • “Stated Range of Motion” numbers on AT boots & the Scarpa Freedom RS (23:07)
  • Head-scratching claims we saw in other buyers guides about the Blizzard Rustler 10, J Skis The Metal, and ON3P Billy Goat (29:03)
  • Our “Blister Spectrums” (35:37)
  • Our Ski Quiver Selections in the Buyer’s Guide (38:19)
  • The rationale behind our Blister “Best Of” Awards + some specific winners: Patagonia MicroPuff; Scarpa Maestrale RS; and K2 Ikonic 84 Ti (42:52)
  • Almost “Best Of” Award winners: G3 SENDr 112, The North Face Ventrix (51:46)
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Hoji on the new Dynafit Hoji Boots Hoji on the new Dynafit Hoji Boots Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:24:30 GMT 1:22:23 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=33166 no https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/hoji-on-the-new-dynafit-hoji-boots full 1 Dynafit is introducing today their new Hoji series of boots, so we went very in-depth with Hoji himself about the boot, what makes it unique, and what's potentially still to come. (And there's more information in the show notes to this podcast episode on our website.)

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Welcome to our new GEAR:30 podcast (0:00)
  • When and where the idea of Blister was born (1:10)
  • What were the design aims of this boot, and what is unique about it? (2:52)
  • The “PDA” design of this boot (15:42)
  • The various iterations of the “Hoji” boot (18:07)
  • Weight of the Hoji (23:32)
  • The width of the boot + Hoji’s sizing recommendations (27:18)
  • Fit of the Hoji Pro Tour vs. Fit of the Dynafit Vulcan (31:15)
  • The buckles & ankle retention (35:30); Crampon Compatibility (39:58)
  • Range of Motion - Forward & Rearward (42:05)
  • Durability - Bushings & Cables (44:33)
  • Hoji’s approach to boot testing (53:20)
  • Where would you locate the Hoji among the Vulcan, Beast, and TLT 7? (1:00:15)
  • Where would you locate the Hoji among non-Dynafit boots? (1:02:31)
  • Flex of the boot (1:07:17)
  • Why Eric thinks you should try skiing with your boots unbuckled (1:12:58)
  • Any plans to work on a new AT binding? (1:16:05)
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Dynafit is introducing today their new Hoji series of boots, so we went very in-depth with Hoji himself about the boot, what makes it unique, and what's potentially still to come. (And there's more information in the show notes to this podcast episode on our website.)

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Welcome to our new GEAR:30 podcast (0:00)
  • When and where the idea of Blister was born (1:10)
  • What were the design aims of this boot, and what is unique about it? (2:52)
  • The “PDA” design of this boot (15:42)
  • The various iterations of the “Hoji” boot (18:07)
  • Weight of the Hoji (23:32)
  • The width of the boot + Hoji’s sizing recommendations (27:18)
  • Fit of the Hoji Pro Tour vs. Fit of the Dynafit Vulcan (31:15)
  • The buckles & ankle retention (35:30); Crampon Compatibility (39:58)
  • Range of Motion - Forward & Rearward (42:05)
  • Durability - Bushings & Cables (44:33)
  • Hoji’s approach to boot testing (53:20)
  • Where would you locate the Hoji among the Vulcan, Beast, and TLT 7? (1:00:15)
  • Where would you locate the Hoji among non-Dynafit boots? (1:02:31)
  • Flex of the boot (1:07:17)
  • Why Eric thinks you should try skiing with your boots unbuckled (1:12:58)
  • Any plans to work on a new AT binding? (1:16:05)
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Introducing: GEAR:30 Introducing: GEAR:30 Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:48:35 GMT 1:34 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=33089 no https://shows.pippa.io/gear30/5a3ae28fe7ff166a301fe9b7 full Welcome to GEAR:30. Welcome to GEAR:30.