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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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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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Top notch entertainment and information

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Smart, well spoken, and devoted people giving the straightest gear talk out there.

Great podcast for gear nerds

By undergroundskier - Feb 04 2020
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Love this podcast and hearing about new gear and ski industry inside news.

iTunes Ratings

203 Ratings
Average Ratings
180
12
2
4
5

Top notch entertainment and information

By teddles1382 - Feb 10 2020
Read more
Smart, well spoken, and devoted people giving the straightest gear talk out there.

Great podcast for gear nerds

By undergroundskier - Feb 04 2020
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Love this podcast and hearing about new gear and ski industry inside news.
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GEAR:30

Latest release on Feb 21, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: A Very Deep Dive on Ski Boots, Part 1: Plastics

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Ski boots are made of plastic, and different plastics feel and perform very differently from one another. So we get deep into the details with Atomic Ski Boots product manager, Matt Manser, to help you figure out which plastics are used in your ski boots, and the pros & cons & general performance characteristics of different plastics — which will help you understand why you might like or dislike your current boots, and what you ought to be looking for in your next pair.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • What has been the focus of your recent work in ski boots? (2:10)
  • The 3 main families of plastics: PP, PU, and PA (6:57)
  • “PP” — Polypropylene (11:15)
  • How recycled plastics are used in the production process (19:18)
  • “PU” — Polyurethane (23:06)
  • Low-grade PU: Recycled PU (26:53)
  • Mid-grade PU: PU-Ester (27:53)
  • High-grade PU: PU-Ether (31:33)
  • Colors: how they affect plastics’ performance (33:44)
  • What is Desmopan? (38:32)
  • “True Flex” PU — Atomic’s proprietary PU (44:26)
  • How to make a lightweight boot out of heavy materials (49:40)
  • “PA” — Polyamide (53:58)
  • How to verify which plastics your boot is made of (1:00:24)

Jun 28 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #2: Moment Skis 18/19 Lineup

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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)

Feb 16 2018

42mins

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Rank #3: A Very Deep Dive on Ski Boots, Part 2: Flex Patterns

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Last week on GEAR:30, we talked plastics with Atomic Ski Boots product manager, Matt Manser. Here in part 2, we talk with Matt about the messy world of flex ratings; progressive vs. linear flex patterns; the actual differences between some brands’ 120 and 130 rated boot; how Atomic arrives at their own flex ratings; the next areas of innovation that Atomic is focused on, and more.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Flex Patterns & All the Feels (4:13)
  • “Progressive” vs. “Linear” flex patterns (5:10)
  • The mess that is Flex Ratings (13:13)
  • How Atomic arrives at their own flex ratings (17:24)
  • How brands make a “110” vs. “120” vs. “130” etc. (27:34)
  • Colorways & Geopolitics (34:20)
  • Why a standardized flex rating probably won’t happen (35:55)
  • The damping / “suspension” of a boot (42:32)
  • Weight & Damping (47:04)
  • Next areas of innovation for Atomic boots? (55:08)

Jul 05 2019

58mins

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Rank #4: A Very Deep Dive on Ski Boots, Part 3: Racers & Race Boots

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How do elite ski racers like Marcel Hirsher, Mikaela Shiffrin, Bode Miller, and Daron Rahlves “feel” their gear, and their ski boots in particular? Matt Manser and Jonathan Ellsworth discuss how some of the all-time greats are superhumanly attuned to the slightest changes of a binding or ski boot.

They also discuss Forward Lean (how to measure it, whether lots or less of it is better, etc.); ‘static’ power straps vs. ‘elastic’ Booster Straps; whether WC skiers or WC DH mtn bikers are pickier about their equipment; and more.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Marcel Hirscher & Bode Miller’s insane attunement (4:11)
  • How many boots does Marcel bring to a race? (18:46)
  • WC ski racers vs. WC DH bike racers (22:40)
  • Mikaela Shriffin’s boot preferences (33:20)
  • Which racers wear the stiffest boots? (36:40)
  • Forward Lean / measuring forward lean (44:27)
  • ‘Static’ power straps vs ‘elastic’ Booster Straps (59:24)
  • Why it’s so hard to name ski boots (1:12:03)

Aug 09 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #5: New Skis from LINE, Nordica, 4FRNT, and J Skis + a Confession & Sneak Peek

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Today we’re talking about a whole bunch of skis, including the new Line Outline and new Sir Francis Bacon; the new Nordica Enforcer 104 Free; the 4FRNT InThayne; and the J Skis Friend. We also talk a bit about Luke and Sam’s article on caring for outerwear; and Jonathan Ellsworth makes a quasi-apology / mini confession about his previous stance on lightweight, inbound skis. Finally, there is a MASSIVELY IMPORTANT teaser about a forthcoming GEAR:30 episode.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Line’s Outline and new Sir Francis Bacon (3:24)
  • Nordica Enforcer 104 Free (11:33)
  • 4FRNT Inthayne (16:36)
  • J Skis The Friend, 183 cm (19:29)
  • Change in perspective on lightweight inbound skis (23:30)
  • Luke and Sam’s article on outerwear care (26:10)
  • Sneak peek of an incredible upcoming episode (30:10)

Feb 18 2019

32mins

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Rank #6: New K2 Mindbender Skis

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We talk to K2 ski designer, Jed Yeiser, about the 13 new skis that make up K2’s brand new “Mindbender” series.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Background: the Mindbender series (2:55)
  • The individual skis: Mindbender 85 (9:20)
  • Mindbender 90C (10:50)
  • Torsional stiffness and design controls (12:21)
  • Mindbender 90Ti (16:50)
  • Mindbender 99Ti (18:55)
  • Mindbender 108Ti (22:40)
  • Mindbender 116C (29:10)
  • Mindbender vs the previous Pinnacle series (32:25)
  • Men’s line vs Women’s line (35:03)
  • New “Powerwall” Tech (38:10)
  • Mindbender Jr. Ski (41:22)

Jan 15 2019

44mins

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Rank #7: Best Ski Gear of the Past Decade

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Of the entire past decade, what was the most influential ski, ski boot, and ski binding? What was the best ski? What were the biggest trends? And what was our selection for the Best Product of the Decade? We cover all of this and more.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Most Influential Ski, 2000-2009 (3:00)
  • Most Influential Ski, 2010-2019 (5:30)
  • Best Ski (13:40)
  • Most Influential Ski Boot (32:30)
  • Most Influential AT Binding (40:58)
  • Best Ski Binding (46:02)
  • Biggest Trends (51:30)
  • Best Product (56:24)

Jan 04 2020

1hr

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Rank #8: ON3P Skis 18/19 Lineup

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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)

Mar 09 2018

50mins

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Rank #9: Hoji on the Hoji Free & 4FRNT Renegade

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Today we’re talking with the one and only Eric Hjorleifson about his brand-new boot, the Dynafit Hoji Free, what’s new with this boot, and how it differs from the current Hoji Pro Tour.

Then you’re going hear Eric talk about trying to improve and refine the latest iteration of his favorite ski, the 4FRNT Renegade, and finally, we wrap up our gear geekery by talking a bit about outerwear and Eric’s work with Arc’teryx.

And if you somehow missed it yesterday, we ran over on the Blister Podcast platform what was basically Part 1 of our conversation, where we talk to Hoji about his new film, “Hoji.”

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Hoji on the Dynafit Hoji Free. (3:00)
  • Differences between the Hoji Pro Tour and Hoji Free. (5:50)
  • Did weight play a factor in designing the Hoji Free? (22:32)
  • Hoji Free crampon compatibility? (27:12)
  • What’s new with the 4FRNT Renegade? (30:55)
  • The problem with updating for the sake of updating. (37:55)
  • Does Eric geek out on outerwear, too? (43:30)

Nov 15 2018

52mins

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Rank #10: 18/19 All-Mountain & Frontside Skis

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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)

Apr 04 2018

41mins

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Rank #11: Touring Bindings & the New G3 Zed

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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)

Apr 20 2018

50mins

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Rank #12: Spring Skiing & Biking in Alaska

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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)

Apr 27 2018

53mins

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Rank #13: Moment Skis 19/20 Lineup

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We talk to Moment Skis CEO, Luke Jacobson, about next year’s lineup of skis; space movies; Ryan Gosling; Tyler Curle’s ski preferences; the “Google Bump”; and … more Ryan Gosling.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • “Freestyle” collection: PB&J, Meridian, Wildcat 108, Deathwish, & Wildcat (5:00)
  • The inspiration behind Moment’s space-themed 19/20 graphics (17:00)
  • “Freeride” collection: Commander 98, 108, 118, & 124 (24:00)
  • Moment team rider and ski builder Tyler Curle’s ski preferences (27:50)
  • How the Commander 124 differs from the rest of the Commander series (36:20)
  • Luke & Jonathan’s suggestions for alternative ski names (39:43)
  • “Tour” collection: Wildcat Tour 108, Deathwish Tour, & Wildcat Tour (41:22)
  • “Women’s” collection: Hot Mess, Sierra, & Bella (46:00)
  • Moment’s collaboration with Google and the “Google Bump” (53:00)

Feb 26 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #14: Ski Quiver Questions, Part 1

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We recently published the 19/20 edition of our reviewers’ personal selections for their 5-ski, 4-ski, 3-ski, 2-ski, and 1-ski quivers. And now, we’re addressing some of your questions related to how we design our quivers; what our biggest takeaways are; the dreaded 1-boot quiver; and more.   

And if you’d like to get our recommendations for assembling your own ski quiver, then just become a Blister Member, send us an email, and we’ll remove the guesswork for you.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Principles for selecting ski quivers (3:50)
  • Why the single-brand ski quiver question? (17:08)
  • Our selections & their relevance / applicability (21:45)
  • Lower vs Higher snowfall areas? (32:22)
  • How do we choose which ski to ride on a given day? (36:00)
  • Mount points (41:22)
  • Separating resort vs. touring 1-ski quivers (46:39)
  • Where’s the LINE Sick Day 104? (49:52)
  • One *Boot* Quiver? (51:13)

Dec 06 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #15: Bikes vs. Skis, Part 1

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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)


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Jul 13 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #16: Testing Pow Skis in Alaska & Japan + Shop Talk

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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)

Feb 12 2018

42mins

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Rank #17: BLISTER Buyer’s Guide, Pt. 2 + Reviews of Other Buyer’s Guides

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In this episode, we answer a bunch of the questions you submitted, then assess some of the product reviews from several of the other ski review publications — and one gear recommendation website.

And fair warning here, we get pretty fired up. Because there are still a lot of fake reviews and extremely misleading product reviews and product recommendation services out there, and this needs to stop.

There is a little bit of strong language in this episode, so please don’t listen if that offends you. But we here at BLISTER are far more offended by the fake and / or misleading reviews and product recommendations in the outdoor sports world that are posing as legitimate consumer product information. Anyway, judge for yourself.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Listener questions (4:21)
  • Why curated.com is the worst (46:30)
  • Product reviews from other buyer’s guides (53:05)

Oct 11 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #18: 19/20 BLISTER Winter Buyer’s Guide, Part 1

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We just released our new 19/20 BLISTER Winter Buyer’s Guide, and given that it’s over 200 pages long, there’s a lot to talk about.

So we’re going to have a 2-part conversation about the Guide, and here in part 1, we’re going to discuss some of our Blister “Best Of” selections; and some of the products that just missed the cut; some general trends and takeaways from putting this big book together, and we find out the real reason why Luke prefers mittens to gloves.

Then, next week in Part 2, we’re inviting you to submit questions about the guide or related to the guide, and we’ll be answering those and covering a few other topics of our own.

Click to Send Us Your Questions about the new Buyer’s Guide

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Our BLISTER “Best Of” Awards (5:17)
  • The Best of “Best Of” (23:05)
  • Luke’s Jazz Hands (33:44)

Oct 04 2019

38mins

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Rank #19: Bikes vs. Skis, Part 2

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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)


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Aug 11 2018

1hr 21mins

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Rank #20: New Marker Duke PT; Backcountry.com; New Apparel & Skis

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Today, Marker unveiled their brand-new Duke PT binding, so Luke Koppa, Sam Shaheen, and Jonathan Ellsworth discuss the new binding and where it fits with respect to the Shift MNC and CAST Touring binding.

We also discuss some big new changes at GORE; the new GORE-TEX Pro vs. The North Face Futurelight; the appalling behavior of backcountry.com; several new skis from Moment, Blizzard, and Prior; and Jonathan Ellsworth’s New Favorite Thing.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Jonathan’s New Favorite Thing (3:55)
  • New Marker Duke PT (5:26)
  • Duke PT vs. Shift vs. CAST Freetour System (10:17)
  • New GORE Pro / Big Changes at GORE (12:18)
  • GORE-TEX Pro vs. The North Face Futurelight (18:25)
  • Picture Organic Harvest Jacket (23:55)
  • Backcountry.com’s despicable behavior (25:30)
  • (Jason Blevins’ article on backcountry.com
  • Moment Deathwish (30:20)
  • Moment Wildcat 108 (31:15)
  • Blizzard Rustler 10 (32:11)
  • Prior Northwest 100 (33:01)

Nov 01 2019

35mins

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