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GEAR:30

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Rank #60 in Wilderness category

Technology
Sports
Wilderness
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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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So good! Like PacMan good!

By .[sanhedrin]. - Aug 19 2019
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Keep up the great work Blister!

Best ski gear podcast out there

By Mssssssssssss - Feb 18 2019
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This is it. Best reviews and insights into ski gear. Listen, enjoy, ponder.

iTunes Ratings

55 Ratings
Average Ratings
44
4
1
2
4

So good! Like PacMan good!

By .[sanhedrin]. - Aug 19 2019
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Keep up the great work Blister!

Best ski gear podcast out there

By Mssssssssssss - Feb 18 2019
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This is it. Best reviews and insights into ski gear. Listen, enjoy, ponder.
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GEAR:30

Updated 3 days ago

Rank #60 in Wilderness category

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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.

Rank #1: New DPS Skis & Products with Stephan Drake

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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)
Jul 20 2018
36 mins
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Rank #2: The New Salomon S/LAB SHIFT MNC

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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)
Dec 08 2017
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #3: 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
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #4: 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
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #5: 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
44 mins
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Rank #6: 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
58 mins
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Rank #7: 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
53 mins
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Rank #8: New Skis from Prior, Atomic, K2, and More

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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)
May 13 2018
27 mins
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Rank #9: Trends, Favorite Gear, and Most / Least Durable Products, with Eric Helmbrecht of Powder Hound AK

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Alaska is a place where your gear really needs to hold up. So we talk to Eric Helmbrecht, owner of Powder Hound Ski Shop in Girdwood Alaska, about the trends he’s seeing in skiing and snowboarding; the gear with the most and the least durability issues; some of his favorite gear; the most Alaskan thing ever; and more.

TOPICS & TIMES

  • How Powder Hound has evolved (2:30)
  • Trending: Resort skiing vs. backcountry skiing (7:00)
  • What gear are you most psyched on? (9:58)
  • Ski boots: heat molding shells vs. traditional boot work (15:37)
  • Favorite bindings? (19:53)
  • Some favorite skis for Alyeska / AK? (24:29)
  • Gear with the least & most durability issues (31:32)
  • Eric’s take on “Bang for your buck” products (35:23)
  • Favorite new outerwear (40:55)
  • Powder Hound’s growing snowboard business (43:17)
  • The most Alaskan thing ever (51:08)
Mar 22 2019
55 mins
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Rank #10: Testing in Telluride: 18/19 Ski Gear

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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)
Mar 02 2018
40 mins
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Rank #11: Black Crows Skis 18/19 Line

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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.

Jan 21 2018
33 mins
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Rank #12: The Making of Our 17/18 Winter Buyer’s Guide

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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)
Nov 30 2017
59 mins
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Rank #13: 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
42 mins
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Rank #14: 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
50 mins
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Rank #15: Zen & the Art of Creating the World's Biggest Splitboard Binding Company: Will Ritter, Spark R&D

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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...

Nov 02 2018
51 mins
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Rank #16: New Skis & Outerwear

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We discuss the latest skis and outerwear we’re reviewing, including the Black Crows Corvus, Rossi Black Ops, Parlor Cardinal 90, Argent Skis Badger, Flylow Baker Bibs, and Patagonia Micro Puff Storm.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Rossignol Black Ops (1:40)
  • Black Crows Corvus (6:35)
  • Parlor Cardinal 90 (13:41)
  • Argent Badger (18:51)
  • Flylow Baker Bib (plus bibs vs. non-bibs) (21:33)
  • Patagonia Micro Puff Storm (25:03)
Jan 06 2019
28 mins
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Rank #17: “Best Of” Runner-Ups + New Skis

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Today we are making good on some past promises, so I sat down with Luke Koppa and Sam Shaheen at our Blister headquarters at Elevation in Mt Crested Butte. We start by talking about 3 skis that just missed the cut from earning a Best Of award from us this year. Then we turn to talk about a number of new skis we’ve been getting on or are about to get on, including the Folsom Trophy Carbon, Rossignol Black Ops 118, the HEAD World Cup Rebel i.Speed Pro, the Dynastar PR-OTO Factory, and the Moment Commander 98 and 108.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Prior CBC (2:06)
  • Fischer Ranger 102 FR (5:00)
  • Dynastar Mythic 97 (8:30)
  • Folsom Trophy (9:10)
  • Rossignol Black Ops 118 (9:53)
  • Head Worldcup Rebels i.Speed Pro (13:05)
  • Dynastar PR-oto (15:48)
  • Moment Commander 98 & 108 (18:43)
  • Blister Showroom (23:45)
Dec 14 2018
25 mins
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Rank #18: 2019 Outdoor Retailer / SIA Show Highlights

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The Outdoor Retailer / SIA show ended yesterday, so we sat down right after to debrief and discuss some of the most notable trends we saw, talk about the products we’re dying to try (and were most tempted to just steal), and some of the other odd and / or noteworthy people and things we saw at the show.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • New trends in apparel and skis (1:10)
  • What we’re most curious to try (8:29)
  • Gear we’re most tempted to steal (16:31)
  • Weirdest thing we saw (25:44)
  • Swagger Award (27:05)
  • Best graphics (30:57)
Feb 02 2019
35 mins
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Rank #19: Dialing in "The Hammer" + other New Folsom Skis

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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)
May 24 2018
47 mins
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Rank #20: New Skis, New Goggles, & Random Reviews

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Sam Shaheen, Luke Koppa, and Jonathan Ellsworth talk about new goggles; new skis; which ski companies made the biggest impressions on us this season; funniest answers so far to our BLISTER Survey; and more.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • New Goggles: high-end, price-point, and awful ones (5:50)
  • Armada ARV 106Ti & 96Ti (16:00)
  • Which ski companies stood out the most to us this season? (14:25)
  • Some favorite answers from our Blister Survey (29:40)
  • Some very random reviews (35:10)
Apr 12 2019
43 mins
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