Blister Deep Dive (subscriber content)
Here it is, a direct comparison of two of the best touring boots we’ve ever skied: the Dynafit Vulcan and the Salomon MTN Lab.
We compare three popular touring skis in the 105mm-110mm width range.
If all this talk of an El Nino winter has you thinking of deep pow & fat skis, then check out our overview of more than a dozen pow skis, including the DPS Lotus...
Line's new Bacon and Mordecai are both playful all-mountain skis, but they certainly aren't the same. We break down their similarities and differences.
We take a look at the entire Blizzard lineup, pit the 14/15 line against the 15/16, and talk about how the skis all relate to one another. (Might be one of the most interesting...
The Cochise Pro has been the undisputed king of burlier alpine boots with a walk mode. But the new and improved Lange XT 130 is now a serious challenger.
We pit the new Kendo up against the Blizzard Brahma and Bonafide, the Salomon X-Drive 8.0 and 8.8, the Fischer Motive 86 Ti, the Volkl Mantra, the Dynastar Powertrack 89, and the K2 Pinnacle...
We compare the Atomic Vantage 100CTi to the Blizzard Bonafide, Volkl Mantra, Nordica Enforcer, Rossignol Experience 100, and K2 Pinnacle 95.
We compare the Enforcer to the Blizzard Bonafide, Rossignol Experience 100, Volkl Mantra, Line Supernatural 100, and more...
We compare the Invictus to 9 other directional chargers, and put them all on a spectrum from 'most demanding / stable' to 'most playful / forgiving.'
Flash Reviews (subscriber content)
We spent the weekend on the "The Metal" from J Skis, here are our initial impressions.
We’re putting time on Fischer’s newest ultralight AT boot.
We’ve got two days on the Liberty Origin96, and we’ve never skied anything quite like it.
Is the best value in bikes also a top performer? Does Maxxis have some stiff new competition? We explore this and more from Interbike 2015.
Hyper-adjustable shocks, Marzocchi’s not dead yet, and other compelling stories from Interbike.
The Bodacious has been totally overhauled. Depending on what you want to do with this ski, this news is either pretty good or extremely sad.
Here are the products that impressed us the most.
We've got exclusive news about two of the most high-profile new skis of the season: the Line Sir Francis Bacon and Mordecai.
The Blister Podcast
We brought together founders and engineers from Line, K2, DPS, Blizzard, Moment, and Armada to talk ski design and the future of skis.
This week is the annual SnowSports Industry of America tradeshow, so we're talking to several Blister reviewers about NEXT season's new products and trends.
We talk to Cody Townsend, one of the most prominent big-mountain skiers in the world.
We talk to Garrett Altmann, a three-time competitor on the Freeride World Tour, as well as a Blister reviewer—one of our original reviewers, in fact. We talk to Garrett about his background: growing up racing and mogul skiing, his...
We talk to the first ever winner of American Ninja Warrior, Isaac Caldiero, about his background & climbing accomplishments, how he trains for ANW, his advice for how to succeed on the show, the "controversy" surrounding his win, what...
We talk to Patagonia Product Line Director, Mark Little, about a new Patagonia initiative, what "Fair Trade" actually means, and Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard's involvement in new projects.
Check out the new Blister Podcast, and part 2 of our conversation with Line & K2 ski designer, Jed Yeiser. We talk about working with Eric Pollard, Tom Wallisch, Jay Levinthal, and much more.
Check out the NEW Blister Podcast, and our conversation with Line & K2 ski designer, Jed Yeiser.
The Roxa X-Face 120’s walk mode, interchangeable soles, and built-in tech fittings give it a step up in versatility from most other 3-piece boots, without sacrificing inbounds performance.
Here is our full review of the Origin96, which Liberty Skis claims “will become the new standard in all mountain skis.”
We’re putting time on Fischer’s newest ultralight AT boot.
Nordica had so much success this season with their redesigned Enforcer that for 16/17, they're adding a narrower version to the lineup. Check it out.
We already touched on the new K2 Marksman in our coverage of new skis at Outdoor Retailer, but we dove in a little deeper at SIA.
Jonathan Ellsworth offers his take on the Marker Kingpin AT binding, and why it's the first AT binding he's ever loved.
At less than 1800 grams per ski, the Blizzard Zero G 108 is one of the most powerful and predictable lightweight touring skis we’ve used, and we've got an...
The AllTrack Pro 130 WTR from Rossignol delivers a versatile fit and confidence inspiring performance.
The Salomon MTN Explore 95 is a damn good touring ski that puts a premium on power and performance rather than shaving every last possible gram.
If you’ve previously had a Goldilocks problem trying to decide whether to go with the DPS Wailer 99 Hybrid or the Wailer 112RP Hybrid, you are now in luck....
We take a look at some of the new skis coming to market in 16/17.
We take a look at the next wave of AT boots.
The Nordica Santa Ana is a well-balanced, all mountain ski with a good combination of playfulness and stability.
The Marker Kingpin is the most capable, most versatile, all-around ski binding we’ve used.
The 1184 from SGN is a limited-edition, big mountain pow ski that is substantial without being overly demanding.
The Line Sick Day Tourist is a new touring ski from Line, and the shape, weight, and flex pattern look promising.
The G-Form Pro-X Kneepads provide low-profile, comfortable protection
The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 6Fattie offers a unique ride that is perfect for advanced riders looking for something different, or intermediate riders...
The 7mesh Synergy is a versatile, hybrid jersey that eliminates having to choose how to layer for rides that are chilly, showering, warm, or...
The Lindarets x Wolf Tooth GoatLink is a simple upgrade that improves performance and significantly reduces chainring wear on Shimano 10-speed conversions.
If you like the Maxxis Minion DHF, but want something that transitions into drifts a little more smoothly, the Vittoria Goma should be on...
The Kestrel is Five Ten's most pedaling-efficient shoe, blending a stiff sole with trail-worthy features.
The VP Components VX Adventure and Trail pedals provide an affordable competitor to Shimano’s mainstays
The Cadence Skyline is a good option for riders looking for a fashionable, slim-fitting, multi-use short.
In case you missed any of October's highlights, here’s the cheat-sheet.
White Industries' XMR Hubs are a smooth rolling option with taller flanges that allow for stiffer wheels.
Wide rims carry a lot of benefits, and the WTB Asym i35 rim (27.5") is a nicely designed one that stands alone in terms...
7mesh's Strategy Jacket and Glidepath Short offer a nice combination of comfort and versatility.
Giro updated the Terraduro to address some durability issues. We've been testing the new shoes for 3 months, and here's what we've found so...
We’re all used to technical ski apparel, but 7mesh is a company out of Squamish, BC, that’s making premium-performance, technical bike apparel.
Shimano’s new 11-speed XT drivetrain shows promise, but falls short of established 1x options.
The Following from Evil Bikes is a slack, short travel 29'er that likes to go fast.
Featured Blister Shop
Ski touring is increasingly popular, but the expanding range of "AT" boots and bindings and new standards is increasingly...
Mank? Upside down snow? Slarving? There are a whole lot of ways to talk about snow and the different...
There's no such thing as a "beginner's ski," but there are skis that are good for beginners. Here's what...
In this Gear 101 article, we outline the factors that go into answering an important question when buying a...
Roof, hitch, or strap-on bike rack? Each style has its pros and cons, some of which aren’t obvious. So...
Topic of The Week
How do length and skiing style relate to mount location, particularly when choosing drastically different skis?
For the second time in his career, Aaron Gwin drops his sponsor and inspires a debate on mountain bike...
Aaron Gwin’s recent string of remarkable feats prompted a debate about the present and the past of downhill...
There are a ton of new products and new standards that are supposed to make our riding experience better....
“Flow” is certainly in these days, and flow trails seem to be coming at the expense of more technical...
So far, Interbike 2015 has not disappointed.
It's time to get back on snow. We leave tomorrow.
Rocklands, South Africa is every boulderer's dream - it’s like Hueco Tanks, Joe’s Valley, and Bishop all mixed together,...
The 10th Annual Fears, Tears, and Beers Enduro was a great time, and if you like fun, beer, or...
Ever wondered about skiing in Glacier? This past weekend, our associate editor chased David Steele on a "spicy" ski...
Climbing / Backpacking
The Arc'teryx Cerium SV Jacket shines in extreme cold, especially when belaying ice climbs.
The Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 is a super lightweight, super versatile, 4-season shelter that is well-suited to harsh environments.
The Feathered Friends Flicker 20 UL Quilt Bag is a versatile sleeping bag and a good value.
The La Sportiva Cham Down Jacket has proven to be an excellent 700-fill jacket, especially for those who value durability and decent water resistance.
Patagonia's new Merino Air Hoody is an unconventional baselayer that actually lives up to Patagonia's big claims about it.
The Evolv Luchador is a good do-it-all shoe for someone looking to tackle both trad and sport climbs.
The Sea to Summit UltraLight Insulated Mat delivers an impressive combination of comfort, warmth, and weight, plus a great multi-functional valve.
The handling and durability of the Sterling Nano IX make it a strong contender in the class of thin, lightweight ropes.
The Brooks Range Mountaineering Elephant Foot sleeping bag is a creative option for those looking to minimize weight and save pack space.
Important news for anyone with DMM carabiners.
Eddie Bauer's First Ascent Women’s Alpine Front Jacket is a hardshell that combines a great fit and excellent breathability with good weather protection.
The MSR AC Bivy is a lightweight, spacious, and highly packable bivy bag.
The Petzl Contact 9.8 has proven to be an excellent mid-diameter, multi-use rope.
The Black Diamond Mission 75 is a lightweight, versatile, big load hauler that climbs very well.
The Scarpa Furia is an excellent all-around shoe for bouldering and hard sport climbing, and strikes a good balance between sensitivity and power.
The Outdoor Research Helium II is a minimalist rain jacket that's perfect for sudden storms.
The Amplid UNW8 delivers a stiff, responsive, and surprisingly durable ride that makes it a great one board quiver.
The Remind Solution Liner is a very affordable (and comfortable) way to revive old snowboard boots.
The Ride Berzerker is an aggressive all-mountain board that prefers high-speed charging over a slower, more playful approach to terrain.
It's been a staple in Burton's boot line for years, but the latest version of the Ion may be the best yet.
The Never Summer Raven is a versatile, all-mountain performer that can be pushed hard while offering a forgiving ride.
Last season, K2 made some pretty big changes to the stiff, all-mountain Slayblade. See how the new model compares.
The new Burton Flight Attendant is an impressive, adaptable, freeride board for everyday, all-mountain riding.
Burton describes the Custom X as the "hardest charging" board they make, so we asked new Blister reviewer and FWT rider Colin Boyd to...
In the next round of Blister's 'Best Of' Awards, we talk about some of the best snowboards out there.
We've been talking a lot about ski quivers, here are our one-board quiver selections.
The redesigned Amplid Creamer is a directional, big-mountain board that floats really well.
The Burton Genesis is the most comfortable binding we've ever tested, and pairs especially well with a lighter, all-mountain board.
The Nitro Blacklight is a directional twin that excels on groomers and in the air, the park, or the backcountry.
Spark R&D's Magneto binding is the lightest, quickest, and easiest to use splitboard binding we've tested to date.
The Burton Antler is a snappy, playful, all-mountain board that wants to jump off everything.
The K2 Company binding is a lightweight, easily adjustable binding that's best paired with an all-mountain or stiffer park board.