Blister Deep Dive (subscriber content)
We compare the Armada ARV 106 to the ON3P Kartel 108, K2 Marksman, and Line Sir Francis Bacon.
With comparisons to the Liberty Origin 96 and 116, Rossi Soul 7 HD, Salomon QST 106, Faction Candide 3.0, Black Crows Atris, DPS Foundation 106, J Skis The Metal, and more.
Updated: 1.01.17 - We compare the Enforcer to the J Skis Masterblaster, Blizzard Bonafide, Rossignol Experience 100, Volkl Mantra, Line Supernatural 100, and more...
Updated: 1.06.17: We compare the 181 and 187 cm Masterblaster to eight other skis.
We’ve detailed the performance of each of the bindings in our roundup, so in this final installment, we sum up the strengths and weaknesses of each binding.
Paul Forward and Jonathan Ellsworth compare the QST 118 to the Salomon Rocker2 122, Rossignol Super 7 HD and Super 7 RD, Atomic Bent Chetler, Moment Bibby Pro, Blizzard Spur, and more...
We compare the Monster 108 to the Blizzard Cochise, Armada Invictus 108, Moment Belafonte, Line Supernatural 108, ON3P Wrenegade 108, J Ski The Metal, Liberty Variant 113, and more...
See how the ON3P Kartel 108 compares to the K2 Marksman, Line Sir Francis Bacon, ON3P Jeffrey 114, J Skis The Metal, and more...
Become a Blister Member to see how The Metal stacks up agains the new Rossignol Soul 7 HD, Line Supernatural 108, and others...
We compare Nordica's new Enforcer 93 to eight other skis in its class.
Flash Reviews (subscriber content)
We subjected the Masterblaster to some pretty deep conditions this week at Mt Bachelor.
So far we've been impressed with Salomon's narrower touring ski.
Brian Lindahl and Jonathan Ellsworth weigh in on the redesigned 4FRNT Raven.
Here are our initial impressions of the Meridian's on-snow performance.
After two days on the QST 106, here are some of our initial thoughts about the ski.
We just got the Kastle BMX 105 HP on snow, and here are our initial impressions of its performance.
We just got our hands on Yeti's new SB 5.5c, and so far we've been surprised.
It's hot outside, so we're cooling off by thinking about our time on this fun, fat fish.
We've needed to spend a lot of time on the new Soul 7 HD, and we are still formulating our full review. But for now, you can check out our detailed Flash Review...
The Blister Podcast
Warner and I discuss his background; the business of ski racing and ski academies; the thorny issue of sponsorships and athletes skiing on equipment that isn’t a good match for them; and Kitzbuhel.
Accidents happen when you're far away from help. Do you know how to respond? Too many of us don't, and that is irresponsible and dangerous. This conversation will drive that point home, and clue you in on some steps...
From Bend, we announce the release of a new special-edition Blister Pro, then talk to Blister reviewers David Steele and Andrew Forward about growing up in Alaska; speed flying; Glacier National Park; funny & painful ski touring missions, Super...
We talk to Semi-Rad.com's Brendan Leonard about creativity and the process of creating: How to stop procrastinating and get started; why - and why not - to attempt something new; and what it takes to keep going.
We stopped by Armada HQ in Park City to talk to Andy Hytjan and Logan Imlach about Armada’s past, present, and future; Armada’s stacked team; and a number of skis in the Armada line, including the JJ, the Edollo,...
We talk to our bike editor, Noah Bodman, right from the showroom floor about the highlights and lowlights of Interbike.
Our reviewers discuss the most surprising and the most impressive gear we just tested in New Zealand.
This week marks the Centennial of the National Parks Service, so we sat down with James Kaiser, author of best-selling guides to the parks, to talk about their history, significance, and future.
If you are into high-end bike wheels and components, you already know ENVE. But you almost certainly don’t know the whole ENVE story...
We talk to Moment's head ski designer and new CEO re: the 16/17 lineup; break exclusive news about 2 other new skis; discuss how the "Deathwish" got its name, and much more...
If you’re looking for one ski to use in the park and the whole rest of the mountain, the Faction Candide 2.0 should be on your radar.
After more time in the Tecnica Zero G Pro Guide we think it may be the most versatile, high-performance ski touring boot we've ever used. And we offer tons...
We were very impressed with the Origin 96, so how does the Origin 106 compare, and where is the ski most at home?
You're been asking, and we're finally getting time on it. Here's our First Look at the Candide 3.0.
After more time (and a total re-tune) on the Moment Meridian the ski has gone from confounding to seriously capable and fun. Check out our Update.
While Majesty Skis might not be familiar to some North Americans, their Superior looks like a legit offering in the jibby powder ski category.
We've got multiple days in a variety of conditions on the Masterblaster - and we can now make some comparisons between the 187 and 181 models of the ski.
K2 has revised their Pinnacle 130 boot, and released the lighter Pinnacle Pro 130. So how do these two boots compare, and what else do you need to know?
The Line Pescado is a super fun, poppy, fat ski that is more versatile than we’d ever imagined.
Tecnica has updated the Cochise 130 Pro with even stronger downhill performance and a more anatomical fit, without increasing its weight.
Grip or Glide? Low weight or Super Durable? Priorities differ when it comes to climbing skins, so we’ve compared the current crop of skins to help you determine which...
Rumors have been swirling about the Rossignol Blackops, but little has been known about it. Till now. We pull the curtain back on this ski that “doesn’t exist.”
Strong AND Light? We take a look at the new all-mountain ski from Nordica, the Santa Ana 93.
There’s been a lot of talk about the K2 Marksman’s asymmetrical sidecut, but how does it compare to the Shreditor 102 & 112 it replaces, and other all-mountain jib...
The Black Diamond Fritschi Diamir Vipec 12 is one of the most compelling tech bindings currently on the market. Find out why.
The new Armada ARV 106 is an all-mountain jib ski that looks very similar to a perennial Blister favorite.
We weigh in on the Turner RFX V4.0, and compare it to other bikes in the “versatile trail bike” category.
After 10 months of riding on ENVE's M60 Forty HV wheels, we've got a long-term update.
The Bryton Rider 330 bike computer is a great way to record your rides accurately and save some battery life on your phone.
Winter riding is a battle to have fun while fighting off the discomfort that comes with riding a bike in the cold and wet,...
The Race Face Turbine is an innovative dropper post that solves most of the problems that come with many other droppers. But it’s not...
If you're looking for a stiff, efficient shoe for longer trail rides or cyclocross races, the Pearl Izumi X-Project 2.0 is a great option.
For the price, the NOBL TR38 wheels are easily some of the best we've ridden.
The WTB Convict is a very promising DH tire, but needs a few tweaks to unleash its full potential.
The Surly Karate Monkey was the cheapest, and the simplest bike we rode at Interbike, but was it the most fun?
After almost two years in the Giro Terraduro we've got a long term durability update.
Maxxis quietly updated the Minion SS, and the new tire is one of our top choices for drier conditions.
We were impressed with the 29" wheeled Devinci Django 29, now it's time to weigh in on its smaller wheeled sibling.
Danny Macaskill's new signature shoe from Five Ten is comfortable on and off the bike.
We challenge anyone to ride the Transition Scout and not have fun on it.
The Fox 40 has been the winningest fork on the World Cup for a few years, but how does it work for the rest...
Marin's new Attack Trail Pro hits a middle ground between trail and enduro bikes that should appeal to a lot of people.
Featured Blister Shop
Tubless tire sealant can get expensive, especially when you’re swapping out tires often, so our bike editor gives the...
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...
Topic of The Week
Patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard, challenges Utah's leadership to change their policies, or else...
So what properties give a ski good edge hold on ice? What should you be looking for? And how...
Are directional skis going away? And why does there seem to be such an emphasis these days on skis...
Innovation, classics, and the problem of making new products.
Last week Vincent Gagnier caused the collective Ski Media to lose its mind. But how insane was this trick,...
Here are some of the most intriguing products we saw (from Salomon, DPS, Black Diamond, and Mystery Ranch) on...
When you drop more than 5 feet of snow on thousands of acres of feature-filled terrain, things get really,...
We've rounded up some of the most interesting new products we found at Interbike 2016.
We headed to Canterbury, NZ, to test new ski equipment and to explore this exquisite place.
We’re heading north again, this time to Whistler for our annual bike review trip.
Climbing / Backpacking
Petzl's Aquila harness is everything you need to climb year round, and nothing you don’t.
The Arc'teryx Acrux FL GTX is a radical departure from traditional approach shoes.
The Arc'teryx FL-365 is a great option for climbers looking for a comfortable harness that can hold a lot of gear.
The Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody is one of the most versatile soft shells we've used.
The Outdoor Research Whirlwind Hoody is an excellent, if somewhat specialized softshell.
While the Petzl Sum'Tec ice axe performs very well, we were left with a few questions.
Mammut's Multipitch Chalk Bag is much more useful than your average chalk bag.
Patagonia just made half a sleeping bag. Turns out, it’s one of the most versatile bags we’ve used.
The Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 is a super lightweight, super versatile, 4-season shelter that is well-suited to harsh environments.
It’s easy to find a comfortable & heavy tent, or a cramped superlight tent. But the NEMO Hornet 2P tent is both livable AND...
The Mystery Ranch Pitch 40 is one of the most durable, comfortable climbing packs we've used, but that comes with a sacrifice in versatility.
The Stone Glacier Cirque 6200 is the best lightweight, big-load-hauling backpack we’ve used.
The Kelty TN2 is a pretty packable, affordable option for anyone looking for a roomy two-person tent.
The Thule Versant 60L is a mid-sized pack with a simple pocket layout and some useful features, though we’d love to see a couple...
The Black Diamond Mission 75 is a lightweight, versatile, big load hauler that climbs very well.
The Tenaya RA is a true "all-around shoe," but where does it truly shine?
We were huge fans of the original Amplid UNW8, so how does the updated board perform?
Karakoram’s Prime Connect swaps easily between boards and can be use inbounds and in the backcountry.
The G3 carbon Scapegoat is our top choice for deep, human-powered pow days.
The Amplid Milligram is one of the lightest and most responsive splitboards we've ever been on
The Fitwell Backcountry is a snowboard mountaineering boot that's optimized for steep climbs and descents.
The Never Summer Aura is a playful, responsive women's all-mountain board.
The Burton Modified Fish is a powder-oriented snowboard that is actually surprisingly versatile.
Spark R&D builds on their previous success with the Arc.
The Deeluxe Independent BC is a well-designed splitboarding / backcountry boot that performs well on both the ascent and descent.
The Karakoram Prime Carbon is the highest-performing splitboard binding we've used so far.
With the Helix, Ride brings asymmetrical sidecut to a freestyle twin board.
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.