About Us

Say what you have to say, not what you ought.

— Henry David Thoreau

 

BLISTER was born from a passion for playing in the mountains, and a corresponding frustration with the lack of honest, available information about the gear we use to do what we love.

BLISTER’s mission is to offer the most honest and in-depth reviews of outdoor sports equipment.

Outdoor gear is expensive, and if it doesn’t perform properly, the consequences can be high: you can waste a bunch of money buying the wrong stuff, or you can experience equipment failures at very inopportune times.

BLISTER was founded by Jonathan Ellsworth and launched on January 25, 2011. We started BLISTER because it is exactly the sort of site we were always looking for, but that didn’t exist.

Reviewers on the hike up to Eddie’s High Nowhere, Alta.

For too long, good reviews have been too hard to come by, and people have had to simply roll the dice on their gear choices.

We are changing that.

We currently have a team of over 50 reviewers who range in age from 19-56 years old, and are located everywhere from Burlington, Vermont to Vancouver, British Columbia.

We are a young outfit, we are passionate, and the word is spreading—thanks in large part to grassroots efforts by our readers to tell their friends what we’re up to.

And we hope you’ll spread the word, too. (After all, friends don’t let friends buy weak gear.)

So tell your friends, join us on Facebook and Twitter, and hit us up with questions or suggestions for stuff you’d like to see us review.