Blister Buyer’s Guide
(Print and Digital Editions)
The Most Honest, Accurate, and Useful Ski Guide Ever
Most Buyer’s Guides are useless: lots of photos and advertisements, little real information.
So three years ago, we made it our mission to produce the most honest, no-BS buyer’s guide the ski industry had ever seen, and readers and manufacturers both agreed that we hit the mark. How?
Other publications do all of their testing in just a few days. We literally test year round. Nobody puts in as much time on equipment as we do, so no other Guide can match the accuracy of our reviews and comparisons. And we don’t take any money from the ski or snowboard companies we review, so what you get is always 100% honest, not poorly-written advertorials.
Blister Buyer’s Guide
Blister’s Winter Buyer’s Guide features the 18/19 products we’ve vetted, and provides the most helpful comparisons and recommendations you will find to help you identify the gear that’s best for you, given where and how you ski.
Our Buyer’s Guide covers:
- Men’s & Women’s Skis
- Ski Boots
- Midlayers & Baselayers
- Backcountry Touring Bindings
- Backcountry Touring Skins
- Men’s & Women’s Snowboards
Our Blister Spectrums are arguably the most important thing we put in the Guide. Blister Spectrums order the products we’ve tested along a continuum, letting you see how they stack up against the rest of the category, and allowing you to make the most informed decision possible.
Our Ski-Quiver Selections
A favorite among Blister readers, we will once again lay out our recommendations for one- and two-ski quivers from the 18/19 crop of skis.
The 18/19 Blister ‘Best Of’ Awards
Unlike the other buyer’s guides out there, we don’t take any advertising money from the companies we review, and we spend more time than anyone testing gear. So when we give a product a ‘Best Of’ Award, you know that award was earned, not bought.
Most buyer’s guides are simply too general. So we’ve sorted the skis and boots we’ve reviewed into distinct classes based on common characteristics. We describe those classes in detail, and lay out what each particular product brings to the table.
Our Ski Categories Include:
- All-Mountain Skis:
- More Stable
- More Forgiving
- 50/50 — Resort / Backcountry Skis
- Touring Skis
- Frontside Skis
- Women’s Skis
- Park Skis
- Powder Skis
- More Directional
- More Playful
Our Ski Boot Categories Include:
- Dedicated Alpine Boots
- ‘Walk Mode’ Alpine Boots
- Touring Boots
Bottom Line & Timeline
This is the most honest, no BS, genuinely useful buyer’s guide in the ski industry.
The print edition will begin to ship in mid-October. The digital edition will be available for FREE later this week.
Blister Deep Dive
Go Deeper with Our Direct, In-Depth Product Comparisons
The Deep Dive gives you access to:
Our Deep Dive Comparisons
Go beyond our free, online reviews with even more focused, in-depth discussions and direct, detailed comparisons of ski and bike products. The most useful and in-depth comparisons you’ll find anywhere.
When it comes to getting exactly the right bike or ski, it is our analysis of how a product stacks up against its direct competitors that will steer you to the best possible products for how and where you ride.
Check out this sample Deep Dive of the Black Crows Daemon.
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Personalized Gear Recommendations
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Access to Deep Dive Comparisons (read a sample Deep Dive here)
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Your Input on What We Review
The Blister Buyer’s Guide (print & PDF)
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The Blister Buyer’s Guide (print & PDF versions)
Blister Deep Dive Access (check out a sample Deep Dive of the Black Crows Daemon.)
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Cash in on just one of these deals (from the likes of Moment, ON3P, etc.), and your Blister Membership pays for itself.
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Blister Flash Reviews
Rather than wait for our official reviews to be published on Blister once we’ve thoroughly tested a product, get our fresh, unfiltered thoughts from the mountain or trail as we evaluate products at Interbike, Outerbike, our post-SIA review trip, and our annual southern hemisphere ski review trip. Check out a sample Flash Review of the Rossignol Soul 7 HD.
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We’ve tried hard (and slept little), but it’s become impossible for us to keep up with all of the questions we receive. So we are going to guarantee timely replies on the site to the questions of Blister Members—so long as they are about the products we’re reviewing, and you don’t get too weird or creepy.
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We’ve all been there: sometimes you just want to get on the phone with someone who can make sure that you’re going to get the best bike or ski setup for your upcoming trip, or before the start of the season.
We can help.
Blister Premier is a great choice for you if:
(1) You’ve got a trip coming up, you could use some new gear, and you don’t have time to do a bunch of reading and research. You know your trip will be more enjoyable on the right equipment, so you don’t want to buy the wrong stuff.
(2) You’ve done so much research that you’ve made yourself more confused about whether this ski, or that bike, or this AT setup makes the most sense.
(3) You’re busy as hell and you honestly can’t afford to wade through a bunch of long Blister reviews.
(4) You’re smart enough to realize that Blister Premier is actually a great way to save money—to buy the best possible gear on a budget.
Consider this: if you purchase Premier, you have access to all of the deals we are putting together for Blister Members. And then you can get on the phone with us, tell us your budget, and let us help you figure out the best bike build for the money, or which used bikes will make the most sense, or how to piece together a new ski setup through a combination of new and used gear.
So get Premier, then get in touch with Blister’s editors and reviewers via the phone or via email, your choice.
We’ll work with you directly to make sure you get the right stuff, and we’ll follow up with you to make sure that gear is working out like it’s supposed to.
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