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The Taos Freeride Championships

The Taos Freeride Championships

The 10th Taos Freeride Championships are under way, and to celebrate the occasion, we talked to some competitors who have launched their careers here, and others who are looking to take that next step. But what they all have in common is a love of this mountain and this event.

FWT Update From Andorra

FWT Update From Andorra

Feb 23, 2015
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The FWT just finished up in Europe, next stop: Alaska. Blister reviewer and FWT competitor Garrett Altmann checks in with some good news.

20 Questions: Max Blackburn – Immersion Research

20 Questions: Max Blackburn – Immersion Research

Spray skirts don’t just keep you dry, they also keep you safe. We sat down with Max Blackburn of Immersion Research to find out how one of the industry’s top skirt manufacturers is thinking about and designing one of the “five essentials.”

Testing Next Year’s Skis at Taos

Testing Next Year’s Skis at Taos

Once again, we’re back at Taos reviewing next year’s skis, and these photos from the past week will show why this is an ideal place to do so.

20 Questions: Werner Paddles

20 Questions: Werner Paddles

We sat down with Danny Mongno from Werner Paddles to find out more about Werner’s philosophy behind design, materials and construction.

5th Annual Blister Awards, SIA

5th Annual Blister Awards, SIA

Here’s part 2 of the Blister SIA Awards: Outerwear, Best and Worst Graphics, the coveted “WTF is That?” award, and more…

FWT Update From Austria

FWT Update From Austria

Blister reviewer and FWT competitor Garrett Altmann provides a firsthand account of today’s avalanche and its aftermath in Kappl, Austria.

Topic of the Week: Ski Width, Weight, and “Quickness”

Topic of the Week: Ski Width, Weight, and “Quickness”

What’s more of a factor when it comes to how quick a ski is, Width or Weight?

Trip Report & Guide: Skookumchuck Narrows, BC

Trip Report & Guide: Skookumchuck Narrows, BC

BC’s Skookumchuck Narrows is one of the world’s best surf spots for paddlers—even in December. Here’s a gallery from our most recent trip, and a guide to planning your own.

“Carver” Test at Taos

“Carver” Test at Taos

This week at Taos, we lined up a week-long frontside carver test. Turns out, carver tests work better than snow dances…

Blister’s Holiday Gift Guide

Blister’s Holiday Gift Guide

Here are some gift ideas for the active people (and dogs) in your life.

Stated Ski Specs vs. Actual Ski Specs

Stated Ski Specs vs. Actual Ski Specs

Why do the stated specs and dimensions of a ski so often differ from the actual, measured specs? Is it a sign of poor quality control?

Thoroughness vs. Usefulness

Thoroughness vs. Usefulness

When it comes to producing a genuinely useful review, how do you strike a balance of thoroughness and usefulness?

20 Questions: Jed Yeiser, LINE Skis Designer

20 Questions: Jed Yeiser, LINE Skis Designer

You know LINE Skis. But do you know the guy who designs all of LINE’s skis?

Hybrid Outerwear Pieces?

Hybrid Outerwear Pieces?

Why don’t we see more outerwear designs combining both hardshell and softshell fabrics?

Trip Report: Broken River Ski Area

Trip Report: Broken River Ski Area

The Broken River club field of Canterbury, New Zealand, is a very friendly place with a remarkably interesting history.

Trip Report: Paddling Norway

Trip Report: Paddling Norway

If you like whitewater, you’ll love Norway. This trip report / photo gallery is designed to help you plan your own trip.

Back to Canterbury

Back to Canterbury

In just a few days, we’re heading back to Canterbury, New Zealand for our southern hemisphere ski review trip. (And we’re going to sneak in some backpacking this time, too.)

Trip Report: Whistler Blackcomb

Trip Report: Whistler Blackcomb

We sent a team of reviewers to Whistler, BC, to test trail and DH bikes on some of the best trails in the world. Here’s a recap and photo gallery.

Trip Report: Rocklands, South Africa

Trip Report: Rocklands, South Africa

Rocklands, South Africa is every boulderers dream – it’s like Hueco Tanks, Joe’s Valley, and Bishop all mixed together. Here’s our trip report and guide to climbing in Rocklands.