Gear 101

Bike Racks 101

Bike Racks 101

Roof, hitch, or strap-on bike rack? Each style has its pros and cons, some of which aren’t obvious. So before you waste your money, check out the Blister guide to choosing the right rack.

Suspension 201: Basic Setup

Suspension 201: Basic Setup

We’ve covered basic concepts of suspension, now we’ll show you how to maximize performance and comfort on the bike.

Suspension 201: Anatomy of a Suspension System

Suspension 201: Anatomy of a Suspension System

We covered basic definitions and frame suspension designs in our Suspension 101 articles. Now it’s time to talk stanchions, lockouts, and everything in between.

Suspension 101: Designs

Suspension 101: Designs

We covered basic definitions and concepts in our first Suspension 101 piece. Now we look at the differences between the various suspension designs on the market, and the pros and cons of each.

Suspension 101: Concepts & Definitions

Suspension 101: Concepts & Definitions

So what’s the difference between XC, Trail, and AM bikes? This article cuts through the confusion, and will help you decide what type of bike makes the most sense for you.

Best Ways to Save Weight on Your Bike

Best Ways to Save Weight on Your Bike

Making your bike lighter doesn’t necessarily make it better. Knowing where to cut weight—and where not to—will save you money and get you a safer, better ride.

Boot Fitting 101: Fit Issues and Myths

Boot Fitting 101: Fit Issues and Myths

In this article, Charlie Bradley explains why length and width measurements can be overrated, and debunks one of the most common myths in skiing.

Bindings 201

Bindings 201

Elastic Travel? Release Values? Forward Pressure? DIN settings? Tech bindings vs. Alpine bindings? If you’ve never heard of these things, or aren’t sure what they are, this article is for you.

Boats 101: Playboats

Boats 101: Playboats

Do you know the difference between freestyle kayaks and play runners? If not, this article is for you.

7 On-Trail Fixes

7 On-Trail Fixes

A lot can go wrong when you’re out on the trails. So we’ve compiled a list of seven quick fixes to get you home even when your wheel is taco’d or the derailleur cable snaps.

Boats 101: River Runners and Creek Boats

Boats 101: River Runners and Creek Boats

There are a dizzying number of options when it comes to choosing a boat. A basic understanding of boat designs and how those designs impact performance can go a long way toward ensuring you find the right one.

Cams 101: Glossary

Cams 101: Glossary

From Active Placement to Usable Range, all you wanted to know about cams, defined.

Cams 101: Buying Cams

Cams 101: Buying Cams

There’s a lot of information and nuance out there when it comes to cams. Here are some things to consider when standing in front of a wall of cams at your local shop.

Outerwear 201: Marketing Wars, New Technologies, Paradigm Shifts

Outerwear 201: Marketing Wars, New Technologies, Paradigm Shifts

The outerwear industry is seeing its first serious paradigm shift since the 1970s. Gore Tex made “Waterproof” king, but new technologies are threatening old hierarchies. This is a Must Read.

Smith Goggle Lens Guide

Smith Goggle Lens Guide

With the number of lens choices increasing, it can be difficult to know which to choose. Here’s a rundown of how Smith Optics lenses perform, how they differ, and which ones might work best for you.

Outerwear 101: Which Socks & Why?

Outerwear 101: Which Socks & Why?

Time to talk socks. Our reviewers weigh in on what they actually wear on the mountain—and why. Plus, two bits of conventional wisdom when it comes to socks and snowsports.

Boot Fitting 201

Boot Fitting 201

Getting a ski boot to fit properly and to perform well takes some work and some know how. BLISTER’s Boot Fitting 201 article will help you get there.

Boot Fitting 101

Boot Fitting 101

Ski boots are tricky, and getting the right boot and the proper fit can be even trickier. Our Boot Fitting series ought to make the process less confusing and less painful.

Best Used Bikes for Your Buck

Best Used Bikes for Your Buck

Sticker shock of a new bike got you down? Here’s our list of the best used bikes from years past that have stood the test of time.

Used Bikes—What You Need To Know Before Buying

Used Bikes—What You Need To Know Before Buying

If you’re even considering buying a used bike, here’s what you need to know to get the most bike for your buck (and not end up with a piece of crap).