What role does suspension travel play in defining the character of a trail bike? Are other factors more important? Three of our reviewers weigh in…
You may have encountered a rock or two by this point in the season, and base repairs are part of the game. Here’s our step-by-step guide to simple base repairs. (We also threw in a short primer on polymer chemistry, you know, just for good measure.)
In this Gear 101 article, we outline the factors that go into answering an important question when buying a new ski: Which length?
What is ChromaPop? Smith Optics has made some big claims about their new lens technology, so we’ve dug in to see if we’re dealing with scientific facts or marketing fictions.
There’s no such thing as a “beginner’s ski,” but there are skis that are good for beginners. Here’s our guide.
What’s Elastic Travel? What’s Forward Pressure? What’s a DIN setting? This guide covers these key terms and some differences between traditional tech and alpine bindings.
Ski boots are tricky, and getting the right boot and the proper fit can be even trickier. Our Boot Fitting series will make the process less confusing and less painful.
We’ve been testing outerwear with new “air permeable” membranes, materials threatening the outerwear industry’s old hierarchies. Read up on this impressive waterproof / breathable tech.
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.
We’ve covered basic concepts of suspension, now we’ll show you how to maximize performance and comfort on the bike.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this article, Charlie Bradley explains why length and width measurements can be overrated, and debunks one of the most common myths in skiing.
Do you know the difference between freestyle kayaks and play runners? If not, this article is for you.
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.
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.
From Active Placement to Usable Range, all you wanted to know about cams, defined.
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.