Gear 101

Base Repair 101

Base Repair 101

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.)

How to Think about Ski Length

How to Think about Ski Length

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?

What is ChromaPop?

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.

Skiing 101: The Best Skis for Beginners

Skiing 101: The Best Skis for Beginners

There’s no such thing as a “beginner’s ski,” but there are skis that are good for beginners. Here’s our guide.

Bindings 201

Bindings 201

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.

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 will make the process less confusing and less painful.

Outerwear 201: Marketing Wars, New Technologies, Paradigm Shifts

Outerwear 201: Marketing Wars, New Technologies, Paradigm Shifts

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.

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.

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.

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.