Gear Reviews

Fischer Vacuum Ranger Pro 13 & RC4 130

Fischer Vacuum Ranger Pro 13 & RC4 130

The Fischer Ranger Pro 13 Vacuum may have the most precise, snug, performance-oriented fit of any boot on the market while remaining genuinely comfortable, and offers outstanding downhill performance and feel, as a result.

Werner Sherpa Paddle: Bent Shaft

Werner Sherpa Paddle: Bent Shaft

The fiberglass Werner Sherpa Paddle combines excellent performance with durability, and its mid-sized blades and bent shaft can minimize strain on your body.

2014-2015 Salomon X-Drive 8.8 FS

2014-2015 Salomon X-Drive 8.8 FS

The new Salomon X-Drive 8.8 FS is a relatively narrow, super stable ski that shines at speed and in demanding terrain or conditions.

Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Touring Pants

Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Touring Pants

The Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Touring pants are a versatile, comfortable softshell that work great for touring and other alpine objectives.

Preview: Pivot Mach 429SL Carbon

Preview: Pivot Mach 429SL Carbon

Pivot has released a new, improved version of the Mach 429SL Carbon, their XC race whip for those who prefer 29″ wheels.

2014-2015 Moment Governor

2014-2015 Moment Governor

The Governor and the Blizzard Bodacious are two of our favorite substantial, directional pow skis. Time for a ‘Vs.’ review. (And we throw in comparisons to a number of other skis, too.)

2014-2015 Atomic Theory

2014-2015 Atomic Theory

We’ve put more time on the Atomic Theory on groomers, and its blend of stability, predictability, forgiveness – and price – continues to impress.

Race Face Turbine Wheelset

Race Face Turbine Wheelset

Race Face’s 29″ Turbine wheels are durable, unusually stiff for their size, and come at a fair price.

2014-2015 Dynastar Powertrack 89

2014-2015 Dynastar Powertrack 89

Dynastar calls their new Powertrack 89 a “one-ski quiver with a huge sweet spot.” They’re right. It’s also really quick.

2015 Fox 36 Float 26 160 FIT RC2 Fork

2015 Fox 36 Float 26 160 FIT RC2 Fork

The redesigned 2015 Fox 36 Float is better than ever. If you’re looking for a stiff, fully adjustable mid-travel fork with a supple feel, this may be the best in class.

Lululemon Run: Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve

Lululemon Run: Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve

The Lululemon Run: Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve is a versatile, comfortable baselayer than can be used for a broad range of outdoor activities.

Women’s Beanies

Women’s Beanies

Is it possible to have too many beanies? Take a look at some of our favorites for women.

Moment Blister Pro

Moment Blister Pro

The Moment Blister Pro is starting to arrive, and we’ve begun getting them on snow. So here are a few initial impressions and some rocker profile pics.

Giro Feather Helmet

Giro Feather Helmet

The Giro Feather is a light, comfortable helmet that offers a little more coverage than many cross country options.

2014-2015 Line Pandora

2014-2015 Line Pandora

This season, Line messed with a good thing and overhauled the Pandora. It’s arguably even better now.

2014 Knolly Warden

2014 Knolly Warden

Knolly’s first 650B bike, the Warden, is durable; reliable on quick, punchy climbs; and offers a very fun yet stable feel on descents.

ZET Kayaks Raptor

ZET Kayaks Raptor

The ZET Raptor is the most fun and versatile medium creek boat that we have paddled, blending speed and tracking with maneuverability and control.

2014-2015 Burton Custom X

2014-2015 Burton Custom X

Burton describes the Custom X as the “hardest charging” board they make, so we asked new Blister reviewer and FWT rider Colin Boyd to weigh in.