Gear Reviews

2015 Salsa Horsethief Carbon 1

2015 Salsa Horsethief Carbon 1

The Salsa Horsethief Carbon 1 feels far more capable than most 120mm bikes, and effectively bridges the gap between shorter-travel 29ers and longer-travel AM / enduro bikes.

Smith I/O7 Goggle

Smith I/O7 Goggle

The new Smith I/O7 offers some improvements over the original I/O goggle, but it’s also pricier.

Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support Tech Carbon

Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support Tech Carbon

The Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support Tech Carbon is a lightweight neck brace that allows for a good range of motion.

2014 Dakine Bike Apparel

2014 Dakine Bike Apparel

Some of our bike reviewers tested a range of Dakine’s bike apparel on our recent trip to Whistler, BC. Here’s what they found.

FlyLow Lab Coat 2.0

FlyLow Lab Coat 2.0

The FlyLow Lab Coat, one of our favorite freeride jackets, got a makeover. Version 2.0 is still a favorite, but you’ll want to check out exactly what changed and what stayed the same.

2015 Transition Patrol 2

2015 Transition Patrol 2

The new Transition Patrol 2 is a solid choice if you’re looking for a poppy, well-rounded trail bike in the 155mm range.

2015 Giant Reign Advanced 27.5 1

2015 Giant Reign Advanced 27.5 1

The new Giant Reign Advanced 27.5 1 is a strong contender in the All Mountain category, and will appeal to anyone spending a lot of time running steep, nasty trails.

Arc’teryx Caden Jacket

Arc’teryx Caden Jacket

The Arc’teryx Caden sets the standard for freeride-oriented shells that offer a full set of features, great breathability, and outstanding protection in harsh conditions.

2014-2015 Atomic Bent Chetler

2014-2015 Atomic Bent Chetler

The new Atomic Bent Chetler is far more than just a big surfy pow ski.

Sweet Protection Shambala Paddle Shorts

Sweet Protection Shambala Paddle Shorts

Sweet Protection’s ¾-length Shambala Shorts have a built-in neoprene liner, making them extremely versatile in a large temperature range.

Black Diamond Sharp End Shell

Black Diamond Sharp End Shell

The Black Diamond Sharp End is a versatile alpine shell that offers great weather protection, durability and packability.

2014-2015 Line Magnum Opus

2014-2015 Line Magnum Opus

“I’ve never been on a ski that feels better than the new Line Magnum Opus for sending tricks into pow.”

2nd Look: LINE Mr. Pollard’s Opus

2nd Look: LINE Mr. Pollard’s Opus

We’re about to post our thoughts on the new Line Magnum Opus, but before we do, we wanted to run again our review of the original Opus—a ski that earned a ‘Blister Best Of’ Award last year.

2014 Trek Session 9.9

2014 Trek Session 9.9

The Trek Session 9.9 is a well-balanced and playful downhill bike that’s great for attacking technical terrain.

2015 Devinci Spartan Carbon SX

2015 Devinci Spartan Carbon SX

We’re back from Interbike, and of everything we rode, the Devinci Spartan Carbon SX was the best at doing everything pretty well.

2014-2015 Blizzard Bodacious

2014-2015 Blizzard Bodacious

Versatile, stable, forgiving, and damp. The Blizzard Bodacious is an outstanding big-mountain / fatter all-mountain ski.

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.

2014-2015 SCOTT Vanisher

2014-2015 SCOTT Vanisher

The new SCOTT Vanisher is a light and playful ski that works best in soft conditions and is a whole lot of fun.

2014-2015 Armada Invictus

2014-2015 Armada Invictus

Unlike anything Armada has made before, the new Invictus is a directional all-mountain ski with a stout, big-mountain feel.

2nd Look: DPS Wailer 105

2nd Look: DPS Wailer 105

We take another look at the new DPS Wailer 105, with comparisons to skis in its class from Moment, Line, Salomon, Blizzard, and more.