Podcasts – Blister Gear Review – Skis, Snowboards, Mountain Bikes, Climbing, Kayaking http://blistergearreview.com The most honest and in-depth reviews of outdoor sports equipment. Tue, 16 Oct 2018 19:48:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.11 GEAR:30 is the blister podcast where we dive deep into the details of the most interesting and innovative outdoors gear.<br /> <br /> We talk with some of our own editors and reviewers about the gear they’ve been testing and what they think of it, and we also talk to product designers, engineers, and athletes about the latest stuff they’ve been working on.<br /> <br /> Finally, we are going to be talking to some of the owners of our blister recommended shops around the world, to have them weigh in on gear trends and the equipment they’ve been most impressed with in terms of durability, value, or performance in places like Alaska, Colorado, Europe, New Zealand, and more. If you love outdoors gear, you're going to love this podcast.<br /> Blister Review clean episodic Blister Review j.f.ellsworth@gmail.com j.f.ellsworth@gmail.com (Blister Review) © 2017 Blister Review. All rights reserved GEAR:30 is the blister podcast where we dive deep into the details of the most interesting and innovative outdoors gear. Podcasts – Blister Gear Review – Skis, Snowboards, Mountain Bikes, Climbing, Kayaking http://blistergearreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/gear30-itunes-art-v4.7.png http://blistergearreview.com/category/podcasts j.f.ellsworth@gmail.com GEAR:30 is the blister podcast where we dive deep into the details of the most interesting and innovative outdoors gear. We talk with some of our own editors and reviewers about the gear they’ve been testing and what they think of it, and we also talk to product designers, engineers, and athletes about the latest stuff they’ve been working on. Weekly What’s it like to climb The Nose? (Ep.18) http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/whats-it-like-to-climb-the-nose-ep-18 Mon, 08 Oct 2018 20:02:32 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=45604 What’s it like to climb The Nose? Is it really as “easy” as people say? And what level of experience is required to have a reasonable chance of topping out? Our host of All Things Climbing and his wife Katie report on their recent trip up the world’s most iconic rock climb. Interbike: Confessions & Observations (Ep.25) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/interbike-confessions-observations-ep-25 Fri, 28 Sep 2018 16:01:08 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=44981 We discuss the weirdness and wonders of Interbike 2018, make a confession about last year’s Interbike, and more. Rhino Skin Solutions founder, Justin Brown (Ep.17) http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/rhino-skin-solutions-founder-justin-brown-ep-17 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 22:49:41 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=44552 Justin Brown is the founder of Rhino Skin Solutions. He’s also a board member of the Smith Rock Group, and a 5.14 climber. We talk about starting Rhino Skin, why climbers need to be leaders in land management, and why belaying just might be the sport of the future. Elyse Saugstad, Big Mtn Skier (Ep.74) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/elyse-saugstad-big-mtn-skier-ep-74 Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:21:09 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=44170 We talk with Elyse about filming the new MSP movie, All In; growing up in Alaska; her work with Safe As Clinics; figure skating and fantasy football (?); and the value of repeatedly finding new ways to challenge yourself. Matt Pincus of TrainingBeta (Ep.16) http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/matt-pincus-of-trainingbeta-ep-16 Mon, 03 Sep 2018 23:24:04 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=44129 Matt Pincus is the head coach/trainer at TrainingBeta, and he has a strong resume both as a coach and a climber. We talk to Matt about balancing his climbing goals with full-time work; the most important lessons he’s learned as a coach and trainer; and some of the key things most of us get wrong when it comes to progressing. Parlor Skis 18/19 Lineup & ‘Build Your Own Skis’ Class (Ep.24) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/parlor-skis-1819-lineup-build-your-own-skis-class-ep-24 Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:31:31 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=43594 We talk to Boston-based Parlor Skis co-founder, Mark Wallace, about the origins story of Parlor; their “Build Your Own Skis” class; the new models in their 18/19 lineup — including Parlor snowboards and splitboards; and several trends on the East Coast ski scene. (We also talk about lasagna, burritos, and Camaros.) Alex Honnold & Maury Birdwell on the Honnold Foundation and filming Free Solo (Ep.15) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/alex-honnold-maury-birdwell-on-the-honnold-foundation-and-filming-free-solo-ep-15 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:03:50 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=43322 Alex Honnold is arguably the best and certainly the boldest climber in a generation, with a mind-bending free solo ascent of El Cap, and an unbelievable speed record on The Nose in under two hours. In this episode, we sat down with Alex and Maury Birdwell to talk about what may be an even more impressive accomplishment: the Honnold Foundation. (And, of course, we sneak in some talk about climbing, too.) Bikes vs. Skis, Part 2 (Ep.23) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/bikes-vs-skis-part-2-ep-23 Sat, 11 Aug 2018 05:37:32 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=43273 We're back with round 2 of Bikes vs. Skis, where we ask the question, “Which particular bike company is most like which particular ski company?” Bolt Restrictions, Hardware Committees, and Threatened Access (Ep.14) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/bolt-restrictions-hardware-committees-and-threatened-access-ep-14 Mon, 06 Aug 2018 17:06:17 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=43134 Climbing is growing — really fast. At some crags around the country, that means that our impact has also been growing, which has forced the critical question of how best to manage the increased traffic on public lands. So today we’re talking about best practices, controversial approaches, and how climbing culture could be affected if oversight from outside of the climbing community becomes the new norm. New DPS Skis & Products with Stephan Drake (Ep.22) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/new-dps-skis-products-with-stephan-drake Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:41:07 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=42742 We talk to DPS Skis founder, Stephan Drake, about the new DPS Wailer 110; the DPS Spoon, Lotus 138, and 124; and some big news about DPS Phantom, their new ski and snowboard base treatment. Bikes vs. Skis, Part 1 (Ep.21) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/bikes-vs-skis-part-1-ep-21 Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:56:59 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=42552 Which ski company is most like which bike company? Who is the Moment Skis of the bike world? And which ski brand shares the most family resemblance with Yeti or Transition? Jonathan Ellsworth has been having this discussion for years with Blister's bike editor, Noah Bodman, and we're now taking it public. So give it a listen, then let us know where you agree, where you disagree, and where you've got the better analogies. Alpenglow Mtn Festival + Stuff We Learned during Spring Ski Testing (Ep.20) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/alpenglow-mtn-festival-lessons-rants-and-recommendations-ep-20 Sat, 30 Jun 2018 14:34:49 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=42168 We talk with Blister editors, Luke Koppa and Sam Shaheen, about the recent Alpenglow Mountain Festival and running with our hero, Courtney Dauwalter. Then we discuss some of the key takeaways from our spring ski testing, including Domino's thin-crust pizza, dumb gear, and some great gear. Julian Carr on Big Mtn Running & Massive Cliff Jumping (Ep.73) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/julian-carr-on-big-mtn-running-massive-cliff-jumping-ep-73 Wed, 27 Jun 2018 06:57:20 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=42068 We talk to Julian Carr about his series of big-mountain "adventure" races, the Cirque Series; on the preparation and state of mind required to send massive cliffs; and how his company, Discrete, has evolved over the past 10 years. Nik Berry (Ep.13) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/nik-berry-ep-13 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 23:11:44 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=42071 Nik Berry is pushing the boundaries of his sport in a direction that many climbers aren’t even looking: his skill and composure on hard and scary trad routes fuel an obsession with freeing big aid lines and seeking out adventurous climbing. In this episode, we talk about his recent stellar season in Yosemite and how he balances a career with all that hard climbing. John “Verm” Sherman (Ep.12) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/john-verm-sherman-ep-12 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 17:14:28 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=41606 John Sherman, one of the godfathers of modern bouldering, discusses the major ways in which the climbing scene has changed since his day; how and why he became a dedicated conservationist; making peace with the changing ethics and arrival of crowds; and much more. Product Innovation at Patagonia, with Glen Morden (Ep.72) http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/product-innovation-at-patagonia-with-glen-morden-ep-72 Tue, 29 May 2018 15:57:00 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=41469 Glen Morden has an extremely cool job — he's the head of Product Innovation at Patagonia. So we talked to Glen about his background and how he got this position, then Glen pulls back the curtain on the product design process at Patagonia, what he and his colleagues are currently most concerned with, and what sorts of projects are on the horizon. Dialing in “The Hammer” + other New Folsom Skis (Ep.19) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/dialing-in-the-hammer-other-new-folsom-skis-ep-19 Thu, 24 May 2018 19:00:21 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=41333 Jonathan Ellsworth sits down with Mike McCabe at the Folsom Skis HQ in Denver to (finally) dial in "The Hammer" they've been discussing, and to learn about three other brand new Folsom skis. American Alpine Club CEO, Phil Powers (Ep.11) http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/all-things-climbing/american-alpine-club-ceo-phil-powers-ep-11 Mon, 21 May 2018 21:18:35 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=41284 We talk to Phil Powers, CEO of the American Alpine Club, about his own relationship to climbing (including summiting K2); the mission of the AAC and why it’s so important; the decision to give Alex Honnold the AAC’s Underhill Award; and much more. New Skis from Prior, Atomic, K2, and More (Ep.18) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/new-skis-from-prior-atomic-k2-and-more-ep-18 Sun, 13 May 2018 18:18:12 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=41079 Jonathan Ellsworth and Sam Shaheen discuss a number of skis they've been reviewing, including two from Prior Skis, the new Atomic Bent Chetler 100, the K2 Wayback 106, the Scott Super Guide 105, and the Salomon MTN Explore 95. Bullying in Outdoor Sports: Reactions & Responsibilities (Ep.71) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/bullying-in-outdoor-sports-reactions-responsibilities-ep-71 Thu, 10 May 2018 16:19:04 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=41011 Last week, professional climber, Sascha Digulian, announced that she has been bullied for years by a fellow pro climber. A firestorm of responses ensued, and sponsorships were terminated. So we discuss why this is more than just some isolated issue in the climbing world; whether the brand sponsors did the right thing; and what constitutes appropriate and inappropriate responses — by each of us — to situations like this. Tension Climbing’s Will Anglin & Ben Spannuth, Part 2 (Ep.10) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/tension-climbings-will-anglin-ben-spannuth-part-2-ep-10 Tue, 08 May 2018 00:01:47 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=40940 In part 2 of our conversation with Will Anglin and Ben Spannuth of Tension Climbing, we talk about some of the finer points of shaping holds from wood, and what setting routes has to offer as a tool for learning difficult movement. Climber & Filmmaker, Renan Ozturk, on MOUNTAIN (Ep.70) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/climber-filmmaker-renan-ozturk-on-mountain-ep-70 Fri, 04 May 2018 01:45:35 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=40856 We talk to Renan Ozturk, principal cinematographer of MOUNTAIN, about this film, what makes it truly unique, what he hopes the takeaway of the film will be, and his own evolving relationship to the mountains. Tension Climbing’s Will Anglin & Ben Spannuth, Part 1 (Ep.9) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/tension-climbings-will-anglin-ben-spannuth-part-1-ep-9 Tue, 01 May 2018 01:57:49 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=40796 This week we’re talking with Will Anglin and Ben Spannuth of Tension Climbing. Both have impressive climbing ticklists and volumes of insight into how climbing works. We discuss their “mad scientist” approach to designing holds, and what years of coaching and studying have taught them about how to improve your climbing. Spring Skiing & Biking in AK (Ep.17) http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/spring-skiing-biking-in-ak-ep-17 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 15:08:23 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=40677 We talk to Eric Helmbrecht, owner of Powder Hound in Girdwood, Alaska, about spring skiing in AK, what gear works well in AK's snowpack and terrain, what new gear he's most intrigued by, and the growing mountain bike scene around Girdwood and Anchorage. Sego Skis Founders: Tim & Peter Wells (Ep.69) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/sego-skis-founders-tim-peter-wells-ep-69 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:22:55 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=40643 We talk to Sego Skis' founders - brothers Tim and Peter Wells - about the backstory of Sego; manufacturing in Victor, Idaho; their 18/19 skis, women's line, and working with Lynsey Dyer; and Sego snowblades. Touring Bindings & the New G3 Zed (Ep.16) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/touring-bindings-the-new-g3-zed Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:49:23 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=40546 G3 is introducing a new touring binding — the Zed — that they’re calling the lightest fully-featured AT binding on the market. So we talk to G3’s engineers about their design philosophy and development process, current trends in AT bindings, and the compromises inherent in any AT binding. Venture Snowboards: Building in Silverton, CO (Ep. 68) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/venture-snowboards-building-in-silverton-co-ep-68 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:34:08 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=40328 We went to Silverton, Colorado, to talk to the founders of Venture Snowboards about how & why Venture does things different from most snowboard companies; building boards from scratch in Silverton; "greenwashing" in the snowsports industry; current trends in board design, and more. Reviewing Portraits of Climbing Legends in “The Climbers” (Ep. 8) http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/all-things-climbing/reviewing-portraits-of-climbing-legends-in-the-climbers-ep-8 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 22:30:03 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=40139 We talk to Jim Herrington about his new award-winning book, "The Climbers," a compelling collection of portraits of many of the most influential climbers of the 20th century — including Fred Beckey, Yvon Chouinard, John Gill, and many more. We discuss the book, the subjects in the photos, and the book's important role in the climbing community. 18/19 All-Mountain & Frontside Skis (Ep.15) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/1819-all-mountain-frontside-skis-ep-15 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 22:36:42 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=40066 We just finished testing a broad range of skis, so Blister's Sam Shaheen, Luke Koppa, and Jonathan Ellsworth discuss a number of the highlights, including the new Atomic Bent Chetler 100, the HEAD Supershape i.Titan, a new carver from DPS, the Black Crows Orb, and what might be Jonathan's new personal favorite from Blizzard. New Backcountry Ski Gear & Culture (Ep.14) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/new-backcountry-ski-gear-culture-ep-14 Sun, 25 Mar 2018 04:51:43 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=39757 We talk with Greg Floyd, founder of Bentgate in Golden, Colorado, about a bunch of new backcountry gear and some of the significant changes to backcountry ski culture that Greg has witnessed throughout his time at Bentgate. A Close Look at “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey” (Ep.7) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/a-close-look-at-dirtbag-the-legend-of-fred-beckey-ep-7 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 02:18:41 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=39685 We talk with Dave O’Leske, the director of “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey,” about documenting the life of one of the most influential and eccentric climbers of all time, and some of the stories that didn’t make the film. Weird Skis & Women’s Ski Boots (Ep.13) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/weird-skis-womens-ski-boots-ep-13 Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:06:46 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=39460 Jonathan Ellsworth and Sam Shaheen discuss the Renoun Endurance 98 and Scott Scrapper 115, then Sascha Anastas and Kara Williard talk about women's ski boots, why it can be so hard for good skiers with small feet to find something that works for them, and which new boot Sascha is in love with. ON3P Skis 18/19 Lineup (Ep.12) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/on3p-skis-1819-lineup-ep-12 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:14:03 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=39199 ON3P is releasing their entire new lineup early next month. So we talk to ON3P's Scott Andrus about this decision, then go over every ski in the new line, including what’s new, what's unchanged, and what’s so new and experimental that Scott didn’t want to talk about it. (But we got him to anyway.) Fixing Dangerous Bolts: Greg Barnes and the ASCA (Ep.6) http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/all-things-climbing/fixing-dangerous-bolts-greg-barnes-and-the-asca-ep-6 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 03:51:37 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=39120 When climbing outside, how safe are the bolts we encounter? Should we trust them? Who maintains and / or replaces them? Greg Barnes, the Director of the American Safe Climbing Association, answers all our questions about bolts and more. Testing in Telluride: 18/19 Ski Gear (Ep.11) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/testing-in-telluride-1819-ski-gear-ep-11 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 18:07:30 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=38870 Today we're discussing the 18/19 ski gear we've been testing at Telluride, including the Line Sakana, ON3P Wrenegade 114, Faction Dictator 4.0, Rossi Soul 7, the Atomic/Salomon SHIFT binding, and more. Rethink Everything: Renoun founder, Cyrus Schenck (Ep.67) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/rethinking-everything-renoun-founder-cyrus-schenck-ep-67 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:32:03 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=38495 Cyrus Schenck is the founder of Renoun, and a ski designer with an award-winning technology that's used by no other ski manufacturer in the world. Cyrus is thinking big. And definitely outside of the box. And definitely not just about skis... Jonathan Siegrist, Part 2 (Ep.5) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/jonathan-siegrist-part-2-ep-5 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:14:20 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=38565 In part 2 of our conversation with rock climber, Jonathan Siegrist, we discuss his time on the Dawn Wall with Tommy Caldwell, the role “adventure” plays in climbing, and how we can shape the future of the sport in a positive way. 18/19 Moment Skis Lineup (Ep.10) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/1819-moment-skis-lineup-ep-10 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:09:26 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=38377 We talk to the CEO and head designer of Moment Skis, Luke Jacobson, about Moment's lineup for next season — what’s new, what's unchanged, and what's tweaked — and we cover touring skis, kids skis, women’s skis and even … the Chief Commander. Jonathan Siegrist, Part 1 (Ep.4) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/jonathan-siegrist-part-1-ep-4 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:18:55 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=38250 In part one of our conversation with professional rock climber, Jonathan Siegrist, we discuss his entrance into climbing, his diverse lists of accomplishments on the rock, why he’s obsessed with climbing “old” routes, and the unique characteristics of the new generation of strong climbers. Testing Pow Skis in Alaska & Japan + Shop Talk (Ep.9) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/testing-pow-skis-in-alaska-japan-shop-talk-ep-9 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 04:45:44 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=38181 We talk to Blister reviewer, Paul Forward, about the Faction Prime 4.0, Black Diamond Helio 116, and DPS Spoon, then talk to Jeremy Cole, owner of Alpine Sports, about new gear, some of his favorite "bang for the buck" boots and skis, and real-world issues of boots, bindings, and bench test results. Major Trends in Climbing Shoes (Ep.3) http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/new-climbing-products-from-outdoor-retailer-ep-3 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:07:34 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=37830 From the Outdoor Retailer Winter trade show, we talk to Black Diamond about all the decisions and details that went into their brand new line of rock shoes, and we also talk with Scarpa about all the new tech and details for their new shoes. Greg Hill & Chris Rubens’ Electric Adventures (Ep.66) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/greg-hill-chris-rubens-electric-adventures-ep-66 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 20:51:05 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=37692 We talk to Greg Hill and Chris Rubens about their latest “Electric Adventure,” their efforts to balance a love of the outdoors with the impacts we have on our environments, and their new film, The Curve of Time. Outdoor Retailer / SIA Highlights (Ep.8) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/outdoor-retailer-sia-highlights-ep-8 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:57:43 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=37669 From the Outdoor Retailer / SIA show in Denver, five Blister editors & reviewers discuss a bunch of the most notable new men's and women's gear we saw at the show. Barbara Zangerl (Ep.2) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/barbara-zangerl-ep-2 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 20:23:33 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=37513 We talk to Barbara Zangerl about her recent send of Magic Mushroom on El Cap with Jacopo Larcher, which is the first repeat of the route since it was first freed by Tommy Caldwell and Justen Sjong. We also discuss how climbing culture is different in Europe, and how she found herself free climbing grade VI big walls after initially being focused exclusively on bouldering. New York Times sportswriter, Karen Crouse (Ep.65) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/new-york-times-author-karen-crouse-ep-65 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 01:56:27 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=37429 We talk to Karen Crouse about her new book on the history and principles of the Olympian incubator town of Norwich, Vermont; the current state of the Olympics; and how all-time achievers like Michael Phelps and Tiger Woods have informed her thoughts on the price of greatness. Black Crows Skis 18/19 Lineup (Ep.7) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/black-crows-skis-1819-lineup-ep-7 Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:24:28 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=37291 We talk with Black Crows co-founder, Camille Jaccoux, and head ski designer, Julien Regnier, about women-specific skis, then go over what’s new in the Black Crows 18/19 lineup. Black Crows Skis – Camille Jaccoux & Julien Regnier (Ep.64) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/black-crows-skis-camille-jaccoux-julien-regnier-ep-64 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:04:27 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=37199 We talk to the co-founder and the head ski designer of one of the hottest brands skiing, Black Crows about the origins and design principles of the brand, a few of the important skis in the history of the company, and what's next. Hazel Findlay (Ep.1) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/hazel-findlay-ep-1 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:47:52 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=37143 In our inaugural episode of All Things Climbing, we talk to Hazel Findlay about her recent send of the Salathe Wall on El Cap; the current direction of climbing culture; and conflicts within climbing sponsorships. Matt Manser, Atomic Ski Boots (Ep.63) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/matt-manser-atomic-ski-boots-ep-63 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:52:07 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=36937 We talk to the global product manager of Atomic ski boots about how a kid from a little town in New York got that position, how his study of philosophy helped him get there, the design decisions behind the Atomic Hawx Ultra & Ultra XTD boots, and more. Black Sheep Sports, Sebastian Steinbach (Ep.6) http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/black-sheep-sports-sebastian-steinbach-ep-6 Fri, 29 Dec 2017 07:59:35 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=36383 Back in 2010, Sebastian Steinbach had the crazy idea to defy traditional European ski culture and open a freeride-specific ski shop in Munich, Germany. We talk to Sebastian about what he was thinking (???), differences between European & North American ski culture, and some of his current favorite products for skiing in the Alps. On the Fritschi Tecton & Vipec Evo (Ep.5) http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/on-the-fritschi-tecton-vipec-evo-ep-5 Sat, 23 Dec 2017 17:51:25 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=36213 We talk to blister reviewers Brian Lindahl and Cy Whitling about their experiences testing the Fritschi Tecton & Vipec Evo alpine touring bindings, and how they would rank them among some other popular AT bindings. Introducing: All Things Climbing http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/introducing-all-things-climbing Wed, 20 Dec 2017 05:00:48 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=35810 Check out our new weekly climbing podcast, All Things Climbing. The New Volkl Mantra M5 (Ep.4) http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/the-new-volkl-mantra-m5-and-secret Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:00:19 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=35977 Today, Volkl is announcing their new Mantra M5 and Secret, and last month, we headed to Germany to talk to Volkl’s lead designers of the new skis and to also get some initial time on snow. Backcountry Travel & Wilderness Medicine (Ep.62) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/backcountry-travel-wilderness-medicine-ep-62 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:06:03 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=35763 What items should you be carrying with you, and what do you need to know before venturing out into the backcountry in the first place? We discuss backcountry travel and wilderness medicine with Blister reviewer, AWLS instructor, and physician Paul Forward. Backcountry Travel & Wilderness Medicine (Ep.62) What items should you be carrying with you, and what do you need to know before venturing out into the backcountry in the first place? We're discussing these critical topics of backcountry travel and wilderness medicine with blister reviewer, AWLS instructor, and physician Paul Forward — and giving a status update on Jonathan Ellsworth, after his own backcountry accident this past summer.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES<br /> <br /> Update on Jonathan’s status (3:24); What should people have, studied before venturing out into the backcountry? (8:56); Two-Way Radios (12:03); How to improve your radio signal in the backcountry (17:02); Minimizing interference with your beacon (17:44); DeLorme / Garmin In-Reach (21:58); Satellite Phones (26:29); First Aid Kit, and what Paul himself carries (28:37); How to evacuate someone / Creating a makeshift sled (39:24); Various Types of Wilderness Education Courses (46:06); The course Paul is teaching this coming February — AWLS + Heli-Skiing (51:38) Blister Review 1:02:28 What items should you be carrying with you, and what do you need to know before venturing out into the backcountry in the first place? We're discussing these critical topics of backcountry travel and wilderness medicine with blister reviewer, AWLS instructor, and physician Paul Forward — and giving a status update on Jonathan Ellsworth, after his own backcountry accident this past summer.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES<br /> <br /> Update on Jonathan’s status (3:24); What should people have, studied before venturing out into the backcountry? (8:56); Two-Way Radios (12:03); How to improve your radio signal in the backcountry (17:02); Minimizing interference with your beacon (17:44); DeLorme / Garmin In-Reach (21:58); Satellite Phones (26:29); First Aid Kit, and what Paul himself carries (28:37); How to evacuate someone / Creating a makeshift sled (39:24); Various Types of Wilderness Education Courses (46:06); The course Paul is teaching this coming February — AWLS + Heli-Skiing (51:38) The New Salomon S/LAB SHIFT MNC (Ep.3) http://blistergearreview.com/at-binding-reviews/the-new-salomon-slab-shift-mnc-ep-3 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:23:23 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=35447 Salomon's new S/Lab Shift represents a significant leap forward in binding design. Check out our conversation with Salomon's Cody Townsend Chris Rubens, and Benoit Sublet, and our initial on-snow review. The Making of Our Winter Buyer’s Guide (Ep.2) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/the-making-of-our-winter-buyers-guide-ep-2 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 01:53:30 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=34188 In this conversation, we discuss the making of — and our takeaways from — our 17/18 Winter Buyer's Guide, including our "Best Of" awards, our Blister Spectrums, our ski quiver selections, and some of the strangest claims we saw in some of the other buyer's guides out there. Danny Davis on Peace Park, the Olympics, and More (Ep.61) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/danny-davis-on-peace-park-the-olympics-and-more-ep-61 Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:36:07 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=33895 We talk to Danny Davis about the upcoming Peace Park 6; why Peace Park should become a new discipline; "technical" tricks vs. "stylish" tricks; the Olympics; and the need for a unified snowboarding tour; and Danny's growing passion for splitboarding. Danny Davis on Peace Park, the Olympics, and More (Ep.61) We talk to Danny Davis about the upcoming Peace Park 6; why Peace Park should become a new discipline; "technical" tricks vs. "stylish" tricks; the Olympics; and the need for a unified snowboarding tour; and Danny's growing passion for splitboarding.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Danny’s health & contest culture (3:31)<br /> Why Danny was splitboarding so much last season (6:28)<br /> The beauty of going from the backcountry to the halfpipe and back (14:23)<br /> The advantages of being an older, more experienced rider in halfpipe contests (24:50)<br /> “Technical” tricks vs. “Stylish” tricks (35:47)<br /> What is Peace Park, and what makes it so unique (and awesome)? (46:05)<br /> On Peace Park becoming its own new discipline (54:00)<br /> On the Olympics & the need for a unified snowboarding tour (1:00:40)<br /> On the east-coast qualifying event for Peace Park 6 (1:09:40)<br /> Danny’s upcoming contest schedule (1:14:20) Blister Review 1:21:12 We talk to Danny Davis about the upcoming Peace Park 6; why Peace Park should become a new discipline; "technical" tricks vs. "stylish" tricks; the Olympics; and the need for a unified snowboarding tour; and Danny's growing passion for splitboarding.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Danny’s health & contest culture (3:31)<br /> Why Danny was splitboarding so much last season (6:28)<br /> The beauty of going from the backcountry to the halfpipe and back (14:23)<br /> The advantages of being an older, more experienced rider in halfpipe contests (24:50)<br /> “Technical” tricks vs. “Stylish” tricks (35:47)<br /> What is Peace Park, and what makes it so unique (and awesome)? (46:05)<br /> On Peace Park becoming its own new discipline (54:00)<br /> On the Olympics & the need for a unified snowboarding tour (1:00:40)<br /> On the east-coast qualifying event for Peace Park 6 (1:09:40)<br /> Danny’s upcoming contest schedule (1:14:20) Scott Gaffney – Skier & Director, Matchstick Productions (Ep.60) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/scott-gaffney-skier-ski-director-matchstick-productions-ep-60 Fri, 10 Nov 2017 23:12:20 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=33270 We talk to one of the most accomplished ski movie directors of all time about working with legends like Shane McConkey; his favorite Matchstick Productions films; and the most mind-melting sessions he ever witnessed. Scott Gaffney - Skier & Director, Matchstick Productions (Ep.60) Scott Gaffney is one of the most accomplished ski movie directors of all-time, and the guy behind so many of the iconic Matchstick Productions films. <br /> <br /> So we talked to Scott about how he got into filming ski movies; how he got connected with Matchstick Productions; and which Matchstick films are his personal favorites.<br /> <br /> We also talk a lot about working with the likes of Shane McConkey, Eric Hjorleifson, Cody Townsend, and Candide Thovex, and about the most mind-blowing sessions he ever witnessed.<br /> <br /> Scott and I also talk about the newest Matchstick film, Drop Everything, and you can head over to skimovie.com to see the Drop Everything tour schedule and go see it with your friends on the big screen. You can also download Drop Everything and a bunch of the other MSP films we talk about in this episode at skimovie.com — which is good since, after listening to this conversation, I am certain you’re going to want to watch or rewatch a number of them.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> When & where did you get into skiing? (4:01)<br /> How did you get into making ski movies? (6:20)<br /> Two essential documents in Ski History: A Need to Fly & Pursuing a Passion (8:11)<br /> How Scott originally got involved with Matchstick Productions? (13:11)<br /> Scott’s favorite MSP films (15:48)<br /> The editing & filming process — and why bad conditions aren’t a bad thing (18:58)<br /> Gaffney on MSP’s 2004 film, YEARBOOK (24:52)<br /> What’s the most mind-melting session you ever witnessed? (29:13)<br /> Best skier you’ve seen that’s kind of flying under the radar? (32:25)<br /> Skier who consistently blows your mind? (36:47)<br /> Making ski films in an era of online edits (39:59)<br /> Gaffney on Shane McConkey (43:24)<br /> Scott’s day-to-day skiing at Squaw (52:51)<br /> What’s the Greatest Ski Movie Ever? (55:23) Blister Review 58:37 Scott Gaffney is one of the most accomplished ski movie directors of all-time, and the guy behind so many of the iconic Matchstick Productions films. <br /> <br /> So we talked to Scott about how he got into filming ski movies; how he got connected with Matchstick Productions; and which Matchstick films are his personal favorites.<br /> <br /> We also talk a lot about working with the likes of Shane McConkey, Eric Hjorleifson, Cody Townsend, and Candide Thovex, and about the most mind-blowing sessions he ever witnessed.<br /> <br /> Scott and I also talk about the newest Matchstick film, Drop Everything, and you can head over to skimovie.com to see the Drop Everything tour schedule and go see it with your friends on the big screen. You can also download Drop Everything and a bunch of the other MSP films we talk about in this episode at skimovie.com — which is good since, after listening to this conversation, I am certain you’re going to want to watch or rewatch a number of them.<br /> <br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> When & where did you get into skiing? (4:01)<br /> How did you get into making ski movies? (6:20)<br /> Two essential documents in Ski History: A Need to Fly & Pursuing a Passion (8:11)<br /> How Scott originally got involved with Matchstick Productions? (13:11)<br /> Scott’s favorite MSP films (15:48)<br /> The editing & filming process — and why bad conditions aren’t a bad thing (18:58)<br /> Gaffney on MSP’s 2004 film, YEARBOOK (24:52)<br /> What’s the most mind-melting session you ever witnessed? (29:13)<br /> Best skier you’ve seen that’s kind of flying under the radar? (32:25)<br /> Skier who consistently blows your mind? (36:47)<br /> Making ski films in an era of online edits (39:59)<br /> Gaffney on Shane McConkey (43:24)<br /> Scott’s day-to-day skiing at Squaw (52:51)<br /> What’s the Greatest Ski Movie Ever? (55:23) Hoji on the new Dynafit Hoji Boots (Ep.1) http://blistergearreview.com/ski-boot-reviews/hoji-on-the-new-dynafit-hoji-boots-ep-1 Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:24:30 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=33166 Dynafit is introducing today their new Hoji series of boots. So we went in-depth with Hoji himself about the boot, and also talk about our initial fit notes and comparisons to other boots in the category. Introducing: GEAR:30 http://blistergearreview.com/featured/gear-30-podcast-intro-teaser-ep-1 Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:48:35 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=33089 Check out our new podcast that launches Wednesday, November 8th. DPS Phantom & the End of Ski Wax (Ep.59) http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/dps-phantom-the-end-of-ski-wax-ep-59 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:02:59 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=32841 DPS Phantom is a new product that claims to eliminate the need to ever again wax your skis or board. Sounds crazy, so we talked to DPS founder, Stephan Drake, and Jeff Bates, the technological developer of Phantom, to have them explain how this is possible. DPS Phantom & the End of Ski Wax (Ep. 59) DPS Phantom is a new product that claims to eliminate the need to ever again wax your skis or board. Sounds crazy, so we talked to DPS founder, Stephan Drake, and Jeff Bates, the technological developer of Phantom, to have them explain how this is possible. Blister Review 25:42 DPS Phantom is a new product that claims to eliminate the need to ever again wax your skis or board. Sounds crazy, so we talked to DPS founder, Stephan Drake, and Jeff Bates, the technological developer of Phantom, to have them explain how this is possible. Claudio Caluori on Redbull Rampage, DH, & the Meaning of Life (Ep.58) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/claudio-caluori-on-redbull-rampage-dh-the-meaning-of-life-ep-58 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:58:17 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=32577 You know him from his course previews of Redbull Rampage and WC DH, but you don't know Claudio like this. We discuss Rampage, this past DH season, soccer, life, China, Elon Musk ... and pretty much everything else. Claudio Caluori on Redbull Rampage, DH, & the Meaning of Life (Ep. 58) You know him from his course previews of Redbull Rampage and WC DH, but you don't know Claudio Caluori like this. We discuss Rampage, this past DH season, soccer, life, China, Elon Musk ... and pretty much everything else.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Why is Claudio in Beijing? (3:49); How would you describe Rampage in a single sentence? (5:10); Claudio’s pick for our “Rampage No-Fear Zombie” Award (8:32); What would your choice be for the next Rampage venue? (20:58); Biggest surprise of this past DH season? (22:45); Aliens vs. 1 DH rider for the fate of the world - who would you pick? (26:59); Any news about the SCOTT team or new SCOTT products? (28:38); What is Velosolutions, what is its mission, and what are you guys up to? (30:03); WARNING: soccer players might get triggered here (31:28); The Meaning of Life (38:58); Elon Musk and Claudio’s suspicions about his intentions (41:25); Claudio’s Grand Vision (50:30) Blister Review 59:58 You know him from his course previews of Redbull Rampage and WC DH, but you don't know Claudio Caluori like this. We discuss Rampage, this past DH season, soccer, life, China, Elon Musk ... and pretty much everything else.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Why is Claudio in Beijing? (3:49); How would you describe Rampage in a single sentence? (5:10); Claudio’s pick for our “Rampage No-Fear Zombie” Award (8:32); What would your choice be for the next Rampage venue? (20:58); Biggest surprise of this past DH season? (22:45); Aliens vs. 1 DH rider for the fate of the world - who would you pick? (26:59); Any news about the SCOTT team or new SCOTT products? (28:38); What is Velosolutions, what is its mission, and what are you guys up to? (30:03); WARNING: soccer players might get triggered here (31:28); The Meaning of Life (38:58); Elon Musk and Claudio’s suspicions about his intentions (41:25); Claudio’s Grand Vision (50:30) Wagner Custom Skis founder, Pete Wagner (Ep.57) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/wagner-custom-skis-founder-pete-wagner-ep-57 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:55:33 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=32103 We talk to Pete Wagner about why the "indie" ski scene is so confusing; the Wagner factory and the unique connection with Telluride; what about their ski-building process that Pete is most proud of, and more. Wagner Custom Skis founder, Pete Wagner (Ep. 57) We talk to Pete Wagner about why the "indie" ski scene is so confusing; the Wagner factory and the unique connection with Telluride; what about their ski-building process that Pete is most proud of, and more.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Why the “indie” ski scene is so confusing (2:43); Of the potential customers coming to check out Wagner Custom, what is it that they care about the most? (4:55); Pete’s new shop, and the unique connection between Telluride and Wagner Skis (6:54); Ski Construction 101: Wood Cores - Do they really matter? How do they differ? (11:38); When it comes to downhill performance, are you impressed by the new lighter-weight materials you’re seeing and working with? (18:15); Is Wagner Custom getting more orders for backcountry skis these days? (24:27); What are your particular challenges as a small, custom ski builder? (28:14)<br /> Is it easier or harder today to be a small ski builder? (31:17); What are you most proud of in terms of your specific ski-building process? (34:34) Blister Review 40:11 We talk to Pete Wagner about why the "indie" ski scene is so confusing; the Wagner factory and the unique connection with Telluride; what about their ski-building process that Pete is most proud of, and more.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Why the “indie” ski scene is so confusing (2:43); Of the potential customers coming to check out Wagner Custom, what is it that they care about the most? (4:55); Pete’s new shop, and the unique connection between Telluride and Wagner Skis (6:54); Ski Construction 101: Wood Cores - Do they really matter? How do they differ? (11:38); When it comes to downhill performance, are you impressed by the new lighter-weight materials you’re seeing and working with? (18:15); Is Wagner Custom getting more orders for backcountry skis these days? (24:27); What are your particular challenges as a small, custom ski builder? (28:14)<br /> Is it easier or harder today to be a small ski builder? (31:17); What are you most proud of in terms of your specific ski-building process? (34:34) Camo is the New Black: Interbike 2017 (Ep.56) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/camo-is-the-new-black-interbike-2017-ep-56 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:42:28 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=30912 On location in Las Vegas, we talk to Blister bike editor, Noah Bodman, about the current state of Interbike; the most intriguing bikes we rode; the most interesting products we’ve seen; and the most bizarre stuff on the trade show floor. Camo is the New Black: Interbike 2017 (Ep. 56) We are live on location in Las Vegas for the Interbike tradeshow, and we talk to Blister bike editor, Noah Bodman, about the current state of Interbike; the most intriguing bikes we rode; the most interesting products we’ve seen; and the most bizarre stuff to grace the trade show floor.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> The current state of Interbike (1:00); Interbike location: Vegas vs. Reno (2:40); Who are the biggest non-motor-having bike manufacturers here? (10:27); Most interesting bikes we rode: Zerode Taniwha & Marin Wolf Ridge (12:35); e-camouflage-hunting-fatbikes! (17:35); New coil forks (20:08); Should Interbike happen at a different time of year? (22:00) Blister Review 25:59 We are live on location in Las Vegas for the Interbike tradeshow, and we talk to Blister bike editor, Noah Bodman, about the current state of Interbike; the most intriguing bikes we rode; the most interesting products we’ve seen; and the most bizarre stuff to grace the trade show floor.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> The current state of Interbike (1:00); Interbike location: Vegas vs. Reno (2:40); Who are the biggest non-motor-having bike manufacturers here? (10:27); Most interesting bikes we rode: Zerode Taniwha & Marin Wolf Ridge (12:35); e-camouflage-hunting-fatbikes! (17:35); New coil forks (20:08); Should Interbike happen at a different time of year? (22:00) Peter Bauer on the Past, Present, & Future of Snowboarding (Ep.55) http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/snowboard-reviews/ep-55-peter-bauer-on-the-past-present-future-of-snowboarding Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:41:47 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=30681 We talk to Peter Bauer (4-time world champ, freeriding pioneer, and co-founder of Amplid) about the history and culture of snowboarding, its inextricable ties to skiing, and the current health of the sport. Peter Bauer on the Past, Present, & Future of Snowboarding (Ep. 55) We talk to Peter Bauer (4-time world champ, freeriding pioneer, and co-founder of Amplid) about the history and culture of snowboarding, its inextricable ties to skiing, and the current health of the sport.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Growing up in Bavaria, skiing at the age of two, and getting on his first snowboard (4:25); Being asked by Jake Burton to ride for Burton (14:27); The early days of snowboard design (19:30); The early culture — and crusade — of snowboarding (24:57); Snowboarding, self-identification, and the need early on to be "against skiing" (31:37); How the industry and snowboard media hurt the growth of snowboarding (38:19); Which industry currently has the healthiest culture — snowboarding, skiing, surfing, or skateboarding? (46:33); What is the status of park riding today, and what is the status of backcountry riding today? (54:27); As a rider, which of your achievements or titles are you most proud of? (1:01:40); What led you to start Amplid, and what makes Amplid unique? (1:03:19) Blister Review 1:15:36 We talk to Peter Bauer (4-time world champ, freeriding pioneer, and co-founder of Amplid) about the history and culture of snowboarding, its inextricable ties to skiing, and the current health of the sport.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Growing up in Bavaria, skiing at the age of two, and getting on his first snowboard (4:25); Being asked by Jake Burton to ride for Burton (14:27); The early days of snowboard design (19:30); The early culture — and crusade — of snowboarding (24:57); Snowboarding, self-identification, and the need early on to be "against skiing" (31:37); How the industry and snowboard media hurt the growth of snowboarding (38:19); Which industry currently has the healthiest culture — snowboarding, skiing, surfing, or skateboarding? (46:33); What is the status of park riding today, and what is the status of backcountry riding today? (54:27); As a rider, which of your achievements or titles are you most proud of? (1:01:40); What led you to start Amplid, and what makes Amplid unique? (1:03:19) Adam Ondra’s New Grade + DH World Championships (Ep.54) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-54-ondras-new-grade-world-cup-dh Fri, 08 Sep 2017 19:56:00 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=30431 This week, we discuss the hardest sport route in the world and Adam Ondra's proposed new grade, then debate (and bet on) this weekend's World Championships Downhill races in Cairns, Australia. Adam Ondra's New Grade + DH World Championships (Ep. 54) Today on the podcast, we’re talking about Adam Ondra’s ceiling-shattering ascent of the 150-foot route in Flatanger, Norway that Ondra named, “Project Hard,” his proposed new rating of 9c / 5.15d, and whether we'll see Ondra - or anyone else - now set their sights on the next grade, 5.SIXTEEN.<br /> *<br /> We then discuss the World Championships Downhill races that are happening this weekend in Cairns, Australia, and talk about two of the greatest DH riders of all-time squaring off this weekend — Greg Minnaar vs. Aaron Gwinn — then we start placing bets on who we think will win the men’s and women’s races.<br /> *<br /> TOPICS AND TIMES: * Adam Ondra's, "Project Hard" and the new grade of 9C / 5.15d (2:44) * Whether we'll see Ondra — or anyone — attempt (and establish?) 5.16 (12:40) * This weekend's World Championships DH races in Cairns, Australia — Aaron Gwin vs. Greg Minnaar (20:39) * Our picks for Cairns (25:45) Blister Review 33:08 Today on the podcast, we’re talking about Adam Ondra’s ceiling-shattering ascent of the 150-foot route in Flatanger, Norway that Ondra named, “Project Hard,” his proposed new rating of 9c / 5.15d, and whether we'll see Ondra - or anyone else - now set their sights on the next grade, 5.SIXTEEN.<br /> *<br /> We then discuss the World Championships Downhill races that are happening this weekend in Cairns, Australia, and talk about two of the greatest DH riders of all-time squaring off this weekend — Greg Minnaar vs. Aaron Gwinn — then we start placing bets on who we think will win the men’s and women’s races.<br /> *<br /> TOPICS AND TIMES: * Adam Ondra's, "Project Hard" and the new grade of 9C / 5.15d (2:44) * Whether we'll see Ondra — or anyone — attempt (and establish?) 5.16 (12:40) * This weekend's World Championships DH races in Cairns, Australia — Aaron Gwin vs. Greg Minnaar (20:39) * Our picks for Cairns (25:45) Flylow Co-Founder, Dan Abrams (Ep.53) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-53-flylow-co-founder-dan-abrams Sat, 02 Sep 2017 22:14:50 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=30185 We talk to Flylow co-founder, Dan Abrams, about the early days of Flylow; how the outerwear industry has changed, and Dan breaks news about a new technology that Flylow has been developing and will be rolling out soon. Flylow Co-Founder, Dan Abrams (Ep. 53) We talk to Flylow co-founder, Dan Abrams, about the early days of Flylow; how the outerwear industry has changed; and Dan breaks news about a new technology that Flylow is developing and rolling out soon.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Kids names, kids, and being a ski bum with kids (2:30) * How & when did Flylow get started? (8:28) * At what point did it finally feel like you were past the startup phase? (13:48) * How different are things now in the outerwear industry than they were back in 2004/05? (14:51) * How similar or different are your biggest challenges these days vs the challenges you faced in the early days of Flylow? (19:19) * What current trends do you like, and which do you dislike? (26:30) * What current tech are you excited about? (29:11) * Breaking News: Dan talks about the new tech Flylow has been developing (30:52) * Dan’s personal favorite Flylow piece (34:14) Blister Review 37:20 We talk to Flylow co-founder, Dan Abrams, about the early days of Flylow; how the outerwear industry has changed; and Dan breaks news about a new technology that Flylow is developing and rolling out soon.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Kids names, kids, and being a ski bum with kids (2:30) * How & when did Flylow get started? (8:28) * At what point did it finally feel like you were past the startup phase? (13:48) * How different are things now in the outerwear industry than they were back in 2004/05? (14:51) * How similar or different are your biggest challenges these days vs the challenges you faced in the early days of Flylow? (19:19) * What current trends do you like, and which do you dislike? (26:30) * What current tech are you excited about? (29:11) * Breaking News: Dan talks about the new tech Flylow has been developing (30:52) * Dan’s personal favorite Flylow piece (34:14) Eric Hjorleifson on Skiing Trends & His Boot Project (Ep.52) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-52-hoji-on-skiing-trends-his-boot-project Sat, 26 Aug 2017 18:25:29 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=29990 In part 2 of our conversation with Eric Hjorleifson, we discuss the state of the ski industry; the AT boot he's been working on for years and why he thinks it could represent the next chapter in ski boot design, and more... Eric Hjorleifson on Skiing Trends & His Boot Project (Ep. 52) This episode is part 2 of our conversation with Eric Hjorleifson, we discuss the state of the ski industry; the AT boot he's been working on for years and why he thinks it could represent the next chapter in ski boot design, and more...<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> * Hoji on the state of skiing today + a quick history of his trajectory in the industry (2:30) * Eric’s take on weight / lightweight gear (9:03) * the state of the ski industry, part 2 (15:38) * getting gnar & midlife crises (18:45) * Matt Sterbenz, Jason Levinthal, and the future of 4FRNT Skis (22:13) * What do you think your future looks like in the next 5-10 years? (27:47) * On mountain biking, climbing, and the fun of being a novice (31:20) * Hoji's boot project, and why he believes it could represent the next chapter in ski boot design (34:58) Blister Review 45:53 This episode is part 2 of our conversation with Eric Hjorleifson, we discuss the state of the ski industry; the AT boot he's been working on for years and why he thinks it could represent the next chapter in ski boot design, and more...<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> * Hoji on the state of skiing today + a quick history of his trajectory in the industry (2:30) * Eric’s take on weight / lightweight gear (9:03) * the state of the ski industry, part 2 (15:38) * getting gnar & midlife crises (18:45) * Matt Sterbenz, Jason Levinthal, and the future of 4FRNT Skis (22:13) * What do you think your future looks like in the next 5-10 years? (27:47) * On mountain biking, climbing, and the fun of being a novice (31:20) * Hoji's boot project, and why he believes it could represent the next chapter in ski boot design (34:58) Eric Hjorleifson on Ski Design & Pillow Lines (Ep.51) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-51-eric-hjorleifson-ski-design-pillow-lines Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:03:43 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=29884 Eric Hjorleifson is one of the best big-mountain skiers of all-time, and he's also known for being one of the master tinkerers in the ski industry, and someone who absolutely obsesses over ski, boot, and bindings design. So we talked to Hoji about skiing pillows, ski design, and the evolution of his Renegade, Hoji, and Raven. Eric Hjorleifson on Ski Design & Pillow Lines (Ep. 51) Eric Hjorleifson is one of the best big-mountain skiers of all-time, and he's also known for being one of the master tinkerers in the ski industry, and someone who absolutely obsesses over ski, boot, and bindings design. So we talked to Hoji about skiing pillows, ski design, and the evolution of his Renegade, Hoji, and Raven.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> How and When did you first get involved with 4FRNT Skis? (4:35) * The 4FRNT EHP (9:00) * The 4FRNT Renegade and its evolution (14:45) * The 4FRNT Raven (25:46) * The 4FRNT Hoji — is the Hoji just a wider version of the Raven? (31:08) * Hoji vs Raven vs. Renegade (45:27) * Eric’s take on mount points, and where he personally mounts the Hoji, Renegade, and Raven (49:57) * Skiing pillows vs skiing spines (1:02:25) Blister Review 1:19:48 Eric Hjorleifson is one of the best big-mountain skiers of all-time, and he's also known for being one of the master tinkerers in the ski industry, and someone who absolutely obsesses over ski, boot, and bindings design. So we talked to Hoji about skiing pillows, ski design, and the evolution of his Renegade, Hoji, and Raven.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> How and When did you first get involved with 4FRNT Skis? (4:35) * The 4FRNT EHP (9:00) * The 4FRNT Renegade and its evolution (14:45) * The 4FRNT Raven (25:46) * The 4FRNT Hoji — is the Hoji just a wider version of the Raven? (31:08) * Hoji vs Raven vs. Renegade (45:27) * Eric’s take on mount points, and where he personally mounts the Hoji, Renegade, and Raven (49:57) * Skiing pillows vs skiing spines (1:02:25) What’s Up with K2? And Rossignol Mtn Bikes? (Ep.50) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-50-update-on-k2-line-skis Sat, 12 Aug 2017 17:00:59 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=29663 To mark the occasion of our 50th episode, we bring back our very first guest on the podcast, Jed Yeiser, to talk about what's going on at K2, Rossignol's move into mountain biking, and more. What's Up with K2? And Rossignol Mtn Bikes? (Ep. 50) To mark the occasion of our 50th episode, we bring back our very first guest on the podcast, Jed Yeiser, to talk about what's going on at K2, Rossignol's move into mountain biking, and more.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES: * Backcountry Safety - Jed talks about two impactful experiences of his own (4:31) * What's up with K2? (15:05) * Jed goes in-depth over a few skis in K2's 17/18 lineup (24:30) * All-Mountain skis — What does "All-Mountain" mean? (39:30) * Where is K2 headed? (53:15) * Line's new Sick Day series (58:31) * Rossignol's move into mountain biking (1:11:00) * Blister Review yes 1:28:34 To mark the occasion of our 50th episode, we bring back our very first guest on the podcast, Jed Yeiser, to talk about what's going on at K2 and LINE, Rossignol's move into mountain biking, and more.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES: * Backcountry Safety - Jed talks about two impactful experiences of his own (4:31) * What's up with K2? (15:05) * Jed goes in-depth over a few skis in K2's 17/18 lineup (24:30) * All-Mountain skis — What does "All-Mountain" mean? (39:30) * Where is K2 headed? (53:15) * Line's new Sick Day series (58:31) * Rossignol's move into mountain biking (1:11:00) * New Tech & Trends in Outerwear (Ep.49) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-49-new-tech-trends-in-outerwear Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:07:43 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=29558 We talk to Blister's outerwear editor, Sam Shaheen, about the most important new tech & trends in apparel; how & why he first got involved with Blister; starting his own outwear company at the age of 15, and more. New Tech & Trends in Outerwear (Ep. 49) We talk to Blister's outerwear editor, Sam Shaheen, about the most important new tech & trends in apparel; how & why he first got involved with Blister; starting his own outwear company at the age of 15, and more.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES: Sam’s background (2:00) * Starting an outerwear company at the age of 15 (5:55) * The significant challenges of building an outerwear company (11:00) * How — and why — Sam first got involved with Blister (18:58) * New Tech #1: “breathable” insulation (25:20) * New Tech #2: “the coolest technology ever”- new manufacturing processes (31:43)<br /> * New Tech #3: "the death of down" (35:26) Blister Review 43:41 We talk to Blister's outerwear editor, Sam Shaheen, about the most important new tech & trends in apparel; how & why he first got involved with Blister; starting his own outwear company at the age of 15, and more.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES: Sam’s background (2:00) * Starting an outerwear company at the age of 15 (5:55) * The significant challenges of building an outerwear company (11:00) * How — and why — Sam first got involved with Blister (18:58) * New Tech #1: “breathable” insulation (25:20) * New Tech #2: “the coolest technology ever”- new manufacturing processes (31:43)<br /> * New Tech #3: "the death of down" (35:26)<br /> A Nearly Fatal Birthday, Part 2 (Ep.48) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-48-a-nearly-fatal-birthday-part-2 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 22:42:48 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=29319 On our last podcast, we told you about a serious ski accident that Blister founder, Jonathan Ellsworth, was fortunate to survive. But the crash itself was only part of the story, and the weeks after the crash have been full of a number of very consequential events, decisions, and lessons, and we discuss them here. A Nearly Fatal Birthday, Part 2 (Ep. 48) On our last podcast, we told you about a serious ski accident that Blister founder, Jonathan Ellsworth, was fortunate to survive. But the crash itself was only a part of the story, and the weeks after the crash were full of a number of very consequential events, decisions, and lessons, and we discuss them here.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES: * My primary pre-accident mistake (7:10) * The decision not to go to the hospital (12:00) * A very David-Lynchian birthday dinner (23:38) * The drive home, continued self-assessment, and health care (27:27) * Emergency spinal surgery? Other options? (My injury + Nate’s popsicle analogy) (43:00) * Important Rant: Know your “Out-of-Pocket Maximum” (54:35) * The surgery & post-surgery (57:39) * Conclusions & Takeaways (1:00:00)* Blister Review yes 1:07:30 On our last podcast, we told you about a serious ski accident that Blister founder, Jonathan Ellsworth, was fortunate to survive. But the crash itself was only a part of the story, and the weeks after the crash were full of a number of very consequential events, decisions, and lessons, and we discuss them here.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES: * My primary pre-accident mistake (7:10) * The decision not to go to the hospital (12:00) * A very David-Lynchian birthday dinner (23:38) * The drive home, continued self-assessment, and health care (27:27) * Emergency spinal surgery? Other options? (My injury + Nate’s popsicle analogy) (43:00) * Important Rant: Know your “Out-of-Pocket Maximum” (54:35) * The surgery & post-surgery (57:39) * Conclusions & Takeaways (1:00:00)* A Nearly Fatal Birthday in the Backcountry (Ep.47) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-47-a-nearly-fatal-birthday-in-the-backcountry Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:46:16 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=28977 On July 9, Blister founder, Jonathan Ellsworth, was involved in a near-fatal fall while ski touring on Independence Pass. This is the account of what happened; what can be learned from the incident and our decision-making; and what's next for him. A Nearly Fatal Birthday in the Backcountry (Ep. 47) On July 9, Blister founder, Jonathan Ellsworth, was involved in a near-fatal fall while ski touring on Independence Pass. This is the account of what happened; what can be learned from the incident and our decision-making; and what's next for him.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Jonathan's friends describe the crash (0:00); The group — who was there (5:00); The objective that day (10:00); The line (17:30); The crash (27:57); The response (39:20)<br /> The decision to walk out (55:36); The bear incident (1:17:17); What’s next (1:24:12) Blister Review 1:24:13 On July 9, Blister founder, Jonathan Ellsworth, was involved in a near-fatal fall while ski touring on Independence Pass. This is the account of what happened; what can be learned from the incident and our decision-making; and what's next for him.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Jonathan's friends describe the crash (0:00); The group — who was there (5:00); The objective that day (10:00); The line (17:30); The crash (27:57); The response (39:20)<br /> The decision to walk out (55:36); The bear incident (1:17:17); What’s next (1:24:12) 4FRNT Skis – Matt Sterbenz & Jason Levinthal (Ep.46) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-46-4frnt-skis-matt-sterbenz-jason-levinthal Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:00:42 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=28670 Jason Levinthal just acquired 4FRNT Skis, so we talk to Levinthal and 4FRNT founder, Matt Sterbenz, about the deal; what brought it about; what we can expect going forward; and the state of the ski industry in general. 4FRNT Skis - Matt Sterbenz & Jason Levinthal (Ep. 46) Jason Levinthal just acquired 4FRNT Skis, so we talk to Levinthal and 4FRNT founder, Matt Sterbenz, about the deal; what brought it about; what we can expect going forward; and the state of the ski industry in general.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> So what exactly just happened here? (2:52) * Will this affect where 4FRNT skis are produced? What changes are we going to see? (11:41) * What does it mean to be an "indie" ski brand in today's arena? (15:20) * When did you guys first start talking about the possibility of teaming up? (21:17) * So what’s going to change and what’s going to stay the same in the next season or two? (25:18) * Matt: what’s your favorite LINE ski or J Ski that you’ve seen or been on? (29:15) * Do you think we’ll see more acquisitions like this in the coming years — specifically, of indies teaming up? (35:27) * Closing Thoughts (43:45) Blister Review 47:13 Jason Levinthal just acquired 4FRNT Skis, so we talk to Levinthal and 4FRNT founder, Matt Sterbenz, about the deal; what brought it about; what we can expect going forward; and the state of the ski industry in general.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> So what exactly just happened here? (2:52) * Will this affect where 4FRNT skis are produced? What changes are we going to see? (11:41) * What does it mean to be an "indie" ski brand in today's arena? (15:20) * When did you guys first start talking about the possibility of teaming up? (21:17) * So what’s going to change and what’s going to stay the same in the next season or two? (25:18) * Matt: what’s your favorite LINE ski or J Ski that you’ve seen or been on? (29:15) * Do you think we’ll see more acquisitions like this in the coming years — specifically, of indies teaming up? (35:27) * Closing Thoughts (43:45) Tommy Caldwell, Big-Wall Climber (Ep.45) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-45-tommy-caldwell-big-wall-climber Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:49:45 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=28645 We talk to one of the most accomplished big-wall climbers of all time about his excellent new book; risk; Alex Honnold's latest free solo; obsessive focus vs. a desire for balance; the future of climbing, and more. Tommy Caldwell, Big-Wall Climber (Ep. 45) Tommy Caldwell is one of the most accomplished big-wall climbers of all time. And while his freeing of the Dawn Wall on Yosemite’s El Capitan might be the feat that he’s best known for, his catalog of accomplishments in the climbing world is ridiculous.<br /> <br /> But Tommy is more than just an all-time great climber, he’s also just published a truly excellent book called, The Push, that John Krakauer calls “the most insightful book about climbing I’ve ever read, and quite possibly the most enjoyable.”<br /> <br /> We sat down with Tommy at his home in Estes Park, Colorado, to talk about a number of things in his book and a whole bunch of other stuff, including the discipline of writing; Alex Honnold’s recent free solo of Freerider and the contemplation of risk that the feat inexorably raises.<br /> <br /> Tommy and I also discuss the desire for balance with the reality that great achievements always seem to require an obsessive focus (and a complete lack of balance). And finally, we talk about the future of climbing which then leads us into some bigger questions about technology, raising kids, and basically modern society in general.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES: Writing (and Climbing and Suffering) (0:00); Kyrgyzstan & Self Examination (11:00) * Self-Identity & Self-Worth (28:38) * Tommy on risk, Free Soloing, & Honnold's solo of Freerider (32:45) * Faith (49:30) * Avoiding burnout (52:08) * Out of all of your climbing accomplishments, what’s the one where you most think, “I can’t believe I pulled this off?” (57:59) * Obsessive Focus vs. the “Desire for Balance” (01:01:18) * Old School vs New School: the pros and cons of climbing going mainstream (01:09:23) * What’s Next? (01:21:50)<br /> Blister Review 1:27:01 Tommy Caldwell is one of the most accomplished big-wall climbers of all time. And while his freeing of the Dawn Wall on Yosemite’s El Capitan might be the feat that he’s best known for, his catalog of accomplishments in the climbing world is ridiculous.<br /> <br /> But Tommy is more than just an all-time great climber, he’s also just published a truly excellent book called, The Push, that John Krakauer calls “the most insightful book about climbing I’ve ever read, and quite possibly the most enjoyable.”<br /> <br /> We sat down with Tommy at his home in Estes Park, Colorado, to talk about a number of things in his book and a whole bunch of other stuff, including the discipline of writing; Alex Honnold’s recent free solo of Freerider and the contemplation of risk that the feat inexorably raises.<br /> <br /> Tommy and I also discuss the desire for balance with the reality that great achievements always seem to require an obsessive focus (and a complete lack of balance). And finally, we talk about the future of climbing which then leads us into some bigger questions about technology, raising kids, and basically modern society in general.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES: Writing (and Climbing and Suffering) (0:00); Kyrgyzstan & Self Examination (11:00) * Self-Identity & Self-Worth (28:38) * Tommy on risk, Free Soloing, & Honnold's solo of Freerider (32:45) * Faith (49:30) * Avoiding burnout (52:08) * Out of all of your climbing accomplishments, what’s the one where you most think, “I can’t believe I pulled this off?” (57:59) * Obsessive Focus vs. the “Desire for Balance” (01:01:18) * Old School vs New School: the pros and cons of climbing going mainstream (01:09:23) * What’s Next? (01:21:50) Jim Harris, Perpetual Weekend (Ep.44) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-44-jim-harris-perpetual-weekend Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:49:58 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=28519 Jim Harris is as passionate about and as involved in the outdoors industry as anyone, but a serious accident threatened to change that. But the real story here is Jim's "crazy" recovery, and the lessons he has learned (and that we would do well to learn from him) about dealing with obstacles, understanding self-identity, and defining self worth. Jim Harris, Perpetual Weekend (Ep.44) Jim Harris is as passionate about and as involved in the outdoors industry as anyone, but a serious accident threatened to change that. But the real story here is Jim's "crazy" recovery, and the lessons he has learned (and that we would do well to learn from him) about dealing with obstacles, understanding self-identity, and defining self worth.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Jim's entrance — and rise — in the outdoors industry (0:00); Great advice on starting any creative pursuit, and why you shouldn't pander to your audience (9:05); The details of Jim's accident (22:55); What now? Life after the accident (33:20); Would you go back to your life prior to the injury? (38:15); Jim's crazy recovery (43:35); What are you currently most passionate about? (53:10); Important Stuff: Self Development, Self-Identity, & Self Worth (58:30) Blister Review 1:13:00 Jim Harris is as passionate about and as involved in the outdoors industry as anyone, but a serious accident threatened to change that. But the real story here is Jim's "crazy" recovery, and the lessons he has learned (and that we would do well to learn from him) about dealing with obstacles, understanding self-identity, and defining self worth.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Jim's entrance — and rise — in the outdoors industry (0:00); Great advice on starting any creative pursuit, and why you shouldn't pander to your audience (9:05); The details of Jim's accident (22:55); What now? Life after the accident (33:20); Would you go back to your life prior to the injury? (38:15); Jim's crazy recovery (43:35); What are you currently most passionate about? (53:10); Important Stuff: Self Development, Self-Identity, & Self Worth (58:30) Alex Honnold’s Free Solo of El Cap (Ep.43) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-43-on-alex-honnolds-free-solo-of-el-cap Thu, 08 Jun 2017 22:52:26 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=28370 In this episode, Blister's climbing editor joins us in the attempt to wrap our heads around Honnold’s successful free solo of El Cap, and to debate whether this is the greatest athletic achievement ever. Alex Honnold's Free Solo of El Cap (Ep. 43) In this episode, Blister's climbing editor joins us in the attempt to wrap our heads around Honnold’s successful free solo of El Cap, and to debate whether this is the greatest athletic achievement ever.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> What exactly did Alex Honnold just do? (2:40); Difference between free solo climbing vs. free climbing vs. aid climbing vs. rope soloing (5:45); Talk about the specifics of the Freerider route / Honnold’s route (11:20); The *speed* of Alex’s ascent (22:25); Locating Honnold’s free solo among other climbing feats (32:17); Climbing and Mainstream Culture (41:30); Biggest Achievement in Sport Climbing? (45:22); Biggest Achievement in Bouldering? (52:55); Is Honnold’s free solo the greatest athletic achievement ever? What are the contenders? (59:12); Dean Potter’s take on Alex Honnold (1:11:30); Zen and the Art of (Honnold’s) Free Soloing (1:12:38) Blister Review 1:27:27 In this episode, Blister's climbing editor joins us in the attempt to wrap our heads around Honnold’s successful free solo of El Cap, and to debate whether this is the greatest athletic achievement ever.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> What exactly did Alex Honnold just do? (2:40); Difference between free solo climbing vs. free climbing vs. aid climbing vs. rope soloing (5:45); Talk about the specifics of the Freerider route / Honnold’s route (11:20); The *speed* of Alex’s ascent (22:25); Locating Honnold’s free solo among other climbing feats (32:17); Climbing and Mainstream Culture (41:30); Biggest Achievement in Sport Climbing? (45:22); Biggest Achievement in Bouldering? (52:55); Is Honnold’s free solo the greatest athletic achievement ever? What are the contenders? (59:12); Dean Potter’s take on Alex Honnold (1:11:30); Zen and the Art of (Honnold’s) Free Soloing (1:12:38)Is Honnold’s free solo the greatest athletic achievement ever? What are the contenders? (59:12) Dean Potter’s take on Alex Honnold (1:11:30) Zen and the Art of (Honnold’s) Free Soloing (1:12:38) Michelle Parker — Skier, Climber, Biker, “Pretend Band Member” … (Ep.42) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-42-michelle-parker-skier-and-climber-biker-pretend-band-member-etc Sat, 20 May 2017 14:56:39 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=28115 We talk to ridiculously-well-rounded-skier Michelle Parker about joining the Arc'teryx team, her work with S.A.F.E.A.S Clinics, her upcoming trips, gear, mountain lions, and a whole lot more. Michelle Parker — Skier, Climber, Biker, "Pretend Band Member" ... (Ep. 42) We talk to ridiculously-well-rounded-skier Michelle Parker about joining the Arc'teryx team, her work with S.A.F.E.A.S Clinics, her upcoming trips, gear, mountain lions, and a whole lot more.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Michelle's recent and upcoming trips (2:05); Joining the Arc'teryx team, and why it's a good fit (4:34); Where are you on the gear-head spectrum between "Don't care" and "Eric Hjorleifson" (8:35); Michelle's current one-ski quiver (12:28); The age-old topic of women's-specific skis and boots, and why it matters so much (17:12); Michelle’s background: racing, soccer, slopestyle, halfpipe, big mountain skiing (24:12); Climbing (31:05); S.A.F.E.A.S. Clinics (34:03); Outside of skiing & climbing, what else are you up to? (37:50); Michelle’s “pretend band” (46:43); Upcoming Trips & who she's going with (49:00); Biking (and Swimming) (51:15); Ski touring with Greg Hill ... and Mountain Lions??? (56:30) Blister Review 1:01:50 We talk to ridiculously-well-rounded-skier Michelle Parker about joining the Arc'teryx team, her work with S.A.F.E.A.S Clinics, her upcoming trips, gear, mountain lions, and a whole lot more.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Michelle's recent and upcoming trips (2:05); Joining the Arc'teryx team, and why it's a good fit (4:34); Where are you on the gear-head spectrum between "Don't care" and "Eric Hjorleifson" (8:35); Michelle's current one-ski quiver (12:28); The age-old topic of women's-specific skis and boots, and why it matters so much (17:12); Michelle’s background: racing, soccer, slopestyle, halfpipe, big mountain skiing (24:12); Climbing (31:05); S.A.F.E.A.S. Clinics (34:03); Outside of skiing & climbing, what else are you up to? (37:50); Michelle’s “pretend band” (46:43); Upcoming Trips & who she's going with (49:00); Biking (and Swimming) (51:15); Ski touring with Greg Hill ... and Mountain Lions??? (56:30) Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (Ep.41) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-41-sage-cattabriga-alosa Tue, 09 May 2017 16:43:35 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=27913 We sat down with one of the best big-mountain skiers of all time to talk about kids, intuition, preparing for big lines, and a whole lot more. Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (Ep.41) We just got back from week-long review trip in Bend, Oregon, and while we were in Bend, we went to pay a visit to one of the best big-mountain skiers of all time, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa.<br /> <br /> We talk about a whole bunch of topics, but it is particularly fascinating to hear Sage talk about his preparation — how cautious he claims to be in the mountains — which isn’t exactly obvious given that Sage has thrown down some of the heaviest lines anyone has skied in Alaska. For Sage, skiing is simply fun. But big-mountain skiing — the stuff you see him doing in his film segments — is all about Problem Solving. So if you think he’s out there just hucking his meat with abandon, you’ll need to think again.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Sage’s “Ranch” — the dream spot (1:50); How / Why Bend? (3:03); Sage’s injury & rehab (5:10); Some keys to being injury-free for so long (8:15); Approaching Alaska — taking it “ridiculously mellow”? (11:15); Sage on Intuition (and the Double Front Flip) (17:00); Sage on Preparation — Skiing as Problem Solving (19:58); Ski racing, big-mountain skiing, and practicing the fundamentals (27:36); Kids, Parenthood, & Skiing (36:01); Sage on Mt Bachelor and their Northwest Express Lift (40:00); Sage's Future (which probably involves alpacas) (42:20); Sage on the future of skiing (49:18); Parting Thoughts (59:30) Blister Review 1:02:43 We just got back from week-long review trip in Bend, Oregon, and while we were in Bend, we went to pay a visit to one of the best big-mountain skiers of all time, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa.<br /> <br /> We talk about a whole bunch of topics, but it is particularly fascinating to hear Sage talk about his preparation — how cautious he claims to be in the mountains — which isn’t exactly obvious given that Sage has thrown down some of the heaviest lines anyone has skied in Alaska. For Sage, skiing is simply fun. But big-mountain skiing — the stuff you see him doing in his film segments — is all about Problem Solving. So if you think he’s out there just hucking his meat with abandon, you’ll need to think again.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Sage’s “Ranch” — the dream spot (1:50); How / Why Bend? (3:03); Sage’s injury & rehab (5:10); Some keys to being injury-free for so long (8:15); Approaching Alaska — taking it “ridiculously mellow”? (11:15); Sage on Intuition (and the Double Front Flip) (17:00); Sage on Preparation — Skiing as Problem Solving (19:58); Ski racing, big-mountain skiing, and practicing the fundamentals (27:36); Kids, Parenthood, & Skiing (36:01); Sage on Mt Bachelor and their Northwest Express Lift (40:00); Sage's Future (which probably involves alpacas) (42:20); Sage on the future of skiing (49:18); Parting Thoughts (59:30) New Ski Reviews from Mt Bachelor (Ep.40) http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/ep-40-new-ski-reviews-from-mt-bachelor Sat, 06 May 2017 16:21:03 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=27878 Blister reviewers talk about some of the most surprising skis we reviewed at Mt Bachelor, then discuss what our 1-ski and 2-ski quiver picks would be for Mt Bachelor. So here are our very fresh thoughts on a number of very high-profile skis. New Ski Reviews from Mt Bachelor (Ep. 40) We brought a bunch of next year’s skis to Mt Bachelor for a week of testing, so on this podcast, we discuss what we've been skiing, what was the most surprising, and what else stood out. Then we talk about what our 1-ski quiver and 2-ski quiver selections would be for Mt Bachelor. So here are our very fresh thoughts on a number of very high-profile skis.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> DPS Wailer A 112 (2:30); ON3P Billy Goat (5:20); Black Crows Anima (7:00); Nordica Enforcer 110 & Enforcer Pro (8:30); Atomic Backland 109 (11:29); Q: One-Ski Quiver for Mt Bachelor? (12:50); Q: Two-Ski Quiver for Mt Bachelor? (18:30) Blister Review 26:05 We brought a bunch of next year’s skis to Mt Bachelor for a week of testing, so on this podcast, we discuss what we've been skiing, what was the most surprising, and what else stood out. Then we talk about what our 1-ski quiver and 2-ski quiver selections would be for Mt Bachelor. So here are our very fresh thoughts on a number of very high-profile skis.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> DPS Wailer A 112 (2:30); ON3P Billy Goat (5:20); Black Crows Anima (7:00); Nordica Enforcer 110 & Enforcer Pro (8:30); Atomic Backland 109 (11:29); Q: One-Ski Quiver for Mt Bachelor? (12:50); Q: Two-Ski Quiver for Mt Bachelor? (18:30) New Bike Stuff! (Ep.39) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-39-new-bike-stuff Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:24:03 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=27635 We talk to Blister's bike editor, Noah Bodman, about where the most innovations are taking place in the bike world; whether e-bikes are gaining acceptance; several particular bikes (including the YT Jeffsy, the Canyon Spectral, and a couple of “plus” bikes); and the upcoming World Cup DH season. New Bike Stuff! (Ep. 39) We’re talking again to Blister's bike editor, Noah Bodman, about what’s interesting in the world of bikes this season, including where the most innovations are taking place, whether Noah thinks that 26” wheels will eventually make a comeback, and whether e-bikes are gaining public acceptance. Noah and I also discuss several particular bikes, including the YT Jeffsy, the Canyon Spectral, and a couple of “plus” bikes — the Scott Spark Plus and the Scott Genius LT Plus. Then Noah and I wrap up the conversation with some predictions about the World Cup downhill season that starts this week.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> What’s interesting this season? (2:10); Are e-bikes gaining public acceptance? (4:50); Death-O-Meter: How dead are 26” wheels? (9:28); Where are we seeing the most innovations in bike stuff? (14:05); Specific Bikes: YT Jeffsy 29 (21:10) Canyon Spectral (23:10); Scott Spark Plus & Scott Genius LT Plus (24:45); The upcoming Word Cup DH Season -- who are you betting on? (29:09); 29ers on the WC DH circuit (32:33)<br /> <br /> Blister Review 37:53 We’re talking again to Blister's bike editor, Noah Bodman, about what’s interesting in the world of bikes this season, including where the most innovations are taking place, whether Noah thinks that 26” wheels will eventually make a comeback, and whether e-bikes are gaining public acceptance. Noah and I also discuss several particular bikes, including the YT Jeffsy, the Canyon Spectral, and a couple of “plus” bikes — the Scott Spark Plus and the Scott Genius LT Plus. Then Noah and I wrap up the conversation with some predictions about the World Cup downhill season that starts this week.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> What’s interesting this season? (2:10); Are e-bikes gaining public acceptance? (4:50); Death-O-Meter: How dead are 26” wheels? (9:28); Where are we seeing the most innovations in bike stuff? (14:05); Specific Bikes: YT Jeffsy 29 (21:10) Canyon Spectral (23:10); Scott Spark Plus & Scott Genius LT Plus (24:45); The upcoming Word Cup DH Season -- who are you betting on? (29:09); 29ers on the WC DH circuit (32:33) DPS Skis Founder, Stephan Drake (Ep.38) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-38-dps-skis-founder-stephan-drake Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:09:30 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=27537 We talk to DPS Skis founder, Stephan Drake, about the early days of DPS, ski design, and the new DPS ski boot that aims to change skiing as we know it. DPS Skis Founder, Stephan Drake (Ep. 38) We talk to DPS Skis founder, Stephan Drake, about the early days of DPS, ski design, and the new DPS ski boot that aims to change skiing as we know it.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Where did you grow up, and when did you get into skiing? (2:25); Being a “gringo ski bum” down in Las Lenas, Argentina (7:40); Were you interested in product design in general? / Early days of DPS? (13:35); Carbon fiber & the history of DPS (18:50); The first rockered ski -- the 2002 Tabula Rasa (23:40); Low weight and the “race to zero” in ski design (26:37); DPS’s new Alchemist construction (vs. their DPS Pure3 construction) (29:30); Tip Taper (where I was expecting to get into a fight with Stephan) (40:39); The new paradigm-shifting DPS ski boot (54:15) Blister Review 1:03:10 We talk to DPS Skis founder, Stephan Drake, about the early days of DPS, ski design, and the new DPS ski boot that aims to change skiing as we know it.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Where did you grow up, and when did you get into skiing? (2:25); Being a “gringo ski bum” down in Las Lenas, Argentina (7:40); Were you interested in product design in general? / Early days of DPS (13:35); Carbon fiber & the history of DPS (18:50); The first rockered ski -- the 2002 Tabula Rasa (23:40); Low weight and the “race to zero” in ski design (26:37); DPS’s new Alchemist construction (vs. their DPS Pure3 construction) (29:30); Tip Taper (where I was expecting to get into a fight with Stephan) (40:39); The new paradigm-shifting DPS ski boot (54:15) New Gear – Powder Skis with Paul Forward (Ep.37) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-37-new-gear-powder-skis-with-paul-forward Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:12:50 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=27371 We're talking again with blister reviewer and Alaskan heli guide, Paul Forward about a number of pow skis he's been on this season. New Gear - Powder Skis with Paul Forward (Ep. 37) We're talking again with Blister reviewer, Paul Forward, the Alaskan heli guide who we spoke with a couple of podcasts back (Ep. 34).<br /> <br /> This has shaped up to be a very good winter in the Chugach, so Paul has been getting a lot of time in on some fat skis, and I wanted to talk to him about a number of them.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> DPS Lotus 124 Alchemist (3:30); 16/17 Blizzard Spur (10:48); New HEAD Kore 117 (22:23); On the trend of pow skis getting narrower (24:44); Liberty Genome (27:55); Salomon QST 118 (29:33); 4FRNT Renegade, w/ comparisons to the 4FRNT Raven (35:48) Blister Review 46:19 We're talking again with Blister reviewer, Paul Forward, the Alaskan heli guide who we spoke with a couple of podcasts back (Ep. 34).<br /> <br /> This has shaped up to be a very good winter in the Chugach, so Paul has been getting a lot of time in on some fat skis, and I wanted to talk to him about a number of them.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> DPS Lotus 124 Alchemist (3:30); 16/17 Blizzard Spur (10:48); New HEAD Kore 117 (22:23); On the trend of pow skis getting narrower (24:44); Liberty Genome (27:55); Salomon QST 118 (29:33); 4FRNT Renegade, w/ comparisons to the 4FRNT Raven (35:48) Magnus Granér, X Games Real Ski Gold Medalist (Ep.36) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-36-magnus-graner-x-games-real-ski-gold-medalist Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:28:18 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=27194 In a word, Magnus Granér is different. We talk to him about his Real Ski win, SLVSH, The Bunch, growing up in Sweden, attending the real Hogwarts School, skiing on Mars, and more... Magnus Granér, X Games Real Ski Gold Medalist (Ep. 36) Magnus Granér is different. Funky. We talk to him about his Real Ski win, SLVSH, The Bunch, growing up in Sweden, attending the real Hogwarts School, skiing on Mars, and more...<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Magnus in Zermatt (1:45); Andorra & SLVSH CUP (3:45); Growing up in Hörnefors, Sweden — and growing up snowboarding (13:10); Playing soccer, "floorball", and husky racing (16:05); Thinking / Not Thinking (19:22); How you got from just starting to ski to where you are right now? (22:31); True Story: Magnus attends the weirdest / coolest school ever (24:45); The Formation of The Bunch (31:15); Creation Nation (33:58); X Games Real Ski — from getting invited to winning the Gold (37:55); Battling fear & scaring yourself vs. making urban more fun & accessible (44:30); Magnus on Henrik Harlaut (48:37); Re: the peanut butter 450 on (54:35); On the closing shot of Magnus’ real ski edit (56:45); LJ Strenio’s crash reel (59:27); The Bunch: How would you describe it? (01:03:00); Dancing (01:07:35); India, Russia, China: the state of skiing internationally (01:10:23); Your pro model / working with ON3P Skis (01:15:00); What’s next? (01:18:35) Blister Review 1:22:00 Magnus Granér is different. Funky. We talk to him about his Real Ski win, SLVSH, The Bunch, growing up in Sweden, attending the real Hogwarts School, skiing on Mars, and more...<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Magnus in Zermatt (1:45); Andorra & SLVSH CUP (3:45); Growing up in Hörnefors, Sweden — and growing up snowboarding (13:10); Playing soccer, "floorball", and husky racing (16:05); Thinking / Not Thinking (19:22); How you got from just starting to ski to where you are right now? (22:31); True Story: Magnus attends the weirdest / coolest school ever (24:45); The Formation of The Bunch (31:15); Creation Nation (33:58); X Games Real Ski — from getting invited to winning the Gold (37:55); Battling fear & scaring yourself vs. making urban more fun & accessible (44:30); Magnus on Henrik Harlaut (48:37); Re: the peanut butter 450 on (54:35); On the closing shot of Magnus’ real ski edit (56:45); LJ Strenio’s crash reel (59:27); The Bunch: How would you describe it? (01:03:00); Dancing (01:07:35); India, Russia, China: the state of skiing internationally (01:10:23); Your pro model / working with ON3P Skis (01:15:00); What’s next? (01:18:35) Sven Coomer, Founder of Zipfit Ski Boot Liners (Ep.35) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-35-sven-coomer-founder-of-zipfit-ski-boot-liners Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:46:23 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=27110 What is the least understood but arguably most important piece of ski equipment? Ski boot liners. So we talk to ski boot pioneer, Sven Coomer, about why boot liners don’t receive the attention they deserve, what makes Zipfit liners different, and why Sven believes that liners are the single most important piece of ski equipment. Sven Coomer, Founder of Zipfit Ski Boot Liners (Ep. 35) What is the least understood but arguably most important piece of ski equipment? Ski boot liners. So we talk to ski boot pioneer, Sven Coomer, about why boot liners don’t receive the attention they deserve, what makes Zipfit liners different, and why Sven believes that liners are the single most important piece of ski equipment.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Why "Liners" should be called "Inner Boots," and what a good inner boot should do (0:00); Why Sven thinks that liners are the most important piece of equipment (5:00); What is someone failing to understand if they are failing to consider the inner boot? (13:00); Why liners and boots are more complex than skis; Why Zipfit liners don’t pack out (22:50); What is it about the construction of a Zipfit liner that's different? (24:45); What are the top issues / problems that a Zipfit liner might solve? (29:00); Alpine-Touring boots & liners — and the touring inner boot that Sven is working on (39:20); Final thoughts on the difference that the right liner can make (49:30) Blister Review 58:44 What is the least understood but arguably most important piece of ski equipment? Ski boot liners. So we talk to ski boot pioneer, Sven Coomer, about why boot liners don’t receive the attention they deserve, what makes Zipfit liners different, and why Sven believes that liners are the single most important piece of ski equipment.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES: <br /> <br /> Why "Liners" should be called "Inner Boots," and what a good inner boot should do (0:00); Why Sven thinks that liners are the most important piece of equipment (5:00); What is someone failing to understand if they are failing to consider the inner boot? (13:00); Why liners and boots are more complex than skis; Why Zipfit liners don’t pack out (22:50); What is it about the construction of a Zipfit liner that's different? (24:45); What are the top issues / problems that a Zipfit liner might solve? (29:00); Alpine-Touring boots & liners — and the touring inner boot that Sven is working on (39:20); Final thoughts on the difference that the right liner can make (49:30) Paul Forward — Heli Guide, Doctor, Blister Reviewer (Ep.34) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-34-paul-forward-heli-guide-doctor-blister-reviewer Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:35:03 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=26949 Is he the most interesting man in the world? Probably. We talk to our good friend Paul Forward about heli skiing, heli guiding, wilderness medicine, and of course, some new gear. Paul Forward — Heli Guide, Doctor, Blister Reviewer (Ep. 34) Paul Forward is a lead heli guide for Chugach Powder Guides in Girdwood, Alaska. He is also a physician who works a lot in the arctic village of Kotzebue, just north of the Arctic Circle. And in addition to that, Paul is one of our senior reviewers here at Blister — as well as being a bow hunter, a fly fisherman, an absolute gear whore, a lover of big missions, a good friend of mine, and (as a lot of people around the world will attest) a really fun person to venture out into the mountains with.<br /> <br /> In this conversation, we talk about Paul’s background; how he and I met and how he got involved with Blister; the life and logistics of a heli guide; and the new program on advanced wilderness medical care that Paul is starting this spring. And of course, Paul and I talk a bit about some of the new gear that he and I are currently reviewing, including the 4FRNT Devastator, Salomon QST 106, and Volkl 100Eight.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> How Paul and I met (in Argentina), and how he almost killed me (3:20); How he became a Blister reviewer (5:20); Paul’s background (11:40); How he became a heli guide (18:25); How it works to be both a physician and a heli guide (22:38); What does a typical day in the life of a heli guide actually look like? (29:45); What are the most common mistakes that first-timers make? (35:09); What it's like guiding pro skiers / filming AK lines for movies (42:35); Paul’s new “venture,” offering advanced wilderness life support courses (52:05); Paul and I talk Gear: ski boots; 194 4FRNT Devastator vs. 184 Devastator; Salomon QST 106 vs. Volkl 100Eight (57:55) Blister Review 1:14:51 Paul Forward is a lead heli guide for Chugach Powder Guides in Girdwood, Alaska. He is also a physician who works a lot in the arctic village of Kotzebue, just north of the Arctic Circle. And in addition to that, Paul is one of our senior reviewers here at Blister — as well as being a bow hunter, a fly fisherman, an absolute gear whore, a lover of big missions, a good friend of mine, and (as a lot of people around the world will attest) a really fun person to venture out into the mountains with.<br /> <br /> In this conversation, we talk about Paul’s background; how he and I met and how he got involved with Blister; the life and logistics of a heli guide; and the new program on advanced wilderness medical care that Paul is starting this spring. And of course, Paul and I talk a bit about some of the new gear that he and I are currently reviewing, including the 4FRNT Devastator, Salomon QST 106, and Volkl 100Eight.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> How Paul and I met (in Argentina), and how he almost killed me (3:20); How he became a Blister reviewer (5:20); Paul’s background (11:40); How he became a heli guide (18:25); How it works to be both a physician and a heli guide (22:38); What does a typical day in the life of a heli guide actually look like? (29:45); What are the most common mistakes that first-timers make? (35:09); What it's like guiding pro skiers / filming AK lines for movies (42:35); Paul’s new “venture,” offering advanced wilderness life support courses (52:05); Paul and I talk Gear: ski boots; 194 4FRNT Devastator vs. 184 Devastator; Salomon QST 106 vs. Volkl 100Eight (57:55) Round Table on Custom Skis — Wagner, Parlor, Folsom (Ep.33) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-33-round-table-on-custom-skis-wagner-parlor-folsom Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:46:13 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=25949 What are "custom" skis, how does the process work, and who should consider them? We sat down with Wagner, Parlor, and Folsom Custom Skis to discuss. Round Table on Custom Skis — Wagner, Parlor, Folsom (Ep. 33) This is a round-table conversation with three custom ski manufacturers about the process of building custom skis, and what “custom” really means.<br /> <br /> We sat down with Pete Wagner of Wagner Custom Skis, Mark Wallace of Parlor Custom Skis, and Mike McCabe of Folsom Custom Skis, and among other things, we discussed why they each decided to go the custom route; how they each go about the custom process; and what sort of skier might want to consider custom skis.<br /> <br /> We also talk about Frankenstein skis, why innovations in materials can be overrated, and the really remarkable fact that Wagner, Parlor, and Folsom all offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> * Introduction to Wagner Custom Skis (2:25)<br /> <br /> * Introduction to Parlor Custom Skis (3:59)<br /> <br /> * Introduction to Folsom Custom Skis (5:21)<br /> <br /> * What does “Custom” mean, and why go custom? (7:35)<br /> <br /> * How the Folsom process works (8:50)<br /> <br /> * How the Parlor process works (11:20)<br /> <br /> * How the Wagner process works (13:49)<br /> <br /> * Why custom skis aren’t only for great skiers (16:20)<br /> <br /> * How sophisticated is the input you get from prospective customers? (17:37)<br /> <br /> * 100% Satisfaction Guarantee (What??) (24:54)<br /> <br /> * What if a customer has a really bad idea? Will you still build it? (26:05)<br /> <br /> * Parlor Ballet Skis ?!?! (31:25)<br /> <br /> * Folsom Trn Tek 201 Pros !! (32:00)<br /> <br /> * Remaking skis that have been discontinued (aka, “Frankenstein” skis). (34:45)<br /> <br /> * How much differentiation/customization is there when it comes to materials? (38:09)<br /> <br /> * Why innovations in materials can be overrated (41:20)<br /> <br /> * The Advantage of Agility (46:32)<br /> <br /> * Designing for individual skiers, not the “average” skier (47:25)<br /> <br /> * What’s the best question I haven’t asked? (49:57) Blister Review 56:00 This is a round-table conversation with three custom ski manufacturers about the process of building custom skis, and what “custom” really means.<br /> <br /> We sat down with Pete Wagner of Wagner Custom Skis, Mark Wallace of Parlor Custom Skis, and Mike McCabe of Folsom Custom Skis, and among other things, we discussed why they each decided to go the custom route; how they each go about the custom process; and what sort of skier might want to consider custom skis.<br /> <br /> We also talk about Frankenstein skis, why innovations in materials can be overrated, and the really remarkable fact that Wagner, Parlor, and Folsom all offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> * Introduction to Wagner Custom Skis (2:25)<br /> <br /> * Introduction to Parlor Custom Skis (3:59)<br /> <br /> * Introduction to Folsom Custom Skis (5:21)<br /> <br /> * What does “Custom” mean, and why go custom? (7:35)<br /> <br /> * How the Folsom process works (8:50)<br /> <br /> * How the Parlor process works (11:20)<br /> <br /> * How the Wagner process works (13:49)<br /> <br /> * Why custom skis aren’t only for great skiers (16:20)<br /> <br /> * How sophisticated is the input you get from prospective customers? (17:37)<br /> <br /> * 100% Satisfaction Guarantee (What??) (24:54)<br /> <br /> * What if a customer has a really bad idea? Will you still build it? (26:05)<br /> <br /> * Parlor Ballet Skis ?!?! (31:25)<br /> <br /> * Folsom Trn Tek 201 Pros !! (32:00)<br /> <br /> * Remaking skis that have been discontinued (aka, “Frankenstein” skis). (34:45)<br /> <br /> * How much differentiation/customization is there when it comes to materials? (38:09)<br /> <br /> * Why innovations in materials can be overrated (41:20)<br /> <br /> * The Advantage of Agility (46:32)<br /> <br /> * Designing for individual skiers, not the “average” skier (47:25)<br /> <br /> * What’s the best question I haven’t asked? (49:57) SIA Snow Show 2017 — Overview & Trends (Ep.32) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-32-sia-snow-show-2017-overview-trends Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:23:27 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=25592 We discuss the most intriguing, the most head scratching, and the most bizarre new products for next season that we saw at the SIA tradeshow. SIA Snow Show 2017 — Overview & Trends (Ep. 32) In this episode, we discuss the most intriguing, the most head scratching, and the most bizarre new products for next season that we saw at the SIA tradeshow.<br /> <br /> Some of the New Products We Discuss:<br /> <br /> Scarpa Maestrale; Armada ARV 116; Scott S1 130 AT Boot; Atomic Hawx XTD 130 AT Boot; G3 Sender 112 Touring / 50-50 Ski; Patagonia Descensionist Touring Kit; Patagonia Descensionist Pack; Advances in airbag packs; Polartec Neoshell 2.0; Polartec; Alpha Direct; Metal in Skis; Scott Skis: the new lineup, including the Scrapper 115 and Punisher 105; Nordica’s expanding Enforcer line; Nordica’s women’s skis; Sego Skis — and Blades (!); Fischer Ranger 115; Nordica Enforcer Pro; Fischer RC4 130; K2’s new carvers; Black Crows lineup & their new Vertis. Blister Review 40:19 In this episode, we discuss the most intriguing, the most head scratching, and the most bizarre new products for next season that we saw at the SIA tradeshow.<br /> <br /> Some of the New Products We Discuss:<br /> <br /> Scarpa Maestrale; Armada ARV 116; Scott S1 130 AT Boot; Atomic Hawx XTD 130 AT Boot; G3 Sender 112 Touring / 50-50 Ski; Patagonia Descensionist Touring Kit; Patagonia Descensionist Pack; Advances in airbag packs; Polartec Neoshell 2.0; Polartec; Alpha Direct; Metal in Skis; Scott Skis: the new lineup, including the Scrapper 115 and Punisher 105; Nordica’s expanding Enforcer line; Nordica’s women’s skis; Sego Skis — and Blades (!); Fischer Ranger 115; Nordica Enforcer Pro; Fischer RC4 130; K2’s new carvers; Black Crows lineup & their new Vertis. Warner Nickerson — American Skier, Perpetual Underdog, King of Fun (Ep.31) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-31-warner-nickerson-american-skier-perpetual-underdog-king-of-fun Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:19:02 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=25214 Warner and I discuss his background; the business of ski racing and ski academies; the thorny issue of sponsorships and athletes skiing on equipment that isn’t a good match for them; and Kitzbuhel. Warner Nickerson — American Skier, Perpetual Underdog, King of Fun (Ep. 31) Warner and I discuss his background; the business of ski racing and ski academies; the thorny issue of sponsorships and athletes skiing on equipment that isn’t a good match for them; and Kitzbuhel.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Warner’s review of the movie, “Scully” (0:00); Warner’s First Beer League Race (which happened last week); Warner's Early Years + the first race he ever won (9:36); The problem of the “big business” of ski racing academies (20:24); Warner’s college experience (Colby), and his advice for skiers when choosing colleges (23:15); One of Warner’s biggest regrets in life (35:18); Warner’s time on the US Ski Team (36:20); Getting Cut — But Not Quitting; Team Dreamin’ the Life - enter Jon Olsson (43:15); Q: How often are elite racers on equipment they don’t like? Aka, The issue of sponsored skiers — or any skier — being on the wrong equipment (47:25); Q: What’s your best Jon Olsson story? (58:38); The Crown Jewel of Racing: Kitzbuhel / The Streif (01:02:33); Race Approach: going flat out vs. slightly dialing things back to be able to correct (01:06:17) Blister Review 1:10:26 Warner and I discuss his background; the business of ski racing and ski academies; the thorny issue of sponsorships and athletes skiing on equipment that isn’t a good match for them; and Kitzbuhel.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> Warner’s review of the movie, “Scully” (0:00); Warner’s First Beer League Race (which happened last week); Warner's Early Years + the first race he ever won (9:36); The problem of the “big business” of ski racing academies (20:24); Warner’s college experience (Colby), and his advice for skiers when choosing colleges (23:15); One of Warner’s biggest regrets in life (35:18); Warner’s time on the US Ski Team (36:20); Getting Cut — But Not Quitting; Team Dreamin’ the Life - enter Jon Olsson (43:15); Q: How often are elite racers on equipment they don’t like? Aka, The issue of sponsored skiers — or any skier — being on the wrong equipment (47:25); Q: What’s your best Jon Olsson story? (58:38); The Crown Jewel of Racing: Kitzbuhel / The Streif (01:02:33); Race Approach: going flat out vs. slightly dialing things back to be able to correct (01:06:17) How to Handle Backcountry Emergencies (Ep.30) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-30-how-to-handle-backcountry-emergencies Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:15:07 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=24518 Accidents happen when you're far away from help. Do you know how to respond? Too many of us don't, and that is irresponsible and dangerous. This conversation will drive that point home, and clue you in on some steps we all should take. How to Handle Backcountry Emergencies (Ep. 30) If you spend time outside skiing, biking, camping, hiking, climbing, boating, or running in the mountains, how prepared are you to handle injuries when you are far from medical help? Will you just stand there panicked and helpless? Or will you do things that make the injuries worse?<br /> <br /> This topic does not get talked about enough. So today, we’re talking with three experienced first responders to help you understand why — for your own personal safety, and for the safety of your friends and family — getting training in wilderness medicine is something you ought to do. There’s a lot of good information in this conversation, so please listen, and let’s all of us commit to increasing our level of knowledge and readiness for our adventures.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES<br /> <br /> • Quick Christmas Party Story (4:28)<br /> • Backgrounds: Mike Thurber, Morgan Matthews, and Justin Bobb (7:05)<br /> • What is "Wilderness Medicine"? (13:30)<br /> • Huge Factor: wilderness injuries involve *long* evacuation times (16:40)<br /> • Three Real-World Emergency Anecdotes (19:40)<br /> • Most important things you learn in a Wilderness First Responder course? (32:30)<br /> • Difference between a WFR certification and an EMT certification (38:26)<br /> • Emergency Scenarios #4 & 5: Driving, come up on a crash on the highway (40:29)<br /> • Hypothermia, Avalanches, and Trauma — some important stats (44:35)<br /> • Beacons, First Aid Kits, etc. Do you have them? Do you *know how to use them*? (53:55)<br /> • What are the different WFR certifying agencies, and what are the different certifications a person can get? (58:49)<br /> • How to tell if your friends, boyfriend, or girlfriend really love you (01:15:58)<br /> • How helpful is WFR training if you are out by yourself? (01:17:28)<br /> • FINAL POINT: Why is there so much emphasis on taking an AVI 1 course, while wilderness medical courses are given so little attention? (01:20:00) Blister Review 1:23:12 If you spend time in the mountains or wilderness, how prepared are you to handle injuries when you are far from medical help? Will you just stand there panicked and helpless? Or will you do things that make the injuries worse?<br /> <br /> This topic does not get talked about enough. So today, we’re talking with three experienced first responders to help you understand why — for your own personal safety, and for the safety of your friends and family — getting training in wilderness medicine is something you ought to do. There’s a lot of good information in this conversation, so please listen, and let’s all of us commit to increasing our level of knowledge and readiness for our adventures.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES<br /> <br /> • Quick Christmas Party Story (4:28)<br /> • Backgrounds: Mike Thurber, Morgan Matthews, and Justin Bobb (7:05)<br /> • What is "Wilderness Medicine"? (13:30)<br /> • Huge Factor: wilderness injuries involve *long* evacuation times (16:40)<br /> • Three Real-World Emergency Anecdotes (19:40)<br /> • Most important things you learn in a Wilderness First Responder course? (32:30)<br /> • Difference between a WFR certification and an EMT certification (38:26)<br /> • Emergency Scenarios #4 & 5: Driving, come up on a crash on the highway (40:29)<br /> • Hypothermia, Avalanches, and Trauma — some important stats (44:35)<br /> • Beacons, First Aid Kits, etc. Do you have them? Do you *know how to use them*? (53:55)<br /> • What are the different WFR certifying agencies, and what are the different certifications a person can get? (58:49)<br /> • How to tell if your friends, boyfriend, or girlfriend really love you (01:15:58)<br /> • How helpful is WFR training if you are out by yourself? (01:17:28)<br /> • FINAL POINT: Why is there so much emphasis on taking an AVI 1 course, while wilderness medical courses are given so little attention? (01:20:00) Report from Bachelor + Meet the New Reviewers (Ep.29) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-29-report-from-bachelor-meet-the-new-reviewers Mon, 19 Dec 2016 19:12:15 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=24194 From Bend, we announce the release of a new special-edition Blister Pro, then talk to Blister reviewers David Steele and Andrew Forward about growing up in Alaska; speed flying; Glacier National Park; funny & painful ski touring missions, Super Burrito, and more. Report from Bachelor + Meet the New Reviewers (Ep. 29) From Bend, we announce the release of a new special-edition Blister Pro, then talk to Blister reviewers David Steele and Andrew Forward about growing up in Alaska; speed flying; Glacier National Park; funny & painful ski touring missions, Super Burrito, and more.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> * Meet the new reviewers (2:30)<br /> <br /> * Our take on Bachelor and a recap of the week (4:00)<br /> <br /> * News about the release of a special-edition Blister Pro (7:50)<br /> <br /> * Andrew Forward's story: Growing up in Alaska, why he turned from skiing to snowboarding; the job that allows him to stop working and ride all winter long; etc. (10:00)<br /> <br /> * David Steele's story: Growing up in Kalispell, Montana; from mogul skier to park rat to backcountry beast; (16:06)<br /> <br /> * Cy and David recount their most excellent "adventure" skiing Mt. Olympus, Washington (19:00) <br /> David's deep relationship with Glacier National Park (34:45)<br /> <br /> * Andrew's new obsession: Speed Flying (aka, "Kite Running"??) (39:30)<br /> <br /> * David on skiing and climbing and teaching — and why he loves them all (49:00)<br /> <br /> * Super Burrito! (54:50) Blister Review 1:00:39 From Bend, we announce the release of a new special-edition Blister Pro, then talk to Blister reviewers David Steele and Andrew Forward about growing up in Alaska; speed flying; Glacier National Park; funny & painful ski touring missions, Super Burrito, and more.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> * Meet the new reviewers (2:30)<br /> <br /> * Our take on Bachelor and a recap of the week (4:00)<br /> <br /> * News about the release of a special-edition Blister Pro (7:50)<br /> <br /> * Andrew Forward's story: Growing up in Alaska, why he turned from skiing to snowboarding; the job that allows him to stop working and ride all winter long; etc. (10:00)<br /> <br /> * David Steele's story: Growing up in Kalispell, Montana; from mogul skier to park rat to backcountry beast; (16:06)<br /> <br /> * Cy and David recount their most excellent "adventure" skiing Mt. Olympus, Washington (19:00) <br /> David's deep relationship with Glacier National Park (34:45)<br /> <br /> * Andrew's new obsession: Speed Flying (aka, "Kite Running"??) (39:30)<br /> <br /> * David on skiing and climbing and teaching — and why he loves them all (49:00)<br /> <br /> * Super Burrito! (54:50) Brendan Leonard, Semi-Rad.com (Ep.28) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-28-brendan-leonard-semi-rad-com Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:26:52 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=23656 We talk to Semi-Rad.com's Brendan Leonard about creativity and the process of creating: How to stop procrastinating and get started; why - and why not - to attempt something new; and what it takes to keep going. Brendan Leonard, Semi-Rad.com (Ep. 28) We talk to Semi-Rad.com's Brendan Leonard about creativity and the process of creating: How to stop procrastinating and get started; why - or why not - to try something new; and what it takes to keep going.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> * The reception of Brendan's book, "60 Meters from Anywhere" — and what it's like to do a 43-stop Book Tour (5:50)<br /> <br /> * About Brendan's Brand New Book, "Make it Till You Make It" (16:00)<br /> <br /> * On How — and How Not — to Get Started (22:29)<br /> <br /> * The Difference Between Art and Narcissism (24:33)<br /> <br /> * How to Deal with Criticism — and Internet Trolls (25:39)<br /> <br /> * Saying Yes to Things that Terrify You (31:50)<br /> <br /> * On Busy-ness (39:11)<br /> <br /> * Book, Movie, and Music Recommendations from Brendan (47:05)<br /> <br /> * Brendan's foray into film making (56:00) Blister Review yes 57:52 We talk to Semi-Rad.com's Brendan Leonard about creativity and the process of creating: How to stop procrastinating and get started; why - or why not - to try something new; and what it takes to keep going.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> * The reception of Brendan's book, "60 Meters from Anywhere" — and what it's like to do a 43-stop Book Tour (5:50)<br /> <br /> * About Brendan's Brand New Book, "Make it Till You Make It" (16:00)<br /> <br /> * On How — and How Not — to Get Started (22:29)<br /> <br /> * The Difference Between Art and Narcissism (24:33)<br /> <br /> * How to Deal with Criticism — and Internet Trolls (25:39)<br /> <br /> * Saying Yes to Things that Terrify You (31:50)<br /> <br /> * On Busy-ness (39:11)<br /> <br /> * Book, Movie, and Music Recommendations from Brendan (47:05)<br /> <br /> * Brendan's foray into film making (56:00) Ski Designers, Armada Skis (Ep.27) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-27-ski-designers-armada-skis Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:11:24 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=23284 We stopped by Armada HQ in Park City to talk to Andy Hytjan and Logan Imlach about Armada’s past, present, and future; Armada’s stacked team; and a number of skis in the Armada line, including the JJ, the Edollo, and the new ARV 106. Ski Designers, Armada Skis (Ep. 27) We stopped by Armada’s headquarters in Park City, Utah, to sit down with Andy Hytjan and Logan Imlach to talk about Armada’s past, present, and future; Armada’s stacked team and how they work with Andy and Logan; how Logan landed a design job in the industry; and we discuss a number of specific skis in the Armada line, including the history of the JJ, the evolution of the Edollo, the Invictus 108, and the new ARV 106.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> • How Logan broke into the ski industry and the ski design industry (6:50)<br /> <br /> • The very tricky business of setting recommended mount points on skis (14:00)<br /> <br /> • “Symmetrical” park skis — overrated? (25:30)<br /> <br /> • How do you handle the dual responsibilities of designing skis that will be attractive to a broad range of customers, but you also have to answer to Armada athletes? (26:40)<br /> <br /> • History of the Armada JJ (29:00)<br /> <br /> • Andy Hytjan’s background (33:30)<br /> <br /> • The evolution of park skis & Armada’s future in park (~36:00)<br /> <br /> • Possible redesign of Henrik Harlaut’s pro model, the Al Dente / Edollo (~39:00)<br /> <br /> • The Armada Invictus 108Ti (44:20)<br /> <br /> • The Armada “ARV” line & particularly the new ARV 106 (47:38)<br /> <br /> • The Armada Invictus 99Ti & B-Dog (53:20)<br /> <br /> • Armada’s Touring Skis - Declivity, Kufo, and a peek into what’s next... (54:50)<br /> <br /> • Big Indie or Small Major? Armada’s unique position in the industry (1:04:04)<br /> <br /> • Manufacturing in the US vs. China vs. Europe (vs. Dubai?) (1:15:00)<br /> <br /> • Park & freestyle are such a big part of Armada’s roots, but as the company grows, do you let go of certain segments that used to be important? Or do you fight like hell to maintain those original segments? (1:22:15) Blister Review yes 1:29:38 We stopped by Armada’s headquarters in Park City, Utah, to sit down with Andy Hytjan and Logan Imlach to talk about Armada’s past, present, and future; Armada’s stacked team and how they work with Andy and Logan; how Logan landed a design job in the industry; and we discuss a number of specific skis in the Armada line, including the history of the JJ, the evolution of the Edollo, the Invictus 108, and the new ARV 106.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> • How Logan broke into the ski industry and the ski design industry (6:50)<br /> <br /> • The very tricky business of setting recommended mount points on skis (14:00)<br /> <br /> • “Symmetrical” park skis — overrated? (25:30)<br /> <br /> • How do you handle the dual responsibilities of designing skis that will be attractive to a broad range of customers, but you also have to answer to Armada athletes? (26:40)<br /> <br /> • History of the Armada JJ (29:00)<br /> <br /> • Andy Hytjan’s background (33:30)<br /> <br /> • The evolution of park skis & Armada’s future in park (~36:00)<br /> <br /> • Possible redesign of Henrik Harlaut’s pro model, the Al Dente / Edollo (~39:00)<br /> <br /> • The Armada Invictus 108Ti (44:20)<br /> <br /> • The Armada “ARV” line & particularly the new ARV 106 (47:38)<br /> <br /> • The Armada Invictus 99Ti & B-Dog (53:20)<br /> <br /> • Armada’s Touring Skis - Declivity, Kufo, and a peek into what’s next... (54:50)<br /> <br /> • Big Indie or Small Major? Armada’s unique position in the industry (1:04:04)<br /> <br /> • Manufacturing in the US vs. China vs. Europe (vs. Dubai?) (1:15:00)<br /> <br /> • Park & freestyle are such a big part of Armada’s roots, but as the company grows, do you let go of certain segments that used to be important? Or do you fight like hell to maintain those original segments? (1:22:15) The Best – and Worst – of Interbike, 2016 (Ep.26) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-26-the-best-and-worst-of-interbike-2016 Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:30:02 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=21711 We talk to our bike editor, Noah Bodman, right from the showroom floor about the highlights and lowlights of Interbike. The Best - and Worst - of Interbike, 2016 (Ep. 26) We talk to our bike editor, Noah Bodman, right from the showroom floor about the highlights and lowlights of Interbike. Blister Review 29:17 We talk to our bike editor, Noah Bodman, right from the showroom floor about the highlights and lowlights of Interbike. New Ski Gear Report from Craigieburn Valley, New Zealand (Ep.25) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-25-new-ski-gear-report-from-craigieburn-valley-new-zealand Sun, 11 Sep 2016 06:30:17 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=21334 Our reviewers discuss the most surprising and the most impressive gear we just tested in New Zealand. New Ski Gear Report from Craigieburn Valley, New Zealand (Ep. 25) We recorded this podcast a few days ago in Canterbury, New Zealand, where we were wrapping up our ski review trip from one of our favorite ski areas in the world, Craigieburn Valley Ski Area.<br /> <br /> Our four reviewers talk about the skis they've been testing from Kastle, Moment, Salomon, Armada, 4FRNT, K2, and more — which of them surprised us the most, which impressed us most, and which skis we’d most want to add to our quivers this season. We also talk about the Salomon MTN Lab boot vs. the new Tecnica Zero G Pro, and we may or may not also talk about Millennials and Tinder profiles.<br /> <br /> TOPICS:<br /> <br /> • Gear that surprised you the most?<br /> <br /> • A/B Results: Salomon MTN Lab boot vs. Tecnica Zero G Pro<br /> <br /> • A/B Results: Armada ARV 106 vs. K2 Marksman<br /> <br /> • If you had to spend the entire upcoming season on one of the skis we brought, which would you pick?<br /> <br /> • Which of the skis we have down here would you most want to add to your regular quiver?<br /> <br /> • Paul Forward offers his take on Millennials<br /> <br /> • Which reviewer won the most spectacular crash award on this trip?<br /> <br /> • Tinder profile advice from Cy Whitling<br /> <br /> • A quick word on the new Tecnica Cochise Pro 130 AT Boot Blister Review 35:42 We recorded this podcast a few days ago in Canterbury, New Zealand, where we were wrapping up our ski review trip from one of our favorite ski areas in the world, Craigieburn Valley Ski Area.<br /> <br /> Our four reviewers talk about the skis they've been testing from Kastle, Moment, Salomon, Armada, 4FRNT, K2, and more — which of them surprised us the most, which impressed us most, and which skis we’d most want to add to our quivers this season. We also talk about the Salomon MTN Lab boot vs. the new Tecnica Zero G Pro, and we may or may not also talk about Millennials and Tinder profiles.<br /> <br /> TOPICS:<br /> <br /> • Gear that surprised you the most?<br /> <br /> • A/B Results: Salomon MTN Lab boot vs. Tecnica Zero G Pro<br /> <br /> • A/B Results: Armada ARV 106 vs. K2 Marksman<br /> <br /> • If you had to spend the entire upcoming season on one of the skis we brought, which would you pick?<br /> <br /> • Which of the skis we have down here would you most want to add to your regular quiver?<br /> <br /> • Paul Forward offers his take on Millennials<br /> <br /> • Which reviewer won the most spectacular crash award on this trip?<br /> <br /> • Tinder profile advice from Cy Whitling<br /> <br /> • A quick word on the new Tecnica Cochise Pro 130 AT Boot The National Parks, with James Kaiser (Ep.24) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-24-the-national-parks-with-james-kaiser Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:23:20 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=19390 This week marks the Centennial of the National Parks Service, so we sat down with James Kaiser, author of best-selling guides to the parks, to talk about their history, significance, and future. The National Parks, with James Kaiser (Ep. 24) This week marks the Centennial of the National Parks Service. So we headed to Bar Harbor, Maine — right next to Acadia National Park — to talk about the parks with James Kaiser, who has been writing about the parks and spending a whole bunch of his time in them for years. James is the author of best-selling guides to national parks, including exceptional guidebooks to Acadia, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and Grand Canyon.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> • Overview of the history of the parks, including Abraham Lincoln’s role and their unprecedented nature (3:55)<br /> <br /> • Grand Canyon National Park, and its wild, contested past (5:50)<br /> <br /> • What’s the difference between National Forests, National Parks, and National Monuments? (9:08)<br /> <br /> • What are the biggest problems facing the parks? (16:43)<br /> <br /> • Why do the national parks matter? At their best, what do they do? (24:50)<br /> <br /> • Why do people do such stupid things when they go to national parks? (28:15)<br /> <br /> • How optimistic or pessimistic are you about the future of the parks? (31:30)<br /> <br /> • James’ background, and how he got into creating guide books (36:45)<br /> <br /> • The history of Acadia National Park and what makes it unique (38:22)<br /> <br /> • Joshua Tree National Park (46:25)<br /> <br /> • Yosemite National Park — James’ recommendation for where to go when it’s crowded; the history of climbing there, etc. (53:00)<br /> <br /> • What's the most famous park you haven't visited? And which do you most want to visit? (58:12)<br /> <br /> Topics & Times:<br /> <br /> • Overview of the history of the parks, including Abraham Lincoln’s role and their unprecedented nature (3:55)<br /> <br /> • Grand Canyon National Park, and its wild, contested past (5:50)<br /> <br /> • What’s the difference between National Forests, National Parks, and National Monuments? (9:08)<br /> <br /> • What are the biggest problems facing the parks? (16:43)<br /> <br /> • Why do the national parks matter? At their best, what do they do? (24:50)<br /> <br /> • Why do people do such stupid things when they go to national parks? (28:15)<br /> <br /> • How optimistic or pessimistic are you about the future of the parks? (31:30)<br /> <br /> • James’ background, and how he got into creating guide books (36:45)<br /> <br /> • The history of Acadia National Park and what makes it unique (38:22)<br /> <br /> • Joshua Tree National Park (46:25)<br /> <br /> • Yosemite National Park — James’ recommendation for where to go when it’s crowded; the history of climbing there, etc. (53:00)<br /> <br /> • What's the most famous park you haven't visited? And which do you most want to visit? (58:12)<br /> <br /> • Costa Rica — why James’ wrote a guidebook to Costa Rica, the history of their parks, and why it was the most difficult of his books to write. (1:00:02)<br /> <br /> • How do you go about building and updating a guidebook? And what makes a guidebook good or bad? (1:10:15)<br /> <br /> • Back to Acadia: James’ best recommendation for where to go in Acadia to escape the crowds on the busiest days (1:18:25)<br /> <br /> • Random Questions for James, including: "Allen's Coffee-Flavored Brandy — What the ???" (1:23:26)<br /> Blister Review 1:35:30 This week marks the Centennial of the National Parks Service. So we headed to Bar Harbor, Maine — right next to Acadia National Park — to talk about the parks with James Kaiser, who has been writing about the parks and spending a whole bunch of his time in them for years. James is the author of best-selling guides to national parks, including exceptional guidebooks to Acadia, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and Grand Canyon.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> • Overview of the history of the parks, including Abraham Lincoln’s role and their unprecedented nature (3:55)<br /> <br /> • Grand Canyon National Park, and its wild, contested past (5:50)<br /> <br /> • What’s the difference between National Forests, National Parks, and National Monuments? (9:08)<br /> <br /> • What are the biggest problems facing the parks? (16:43)<br /> <br /> • Why do the national parks matter? At their best, what do they do? (24:50)<br /> <br /> • Why do people do such stupid things when they go to national parks? (28:15)<br /> <br /> • How optimistic or pessimistic are you about the future of the parks? (31:30)<br /> <br /> • James’ background, and how he got into creating guide books (36:45)<br /> <br /> • The history of Acadia National Park and what makes it unique (38:22)<br /> <br /> • Joshua Tree National Park (46:25)<br /> <br /> • Yosemite National Park — James’ recommendation for where to go when it’s crowded; the history of climbing there, etc. (53:00)<br /> <br /> • What's the most famous park you haven't visited? And which do you most want to visit? (58:12)<br /> <br /> Topics & Times:<br /> <br /> • Overview of the history of the parks, including Abraham Lincoln’s role and their unprecedented nature (3:55)<br /> <br /> • Grand Canyon National Park, and its wild, contested past (5:50)<br /> <br /> • What’s the difference between National Forests, National Parks, and National Monuments? (9:08)<br /> <br /> • What are the biggest problems facing the parks? (16:43)<br /> <br /> • Why do the national parks matter? At their best, what do they do? (24:50)<br /> <br /> • Why do people do such stupid things when they go to national parks? (28:15)<br /> <br /> • How optimistic or pessimistic are you about the future of the parks? (31:30)<br /> <br /> • James’ background, and how he got into creating guide books (36:45)<br /> <br /> • The history of Acadia National Park and what makes it unique (38:22)<br /> <br /> • Joshua Tree National Park (46:25)<br /> <br /> • Yosemite National Park — James’ recommendation for where to go when it’s crowded; the history of climbing there, etc. (53:00)<br /> <br /> • What's the most famous park you haven't visited? And which do you most want to visit? (58:12)<br /> <br /> • Costa Rica — why James’ wrote a guidebook to Costa Rica, the history of their parks, and why it was the most difficult of his books to write. (1:00:02)<br /> <br /> • How do you go about building and updating a guidebook? And what makes a guidebook good or bad? (1:10:15)<br /> <br /> • Back to Acadia: James’ best recommendation for where to go in Acadia to escape the crowds on the busiest days (1:18:25)<br /> <br /> • Random Questions for James, including: "Allen's Coffee-Flavored Brandy — What the ???" (1:23:26) ENVE Composites (Ep.23) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-23-enve-composites Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:00:59 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=19258 If you are into high-end bike wheels and components, you already know ENVE. But you almost certainly don’t know the whole ENVE story... ENVE Composites (Ep. 23) On today's podcast, we present a rather quintessential American Success Story that goes by the name of ENVE Composites. If you ride bikes and have a thing for high-quality gear, you already know ENVE. But you almost certainly don’t know the whole story.<br /> <br /> You’d never guess from the look of things now, but ENVE’s trajectory wasn't exactly a rocket ship, but more of a roller coaster ride with lots of peaks and a number of nerve-wracking valleys.<br /> <br /> Last week I headed to Ogden, Utah, to visit ENVE’s headquarters and tour their factory, and I then sat down for a conversation with three people who have each have played (and continue to play) an important role in ENVE’s past, present, and future.<br /> <br /> We were joined by ENVE’s CEO, Sarah LEE-man, about the highs, lows, and the absolutely pivotal decisions that were made when the company’s future looked very precarious.<br /> <br /> Also with us is ENVE’s chief engineer Kevin Nelson, and we talk with Kevin about working with carbon, why ENVE’s use of it isn’t simply about making lightweight bike parts, and what it means when ENVE talks about doing carbon the right way.<br /> <br /> And last but not least, ENVE’s product manager, jake Pantone, is at the table. Jake has been at ENVE since the early days (back before the company was even named ENVE), so he’s basically seen it all.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> • Our guests introduce themselves, and we discuss the origins and the early days of ENVE. (3:25)<br /> <br /> • Sarah talks about the “Cinderella story” of ENVE, including the dark days of cease & desist notices and name changes, and the company’s major decision to keep manufacturing in the US. (6:20)<br /> <br /> • Why carbon, and what does it mean to “Do carbon right”? (29:45)<br /> <br /> • Manufacturing in the US vs manufacturing overseas: What are some of the misconceptions, challenges, and benefits? (36:10)<br /> <br /> • Will an intermediate rider even notice the performance benefits of an expensive carbon wheelset? (46:40)<br /> <br /> • ENVE’s future: what does ENVE’s plan to grow look like, how is “price” related to that growth, and how does ENVE hope to continue to differentiate itself as more companies get into their space? (50:00)<br /> <br /> • Working with the Santa Cruz Syndicate — which Syndicate rider breaks the most stuff? Which rider provides the most product feedback? (1:00:00)<br /> <br /> • Team Dimension Data vs The Syndicate — Which team is providing the most feedback? (1:03:30)<br /> <br /> • Sarah’s best day at ENVE (1:07:57)<br /> <br /> • What’s next? (1:10:00)<br /> <br /> • My Grand Finale Question (1:11:53) Blister Review 1:15:35 On today's podcast, we present a rather quintessential American Success Story that goes by the name of ENVE Composites. If you ride bikes and have a thing for high-quality gear, you already know ENVE. But you almost certainly don’t know the whole story.<br /> <br /> You’d never guess from the look of things now, but ENVE’s trajectory wasn't exactly a rocket ship, but more of a roller coaster ride with lots of peaks and a number of nerve-wracking valleys.<br /> <br /> Last week I headed to Ogden, Utah, to visit ENVE’s headquarters and tour their factory, and I then sat down for a conversation with three people who have each have played (and continue to play) an important role in ENVE’s past, present, and future.<br /> <br /> We were joined by ENVE’s CEO, Sarah LEE-man, about the highs, lows, and the absolutely pivotal decisions that were made when the company’s future looked very precarious.<br /> <br /> Also with us is ENVE’s chief engineer Kevin Nelson, and we talk with Kevin about working with carbon, why ENVE’s use of it isn’t simply about making lightweight bike parts, and what it means when ENVE talks about doing carbon the right way.<br /> <br /> And last but not least, ENVE’s product manager, jake Pantone, is at the table. Jake has been at ENVE since the early days (back before the company was even named ENVE), so he’s basically seen it all.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> • Our guests introduce themselves, and we discuss the origins and the early days of ENVE. (3:25)<br /> <br /> • Sarah talks about the “Cinderella story” of ENVE, including the dark days of cease & desist notices and name changes, and the company’s major decision to keep manufacturing in the US. (6:20)<br /> <br /> • Why carbon, and what does it mean to “Do carbon right”? (29:45)<br /> <br /> • Manufacturing in the US vs manufacturing overseas: What are some of the misconceptions, challenges, and benefits? (36:10)<br /> <br /> • Will an intermediate rider even notice the performance benefits of an expensive carbon wheelset? (46:40)<br /> <br /> • ENVE’s future: what does ENVE’s plan to grow look like, how is “price” related to that growth, and how does ENVE hope to continue to differentiate itself as more companies get into their space? (50:00)<br /> <br /> • Working with the Santa Cruz Syndicate — which Syndicate rider breaks the most stuff? Which rider provides the most product feedback? (1:00:00)<br /> <br /> • Team Dimension Data vs The Syndicate — Which team is providing the most feedback? (1:03:30)<br /> <br /> • Sarah’s best day at ENVE (1:07:57)<br /> <br /> • What’s next? (1:10:00)<br /> <br /> • My Grand Finale Question (1:11:53) Luke Jacobson – Moment Skis (Ep.22) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/episode-22-luke-jacobson-moment-skis Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:32:02 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=19114 We talk to Moment's head ski designer and new CEO re: the 16/17 lineup; break exclusive news about 2 other new skis; discuss how the "Deathwish" got its name, and much more... Luke Jacobson - Moment Skis (Ep. 22) Luke Jacobson has been Moment's head ski designer, and he is also now Moment's new CEO.<br /> <br /> We talk to Luke about their new 16/17 lineup (including the new Meridian, the new Bibby Tour, and the redesigned Tallac), and Luke breaks some exclusive news about two other new skis. We also discuss how Moment’s rather unique aesthetic came to be, why Luke thinks that the "Deathwish" isn't the worst name ever for a ski, and more...<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> • Talk about your new role at Moment, and what you guys are up to now? (1:50)<br /> <br /> • What do you miss about the early days of Moment, and what don’t you miss? (5:55)<br /> <br /> • The 16/17 lineup of skis, starting with the redesigned Tallac (9:55)<br /> <br /> • The new Bibby Tour (13:15)<br /> <br /> • The new Meridian, and how it evolved from the Chipotle Banana (16:25)<br /> <br /> • What’s your current favorite ski in the line? (21:20)<br /> <br /> • Breaking News: Luke announces a new ski (23:50)<br /> <br /> • More Breaking News: Luke announces another new ski, the “Chief Commander” (25:25)<br /> <br /> • Art and the ‘Moment aesthetic’ (32:15)<br /> <br /> • Music - what Luke’s listening to (40:55)<br /> <br /> • Outside of skiing, what are you into these days? (Answer: aerobatic flying?!?) (43:15)<br /> <br /> • Luke’s DJ name (48:50)<br /> <br /> • Wes Anderson films! (50:20)<br /> <br /> • How drunk were you when you named a ski, the “Deathwish”? (~52:00)<br /> <br /> • Ski Shops (59:00)<br /> <br /> • Bidets, and why Moment is a more eco-friendly company than ON3P (1:04:55) Blister Review 1:09:27 Luke Jacobson has been Moment's head ski designer, and he is also now Moment's new CEO.<br /> <br /> We talk to Luke about their new 16/17 lineup (including the new Meridian, the new Bibby Tour, and the redesigned Tallac), and Luke breaks some exclusive news about two other new skis. We also discuss how Moment’s rather unique aesthetic came to be, why Luke thinks that the "Deathwish" isn't the worst name ever for a ski, and more...<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> • Talk about your new role at Moment, and what you guys are up to now? (1:50)<br /> <br /> • What do you miss about the early days of Moment, and what don’t you miss? (5:55)<br /> <br /> • The 16/17 lineup of skis, starting with the redesigned Tallac (9:55)<br /> <br /> • The new Bibby Tour (13:15)<br /> <br /> • The new Meridian, and how it evolved from the Chipotle Banana (16:25)<br /> <br /> • What’s your current favorite ski in the line? (21:20)<br /> <br /> • Breaking News: Luke announces a new ski (23:50)<br /> <br /> • More Breaking News: Luke announces another new ski, the “Chief Commander” (25:25)<br /> <br /> • Art and the ‘Moment aesthetic’ (32:15)<br /> <br /> • Music - what Luke’s listening to (40:55)<br /> <br /> • Outside of skiing, what are you into these days? (Answer: aerobatic flying?!?) (43:15)<br /> <br /> • Luke’s DJ name (48:50)<br /> <br /> • Wes Anderson films! (50:20)<br /> <br /> • How drunk were you when you named a ski, the “Deathwish”? (~52:00)<br /> <br /> • Ski Shops (59:00)<br /> <br /> • Bidets, and why Moment is a more eco-friendly company than ON3P (1:04:55) Xavier de le Rue, Snowboarder (Ep.21) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-21-xavier-de-le-rue Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:40:38 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=18998 We talk to one of the all-time greats about riding and risk, why faster = safer, the current state of snowboarding, and much more. Xavier de le Rue, Snowboarder (Ep. 21) Xavier de le Rue is a 3-time World Freeride Champion, a 4-time boarder-cross World Champion, and he has pushed the boundaries of big mountain riding so far, it is basically impossible to overstate his significance and influence. (Or his total badassery.) He also happens to be one of the smartest and most reflective skiers or boarders out there.<br /> <br /> Among other things, Xavier and I talk about his philosophy of life and risk taking; why he thinks that riding faster = riding safer; the current state of the snowboarding industry; some of his former and current film projects; and what’s next for him.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> • Where are you currently? (1:59)<br /> <br /> • Snowboarding, Surfing, and Why XV hates traditional Fitness Programs (2:54)<br /> <br /> • XV on risk, death, “progression,” and his film White Noise (5:27)<br /> <br /> • Do you look at the younger version of yourself and think, “The risks I was taking then were stupid”? (13:59)<br /> <br /> • Why Xavier gets nervous before every line he rides (17:25)<br /> <br /> • What’s your demeanor like when things start getting intense — do you lock in, or do you tend to crack jokes and keep things light? (25:47)<br /> <br /> • Who were your heroes growing up? Who were you drawing inspiration from? (28:23)<br /> <br /> • The massive importance of boarder cross for XV; why he is so disappointed in the current state of it; and what he might do about it (32:56)<br /> <br /> • Why XV thinks riding faster = riding safer in the mountains (36:44)<br /> <br /> • What do you think of the current state of snowboarding? (39:54)<br /> <br /> • What XV is currently reading, and why he doesn’t watch many snowboard movies (45:32)<br /> <br /> • XV’s DIY Project, and why he has moved away from more traditional films to his current projects (49:09)<br /> <br /> • Xavier’s board — how it was designed to be ridden, and whether his taste in boards has changed over the years (54:17)<br /> <br /> • Which of your films is your favorite? Is there one that you think is most representative of your riding? (56:53) Blister Review 1:02:12 Xavier de le Rue is a 3-time World Freeride Champion, a 4-time boarder-cross World Champion, and he has pushed the boundaries of big mountain riding so far, it is basically impossible to overstate his significance and influence. (Or his total badassery.) He also happens to be one of the smartest and most reflective skiers or boarders out there.<br /> <br /> Among other things, Xavier and I talk about his philosophy of life and risk taking; why he thinks that riding faster = riding safer; the current state of the snowboarding industry; some of his former and current film projects; and what’s next for him.<br /> <br /> TOPICS & TIMES:<br /> <br /> • Where are you currently? (1:59)<br /> <br /> • Snowboarding, Surfing, and Why XV hates traditional Fitness Programs (2:54)<br /> <br /> • XV on risk, death, “progression,” and his film White Noise (5:27)<br /> <br /> • Do you look at the younger version of yourself and think, “The risks I was taking then were stupid”? (13:59)<br /> <br /> • Why Xavier gets nervous before every line he rides (17:25)<br /> <br /> • What’s your demeanor like when things start getting intense — do you lock in, or do you tend to crack jokes and keep things light? (25:47)<br /> <br /> • Who were your heroes growing up? Who were you drawing inspiration from? (28:23)<br /> <br /> • The massive importance of boarder cross for XV; why he is so disappointed in the current state of it; and what he might do about it (32:56)<br /> <br /> • Why XV thinks riding faster = riding safer in the mountains (36:44)<br /> <br /> • What do you think of the current state of snowboarding? (39:54)<br /> <br /> • What XV is currently reading, and why he doesn’t watch many snowboard movies (45:32)<br /> <br /> • XV’s DIY Project, and why he has moved away from more traditional films to his current projects (49:09)<br /> <br /> • Xavier’s board — how it was designed to be ridden, and whether his taste in boards has changed over the years (54:17)<br /> <br /> • Which of your films is your favorite? Is there one that you think is most representative of your riding? (56:53) Blister’s Bike Editor, Noah Bodman (Ep.20) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-20-blisters-bike-editor-noah-bodman Fri, 08 Jul 2016 16:52:49 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=18914 Noah and I discuss new bike tech; Brexit; Butte, MT; Tom Brady, the greatest bike race on earth; the conflict between bikers and other wilderness users, and more... Blister's Bike Editor, Noah Bodman (Ep. 20) This week's podcast somehow ended up being about topics that begin with the letter 'B' — Noah and I talk about bikes; Brexit; Butte (Montana); Brady (Tom), the best bike movie, bands (Noah’s favorites) ... I could go on.<br /> <br /> And we even discuss one or two things that don’t start with the second letter of the alphabet, like the new SRAM Eagle 1x12 drivetrain; the current state of bike trails access and advocacy, and whether or not we can expect to see bike trails in wilderness areas, etc.<br /> <br /> Topics & Times:<br /> <br /> • How Noah spent the 4th of July (2:50)<br /> <br /> • Why Noah hates Butte, Montana (3:05)<br /> <br /> • Noah enlightens us about Brexit (4:45)<br /> <br /> • Noah tries to explain Trump and Hilary to me (7:00)<br /> <br /> • Noah's top 3 favorite bands (that we're not sure actually exist) (8:02)<br /> <br /> • What Noah learned on Blister's recent bike review trip to Whistler (9:42)<br /> <br /> • Peachios! (10:30)<br /> <br /> • Best method to carry water on a bike: fanny packs vs. water bottles vs. hydration packs vs. bibs (11:25)<br /> <br /> • Noah and I debate which bike race / bike event is the greatest in the world (12:35)<br /> <br /> • New bike tech: what trends do I have to familiarize myself with now? (16:58)<br /> <br /> • Which bike company is bucking the trends to get lower, longer, slacker? (18:00)<br /> <br /> • SRAM Eagle: do I need 12 speeds? (19:50)<br /> <br /> • Clipless pedals vs. Flats: which is trending? (22:50)<br /> <br /> • E-bikes: are they currently more of a thing or less of a thing? (23:40)<br /> <br /> • The part in the podcast where you can actually hear Noah blow my mind (26:50)<br /> <br /> • What bike movie should I watch? (29:00)<br /> <br /> • Bike advocacy: How to go about improving trails & trail access (33:35)<br /> <br /> • The conflict between mountain bikers and other wilderness users — IMBA / Sustainable Trails Coalition vs. the Sierra Club & the Wilderness Society (36:50)<br /> <br /> • What Noah is reviewing now & what's up next (40:48)<br /> <br /> • Heroin vs. Carbon Wheels? Which is worse? (42:28)<br /> <br /> Episode Sponsor: Nest Bedding<br /> <br /> The last couple of weeks we’ve talked about the importance of sleep to achieve peak performance and for improving the quality of your life, day in and day out.<br /> <br /> But this week, we want to provide a bit of a Public Service Announcement, and point out that Nest Bedding makes a mattress they call, The Love Bed. Why is it called the Love Bed, and what is it supposed to be good for? Let’s just say that, ideally, your mattress should be doing more than just delivering a great night of sleep. Get it? Whether you do or you don’t, check out The Love Bed at nestbedding.com, and ask yourself whether that nasty, stained mattress of yours is doing you any favors. Blister Review 45:15 This week's podcast somehow ended up being about topics that begin with the letter 'B' — Noah and I talk about bikes; Brexit; Butte (Montana); Brady (Tom), the best bike movie, bands (Noah’s favorites) ... I could go on.<br /> <br /> And we even discuss one or two things that don’t start with the second letter of the alphabet, like the new SRAM Eagle 1x12 drivetrain; the current state of bike trails access and advocacy, and whether or not we can expect to see bike trails in wilderness areas, etc.<br /> <br /> Topics & Times:<br /> <br /> • How Noah spent the 4th of July (2:50)<br /> <br /> • Why Noah hates Butte, Montana (3:05)<br /> <br /> • Noah enlightens us about Brexit (4:45)<br /> <br /> • Noah tries to explain Trump and Hilary to me (7:00)<br /> <br /> • Noah's top 3 favorite bands (that we're not sure actually exist) (8:02)<br /> <br /> • What Noah learned on Blister's recent bike review trip to Whistler (9:42)<br /> <br /> • Peachios! (10:30)<br /> <br /> • Best method to carry water on a bike: fanny packs vs. water bottles vs. hydration packs vs. bibs (11:25)<br /> <br /> • Noah and I debate which bike race / bike event is the greatest in the world (12:35)<br /> <br /> • New bike tech: what trends do I have to familiarize myself with now? (16:58)<br /> <br /> • Which bike company is bucking the trends to get lower, longer, slacker? (18:00)<br /> <br /> • SRAM Eagle: do I need 12 speeds? (19:50)<br /> <br /> • Clipless pedals vs. Flats: which is trending? (22:50)<br /> <br /> • E-bikes: are they currently more of a thing or less of a thing? (23:40)<br /> <br /> • The part in the podcast where you can actually hear Noah blow my mind (26:50)<br /> <br /> • What bike movie should I watch? (29:00)<br /> <br /> • Bike advocacy: How to go about improving trails & trail access (33:35)<br /> <br /> • The conflict between mountain bikers and other wilderness users — IMBA / Sustainable Trails Coalition vs. the Sierra Club & the Wilderness Society (36:50)<br /> <br /> • What Noah is reviewing now & what's up next (40:48)<br /> <br /> • Heroin vs. Carbon Wheels? Which is worse? (42:28)<br /> <br /> Episode Sponsor: Nest Bedding<br /> <br /> The last couple of weeks we’ve talked about the importance of sleep to achieve peak performance and for improving the quality of your life, day in and day out.<br /> <br /> But this week, we want to provide a bit of a Public Service Announcement, and point out that Nest Bedding makes a mattress they call, The Love Bed. Why is it called the Love Bed, and what is it supposed to be good for? Let’s just say that, ideally, your mattress should be doing more than just delivering a great night of sleep. Get it? Whether you do or you don’t, check out The Love Bed at nestbedding.com, and ask yourself whether that nasty, stained mattress of yours is doing you any favors. What’s Next? The Future of Helmet Design (Ep.19) http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/ep-19-whats-next-the-future-of-helmet-design Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:52:22 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=18846 We talk to the Sr. Director of R&D at Giro, Rob Wesson, about CTE, emerging safety standards, and where helmet design is headed. What's Next? The Future of Helmet Design (Ep. 19) On our last podcast, we talked to Ståle Møller, the co-founder and lead designer of Sweet Protection, about the critically important issue of head injuries, and how helmets can mitigate the risks we take outside. Today's episode can be viewed as Part II of that conversation, and we focus a bit more on The Future and What's Next?<br /> <br /> To that end, we recruited the senior director of R&D at Giro, Rob Wesson, to further flesh out some of the fundamental issues surrounding head injuries, what sorts of new safety standards we can expect to see in the near future, and how helmet designs will evolve in the coming years.<br /> <br /> Rob and I cover a lot of important ground in this conversation, and you will find a detailed breakdown of the topics and the specific times at which we cover them in the Show Notes below.<br /> <br /> Topics & Times:<br /> <br /> • Rob’s background & what his work at Giro’s R&D Center involves (2:40)<br /> <br /> • What most customers regard as the #1 factor when selecting a helmet (12:18)<br /> <br /> • Which helmet type (road bike, mtn bike, ski, etc) is the most labor-intensive and most difficult to design? (14:40)<br /> <br /> • Where are we headed in terms of helmet design? (18:14)<br /> <br /> • Why MIPS matters, but why Giro wasn’t an early adopter (20:15)<br /> <br /> • Thing you should know: What's the Difference between “MIPS” and “Rotational Energy Management Systems” (22:38)<br /> <br /> • Helmet Standards & Certifications: Who sets them & How does it all Work? (25:10)<br /> <br /> • Rob sets the record straight on the term “Multi-Impact” (30:10)<br /> <br /> • Why Rob doesn’t think I should start skiing in a hockey helmet (43:37)<br /> <br /> • CTE: How does our growing understanding of head injuries in general — and CTE in particular — affect your work? (36:30)<br /> <br /> • Why people who are against the use of helmets—and the evidence they tend to cite—are off base. (42:28)<br /> <br /> • 4-5 years from now, what will be the biggest differences in the helmets from what is available today? (45:38)<br /> <br /> • What is Giro doing different or better than other helmet companies out there? Why should someone buy a Giro helmet? (50:19)<br /> <br /> • A dirty little secret about over 80% of the companies that sell helmets (52:35)<br /> <br /> • What’s the real difference between a $60 helmet and a $250 helmet? (59:15)<br /> <br /> • Why Giro is coming out with a $600 ski helmet, and why it was a huge project (1:02:22)<br /> <br /> • How does Giro determine what sort of shape and fit their helmets will have? (1:04:40)<br /> <br /> EPISODE SPONSOR: Nest Bedding<br /> <br /> More studies are showing that the quality of your sleep is directly related to the quality of your life. So even if you happen to have a cool job, the best friends, or you make a bunch of money, you won’t feel all that great if you aren’t well rested. (This is a super obvious point, by the way, so how come so many of us report that we aren’t getting enough quality sleep?)<br /> <br /> So if you’d like to literally improve the overall quality of your life and feel better every single day, you might want to consider a new mattress. Check out nestbedding.com — the affordable alternative to overpriced mattress stores — to see which of their mattresses is the best option for you. Blister Review 1:11:23 On our last podcast, we talked to Ståle Møller, the co-founder and lead designer of Sweet Protection, about the critically important issue of head injuries, and how helmets can mitigate the risks we take outside. Today's episode can be viewed as Part II of that conversation, and we focus a bit more on The Future and What's Next?<br /> <br /> To that end, we recruited the senior director of R&D at Giro, Rob Wesson, to further flesh out some of the fundamental issues surrounding head injuries, what sorts of new safety standards we can expect to see in the near future, and how helmet designs will evolve in the coming years.<br /> <br /> Rob and I cover a lot of important ground in this conversation, and you will find a detailed breakdown of the topics and the specific times at which we cover them in the Show Notes below.<br /> <br /> Topics & Times:<br /> <br /> • Rob’s background & what his work at Giro’s R&D Center involves (2:40)<br /> <br /> • What most customers regard as the #1 factor when selecting a helmet (12:18)<br /> <br /> • Which helmet type (road bike, mtn bike, ski, etc) is the most labor-intensive and most difficult to design? (14:40)<br /> <br /> • Where are we headed in terms of helmet design? (18:14)<br /> <br /> • Why MIPS matters, but why Giro wasn’t an early adopter (20:15)<br /> <br /> • Thing you should know: What's the Difference between “MIPS” and “Rotational Energy Management Systems” (22:38)<br /> <br /> • Helmet Standards & Certifications: Who sets them & How does it all Work? (25:10)<br /> <br /> • Rob sets the record straight on the term “Multi-Impact” (30:10)<br /> <br /> • Why Rob doesn’t think I should start skiing in a hockey helmet (43:37)<br /> <br /> • CTE: How does our growing understanding of head injuries in general — and CTE in particular — affect your work? (36:30)<br /> <br /> • Why people who are against the use of helmets—and the evidence they tend to cite—are off base. (42:28)<br /> <br /> • 4-5 years from now, what will be the biggest differences in the helmets from what is available today? (45:38)<br /> <br /> • What is Giro doing different or better than other helmet companies out there? Why should someone buy a Giro helmet? (50:19)<br /> <br /> • A dirty little secret about over 80% of the companies that sell helmets (52:35)<br /> <br /> • What’s the real difference between a $60 helmet and a $250 helmet? (59:15)<br /> <br /> • Why Giro is coming out with a $600 ski helmet, and why it was a huge project (1:02:22)<br /> <br /> • How does Giro determine what sort of shape and fit their helmets will have? (1:04:40)<br /> <br /> EPISODE SPONSOR: Nest Bedding<br /> <br /> More studies are showing that the quality of your sleep is directly related to the quality of your life. So even if you happen to have a cool job, the best friends, or you make a bunch of money, you won’t feel all that great if you aren’t well rested. (This is a super obvious point, by the way, so how come so many of us report that we aren’t getting enough quality sleep?)<br /> <br /> So if you’d like to literally improve the overall quality of your life and feel better every single day, you might want to consider a new mattress. Check out nestbedding.com — the affordable alternative to overpriced mattress stores — to see which of their mattresses is the best option for you.<br /> How to Protect Your Head (Ep.18) http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/ep-18-how-to-protect-your-head Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:56:49 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=18789 You know you should wear a helmet, because head injuries are no joke. But are all helmets equally safe? And what's up with all those different safety certifications? What do you really need to know before purchasing a helmet? We talk to the founder & head designer of Sweet Protection, Stale Moller, about all this and more. How to Protect Your Head (Ep. 18) These days, most people understand that when we're out skiing, biking, boating, or climbing, it's pretty stupid not to wear a helmet. More than ever before, we are gaining a better understanding of the variety and the devastating consequences of head injuries, ranging from (what we used to call) "mild" concussions, to full-blown "CTE" (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy).<br /> <br /> But while we can agree that helmets are a good idea, it is pretty alarming how little most of us know beyond that — and that lack of knowledge could prove to be dangerous.<br /> <br /> Are all helmets pretty much the same, and equally safe? What's up with all those different safety certifications? What should a helmet fit like if it is actually going to protect your head? What are the main things you should you be looking for, and what do you most need to know, before selecting and purchasing a helmet? One thing’s for sure: the time to figure all of this out is not after you’ve had a bad crash.<br /> <br /> In this episode, we talk to Ståle Møller, the lead designer and co-founder of Sweet Protection.<br /> <br /> Ståle has spent a lot of his time thinking about and designing helmets, and I am confident of three things if you listen to this podcast: (1) You will come away much better informed about how to protect your head; (2) You will almost certainly purchase helmets differently in the future, and (3) You will see why we were so impressed with Ståle back at SIA.<br /> <br /> Topics and Times:<br /> <br /> • What is your background — athletic and academic?<br /> <br /> • How did you get into helmet design (4:15)<br /> <br /> • How did you go from making some products to starting a company, Sweet Protection (12:20)<br /> <br /> • What are the most important factors for people to consider when purchasing a helmet? (17:20)<br /> <br /> • What does a “properly sized" helmet fit like / feel like? (19:00)<br /> <br /> • What is the real difference — in terms of safety — between a $80 helmet and a $300 helmet? (26:30)<br /> <br /> • Does “MIPS” (Multidirectional Impact Protection System) matter? (30:25)<br /> <br /> • What's up with "Multi-Impact" helmets? (35:58)<br /> <br /> • How do I evaluate / know when it's time to replace my helmet? (41:04)<br /> <br /> • What are the trickiest compromises to deal with in helmet design? (43:13)<br /> <br /> • Why use carbon in helmets? Is it just for the bling factor? (53:00)<br /> <br /> • What's next for Sweet Protection — are there other categories Sweet is looking to move into? (1:07:42)<br /> <br /> • As a designer of helmets for outdoors sports, what other fields are you paying attention to? (1:09:00)<br /> <br /> • Where are we in terms of helmet tech — pretty advanced, or in the early stages of development? (1:14:20)<br /> <br /> • How do helmet certifications differ? Is one better than the others? Are they the same for bike and ski? (1:18:41)<br /> <br /> • What makes Sweet Protection's price-point helmets different or better than others on the market? And why should someone consider buying a kid's helmet from Sweet? (1:25:50)<br /> <br /> • What makes Sweet's top-of-the-line helmets different or better than others on the market? (1:29:40) Blister Review 1:35:58 These days, most people understand that when we're out skiing, biking, boating, or climbing, it's pretty stupid not to wear a helmet. More than ever before, we are gaining a better understanding of the variety and the devastating consequences of head injuries, ranging from (what we used to call) "mild" concussions, to full-blown "CTE" (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy).<br /> <br /> But while we can agree that helmets are a good idea, it is pretty alarming how little most of us know beyond that — and that lack of knowledge could prove to be dangerous.<br /> <br /> Are all helmets pretty much the same, and equally safe? What's up with all those different safety certifications? What should a helmet fit like if it is actually going to protect your head? What are the main things you should you be looking for, and what do you most need to know, before selecting and purchasing a helmet? One thing’s for sure: the time to figure all of this out is not after you’ve had a bad crash.<br /> <br /> In this episode, we talk to Ståle Møller, the lead designer and co-founder of Sweet Protection.<br /> <br /> Ståle has spent a lot of his time thinking about and designing helmets, and I am confident of three things if you listen to this podcast: (1) You will come away much better informed about how to protect your head; (2) You will almost certainly purchase helmets differently in the future, and (3) You will see why we were so impressed with Ståle back at SIA.<br /> <br /> Topics and Times:<br /> <br /> • What is your background — athletic and academic?<br /> <br /> • How did you get into helmet design (4:15)<br /> <br /> • How did you go from making some products to starting a company, Sweet Protection (12:20)<br /> <br /> • What are the most important factors for people to consider when purchasing a helmet? (17:20)<br /> <br /> • What does a “properly sized" helmet fit like / feel like? (19:00)<br /> <br /> • What is the real difference — in terms of safety — between a $80 helmet and a $300 helmet? (26:30)<br /> <br /> • Does “MIPS” (Multidirectional Impact Protection System) matter? (30:25)<br /> <br /> • What's up with "Multi-Impact" helmets? (35:58)<br /> <br /> • How do I evaluate / know when it's time to replace my helmet? (41:04)<br /> <br /> • What are the trickiest compromises to deal with in helmet design? (43:13)<br /> <br /> • Why use carbon in helmets? Is it just for the bling factor? (53:00)<br /> <br /> • What's next for Sweet Protection — are there other categories Sweet is looking to move into? (1:07:42)<br /> <br /> • As a designer of helmets for outdoors sports, what other fields are you paying attention to? (1:09:00)<br /> <br /> • Where are we in terms of helmet tech — pretty advanced, or in the early stages of development? (1:14:20)<br /> <br /> • How do helmet certifications differ? Is one better than the others? Are they the same for bike and ski? (1:18:41)<br /> <br /> • What makes Sweet Protection's price-point helmets different or better than others on the market? And why should someone consider buying a kid's helmet from Sweet? (1:25:50)<br /> <br /> • What makes Sweet's top-of-the-line helmets different or better than others on the market? (1:29:40) Semi-Rad.com’s Brendan Leonard (Ep.17) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-17-semi-rad-coms-brendan-leonard Thu, 26 May 2016 20:04:48 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=18407 Brendan Leonard is the creator of Semi-Rad.com. We discuss his new book; addiction; distraction; social media and dopamine; Kanye West, and more... Semi-Rad.com's Brendan Leonard (Ep. 17) Brendan Leonard is one of our favorite authors and favorite people. He's also the creator of one of our favorite websites, Semi-Rad.com. If you don’t know Semi-Rad, you need to.<br /> <br /> Brendan has a new book out, called, Sixty Meters to Anywhere. So it was a good time to bring Brendan onto the podcast to talk about the book, and a bunch of other things, such as:<br /> <br /> • Some of Brendan's upcoming projects, including a book about art, a book about pizza, and a book about football (that I might have to force him to write).<br /> <br /> • Why Brendan is being drawn toward films & filmmaking<br /> <br /> • Addiction<br /> <br /> • Distraction (and social media and phones and dopamine)<br /> <br /> • On being "busy," and why Brendan tries to avoid using the term<br /> <br /> • Kanye West (!!!)<br /> <br /> • Coffee — and why I think Brendan is wrong to be trying to cut back on his consumption<br /> <br /> Brendan is a great storyteller, so if you love the outdoors and have ever been tempted to pick up a pen or a camera to document your experience, you ought to listen to this podcast.<br /> <br /> Blister Review 1:42:45 Brendan has a new book out, called, Sixty Meters to Anywhere. So it was a good time to bring Brendan onto the podcast to talk about the book, and a bunch of other things, such as:<br /> <br /> • Some of Brendan's upcoming projects, including a book about art, a book about pizza, and a book about football (that I might have to force him to write).<br /> <br /> • Why Brendan is being drawn toward films & filmmaking<br /> <br /> • Addiction<br /> <br /> • Distraction (and social media and phones and dopamine)<br /> <br /> • On being "busy," and why Brendan tries to avoid using the term<br /> <br /> • Kanye West (!!!)<br /> <br /> • Coffee — and why I think Brendan is wrong to be trying to cut back on his consumption<br /> <br /> Brendan is a great storyteller, so if you love the outdoors and have ever been tempted to pick up a pen or a camera to document your experience, you ought to listen to this podcast.<br /> <br /> Scott Andrus – Founder, ON3P Skis (Ep.16) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-16-scott-andrus-founder-on3p-skis Wed, 11 May 2016 12:33:15 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=18317 We stopped by the ON3P Skis factory in Portland, Oregon, to talk with Scott Andrus about skis, bidets, cat farms, and a whole lot more... Scott Andrus - Founder, ON3P Skis (Ep. 16) So you’re thinking of buying a new ski. You’ve read some reviews, you have a sense of what sort of ski you’re looking for, and then you walk into a shop that has an entire wall of colorful options.<br /> <br /> Question: Aside from the graphics, what’s the difference between one ski from the next? How do you tell whether a ski is well-built or poorly-built? What sort of things should you be looking for?<br /> <br /> We’ve just returned from our review trip to the PNW, and our very first stop in Portland was at the ON3P Skis factory, where we stopped by to talk to ON3P founder, Scott Andrus.<br /> <br /> Of all the people I know in the ski industry, there is no one I talk to who obsesses more about the minute details of ski building & finishing than Scott.<br /> <br /> So I talked to Scott about how to tell the difference between a quality build and a crap build, and we go on to talk about a bunch of other stuff, too, including:<br /> <br /> • ON3P’s new ski lineup (and Scott’s personal favorite).<br /> • Why ON3P loves a good bidet. (No joke.)<br /> • The real and perceived differences between “major" ski companies and smaller “indie” companies.<br /> • The role of “teams” at ski companies, plus how — and how not — to get sponsored.<br /> • Why ON3P isn’t in the race to build the lightest skis out there.<br /> • We also ask Scott several questions from Blister readers and listeners, and we talk about the cat farm that Scott is probably going to start if he ever stops building skis...<br /> <br /> My advice is to listen closely at the start of this one -- you’ll very quickly get the sense that not all skis are created equal, and hopefully, you’ll be able to size up various skis yourself with a more critical eye.<br /> <br /> And then after about the first 10 minutes, you can relax a bit and listen to us discuss a bunch of other good stuff - including Scott’s future cat farm. Blister Review 1:10:32 So you’re thinking of buying a new ski. You’ve read some reviews, you have a sense of what sort of ski you’re looking for, and then you walk into a shop that has an entire wall of colorful options.<br /> <br /> Question: Aside from the graphics, what’s the difference between one ski from the next? How do you tell whether a ski is well-built or poorly-built? What sort of things should you be looking for?<br /> <br /> We’ve just returned from our review trip to the PNW, and our very first stop in Portland was at the ON3P Skis factory, where we stopped by to talk to ON3P founder, Scott Andrus.<br /> <br /> Of all the people I know in the ski industry, there is no one I talk to who obsesses more about the minute details of ski building & finishing than Scott.<br /> <br /> So I talked to Scott about how to tell the difference between a quality build and a crap build, and we go on to talk about a bunch of other stuff, too, including:<br /> <br /> • ON3P’s new ski lineup (and Scott’s personal favorite).<br /> • Why ON3P loves a good bidet. (No joke.)<br /> • The real and perceived differences between “major" ski companies and smaller “indie” companies.<br /> • The role of “teams” at ski companies, plus how — and how not — to get sponsored.<br /> • Why ON3P isn’t in the race to build the lightest skis out there.<br /> • We also ask Scott several questions from Blister readers and listeners, and we talk about the cat farm that Scott is probably going to start if he ever stops building skis...<br /> <br /> My advice is to listen closely at the start of this one -- you’ll very quickly get the sense that not all skis are created equal, and hopefully, you’ll be able to size up various skis yourself with a more critical eye.<br /> <br /> And then after about the first 10 minutes, you can relax a bit and listen to us discuss a bunch of other good stuff - including Scott’s future cat farm. Blister’s Bike Editor, Noah Bodman (Ep.15) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-15-blisters-bike-editor-noah-bodman Fri, 22 Apr 2016 06:03:02 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=18045 We talk to bike editor, Noah Bodman, about this season's new bikes, evolving standards, Gwin's victory on his new ride, why I probably shouldn't shoot Gwin in Butte, Montana, and more... Blister's Bike Editor, Noah Bodman (Ep. 15) It's time to talk bikes, so we brought in Blister's bike editor, Noah Bodman. Noah and I talk about a whole bunch of stuff, including:<br /> <br /> • What the 'Most Montana' town in Montana is?<br /> <br /> • Aaron Gwin’s impressive world cup victory in Lourdes, France, on his new bike<br /> <br /> • Whether Noah thinks I could beat Gwin down a DH course if I got to ride a DH bike and he had to ride a hardtail<br /> <br /> • Why Noah doesn’t think I should shoot Gwin in the leg in Butte, Montana (You’re going to have to listen to the end to hear that part. It’s worth it. Promise.)<br /> <br /> • The most intriguing new bikes this season<br /> <br /> • 27.5" vs. 29" — where are we in the war of the wheel sizes?<br /> <br /> • Carbon wheels vs. Aluminum wheels — which riders would benefit most by going to carbon?<br /> <br /> • The pros and cons of all the new bike standards (including "Boost", and what the real implications of all of these new options will be over the next 5 to 10 years.<br /> <br /> • The "Best Bets" for bikes - which bikes Noah thinks amount to the surest things, the safest recommendations to a broad range of riders.<br /> <br /> • Why I'm excited to go to Butte, MT, and whether or not Noah will ever be able to safely set foot in Butte after this podcast... Blister Review 52:25 It's time to talk bikes, so we brought in Blister's bike editor, Noah Bodman. Noah and I talk about a whole bunch of stuff, including:<br /> <br /> • What the 'Most Montana' town in Montana is?<br /> <br /> • Aaron Gwin’s impressive world cup victory in Lourdes, France, on his new bike<br /> <br /> • Whether Noah thinks I could beat Gwin down a DH course if I got to ride a DH bike and he had to ride a hardtail<br /> <br /> • Why Noah doesn’t think I should shoot Gwin in the leg in Butte, Montana (You’re going to have to listen to the end to hear that part. It’s worth it. Promise.)<br /> <br /> • The most intriguing new bikes this season<br /> <br /> • 27.5" vs. 29" — where are we in the war of the wheel sizes?<br /> <br /> • Carbon wheels vs. Aluminum wheels — which riders would benefit most by going to carbon?<br /> <br /> • The pros and cons of all the new bike standards (including "Boost", and what the real implications of all of these new options will be over the next 5 to 10 years.<br /> <br /> • The "Best Bets" for bikes - which bikes Noah thinks amount to the surest things, the safest recommendations to a broad range of riders.<br /> <br /> • Why I'm excited to go to Butte, MT, and whether or not Noah will ever be able to safely set foot in Butte after this podcast... Ted Ligety – US Ski Racer, GS Legend (Ep.14) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-14-ted-ligety-us-ski-racer-gs-legend Sat, 02 Apr 2016 01:10:56 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=17844 We talk to one of the greatest giant slalom skiers in history about his current injury, his goals for next season, and a whole lot more. Ted Ligety - US Ski Racer, GS Legend (Ep. 14) At the 2015 World Championships, Ted became the first skier to win three consecutive World Championship titles in GS. At the age of 21, he became the youngest American male to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Alpine Skiing, and he continues to dominate the men’s alpine circuit with five World Cup Overall GS titles and five World Championship titles.<br /> <br /> In our conversation, Ted and I talk about his end-of-January injury, what happened, and what his goals are for next season.<br /> <br /> We also revisit the question of the ‘current’ FIS-regulation skis, and whether his initial opinions about those skis have softened or grown stronger?<br /> <br /> We then set the record straight on Ted’s background: how and why he was able to go from losing races badly to becoming the best in the world, and we talk about “failure” and figuring out when to quit vs. when to persevere.<br /> <br /> Finally, we talk about Ted’s company Shred, and why he thinks that some of their latest developments are improvements over current technologies. Blister Review 50:05 At the 2015 World Championships, Ted became the first skier to win three consecutive World Championship titles in GS. At the age of 21, he became the youngest American male to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Alpine Skiing, and he continues to dominate the men’s alpine circuit with five World Cup Overall GS titles and five World Championship titles.<br /> <br /> In our conversation, Ted and I talk about his end-of-January injury, what happened, and what his goals are for next season.<br /> <br /> We also revisit the question of the ‘current’ FIS-regulation skis, and whether his initial opinions about those skis have softened or grown stronger?<br /> <br /> We then set the record straight on Ted’s background: how and why he was able to go from losing races badly to becoming the best in the world, and we talk about “failure” and figuring out when to quit vs. when to persevere.<br /> <br /> Finally, we talk about Ted’s company Shred, and why he thinks that some of their latest developments are improvements over current technologies. Jason Levinthal on How to Save Skiing (Ep.13) http://blistergearreview.com/podcasts/ep-13-jason-levinthal-on-how-to-save-skiing Fri, 25 Mar 2016 02:01:17 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=17751 Jason Levinthal is the founder of LINE Skis, and now, J Skis. In this podcast, J goes fully unfiltered and lays out how the ski industry works, what isn't working, and what needs to be done to fix it. Jason Levinthal on How to Save Skiing (Ep. 13) Jason Levinthal is the founder of LINE skis, and a true pioneer of modern skiing. Two years ago, he left LINE to start a new company called J Skis.<br /> <br /> In our conversation, Jason pulls back the curtain on the ski industry—he pulls it waaay back—and talks very bluntly and with full transparency about how the ski industry works, what isn’t working, and what he thinks needs to be done to fix it.<br /> <br /> (You might want to buckle up and brace yourself—there's a lot of real talk in here.)<br /> <br /> In addition to brass tacks and gory details, J and I also talk about some of the new ski designs he’s experimenting with, what the hardest and easiest things have been about starting his new company, and J reveals what his next company might be. (Spoiler alert: it involves sleds, and he thinks I should go in on it with him.)<br /> <br /> Jason has always been known to speak his mind, but I doubt you’ve ever heard him be this unfiltered before: Blister Review 1:08:47 Jason Levinthal is the founder of LINE skis, and a true pioneer of modern skiing. Two years ago, he left LINE to start a new company called J Skis.<br /> <br /> In our conversation, Jason pulls back the curtain on the ski industry—he pulls it waaay back—and talks very bluntly and with full transparency about how the ski industry works, what isn’t working, and what he thinks needs to be done to fix it.<br /> <br /> (You might want to buckle up and brace yourself—there's a lot of real talk in here.)<br /> <br /> In addition to brass tacks and gory details, J and I also talk about some of the new ski designs he’s experimenting with, what the hardest and easiest things have been about starting his new company, and J reveals what his next company might be. (Spoiler alert: it involves sleds, and he thinks I should go in on it with him.)<br /> <br /> Jason has always been known to speak his mind, but I doubt you’ve ever heard him be this unfiltered before: Everest Guide & Ski Patroller, Dave Hahn (Ep.12) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-12-dave-hahn-everest-guide-ski-patroller Fri, 11 Mar 2016 03:41:57 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=17514 Dave Hahn is one of the most accomplished Everest climbers of all time, a veteran ski patroller, and an exemplary study in refusing to live life according to the expectations of others. This is a Must Listen. Everest Guide & Ski Patroller, Dave Hahn (Ep. 12) Dave Hahn is one of the most accomplished Everest climbers of all time, a veteran ski patroller, and an exemplary study in refusing to live life according to the expectations of others. This is a Must Listen. Blister Review 1:13:10 Dave Hahn is one of the most accomplished Everest climbers of all time, a veteran ski patroller, and an exemplary study in refusing to live life according to the expectations of others. This is a Must Listen. Daron Rahlves – World Champion Downhiller, Big Mtn Skier, Banzai Master (Ep.11) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-11-daron-rahlves-world-champion-downhiller-big-mtn-skier-banzai-master Fri, 26 Feb 2016 07:17:47 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=17156 Daron Rahlves has accomplished a ridiculous amount in the world of skiing. We talk to him about the past, the present, and about this weekend's Rahlves' Banzai Tour - and why he considers it to be "the purest form of racing." Daron Rahlves - World Champion Downhiller, Big Mtn Skier, Banzai Master (Ep. 11) Simply put, Daron Rahlves is the man. He is the most decorated American male Downhill and Super G skier in history, with 12 World Cup race wins, 28 World Cup podium finishes, and 7 US National Titles. And after a dominant career in downhill, Daron transitioned to skier cross competition, then transitioned again a few years later to big mountain skiing, where he filmed with both Warren Miller and Teton Gravity Research. (And there's a whole lot more that Rahlves has accomplished, too much to go into.) Blister Review 46:22 Simply put, Daron Rahlves is the man. He is the most decorated American male Downhill and Super G skier in history, with 12 World Cup race wins, 28 World Cup podium finishes, and 7 US National Titles. And after a dominant career in downhill, Daron transitioned to skier cross competition, then transitioned again a few years later to big mountain skiing, where he filmed with both Warren Miller and Teton Gravity Research. (And there's a whole lot more that Rahlves has accomplished, too much to go into.) Angel Collinson – Big Mountain Skier (Ep.10) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-10-angel-collinson-big-mountain-skier Mon, 22 Feb 2016 07:15:09 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=16993 Angel Collinson is on fire right now. If you know Angel, you'll want to listen to this. And if you don't know Angel, you have to listen to this. Ep. 10: Angel Collinson - Big Mountain Skier This week on the podcast, we talk to one of our favorite skiers, Angel Collinson. Angel is on fire right now, and her current trajectory is somewhere up in the stratosphere.<br /> <br /> She’s just come off a win of the Red Bull Cold Rush comp, she was the first woman to win Powder Magazine’s Line of the Year, and she has two recent TGR segments that the entire internet is watching and rewatching. And more impressive than all that is how well Angel is handling the spotlight.<br /> <br /> Some of the things we discussed with Angel: growing up across the street from Snowbird; how a cute coach she had as a kid might be responsible for the success she's enjoying today; "women's-specific" equipment"; the fact that she studied philosophy in college; filming with Ian McIntosh and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (and who's cooler, Ian or Sage?); Lazer Tag; candy; her new sponsors (Red Bull & Volkl); self-marketing & social media (and her advice to those coming up and interested in becoming a pro) her favorite audiobooks and podcasts, and more.<br /> Blister Review 1:28:28 This week on the podcast, we talk to one of our favorite skiers, Angel Collinson. Angel is on fire right now, and her current trajectory is somewhere up in the stratosphere.<br /> <br /> She’s just come off a win of the Red Bull Cold Rush comp, she was the first woman to win Powder Magazine’s Line of the Year, and she has two recent TGR segments that the entire internet is watching and rewatching. And more impressive than all that is how well Angel is handling the spotlight.<br /> <br /> Some of the things we discussed with Angel: growing up across the street from Snowbird; how a cute coach she had as a kid might be responsible for the success she's enjoying today; "women's-specific" equipment"; the fact that she studied philosophy in college; filming with Ian McIntosh and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (and who's cooler, Ian or Sage?); Lazer Tag; candy; her new sponsors (Red Bull & Volkl); self-marketing & social media (and her advice to those coming up and interested in becoming a pro) her favorite audiobooks and podcasts, and more. Blister’s Best Bets & Week in Review (Ep.9) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-9-blisters-best-bets-week-in-review Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:08:50 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=16849 We talk about some of the brand new gear we've been testing, and we discuss "Blister's Best Bets" - the skis that, in our opinion, can deliver a great time to the broadest range of skiers. Ep. 9: Blister's Best Bets + Week in Review Blister's editor-in-chief, Jonathan Ellsworth, and associate editor, Cy Whitling, talk about some of the new gear they've been testing, and discuss "Blister's Best Bets" - the skis that, in our opinion, can deliver a great time to the broadest range of skiers.<br /> Blister Review 33:05 Blister's editor-in-chief, Jonathan Ellsworth, and associate editor, Cy Whitling, talk about some of the new gear they've been testing, and discuss "Blister's Best Bets" - the skis that, in our opinion, can deliver a great time to the broadest range of skiers.<br /> Special Summit on Ski Design (Ep.8) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-8-ski-designer-summit Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:36:40 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=16697 We brought together founders and engineers from Line, K2, DPS, Blizzard, Moment, and Armada to talk ski design and the future of skis. Ep. 8: Special Summit on Ski Design We brought together founders and engineers from Line, K2, DPS, Blizzard, Moment, and Armada to talk ski design and the future of skis. Blister Review 1:14:09 We brought together founders and engineers from Line, K2, DPS, Blizzard, Moment, and Armada to talk ski design and the future of skis. SIA 2016 – Overview & Trends (Ep.7) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-7-sia-2016-overview-trends Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:45:38 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=16564 This week is the annual SnowSports Industry of America tradeshow, so we're talking to several Blister reviewers about NEXT season's new products and trends. SIA 2016 - Overview & Trends (Ep.7) This week is the annual SnowSports Industry of America tradeshow, so we're talking to several Blister reviewers about NEXT season's new products and trends. Blister Review 36:56 This week is the annual SnowSports Industry of America tradeshow, so we're talking to several Blister reviewers about NEXT season's new products and trends. Cody Townsend – Skier, Filmmaker, Entrepreneur (Ep.6) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-6-cody-townsend-skier-filmmaker-entrepreneur Fri, 22 Jan 2016 03:57:43 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=16453 We talk to Cody Townsend, one of the most prominent big-mountain skiers in the world. Ep. 6: Cody Townsend - Skier, Filmmaker, Entrepreneur In this episode, we talk to one of the most prominent big-mountain skiers in the world, Cody Townsend.<br /> <br /> Cody's been staring in ski movies since he was 19 years old, he's recently been making his own films while simultaneously running a company, Arcade Belt Co. So we talk to Cody about skiing, filming, and entrepreneurship, including:<br /> <br /> • His background (including a great story about Cody not exactly fitting in with the other ski racers).<br /> <br /> • Our product of the year (and Cody's go-to ski boot), the Salomon MTN Lab AT boot.<br /> <br /> • Skiing consequential lines on skis that are not traditional big-mountain chargers.<br /> <br /> • Cody's take on the next revolution in skiing.<br /> <br /> • Filmmaking and the Rise of Indie Film Projects — including Cody's own film, Conquering the Useless.<br /> <br /> • A discussion of the best ski movie ever, Cody’s recent favorites, and the future of ski movies.<br /> <br /> • Cody’s company, Arcade Belt Co., the pros and cons (and grind) of starting a company, and the reasons why VC investor, Chris Sacca, is impressed with Arcade’s products.<br /> <br /> • Podcasts: why we love them, and which ones are Cody’s favorites. Blister Review 1:17:05 In this episode, we talk to one of the most prominent big-mountain skiers in the world, Cody Townsend.<br /> <br /> Cody's been staring in ski movies since he was 19 years old, he's recently been making his own films while simultaneously running a company, Arcade Belt Co. So we talk to Cody about skiing, filming, and entrepreneurship, including:<br /> <br /> • His background (including a great story about Cody not exactly fitting in with the other ski racers).<br /> <br /> • Our product of the year (and Cody's go-to ski boot), the Salomon MTN Lab AT boot.<br /> <br /> • Skiing consequential lines on skis that are not traditional big-mountain chargers.<br /> <br /> • Cody's take on the next revolution in skiing.<br /> <br /> • Filmmaking and the Rise of Indie Film Projects — including Cody's own film, Conquering the Useless.<br /> <br /> • A discussion of the best ski movie ever, Cody’s recent favorites, and the future of ski movies.<br /> <br /> • Cody’s company, Arcade Belt Co., the pros and cons (and grind) of starting a company, and the reasons why VC investor, Chris Sacca, is impressed with Arcade’s products.<br /> <br /> • Podcasts: why we love them, and which ones are Cody’s favorites. Freeride World Tour skier, Garrett Altmann (Ep.5) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-5-freeride-world-tour-skier-garrett-altmann Thu, 14 Jan 2016 22:26:06 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=16315 We talk to Garrett Altmann, a three-time competitor on the Freeride World Tour, as well as a Blister reviewer—one of our original reviewers, in fact. We talk to Garrett about his background: growing up racing and mogul skiing, his time on the US ski team, filming with Warren Miller movies, and more. Garrett is leaving in just a couple days to head to Europe for the start of the Freeride World Tour, so we talk to him about the FWT: about some of the venues, Garrett’s mindset heading into the tour; and his strategy this season—how he thinks about 'Risk vs. Reward' — that constant inner struggle of whether to pick a conservative line, play it safe, and just stay on your feet, Vs. saying, "Screw It," and just Going Big. We also talk about some rule changes that we’d like to see the FWT adopt, and why these FWT comps are even harder, scarier, and more demanding than they look. Show Notes: • Garrett's review of the Scott Punisher • Garrett's article on qualifying for the FWT • FWT14 - Garrett Altmann - Chamonix Mont Blanc by FreerideWorldTourTV • FWT14 - GOPRO Run of Garrett Altmann - Chamonix... by FreerideWorldTourTV •FWT15 - Run of Garrett Altmann (USA) Swatch... by FreerideWorldTourTV • FWT15 - Run of Garrett Altmann (USA) Swatch... by FreerideWorldTourTV Comp Photos of Garrett • This episode is sponsored by Alaska Airlines Special Offer: Fly 2 ski trips & get 1 for the tax* Register and fly two separate round trips to any of our selected ski destinations, and we’ll send you a coupon for a third round-trip flight to any of our selected ski destinations. All you have to do is pay the tax. Register by February 5, 2016 to qualify. Register Today To book your flight: visit alaskaair.com/ski *Terms and conditions apply, see site for details Ep. 5: Freeride World Tour skier, Garrett Altmann We talk to Garrett Altmann, a three-time competitor on the Freeride World Tour, as well as a Blister reviewer—one of our original reviewers, in fact.<br /> <br /> We talk to Garrett about his background: growing up racing and mogul skiing, his time on the US ski team, filming with Warren Miller movies, and more.<br /> <br /> Garrett is leaving in just a couple days to head to Europe for the start of the Freeride World Tour, so we talk to him about the FWT: about some of the venues, Garrett’s mindset heading into the tour; and his strategy this season—how he thinks about 'Risk vs. Reward' — that constant inner struggle of whether to pick a conservative line, play it safe, and just stay on your feet, Vs. saying, "Screw It," and just Going Big.<br /> <br /> We also talk about some rule changes that we’d like to see the FWT adopt, and why these FWT comps are even harder, scarier, and more demanding than they look. Blister Review 1:11:26 We talk to to Garrett Altmann, a three-time competitor on the Freeride World Tour, as well as a Blister reviewer—one of our original reviewers, in fact.<br /> <br /> We talk to Garrett about his background: growing up racing and mogul skiing, his time on the US ski team, filming with Warren Miller movies, and more.<br /> <br /> Garrett is leaving in just a couple days to head to Europe for the start of the Freeride World Tour, so we talk to him about the FWT: about some of the venues, Garrett’s mindset heading into the tour; and his strategy this season—how he thinks about 'Risk vs. Reward' — that constant inner struggle of whether to pick a conservative line, play it safe, and just stay on your feet, Vs. saying, "Screw It," and just Going Big.<br /> <br /> We also talk about some rule changes that we’d like to see the FWT adopt, and why these FWT comps are even harder, scarier, and more demanding than they look. Climber & American Ninja Warrior Champion, Isaac Caldiero (Ep.4) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-4-climber-american-ninja-warrior-champion-isaac-caldiero Thu, 07 Jan 2016 18:51:29 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=16188 We talk to the first ever winner of American Ninja Warrior, Isaac Caldiero, about his background & climbing accomplishments, how he trains for ANW, his advice for how to succeed on the show, the "controversy" surrounding his win, what life is like after winning $1,000,000, and more. In this episode of the Blister podcast, we talk to the first ever champion of American Ninja Warrior, Isaac Caldiero. We talk to the first ever winner of American Ninja Warrior, Isaac Caldiero, about his background and his accomplishments in climbing; his success this past season and what he did differently from previous years; his advice for those who’d like to compete on the show, and whether he thinks the courses will be tweaked (and get even harder) this coming season. We also get Isaac’s take on the controversy surrounding his win, and about what life looks like when you go from being a dyed-in-the-wool dirtbag climber, to a guy who just won a million bucks. Blister Review 51:55 We talk to the first ever winner of American Ninja Warrior, Isaac Caldiero, about his background and his accomplishments in climbing; his success this past season and what he did differently from previous years; his advice for those who’d like to compete on the show, and whether he thinks the courses will be tweaked (and get even harder) this coming season. We also get Isaac’s take on the controversy surrounding his win, and about what life looks like when you go from being a dyed-in-the-wool dirtbag climber, to a guy who just won a million bucks. On Patagonia’s Recent Environmental Initiative & “Fair Trade” (Ep.3) http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-3-on-patagonias-recent-environmental-initiative-fair-trade Thu, 31 Dec 2015 16:57:22 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=16043 We talk to Patagonia Product Line Director, Mark Little, about a new Patagonia initiative, what "Fair Trade" actually means, and Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard's involvement in new projects. This week, we talk to Patagonia Product Line Director, Mark Little. We talk to Patagonia Product Line Director, Mark Little, about a new Patagonia environmental initiative; talk about what "Fair Trade" actually means, and discuss Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard's involvement with new Patagonia projects. Blister Review 47:32 We talk to Patagonia Product Line Director, Mark Little, about a new Patagonia environmental initiative; talk about what "Fair Trade" actually means, and discuss Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard's involvement with new Patagonia projects. Ep. 2: Line & K2 Ski Designer, Jed Yeiser – Part 2 http://blistergearreview.com/featured/ep-2-jed-yeiser-ski-designer-part-2 Thu, 24 Dec 2015 07:05:33 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=15899 Check out the new Blister Podcast, and part 2 of our conversation with Line & K2 ski designer, Jed Yeiser. We talk about working with Eric Pollard, Tom Wallisch, Jay Levinthal, and much more. This week we’re running the second part of our conversation with Jed Yeiser, head ski designer for Line Skis, and a senior designer for K2 Skis. This week we’re running the second part of our conversation with Jed Yeiser, head ski designer for Line Skis, and a senior designer for K2 Skis. We discuss Jed’s work with Eric Pollard, Tom Wallisch, and Line Skis founder Jason Levinthal; manufacturing skis in China; “e” bikes; books, movies, and more. Blister Review yes 50:36 This week we’re running the second part of our conversation with Jed Yeiser, head ski designer for Line Skis, and a senior designer for K2 Skis. We discuss Jed’s work with Eric Pollard, Tom Wallisch, and Line Skis founder Jason Levinthal; manufacturing skis in China; “e” bikes; books, movies, and more. Ep. 1: Line & K2 Ski Designer, Jed Yeiser – Part 1 http://blistergearreview.com/featured/jed-yeiser-line-k2-ski-designer Thu, 17 Dec 2015 18:57:09 +0000 http://blistergearreview.com/?p=15581 Check out the NEW Blister Podcast, and our conversation with Line & K2 ski designer, Jed Yeiser. In the first episode of The Blister Podcast, Blister's editor-in-chief, Jonathan Ellsworth, sits down with Jed Yeiser, the ski designer for Line and K2 Skis. In the first episode of The Blister Podcast, Blister's editor-in-chief, Jonathan Ellsworth, sits down with Jed Yeiser, the ski designer for Line and K2 Skis. It’s a wide-ranging conversation that touches on: ski design (and the whole “light is right” movement); Jed’s work with living legends like Eric Pollard and Tom Wallisch; the new LINE Sir Francis Bacon and Mordecai; the story behind Jed’s own pro model (the Line Supernatural 108); a few great Jason Levinthal stories; the pros and cons of “brand consistency”; the realities and misperceptions of manufacturing skis overseas; the rise of electric bikes; movie director Wes Anderson’s surprisingly significant influence on the ski industry; and the book that Jed has read more than any other. Blister Review yes 1:04:12 In the first episode of The Blister Podcast, Blister's editor-in-chief, Jonathan Ellsworth, sits down with Jed Yeiser, the ski designer for Line and K2 Skis. It’s a wide-ranging conversation that touches on: ski design (and the whole “light is right” movement); Jed’s work with living legends like Eric Pollard and Tom Wallisch; the new LINE Sir Francis Bacon and Mordecai; the story behind Jed’s own pro model (the Line Supernatural 108); a few great Jason Levinthal stories; the pros and cons of “brand consistency”; the realities and misperceptions of manufacturing skis overseas; the rise of electric bikes; movie director Wes Anderson’s surprisingly significant influence on the ski industry; and the book that Jed has read more than any other.