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The Taos Freeride Championships

The Taos Freeride Championships

The 10th Taos Freeride Championships are under way, and to celebrate the occasion, we talked to some competitors who have launched their careers here, and others who are looking to take that next step. But what they all have in common is a love of this mountain and this event.

2015-2016 Atomic Bent Chetler, 185cm

2015-2016 Atomic Bent Chetler, 185cm

We’ve reviewed the last two iterations of the biggest Bent Chetler, time now to address the 185cm version.

2015-2016 4FRNT Hoji W

2015-2016 4FRNT Hoji W

If you’re looking for a directional big mountain ski that crushes soft conditions, check out the women’s version of Eric Hjorleifson’s pro model: the 4FRNT Hoji W.

FWT Update From Andorra

FWT Update From Andorra

Feb 23, 2015
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The FWT just finished up in Europe, next stop: Alaska. Blister reviewer and FWT competitor Garrett Altmann checks in with some good news.

2015-2016 DPS Wailer 112RP2 Tour1

2015-2016 DPS Wailer 112RP2 Tour1

DPS has released a line of light, touring-specific skis with their new “Tour1″ construction. Here are our initial thoughts on the Wailer 112RP2 Tour1.

2015-2016 Faction CT 3.0

2015-2016 Faction CT 3.0

We’ve been looking to get on Candide Thovex’s pro model skis for a few seasons, and we’re more curious than we’ve ever been about the updated CT 3.0.

2015-2016 Moment Exit World

2015-2016 Moment Exit World

Feb 20, 2015
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The Moment Exit World has been redesigned for 2016, and our initial time on the ski was promising.

2014-2015 K2 Slayblade

2014-2015 K2 Slayblade

Last season, K2 made some pretty big changes to the stiff, all-mountain Slayblade. See how the new model compares.

2nd Look: Line Supernatural 100

2nd Look: Line Supernatural 100

Feb 19, 2015
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It’s coming back next season, so we took a 2nd Look at the Line Supernatural 100, a narrower version of the (impressive) Supernatural 108.

2015-2016 Line Pandora 95

2015-2016 Line Pandora 95

Just like the Line Pandora, the new, narrower Pandora 95 should be an excellent women’s all-mountain ski, especially for skiing bumps and groomers.

Flylow Billie Coat

Flylow Billie Coat

Flylow’s new Billie Coat is the perfect blend of function and fashion if you’re looking for a more feminine, freeride-oriented hardshell.

2015-2016 Armada JJ 2.0

2015-2016 Armada JJ 2.0

Feb 16, 2015
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The redesigned Armada JJ 2.0 should be more versatile than the original, and way more hardcore (thanks to Metallica).

2015-2016 Atomic Vantage 95 C

2015-2016 Atomic Vantage 95 C

Check out the new Atomic Vantage 95 C, the replacement for Atomic’s best-selling Vantage Theory.

2015-2016 Black Diamond Boundary 107

2015-2016 Black Diamond Boundary 107

Black Diamond has retooled their entire ski lineup for the 2015-2016 season. Here’s our review of the new Boundary 107, a versatile ski that ought to have pretty broad appeal.

Profile: 2015-2016 Volkl V-Werks Katana

Profile: 2015-2016 Volkl V-Werks Katana

Feb 14, 2015
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The Volkl V-Werks Katana gets a new look next season. Check it out.

2015-2016 ON3P Jeffrey 114

2015-2016 ON3P Jeffrey 114

Feb 14, 2015
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The ON3P Jeffrey 114 is a descendant of the popular Caylor, and looks like a very strong contender in the “playful charger” class of versatile powder skis.

20 Questions: Max Blackburn – Immersion Research

20 Questions: Max Blackburn – Immersion Research

Spray skirts don’t just keep you dry, they also keep you safe. We sat down with Max Blackburn of Immersion Research to find out how one of the industry’s top skirt manufacturers is thinking about and designing one of the “five essentials.”

2015-2016 Atomic Vantage 100 CTi

2015-2016 Atomic Vantage 100 CTi

Feb 12, 2015
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We introduce the new Vantage series from Atomic, and a ski that Atomic claims is the best they’ve ever made.

2014-2015 Romp Skis 106

2014-2015 Romp Skis 106

Romp is building two skis for Blister reviewers this season. Both are from the same mold, but have very different designs. Here is the first ski, and we’ve been quite impressed.

2015-2016 Salomon MTN Lab

2015-2016 Salomon MTN Lab

Our initial thoughts on Salomon’s new line of MTN Lab touring skis – the 114mm-wide MTN Lab, Explore 95, and Explore 88.