If you know how we do things at Blister, you’ll probably understand why awards like these make us nervous.
Awards can become arbitrary from a lack of nuance—a ski might be great, but it isn’t great at everything, and it may not be the best option for you.
That’s exactly why our reviews aren’t short. The devil is in the details, and the sum of those details is what determines whether a product will be terrible for you, okay for you, or perfect for you. Without specific, accurate details, reviews are pretty useless.
Still, as we start our fourth season at Blister, we have collectively ridden hundreds of skis over thousands of days, and we get asked constantly, “What’s the best ski out there?”
Well, we’re not going to give you one (arbitrary) answer, but we will try to break things down for you a bit. We’ll also then direct you to our full reviews where you can then do further research to decide if our selections are the best fit for you, or whether you should spend more time in our Ski Review Index, our One-Ski Quiver Selections, or our Two-Ski Quiver Selections.
1) For all of the above reasons, we’re not assigning 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place rankings within a particular category. If a ski is listed, it means that we believe it is among the absolute best in class.
2) We’ve only considered what we’ve actually skied.
This should, of course, be obvious, but the review world is a funny place. Some review outlets give awards to stuff that they’ve hardly tested. We don’t. If you want to brush up on how we do things, check out the BLISTER Manifesto.
3) Selections must be of current skis. However, skis that have undergone minor tweaks and are currently available are fair game.
4) No company has paid us to get their ski on this list.
Blister is different. We don’t accept any money from any of the manufacturers we review. We don’t allow them to buy advertising on our website, and we don’t charge them a fee to review their skis.
Ok, enough rules and caveats. On to the Blister ‘Best Of’ Awards.