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On Blister's Off The Couch Podcast, Jonathan Ellsworth talks with one of the most influential product designers in the outdoor industry, Jean-Luc Diard, about the design philosophy of Deckers X Lab, a number of the models in the Deckers Lab lineup, and why they are trying to rethink everything from the standard flip flop to the casual sneaker to the suspension systems of high-end, performance shoes.

Jean-Luc Diard on the Deckers X Lab Design Philosophy & Products (Ep.85)

We’re talking again with one of the most influential product designers in the outdoor industry, Jean-Luc Diard, about the design philosophy of Deckers X Lab, a number of the models in the Deckers Lab lineup, and why they are trying to rethink everything from the standard flip flop to the casual sneaker to the suspension systems of high-end, performance shoes.

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Blister Summit Panel on Ski Design

We talk to ski designers from Blizzard, Folsom, Rossignol, Dynastar, & Wagner Skis about their respective design philosophies; current trends in ski design; whether skis are being dumbed down today; whether stated sidecut radius numbers are fake; current consumer interests; and more.

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Dylan Wood reviews the 21/22 Atomic Hawx Ultra 130 for Blister

21/22 Atomic Hawx Ultra 130

Dylan Wood spent some time in the revised version of Atomic’s lightweight alpine boot, and here he shares his initial thoughts on its overall performance and how it differs from the previous version.

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David Golay Reviews the 2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude for Blister

2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude

The Altitude has been in the Rocky Mountain lineup for more than a decade now, but what, exactly, the Altitude is has changed a lot over the years, and the bike got a dramatic overhaul for 2021. We’ve been riding the latest iteration, and have found it to be surprisingly versatile for a 160 / 170 mm travel Enduro bike.

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David Golay reviews the TRP TR12 Drivetrain for Blister

TRP TR12 Drivetrain

TRP’s TR12 drivetrain is marketed as a high-end option at a high-end price, but can it compete with the likes of Shimano XTR and SRAM X01? Check out our full review to find out.

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Paul Forward reviews a custom Folsom Rapture for Blister

Deep Dive: Folsom Rapture

We compare the Rapture to the Volkl Shiro, DPS Alchemist Lotus 124, 4FRNT Renegade, Kye Shapes Numinous, Praxis Protest, Moment Chipotle Banana, DPS Foundation Koala 119, Volkl Revolt 121, Faction La Machine, Blizzard Spur, Blizzard Rustler 11, & Whitedot Ragnarok ASYM.

Blister’s Flash Reviews and Deep Dives are produced for Blister members.

To get our comprehensive deep dives and our initial, unfiltered reports on new gear without waiting for our full reviews, become a Blister Member and receive many other services, deals, and discounts.

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On Blister's GEAR:30 podcast, Luke Koppa and I talk about a bunch of ski touring gear they've been reviewing, including the Ronin 108, Fischer TransAlp Pro, DPS Pagoda Tour 100 RP, Weston Summit, WNDR Alpine Vital 100, and Moment Voyager XIV, and then answer a number of listeners' touring-related questions.

Ski Touring Gear & Listener Questions (Ep.146)

Which tech bindings feel the most like alpine bindings? What “very light” skis offer the best suspension and damping? In this episode, Luke Koppa and Jonathan Ellsworth talk about a bunch of ski touring gear they’ve been reviewing and answer a number of your touring-related questions.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Elan Ripstick 106 Black Edition for Blister

21/22 Elan Ripstick 106 Black Edition

Elan is once again offering a special “Black Edition” of their Ripstick 106 for 21/22 — check out our initial thoughts on how it compares to the standard version.

Blister’s Flash Reviews and Deep Dives are produced for Blister members.

To get our comprehensive deep dives and our initial, unfiltered reports on new gear without waiting for our full reviews, become a Blister Member and receive many other services, deals, and discounts.

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2021-2022 Folsom Rapture

“One of the most versatile powder skis I have ever used” — that’s what reviewer and heli-ski guide Paul Forward said about the Folsom Rapture. Check out his full review & Deep Dive comparisons for more on how the ski has performed during a full season of heli skiing and during days at the resort.

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Chris Porter goes on Blister's Bikes & Big Ideas podcast to discuss his biking backstory, bike geometry, starting Mojo Suspension and Geometron Bikes; ebikes; wheel sizes; and more

Mojo Suspension & Geometron Bikes founder, Chris Porter (Ep.64)

Chris Porter has long been known as one of the earliest and most vocal proponents of the longer/lower/slacker trends in mountain bike geometry, and his Geometron bikes have pushed the envelope further than just about anything else out there. Chris has opinions on a whole lot more than just bike geometry, though, and in our recent conversation we got his takes on wheel sizes, eBikes, suspension tuning, Vladimir Putin(?), and a whole lot more.

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David Golay reviews the Giro Source and Manifest Spherical for Blister

Giro Source MIPS & Giro Manifest Spherical

It’s not hard to spend several hundred dollars on a mountain bike helmet, but should you? And what do you give up, in opting for a less-expensive option? We’ve been doing some head-to-head testing of Giro’s moderately-priced Source and high-end Manifest Spherical helmets to find out, and you can now read our full review to see how they compare.

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David Golay reviews the Marin El Roy for Blister

2021 Marin El Roy

Marin calls the El Roy “the ultimate aggressive steel hardtail,” and its geometry numbers are certainly eye-popping, even in our current world of longer, lower, and slacker. But who should be interested in a hardtail that’s so emphatically oriented towards descending? And does the El Roy really deliver on what looks like a promising recipe? Check out our full review to find out.

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On Blister's Off The Couch Podcast, Jonathan Ellsworth talks with one of the most influential product designers in the outdoor industry, Jean-Luc Diard, about the design philosophy of Deckers X Lab, a number of the models in the Deckers Lab lineup, and why they are trying to rethink everything from the standard flip flop to the casual sneaker to the suspension systems of high-end, performance shoes.

Jean-Luc Diard on the Deckers X Lab Design Philosophy & Products (Ep.85)

We’re talking again with one of the most influential product designers in the outdoor industry, Jean-Luc Diard, about the design philosophy of Deckers X Lab, a number of the models in the Deckers Lab lineup, and why they are trying to rethink everything from the standard flip flop to the casual sneaker to the suspension systems of high-end, performance shoes.

Blister Summit Panel on Ski Design

We talk to ski designers from Blizzard, Folsom, Rossignol, Dynastar, & Wagner Skis about their respective design philosophies; current trends in ski design; whether skis are being dumbed down today; whether stated sidecut radius numbers are fake; current consumer interests; and more.

Dylan Wood reviews the 21/22 Atomic Hawx Ultra 130 for Blister

21/22 Atomic Hawx Ultra 130

Dylan Wood spent some time in the revised version of Atomic’s lightweight alpine boot, and here he shares his initial thoughts on its overall performance and how it differs from the previous version.

David Golay Reviews the 2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude for Blister

2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude

The Altitude has been in the Rocky Mountain lineup for more than a decade now, but what, exactly, the Altitude is has changed a lot over the years, and the bike got a dramatic overhaul for 2021. We’ve been riding the latest iteration, and have found it to be surprisingly versatile for a 160 / 170 mm travel Enduro bike.

On the April 2021 edition of Reviewing the News on the Blister Podcast, Cody Townsend and Jonathan Ellsworth discuss some recent criticism of REI; spraying vs. not spraying the locations of your outdoor adventures; Mt. Bohemia’s plan to incentivize vaccinations; gear libraries & outdoor accessibility; sex and ski touring; & more.

Reviewing the News w/ Cody Townsend (April 2021) (Ep.167)

Cody and Jonathan discuss some recent criticism of REI; spraying vs. not spraying the locations of your outdoor adventures; Mt. Bohemia’s plan to incentivize vaccinations; gear libraries & outdoor accessibility; sex and ski touring; & more.

David Golay reviews the TRP TR12 Drivetrain for Blister

TRP TR12 Drivetrain

TRP’s TR12 drivetrain is marketed as a high-end option at a high-end price, but can it compete with the likes of Shimano XTR and SRAM X01? Check out our full review to find out.

Paul Forward reviews a custom Folsom Rapture for Blister

Deep Dive: Folsom Rapture

We compare the Rapture to the Volkl Shiro, DPS Alchemist Lotus 124, 4FRNT Renegade, Kye Shapes Numinous, Praxis Protest, Moment Chipotle Banana, DPS Foundation Koala 119, Volkl Revolt 121, Faction La Machine, Blizzard Spur, Blizzard Rustler 11, & Whitedot Ragnarok ASYM.

On Blister's GEAR:30 podcast, Luke Koppa and I talk about a bunch of ski touring gear they've been reviewing, including the Ronin 108, Fischer TransAlp Pro, DPS Pagoda Tour 100 RP, Weston Summit, WNDR Alpine Vital 100, and Moment Voyager XIV, and then answer a number of listeners' touring-related questions.

Ski Touring Gear & Listener Questions (Ep.146)

Which tech bindings feel the most like alpine bindings? What “very light” skis offer the best suspension and damping? In this episode, Luke Koppa and Jonathan Ellsworth talk about a bunch of ski touring gear they’ve been reviewing and answer a number of your touring-related questions.

Luke Koppa reviews the Elan Ripstick 106 Black Edition for Blister

21/22 Elan Ripstick 106 Black Edition

Elan is once again offering a special “Black Edition” of their Ripstick 106 for 21/22 — check out our initial thoughts on how it compares to the standard version.

2021-2022 Folsom Rapture

“One of the most versatile powder skis I have ever used” — that’s what reviewer and heli-ski guide Paul Forward said about the Folsom Rapture. Check out his full review & Deep Dive comparisons for more on how the ski has performed during a full season of heli skiing and during days at the resort.

Chris Porter goes on Blister's Bikes & Big Ideas podcast to discuss his biking backstory, bike geometry, starting Mojo Suspension and Geometron Bikes; ebikes; wheel sizes; and more

Mojo Suspension & Geometron Bikes founder, Chris Porter (Ep.64)

Chris Porter has long been known as one of the earliest and most vocal proponents of the longer/lower/slacker trends in mountain bike geometry, and his Geometron bikes have pushed the envelope further than just about anything else out there. Chris has opinions on a whole lot more than just bike geometry, though, and in our recent conversation we got his takes on wheel sizes, eBikes, suspension tuning, Vladimir Putin(?), and a whole lot more.