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Geoff McFetridge, Dan Abrams, Kristin Sinnott, & Paul Forward discuss on the Blister podcast their recommendations for how to start telemark skiing

Crash Course: How to Telemark Ski, Part 1 (Ep.125)

Baby giraffes? Organic bamboo scissors? Superman? Since we now have to learn how to tele ski (we’ll explain), we’re crowdsourcing a crash course in what we need to know to avoid embarrassing and / or killing ourselves. So here in Part 1, we solicited the best tips and advice from artist and telemarker, Geoff McFetridge; Flylow Gear president, Dan Abrams; and Blister reviewers, Paul Forward and Kristin Sinnott.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Folsom Cash 106 Carbon for Blister

2020-2021 Folsom Cash 106 Carbon

This year we’re reviewing the carbon-laminate, touring-friendly version of Folsom’s Cash 106 shape. Check out our First Look & Flash Review for more on this ski and how its design compares to the other Folsom shapes we’ve reviewed, and the rest of the market.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Folsom Cash 106 Carbon for Blister

20/21 Folsom Cash 106 Carbon

Check out our initial impressions of Folsom’s carbon-laminate Cash 106.

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Luke Koppa reviews the K2 Reckoner 112 for Blister.

2020-2021 K2 Reckoner 112

K2 overhauled their freestyle lineup for 20/21, and the new Reckoner 112 has proven to be a very fun, intuitive ski that we think many playful skiers could appreciate. Check out our *video* review, written review, & Deep Dive comparisons.

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Luke Koppa reviews the K2 Reckoner 112 for Blister.

Deep Dive: K2 Reckoner 112

We compare the Reckoner 112 to the Reckoner 102, Reckoner 122, Line Sir Francis Bacon, K2 Mindbender 108Ti, Line Outline, K2 Mindbender 116C, Moment Wildcat 108, Moment Deathwish, Faction Prodigy 4.0, Parlor McFellon Pro, Liberty Origin 112, Icelantic Nomad 105, Blizzard Rustler 11, Nordica Enforcer 110 Free, Prior Northwest 110, ON3P Jeffrey 108, ON3P Woodsman 108, Kye Shapes Metamorph, Whitedot Altum 114, Black Crows Atris, & Folsom Primary.

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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Luke Koppa reviews the Line Blade for Blister

20/21 Line Blade

Update 4.3.20: We’ve added some more of our thoughts on the Blade, including how it handles firm, smooth snow & steep, off-piste terrain.

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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What We’re Watching — April, 2020

What’s the next best thing to skiing & snowboarding? Watching skiing & snowboarding. So we’ve assembled a fresh new video roundup of some of our favorites, including some classics, some hilarious edits, and some sweaty-palm-inducing segments.

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Gordon Gianniny reviews the Nathan VaporKrar 2.0 12L Race Vest for Blister.

Nathan VaporKrar 2.0 12L Race Vest

Designed with Rob Krar’s input, the Nathan VaporKrar 2.0 12L Race Vest aims to provide enough storage capacity for long runs & races while still being durable, lightweight, & stable. Check out our review to see how well it’s lived up to those claims.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Eddie Bauer BC Freshline Jacket for Blister

Eddie Bauer BC Freshline Jacket

We’ve spent a lot of time skinning and skiing in Eddie Bauer’s BC Freshline Jacket and think it and its eVent fabric offer an excellent combination of weather protection and breathability. Check out our full review.

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Kitsbow, Industry Nine, Shaggy's Copper Country Skis discuss manufacturing PPE during the coronavirus pandemic on Blister's Bikes & Big Ideas Podcast.

How the Outdoor Industry is Pivoting to Fight COVID-19 (Ep.20)

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, a number of companies in the outdoor industry are pivoting away from their normal operations and product offerings to provide healthcare workers with critical gear. So we talk to physician assistant and Blister reviewer, Sascha Anastas, about the scope of the problem, and we then talk to Kitsbow, Industry Nine, and Shaggy’s Copper Country Skis about how they are each helping the cause.

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Eric Schranz joins Jonathan Ellsworth and Brendan Leonard on the Off the Couch Podcast

Eric Schranz, Ultrarunnerpodcast.com, on Running, His Career, & Heist Films (Ep.44)

Eric Schranz has been a staple of the trail running and ultrarunning world for over a decade — both as a passionate runner, and as the host of Ultrarunnerpodcast.com. And since Eric spends so much of his time writing about and interviewing other runners, Brendan Leonard (semi-rad.com) and I thought it would be fun to put Eric in the guest seat. So Brendan and I talked with Eric about how he got into running; his work in the music industry and politics; getting started at ultrarunnerpodcast.com; the art of conversation; how running media differs from other sports media coverage; and a whole lot more — including, a rather spirited discussion about the best bank robbery and heist movies of all time.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Elan Ripstick 106 for Blister

20/21 Elan Ripstick 106

Check out our initial impressions of the updated Ripstick 106 and how it compares to the previous 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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Geoff McFetridge, Dan Abrams, Kristin Sinnott, & Paul Forward discuss on the Blister podcast their recommendations for how to start telemark skiing

Crash Course: How to Telemark Ski, Part 1 (Ep.125)

Baby giraffes? Organic bamboo scissors? Superman? Since we now have to learn how to tele ski (we’ll explain), we’re crowdsourcing a crash course in what we need to know to avoid embarrassing and / or killing ourselves. So here in Part 1, we solicited the best tips and advice from artist and telemarker, Geoff McFetridge; Flylow Gear president, Dan Abrams; and Blister reviewers, Paul Forward and Kristin Sinnott.

Luke Koppa reviews the Folsom Cash 106 Carbon for Blister

2020-2021 Folsom Cash 106 Carbon

This year we’re reviewing the carbon-laminate, touring-friendly version of Folsom’s Cash 106 shape. Check out our First Look & Flash Review for more on this ski and how its design compares to the other Folsom shapes we’ve reviewed, and the rest of the market.

Paul Forward, Luke Koppa, & Jonathan Ellsworth discuss on Blister's GEAR:30 podcast how they're handling self isolation, Shane McConkey's Volant Spatula, the DPS Koala F119, Line Vision 118, & More

McConkey’s Spatula, Modern Pow Skis, & Luke’s Mustache (Ep.94)

Paul Forward, Luke Koppa, and Jonathan Ellsworth talk about the signs we’re going stir crazy; Shane McConkey’s Volant Spatula vs. other modern pow skis; the DPS Koala 119; the new LINE Vision 118; our current nominations for best underwear; Luke’s new mustache; and more.

Luke Koppa reviews the K2 Reckoner 112 for Blister.

2020-2021 K2 Reckoner 112

K2 overhauled their freestyle lineup for 20/21, and the new Reckoner 112 has proven to be a very fun, intuitive ski that we think many playful skiers could appreciate. Check out our *video* review, written review, & Deep Dive comparisons.

Luke Koppa reviews the K2 Reckoner 112 for Blister.

Deep Dive: K2 Reckoner 112

We compare the Reckoner 112 to the Reckoner 102, Reckoner 122, Line Sir Francis Bacon, K2 Mindbender 108Ti, Line Outline, K2 Mindbender 116C, Moment Wildcat 108, Moment Deathwish, Faction Prodigy 4.0, Parlor McFellon Pro, Liberty Origin 112, Icelantic Nomad 105, Blizzard Rustler 11, Nordica Enforcer 110 Free, Prior Northwest 110, ON3P Jeffrey 108, ON3P Woodsman 108, Kye Shapes Metamorph, Whitedot Altum 114, Black Crows Atris, & Folsom Primary.

Luke Koppa reviews the Line Blade for Blister

20/21 Line Blade

Update 4.3.20: We’ve added some more of our thoughts on the Blade, including how it handles firm, smooth snow & steep, off-piste terrain.

What We’re Watching — April, 2020

What’s the next best thing to skiing & snowboarding? Watching skiing & snowboarding. So we’ve assembled a fresh new video roundup of some of our favorites, including some classics, some hilarious edits, and some sweaty-palm-inducing segments.

Gordon Gianniny reviews the Nathan VaporKrar 2.0 12L Race Vest for Blister.

Nathan VaporKrar 2.0 12L Race Vest

Designed with Rob Krar’s input, the Nathan VaporKrar 2.0 12L Race Vest aims to provide enough storage capacity for long runs & races while still being durable, lightweight, & stable. Check out our review to see how well it’s lived up to those claims.

Luke Koppa reviews the Eddie Bauer BC Freshline Jacket for Blister

Eddie Bauer BC Freshline Jacket

We’ve spent a lot of time skinning and skiing in Eddie Bauer’s BC Freshline Jacket and think it and its eVent fabric offer an excellent combination of weather protection and breathability. Check out our full review.