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David Golay reviews the SRAM Maven Brakes for Blister

Flash Review — SRAM Maven Ultimate Brakes

SRAM’s new Maven brakes promise an immense increase in power over their longstanding Codes, and we’ve started spending time with the big new stoppers. Check out our early impressions.

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David Golay reviews the SRAM Maven Brakes for Blister

SRAM Maven Brakes

SRAM’s gravity athletes have been spotted using a new set of burly brakes for a while now, and now that new model, the Maven, is finally here. Turns out, it’s a big departure from the Code that it supplants as SRAM’s most powerful offering — check out our First Look for the details, and our Flash Review for our initial on-trail impressions.

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David Golay reviews the Canyon Spectral CF for Blister

2024 Canyon Spectral CF

The 2021 Canyon Spectral CF blurred the line between a do-it-all Trail bike and a burlier Enduro one, but Canyon has now launched a new version, which they claim pushes the bike more squarely into Trail-bike territory. Check out our First Look to see how they’ve done it.

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Kara Williard & Kristin Sinnott review the Blizzard Sheeva 11 for BLISTER.

2023-2024 Blizzard Sheeva 11

The Sheeva 11 is the widest women-specific ski in Blizzard’s overhauled freeride series, and we’ve had 2 reviewers testing 2 different lengths. So, how does it compare to the previous iteration and other soft-snow women’s skis on the market? Check out our Full Review & Deep Dive Comparisons.

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Kara Williard & Kristin Sinnott review the Blizzard Sheeva 11 for BLISTER.

Deep Dive: Blizzard Sheeva 11

We compare the Sheeva 11 to the first-gen Sheeva 11, Blizzard Sheeva 10, K2 Mindbender 106C W, Folsom Cash 106, K2 Mindbender 116C W, Armada ARV 116 JJ UL, Faction Dancer 3X, Salomon QST Stella 106, RMU Valhalla 107, Nordica Unleashed 108, Majesty Vadera Ti, Line Pandora 110, Coalition Snow Rafiki, & Wagner Summit 106.

Blister’s Flash Reviews and Deep Dives are accessible to those who purchase one of our paid subscriptions

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David Golay reviews the Yeti SB135 for Blister

Yeti SB135

Has the ship sailed for 27.5” wheeled mountain bikes? Yeti’s answer is a hard no. Are they on to something? We’ve been spending a lot of time on the SB135 and are ready to weigh in — check out our Full Review & Deep Dive comparisons.

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Simon Stewart reviews the Yeti SB135 for Blister

Deep Dive — Yeti SB135

We compare the Yeti SB135 to the Yeti SB140 27.5’’, Esker Rowl, Ibis Ripmo V2S, Pivot Shadowcat, Transition Scout, Yeti SB140 29’’, Trek Fuel EX, Transition Smuggler, and SCOR 2030.

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Kara Williard reviews the Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro W for BLISTER.

24/25 Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro W

Tecnica recently announced updates to their Zero G Tour ski boots for 24/25, and we’ve been skiing the newest and stiffest women-specific model in the lineup, the Zero G Tour Pro W. Here are some of our initial thoughts on the new boots’ fit and performance.

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Simon Stewart reviews the Cannondale Moterra SL for Blister

Cannondale Moterra SL

There are plenty of lower-power eMTBs that weigh around 43 lb, but Cannondale’s new Moterra SL gets there with a full-power Shimano EP801 motor and a 601 Wh battery. So how have they done it? Check out our First Look for all the info.

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As people who love the outdoors, why can’t we just steer clear of the often gross world of politics and let other people deal with that stuff. On our latest Blister Podcast, Jason Blevins (co-founder, Colorado Sun) discusses this with 3 people who will make the case and are setting the example for the rest of us: Caroline Gleich (professional ski mountaineer & U.S. Senate candidate), Nina Waters (athlete, creative, & Summit County commissioner), & Dr. Len Necefer (founder, Sonoran Avalanche Center & Natives Outdoors).

Radical Acts: How to Create Change (Ep.297)

As people who love the outdoors, why can’t we just steer clear of the often gross world of politics? Caroline Gleich (professional ski mountaineer & U.S. Senate candidate), Nina Waters (athlete, creative, & Summit County commissioner), & Dr. Len Necefer (founder, Sonoran Avalanche Center & Natives Outdoors) make the case.

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David Golay reviews the SRAM Maven Brakes for Blister

Flash Review — SRAM Maven Ultimate Brakes

SRAM’s new Maven brakes promise an immense increase in power over their longstanding Codes, and we’ve started spending time with the big new stoppers. Check out our early impressions.

David Golay reviews the SRAM Maven Brakes for Blister

SRAM Maven Brakes

SRAM’s gravity athletes have been spotted using a new set of burly brakes for a while now, and now that new model, the Maven, is finally here. Turns out, it’s a big departure from the Code that it supplants as SRAM’s most powerful offering — check out our First Look for the details, and our Flash Review for our initial on-trail impressions.

David Golay reviews the Canyon Spectral CF for Blister

2024 Canyon Spectral CF

The 2021 Canyon Spectral CF blurred the line between a do-it-all Trail bike and a burlier Enduro one, but Canyon has now launched a new version, which they claim pushes the bike more squarely into Trail-bike territory. Check out our First Look to see how they’ve done it.

Kara Williard & Kristin Sinnott review the Blizzard Sheeva 11 for BLISTER.

2023-2024 Blizzard Sheeva 11

The Sheeva 11 is the widest women-specific ski in Blizzard’s overhauled freeride series, and we’ve had 2 reviewers testing 2 different lengths. So, how does it compare to the previous iteration and other soft-snow women’s skis on the market? Check out our Full Review & Deep Dive Comparisons.

Kara Williard & Kristin Sinnott review the Blizzard Sheeva 11 for BLISTER.

Deep Dive: Blizzard Sheeva 11

We compare the Sheeva 11 to the first-gen Sheeva 11, Blizzard Sheeva 10, K2 Mindbender 106C W, Folsom Cash 106, K2 Mindbender 116C W, Armada ARV 116 JJ UL, Faction Dancer 3X, Salomon QST Stella 106, RMU Valhalla 107, Nordica Unleashed 108, Majesty Vadera Ti, Line Pandora 110, Coalition Snow Rafiki, & Wagner Summit 106.

David Golay reviews the Yeti SB135 for Blister

Yeti SB135

Has the ship sailed for 27.5” wheeled mountain bikes? Yeti’s answer is a hard no. Are they on to something? We’ve been spending a lot of time on the SB135 and are ready to weigh in — check out our Full Review & Deep Dive comparisons.

Simon Stewart reviews the Yeti SB135 for Blister

Deep Dive — Yeti SB135

We compare the Yeti SB135 to the Yeti SB140 27.5’’, Esker Rowl, Ibis Ripmo V2S, Pivot Shadowcat, Transition Scout, Yeti SB140 29’’, Trek Fuel EX, Transition Smuggler, and SCOR 2030.

Blister reviews the ZAG Mata Ti skis.

2024-2025 ZAG Mata Ti

Here are our measured specs, rocker profile pictures, and flex pattern numbers for the ZAG Mata Ti.

Kara Williard reviews the Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro W for BLISTER.

24/25 Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro W

Tecnica recently announced updates to their Zero G Tour ski boots for 24/25, and we’ve been skiing the newest and stiffest women-specific model in the lineup, the Zero G Tour Pro W. Here are some of our initial thoughts on the new boots’ fit and performance.

Andrew Forward reviews the Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber for Blister

2023-2024 Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber

Bryan Iguchi’s pro model is designed for “having fun on it, on any mountain, in any condition.” So, where does this do-everything, freestyle-inspired board really shine? Here’s our Full Review.