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Willi's Ski Shops — BLISTER Recommended Shops

Shop Talk: Willi’s Ski and Snowboard Shops (Ep.167)

We’re talking with Greg Klein, president of Willi’s Ski and Snowboard Shops, which is family owned and operated with several locations in the greater Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania. We talk about what brought Greg’s father (Willi) to PA; Seven Springs Mountain Resort; the key ingredients of a great ski shop; ski length & ski width; Willi’s women’s program; shop beer vs. shop pizza; & more.

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Gordon Gianniny reviews the La Sportiva Cyklon for Blister

La Sportiva Cyklon

With a BOA fit system, aggressive outsole, and minimal midsole, the Cyklon is designed specifically for off-camber, mountainous terrain — and for that, it’s excellent. But there’s more to it, so check out our full review for the whole story.

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David Golay covers the details of the new 2021 Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol on Blister

Flash Review: Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol

The new Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol is now full-carbon, but does this shorter-travel bike still feel like a mini-Enduro bike, or something else entirely? Check out our Flash Review for our early impressions.

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Zack Henderson Reviews the Dakine Agent Knee Pad for Blister

Dakine Agent Knee Pad

Dakine’s newest Agent knee pad is reportedly for “those who earn their airtime.” But are these best for those who like to pedal all day, folks who are primarily focused on rough descents, or people who do both? Check out our review.

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Blister Summit Artist Panel: Art & the Outdoor Industry (Ep.186)

We brought together four very accomplished artists and designers to discuss the intersection of art and the ski and snowboard worlds, as well as the broader outdoor industry. Our panelists are Yorgo Tloupas, co-founder of Black Crows Skis; Geoff McFetridge, who has worked with brands like Patagonia, Nike, & Apple, and is Jonathan Ellsworth’s telemark coach; John Fellows, who lives in Crested Butte, designed our Blister Summit logo, and whose artwork is displayed all around the outdoor industry; and Travis Parr, co-founder of Icelantic Skis, and the person behind Icelantic’s very distinctive artwork.

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Dylan Wood and Luke Koppa review the Commencal Meta TR 29 for Blister

2021 Commencal Meta TR 29

Two of our reviewers spent several months on Commencal’s downhill-oriented Trail bike, the Meta TR 29. Check out our video & written full reviews for their thoughts on who it suits and how it compares to several other bikes in its class.

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David Golay Reviews the We Are One Arrival for Blister

Flash Review: We Are One Arrival

We just started spending time on the We Are One Arrival, and so far, it stands out from the crowd in more ways than just its looks. Check out our Flash Review for our initial take on the bike.

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 our Off The Couch podcast, Sanjay Rawal joins us to discuss he Boston Marathon being held on Indigenous People’s Day; why the sport of long-distance running is particularly well-positioned to create a more equitable situation for indigenous people; the ramifications of having so many high-profile marathons held so close to one another; and the mission of Shalane Flanagan.

Running Through the News (Sep / Oct 2021) (Ep.98)

Sanjay Rawal joins us to discuss the Boston Marathon being held on Indigenous People’s Day; why the sport of long-distance running is particularly well-positioned to create a more equitable situation for indigenous people; the ramifications of having so many high-profile marathons held so close to one another; and the mission of Shalane Flanagan.

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Sturtevants, a BLISTER Recommended Shop

Sturtevants

Sturtevants are our Recommended Ski & Bike Shops in the Sun Valley area, and not only do they offer excellent service and products, they also offer tons of ski and bike demos and a full guiding outfit out of their shops.

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Willi's Ski Shops — BLISTER Recommended Shops

Shop Talk: Willi’s Ski and Snowboard Shops (Ep.167)

We’re talking with Greg Klein, president of Willi’s Ski and Snowboard Shops, which is family owned and operated with several locations in the greater Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania. We talk about what brought Greg’s father (Willi) to PA; Seven Springs Mountain Resort; the key ingredients of a great ski shop; ski length & ski width; Willi’s women’s program; shop beer vs. shop pizza; & more.

Gordon Gianniny reviews the La Sportiva Cyklon for Blister

La Sportiva Cyklon

With a BOA fit system, aggressive outsole, and minimal midsole, the Cyklon is designed specifically for off-camber, mountainous terrain — and for that, it’s excellent. But there’s more to it, so check out our full review for the whole story.

Getting Here: Blister's guide to traveling to the Gunnison and Crested Butte Valley

Getting Here: Gunnison & Crested Butte

We’re big fans of our home valley, and for anyone who’s interested in visiting, we put together this guide to give you the information you’ll need to make your trip here easier and better.

David Golay covers the details of the new 2021 Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol on Blister

Flash Review: Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol

The new Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol is now full-carbon, but does this shorter-travel bike still feel like a mini-Enduro bike, or something else entirely? Check out our Flash Review for our early impressions.

Zack Henderson Reviews the Dakine Agent Knee Pad for Blister

Dakine Agent Knee Pad

Dakine’s newest Agent knee pad is reportedly for “those who earn their airtime.” But are these best for those who like to pedal all day, folks who are primarily focused on rough descents, or people who do both? Check out our review.

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Blister Summit Artist Panel: Art & the Outdoor Industry (Ep.186)

We brought together four very accomplished artists and designers to discuss the intersection of art and the ski and snowboard worlds, as well as the broader outdoor industry. Our panelists are Yorgo Tloupas, co-founder of Black Crows Skis; Geoff McFetridge, who has worked with brands like Patagonia, Nike, & Apple, and is Jonathan Ellsworth’s telemark coach; John Fellows, who lives in Crested Butte, designed our Blister Summit logo, and whose artwork is displayed all around the outdoor industry; and Travis Parr, co-founder of Icelantic Skis, and the person behind Icelantic’s very distinctive artwork.

Dylan Wood and Luke Koppa review the Commencal Meta TR 29 for Blister

2021 Commencal Meta TR 29

Two of our reviewers spent several months on Commencal’s downhill-oriented Trail bike, the Meta TR 29. Check out our video & written full reviews for their thoughts on who it suits and how it compares to several other bikes in its class.

David Golay Reviews the We Are One Arrival for Blister

Flash Review: We Are One Arrival

We just started spending time on the We Are One Arrival, and so far, it stands out from the crowd in more ways than just its looks. Check out our Flash Review for our initial take on the bike.

Blister Would You Rather: Crappy Riding Conditions

Would You Rather: Crappy Riding Conditions Edition

Hot, dusty, and dry or cold, wet, and muddy? This week in our Would You Rather series, our reviewers are weighing in on which flavor of sub-optimal mountain biking conditions they’d prefer to be stuck with.