Flash Review — Ibis Ripley AF

Eric Freson Reviews the Ibis Ripley AF for Blister

Ibis hasn’t typically been known as a value brand, but their Ripley AF (and it’s big brother, the Ripmo AF) just might change that. We’ve been spending time on the shorter-travel Ripley AF, and are really impressed so far. Check out our Flash Review for more.

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21/22 Salomon Shift Pro 130

Eric Freson reviews the Salomon Shift Pro 130 for Blister

Eric Freson has been spending time (in the backcountry & resort) in Salomon’s newest offering in the “50/50” category of AT boots. Here are some of his thoughts.

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2021 Banshee Phantom V3

Eric Freson & Luke Koppa review the Banshee Phantom V3 for Blister

We’ve had two reviewers spending a lot of time on Banshee’s recently revised, “hard charging short travel 29er,” the Phantom V3. Check out our full review.

2020 Santa Cruz Hightower

Eric Freson, Dylan Wood, & Jonathan Ellsworth review the Santa Cruz Hightower for Blister in the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley, Colorado

For six months now, we’ve had three different reviewers riding the recently overhauled Santa Cruz Hightower. Check out our long-term review to see why we think this 140 mm 29er is so versatile, and how it compares to the previous Hightower, Hightower LT, Megatower, & Yeti SB130.

2019-2020 Moment Commander 118

Eric Freson reviews the Moment Commander 118 for Blister in Crested Butte, Colorado.

We like honest and accurate descriptions of gear, and Moment’s note about their Commander 118 being “not for the faint of heart” is accurate. Check out our full review for more details about this big-mountain charger.

Giro Method Goggle

Luke Koppa & Eric Freson review the Giro Method Goggle for Blister

The Giro Method is far from the most expensive goggle on the market, yet it offers excellent optics and a versatile fit, all of which have made it one of our favorite goggles for those on a budget. Check out our full review.

19/20 Moment Commander 118

Eric Freson reviews the Moment Commander 118 for Blister

Check out Eric Freson’s initial on-snow impressions of Moment’s big gun, the Commander 118.

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2019 Specialized Enduro 27.5

Eric Freson reviews the Specialized Enduro for Blister

Specialized recently released a new Enduro, but whether you’re looking at the resale market, don’t love the new Enduro’s geometry or 29er-only design, or are just looking for a versatile Enduro / Trail bike, we think the Enduro 27.5 still deserves strong consideration. Check out Eric Freson’s full review, and Luke Koppa also adds his thoughts from the perspective of a newcomer to the sport.

2018 Pivot Firebird 29

Eric Freson reviews the Pivot Firebird 29 for Blister

Our reviewer calls the Pivot Firebird 29 the “Firechicken,” because it’s a long-travel 29er that descends like it’s on fire, and has a speed limit that’s primarily defined by how chicken you are. Check out our full review.

Eric Freson

Eric Freson; Blister Bio

Age: 31 | Vitals: 5’’10” 165 lbs | Years biking: 26 | Current Residence: Gunnison Valley, Colorado Background I grew up in small-town Vermont, and was encouraged to get outside from a very young age. My first bike was a 20” BMX bike that our … Read more

Eric Freson

Eric Freson ski reviewer bio, Blister

Eric Freson, Crested Butte, CO. (photo by Andrew Buergin) Age: 31 | Vitals: 5’’10”, 180 lbs | Years skiing: 26 | Current Residence: Gunnison Valley, Colorado Background: I grew up in small-town Vermont, and was encouraged to get outside from a very young age. I … Read more