Kara Williard reviews the K2 Mindbender 89Ti W for BLISTER.

24/25 K2 Mindbender 89Ti W

This season we got on the narrowest metal-laminate ski in K2’s Mindbender series — here are our initial thoughts on the Mindbender 89Ti W, how it compares to the excellent Mindbender 99Ti W, and more.

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Kara Williard reviews the Nordica Santa Ana 102 for BLISTER.

24/25 Nordica Santa Ana 102

Nordica is updating their longstanding Santa Ana series of skis for the 24/25 season, and we’ve been spending time on the widest model in the series, and the replacement to the Santa Ana 104 Free, the Santa Ana 102. Check out our initial on-snow impressions.

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Kara Williard reviews the Armada ARW 112 for BLISTER.

24/25 Armada ARW 112

A few weeks ago, Kara Williard brought the 24/25 Armada ARW 112 on a trip to Alaska. Here are her initial on-snow impressions.

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Kara Williard reviews the Icelantic Maiden 102 for BLISTER.

2024-2025 Icelantic Maiden 102

Icelantic overhauled their longstanding Maiden and Nomad skis for 24/25, including longer lengths options for the women’s Maiden series, and we spent the season testing the new Maiden 102 against its competition to see where it falls in the all-mountain market. Read all about it in our Full Review & Deep Dive comparisons.
Kara Williard reviews the Icelantic Maiden 102 for BLISTER.

Deep Dive: Icelantic Maiden 102

We compare the Icelantic Maiden 102 to the Nordica Unleashed 98 W, Moment Sierra, Blizzard Sheeva 10, Faction Dancer 3X, Zag Slap 104, Armada ARW 106 UL, Nordica Unleashed 108 W, Atomic Maven 103 CTI, Fischer Ranger 102, Nordica Santa Ana 102, K2 Mindbender 99Ti W, Volkl Secret 102, DPS Kaizen 105, Line Optic 104, K2 Mindbender 106C W, Folsom Cash 106, & Salomon QST Stella 106.

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Kara Williard reviews the Atomic Maven 103 CTI for BLISTER.

2024-2025 Atomic Maven 103 CTI

For 24/25, Atomic widened their women’s all-mountain lineup with the addition of the Maven 103 CTI, and the new ski achieves the rare feat of standing out both on piste and in powder — but that’s not the whole story. Check out our Full Review & Deep Dive Comparisons for the full rundown on the Maven 103 CTI.
Kara Williard reviews the Atomic Maven 103 CTI for BLISTER.

Deep Dive: Atomic Maven 103 CTI

We compare the Atomic Maven 103 CTI to the Fischer Ranger 102, Nordica Santa Ana 102, K2 Mindbender 99Ti W, Volkl Secret 102, Blizzard Sheeva 10, DPS Kaizen 105, Line Blade Optic 104, K2 Mindbender 106C W, Folsom Cash 106, Faction Dancer 3X, Salomon QST Stella 106, Nordica Unleashed 108, & Majesty Vadera Ti.

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Kara Williard reviews the Blizzard Black Pearl 94 for BLISTER.

2024-2025 Blizzard Black Pearl 94

The Black Pearl series has defined Blizzard’s women-specific lineup for decades, but what’s changed with the 24/25 skis, and how does the widest model in the collection slot into the current all-mountain market? Here are our Full Review & Deep Dive comparisons for the brand-new Black Pearl 94.
Kara Williard reviews the Blizzard Black Pearl 94 for BLISTER.

Deep Dive: Blizzard Black Pearl 94

We compare the Blizzard Black Pearl 94 to the Blizzard Black Pearl 97, Nordica Santa Ana 92, Volkl Secret 96, Volkl Secret 102, Blizzard Sheeva 9, Armada Reliance 92Ti, Peak 98 by Bode, K2 Mindbender 99Ti W, Salomon QST Lumen 98, 4FRNT MSP CC, & Majesty Havoc 100 Ti.

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Stuff We Like: March 2024

This edition of our Stuff We Like series includes everything from a whole collection of bike tools to splitboard skins, children’s books, goggles with a heads-up display, portable radios, and more. Here are some of the latest products that our reviewers have been testing and enjoying.
New Tech to Simplify Decision Making in the Backcountry (Ep.292)

New Tech to Simplify Decision Making in the Backcountry (Ep.292)

After years in the backcountry and a near-death experience, IFMGA Guide, Jeff Banks, wanted to build a tool that could simplify and improve the decision-making of any backcountry user. The result is Aspect Avy. We talk with Jeff about how this app compares to and complements other backcountry tools; how it accounts for human factors; the general state of tech in the backcountry; and more.
Kara Williard reviews the K2 Mindbender 116C W for Blister

24/25 K2 Mindbender 116C W

Kara Williard just wrapped up a pow-skiing trip to Alaska, and one of the skis she brought with her was the recently updated Mindbender 116C. Here are her initial on-snow impressions.

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Kara Williard reviews the DPS Wailer 100 for BLISTER.

24/25 DPS Wailer 100

DPS is reinstating and revising their Wailer series for the 24/25 season, and we've been spending time on the Wailer 100 – check out our initial impressions.

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Standout Backcountry Gear: Past, Present, & Future (ft. Vertical Playground)

Standout Backcountry Gear: Past, Present, & Future (Ep.289)

We talk with Trygve Sande, one of the founders of VPG (our Blister Recommended Shop in Oppdal, Norway), about all-time pivotal pieces of backcountry gear; products that help break down the barriers to entry; skiing in Norway; and last but not least, Trygve’s involvement and collaboration with Hoji and 4FRNT’s new concept ski.
Kara Williard reviews the Majesty Havoc 100 Ti for BLISTER.

24/25 Majesty Havoc 100 Ti

We’ve been spending time on the Majesty Havoc 100 Ti. Check out our initial on-snow impressions on this directional, all-mountain ski.

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Kara Williard reviews the Atomic Maven 103 CTI for BLISTER.

24/25 Atomic Maven 103 CTI

We’ve been spending time on an all-new women-specific ski from Atomic, and the widest in the collection, the Maven 103 CTI. Check out our initial impressions.

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Blister reviews the Blizzard Black Pearl 94 skis.

24/25 Blizzard Black Pearl 94

We've been spending time on Blizzard's widest model in their recently updated Black Pearl lineup, the Black Pearl 94 – here are our initial thoughts.

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