We talk with Sean Van Horn about two of La Sportiva’s new ski boots: the lightweight Skorpius CR II, and the freeride-oriented Vanguard. We cover all the interesting design elements that La Sportiva packed into each boot; where each boot slots into the wide-ranging “touring” category; and how touring gear has evolved to reflect shifting consumer trends.
We talk with Rossignol’s Alpine Category Manager, Jake Stevens, about Rossignol’s 2022-2023 ski lineup, including the updated Sender series; the name changes across the lineup; the very different graphics on the Blackops skis; the women’s Rallybird collection; and then we dive into the details on several of the updated and carryover models.
We talk with Rossignol’s Alpine Category Manager, Jake Stevens, about the new HI-SPEED and Pure boots, which have been in development for the past several years. We touch on the origin of new boots; the three different “true” lasts / widths; boot “bloatation” and how to manage it; Rossignol’s new liner and how it corresponds to microwaving a burrito; and more.
We talk with Mammut ambassador, AMGA-certified rock and ski guide, and Pro-2 Avalanche practitioner, Steve Charest, about some of Mammut’s latest avalanche safety equipment, including their R.A.S. & P.A.S. avalanche airbag systems; Barryvox Transceivers & how they differ; Mammut's various probe & shovel options; dual-certified Crag Sender Helmet; and their new Aenergy line of ski-touring apparel.
We talk with Line’s marketing manager, Connor Clayton, about Line’s new collection of metal-laminate freeride skis, the Blade Optics. We discuss the origin of the series, how it combines elements of the Line Blade and Line Vision skis, Line’s “Gas Pedal Metal” construction, and the four Blade Optic models.
We sat down with K2's head ski designer, Jed Yeiser, to go into the weeds on several of the new skis they're releasing for the 2022-2023 season, including the all-new lightweight freeride Dispatch series, as well as their overhauled metal-laminate freeride Mindbender Ti series, each of which feature some very interesting new tech.
In Part Two of our panel on gear testing, Blister reviewers, Luke Koppa, Kristin Sinnott, Jonathan Ellsworth, and Sascha Anastas provide their perspectives about how they approach testing and reviewing gear; how this applies to anyone trying something new; how to make the most of a ski demo; and more.
We talk with Christoph Lentz (Fischer ski boots product manager), Tom Pietrowski (K2 ski boots product manager), and Greg Klein (product development & owner of Willi’s Ski Shops) about the current state of ski boot design, the latest trends (including pros & cons), and their predictions about the future.
We discuss our new BLISTER Labs initiative with some of the key players involved (Jeni Blacklock, Sean Humbert, Greg Vanderbeek, and Lauren Cooper); our current and upcoming BLISTER Labs projects; and how the blend of quantitative and qualitative testing will help us learn more about product performance and help consumers make more informed buying decisions.
Professional skiers are often asked about the mental preparation it takes to ski big lines and perform at a high level. But in this conversation, John Collinson, Wendy Fisher, Sander Hadley, and Drew Petersen offer a much broader perspective on ‘the mental game’ as it relates to dealing with injury and adversity; self identity; mental health; and more.
At our Blister Summit in Mt. Crested Butte, we talked with Kjerstin Klein (Winter Divas founder & co-owner of Willi’s Ski Shops); Louise Lintilhac (skier, writer, brand manager, & public relations); Andrea Charest (Mammut athlete, guide, & owner of Petra Cliffs); and Kara Williard (boot fitter & Blister reviewer) about the current state of women in the ski industry; where progress has been made; where the most work still needs to be done; the concept of “shrink it and pink it”; gender-specific vs. unisex products; mentorship; and more.