TOPICS & TIMES:
- Listener questions (4:21)
- Why curated.com is the worst (46:30)
- Product reviews from other buyer’s guides (53:05)
Last week on GEAR:30, we talked about some of our 19/20 Blister “Best Of” selections and some of the products that just missed the cut, and why. And we also discussed some general trends and some of our takeaways from putting our big Buyer’s Guide together.
In this episode, we’re answering a bunch of the questions you submitted, then in the back half of our conversation, we assess some of the product reviews from several of the other ski review publications and one gear recommendation website. And fair warning here, I get pretty fired up. Because there are still a lot of fake reviews and extremely misleading product reviews and product recommendation services out there, and this really needs to stop. Those review publications and review services need to do better, or we need to stop supporting them.
There is a little bit of strong language in this episode, so please don’t listen if that offends you. But we here at Blister are far more offended by the fake and / or misleading reviews and product recommendations in the outdoor sports world that are posing as legitimate consumer product information. Anyway, judge for yourself.
Update: Get our Buyer’s Guide / Blister Member Benefits
We recently released the digital edition of our big, brand-new 19/20 Blister Winter Buyer’s Guide. And the limited-edition print version of the guide is going to be shipping out in just a couple of days, so keep an eye on your mailbox for that.
If you’d like to get a limited-edition print copy of the guide, there is still time to order them on our website. Here at Blister, we refer to the print edition guide pretty much everyday, and we know that a lot of ski manufacturers and product managers use this guide as a reference book to keep tabs on what the rest of the industry is up to.
The other thing you can do to get the print edition of the guide — while quantities last — is to become a Blister Member. Blister Members receive:
- The print-edition of the guide
- Get access to all of our Flash Reviews and Deep Dive Comparisons
- Can email us with any gear questions and get our personalized recommendations
- Get access to a number of exclusive deals & discounts from various manufacturers so that, if you use any of those deals or discounts, the Membership literally more than pays for itself
And as you will hear in this episode, we believe that there are more reasons than ever before to support independent review sources — ones that won’t lie to you, and that you can actually trust.