Blister Summit Panel: Next Generation Materials

We talk with the founders of MountainFlow Eco-Wax (Peter Arlein); Checkerspot (Charlie Dimmler); and Flylow (Dan Abrams) about the challenges and opportunities of working with new materials; performance vs. sustainability; greenwashing; “Flylower”; the most promising new materials; & more.

TOPICS & TIMES

  • 0:00 – Backgrounds & Introductions
  • 8:20 – Risks & rewards of moving away from conventional materials
  • 15:38 – *When* do you depart from conventional materials?
  • 29:36 – Performance and Sustainability Relations, when to choose
  • 25:20 – Demand for performance vs. sustainability
  • 34:48 – Financial risks and opportunities
  • 42:56 – Greenwashing
  • 56:17 – Material Wishes/Fantasies
  • 1:01:23 – Fan Chat Question (How do we think about sustainability in the world of convenience economy?)
  • 1:02:33 – Outro
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3 comments on “Blister Summit Panel: Next Generation Materials”

  1. I tried a sample of their wax, it sucked. Didn’t want to flow in a liquid state at all on the iron and when it dried it hardened into a really tough shell that had to be chipped off instead of scraped off. I doubt it even penetrated the base at all.

    • I have a bar of eco flow, its slippery and durable on my skis. Instead of melting it onto the ski, i rub it on cold, and then iron. No scraping required, just a little scotch brite and brushing.

  2. Massive use of snowmobiles, diesel trucks, and aircraft by many so called Protect Our Winters skiers and speaking environmental mumbo jumbo and the use of a tiny amount of a questionable environmentally friendly wax makes that all ok?

    The hypocrisy is staggering and nauseating.

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