Introducing the 18/19 Blister Pro:
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- Get your pre-order in before 11.16.18, and skis will ship the week of 12.4.18
The Short Story of the Graphic:
The Blister Pro is back, and the key word here is: Maroon.
The Medium Version:
By now it is well established that this is one of our favorite skis of all time. Some of us love the 184 cm model, some of us love the 190 cm model. But a bunch of us at Blister — and a lot of our friends — and many of our readers — tend to say things like, “Best. Ski. Ever.”
As for the new graphic, we wanted to pay homage to the great Tom Petty, and give a subtle tip of the hat to one of the greatest videos ever, “Don’t Come Around Here No More.” That maroon is also a nod to a few other things, too…
The Long Version:
After losing the great Tom Petty last year, I kept going back to rewatch what I still think is the greatest music video of all time, Don’t Come Around Here No More, and revisiting a number of Petty’s albums, some of which I hadn’t listened to in years. (In case you didn’t know or had kind of forgotten, Petty’s best songs are as powerful as pretty much anybody else’s best.)
And then earlier this year I found myself listening repeatedly to Scott Hutchison’s cover of Petty’s Room at the Top of the World, one of my favorite songs performed by one of my favorite singers. So, unexpectedly, Petty was more of a presence in my day-to-day life than he had been in years, and I began thinking about paying homage both to him and Scott, and taking a few cues from the “Don’t Come Around Here No More” video. So I thought this year’s Blister Pro should be maroon, like the top hat. Maroon and smoke. (Again, watch the video.)
Another nod: I happened to spend five very intense and formative years in graduate study at a school that has the nickname, Maroons, and whose colors are maroon and white. And the truth is that a number of the principles that were crystallized during those years of studying philosophy at the U of C would later set the foundation for how we would (and wouldn’t) do things at Blister. And though it’s sappy to admit, I’ve always since loved that combination of maroon and white, and I light up whenever I see the combo.
Finally, as you may have read in our Buyer’s Guide, we are moving Blister’s headquarters to Crested Butte. And when I was in CB this past spring checking out specific locations for our new HQ, we checked out a number of places, but the last one I looked at was at Elevation. And guess what the name of the room was?
So that settled that. The new Blister Pro would be maroon, and Luke Koppa and I got to work coming up with a clean design that incorporated nods to both the past and the future. And then Moment’s Luke Jacobson helped us dial in the final graphic.
That’s the story.
But even without all that backstory, we really just like the look of this ski, and we hope you do, too.
Have fun out there.