GEAR:30 Podcast

We discuss new 2018-2019 skis on the GEAR 30 podcast

18/19 All-Mountain & Frontside Skis (Ep.15)

We just finished testing a broad range of skis, so Blister’s Sam Shaheen, Luke Koppa, and Jonathan Ellsworth discuss a number of the highlights, including the new Atomic Bent Chetler 100, the HEAD Supershape i.Titan, a new carver from DPS, the Black Crows Orb, and what might be Jonathan’s new personal favorite from Blizzard.

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Bentgate founder, Greg Floyd, talks backcountry skiing on the blister GEAR:30 podcast

New Backcountry Ski Gear & Culture (Ep.14)

We talk with Greg Floyd, founder of Bentgate in Golden, Colorado, about a bunch of new backcountry gear and some of the significant changes to backcountry ski culture that Greg has witnessed throughout his time at Bentgate.

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Sascha Anastas and Jonathan Ellsworth discuss women's ski boots, Gear:30 Podcast

Weird Skis & Women’s Ski Boots (Ep.13)

Jonathan Ellsworth and Sam Shaheen discuss the Renoun Endurance 98 and Scott Scrapper 115, then Sascha Anastas and Kara Williard talk about women’s ski boots, why it can be so hard for good skiers with small feet to find something that works for them, and which new boot Sascha is in love with.

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2018-2019 ON3P Skis, Scott Andrus, Gear:30 Podcast

ON3P Skis 18/19 Lineup (Ep.12)

ON3P is releasing their entire new lineup early next month. So we talk to ON3P’s Scott Andrus about this decision, then go over every ski in the new line, including what’s new, what’s unchanged, and what’s so new and experimental that Scott didn’t want to talk about it. (But we got him to anyway.)

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2018-2019 Moment Skis, Luke Jacobsen, Gear:30 Podcast

18/19 Moment Skis Lineup (Ep.10)

We talk to the CEO and head designer of Moment Skis, Luke Jacobson, about Moment’s lineup for next season — what’s new, what’s unchanged, and what’s tweaked — and we cover touring skis, kids skis, women’s skis and even … the Chief Commander.

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Paul Forward on the Gear 30 podcast

Testing Pow Skis in Alaska & Japan + Shop Talk (Ep.9)

We talk to Blister reviewer, Paul Forward, about the Faction Prime 4.0, Black Diamond Helio 116, and DPS Spoon, then talk to Jeremy Cole, owner of Alpine Sports, about new gear, some of his favorite “bang for the buck” boots and skis, and real-world issues of boots, bindings, and bench test results.

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Black Sheep Sports, Sebastian Steinbach (Ep.6)

Back in 2010, Sebastian Steinbach had the crazy idea to defy traditional European ski culture and open a freeride-specific ski shop in Munich, Germany. We talk to Sebastian about what he was thinking (???), differences between European & North American ski culture, and some of his current favorite products for skiing in the Alps.

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Sam Shaheen reviews the Volkl Mantra M5 for Blister

The New Volkl Mantra M5 (Ep.4)

Today, Volkl is announcing their new Mantra M5 and Secret, and last month, we headed to Germany to talk to Volkl’s lead designers of the new skis and to also get some initial time on snow.

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Cody Townsend and Chris Rubens discuss the Salomon Shift Binding

The New Salomon S/LAB SHIFT MNC (Ep.3)

Salomon’s new S/Lab Shift represents a significant leap forward in binding design. Check out our conversation with Salomon’s Cody Townsend Chris Rubens, and Benoit Sublet, and our initial on-snow review.

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We discuss the Blister Buyer's Guide on the GEAR:30 Podcast

The Making of Our Winter Buyer’s Guide (Ep.2)

In this conversation, we discuss the making of — and our takeaways from — our 17/18 Winter Buyer’s Guide, including our “Best Of” awards, our Blister Spectrums, our ski quiver selections, and some of the strangest claims we saw in some of the other buyer’s guides out there.

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