The most honest, accurate, and useful Buyer’s Guide in the world.
Our 23/24 Winter Buyer’s Guide is — by far — our biggest guide ever, and also the best guide out there: 300+ skis, 70+ boots, plus plenty of snowboards, splitboards, touring bindings, climbing skins, helmets, goggles, apparel, and more.
But what makes our guide the most trustworthy is what you won’t find in it: there are zero advertisements from any of the ski or snowboard companies we review, so you aren’t getting any paid-for reviews, just — as always — our honest, unvarnished opinion after many days of testing each product.
You can now pre-order the print and digital editions of the 23/24 Guide.
Same as last year, you can order the print edition and get the digital edition at no extra cost, or go digital only.
Our 23/24 Cover Photo
This year’s cover photo was shot on Feb 15, 2023, right in the middle of our Blister Summit, which is particularly fitting, since the skier pictured is Blister reviewer & Summit director, Kristin Sinnott. (Our Summit photographer, Taylor Ahearn, captured the ethereal image of Kristin, in addition to grabbing hundreds of great photos of Summit attendees.)
We’ve gotta get back to work, but pre-order your copy now to be the very first to read the guide when it comes out this September.
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WHY THE BLISTER GUIDE IS BETTER
We Test Product Year Round
Other publications do their product testing in a few days. We literally test year-round. Nobody puts in as much time on equipment as we do, so no other Buyer’s Guide can match the accuracy of our gear reviews and our product comparisons.
$$ No Conflicts of Interest $$
Unlike many other buyer’s guides, we don’t take any advertising money from the ski or snowboard companies we review. So what you get from us is the most honest, accurate, and useful product descriptions and comparisons you will find.
We Won't Insult Your Intelligence
Bad cliches and unhelpful product reviews aren’t our thing. Instead, you’ll get the info you need to make informed buying decisions, including our own verified product specs, and honest, accurate descriptions of how products perform & compare.
WHAT'S IN THE GUIDE
Our Buyer’s Guide covers:
- Men’s & Women’s Skis
- Ski Boots
- Men’s & Women’s Snowboards
- Outerwear & Midlayers
- Backcountry Touring Bindings
- Backcountry Touring Skins
A favorite among Blister readers, we will once again lay out our recommendations for potential one- and two-ski quivers from the 23/24 crop of skis.
When we give a product a ‘Best Of’ Award, you can be sure that it was earned, not bought.
Most buyer’s guides are simply too general. So we’ve sorted the skis and boots we’ve reviewed into distinct classes based on common characteristics. We describe those classes in detail, and lay out what each particular product brings to the table.
Our Ski Categories Include:
- All-Mountain Skis:
- More Stable
- More Forgiving
- Women-Specific Skis
- More Stable
- More Forgiving
- Powder Skis
- 50/50 — Resort / Backcountry Skis
- Touring Skis
- Frontside Skis
- Park Skis
- Powder Skis
- More Directional
- More Playful
Our Ski Boot Categories Include:
- Dedicated Alpine Boots
- ‘Walk Mode’ Alpine / Touring Boots
- Touring Boots
Frequently asked questions
We’ll be submitting the guide to the printer at the end of August, with pre-ordered guides shipping around mid-September.
All Blister Members and those who have purchased the Guide will be able to view and download the digital Guide directly from our site. You will find it under the “Buyer’s Guides” tab on our navigation bar; there will be a tab under “Winter Buyer’s Guide” labeled “READ NOW: 23/24 Winter Buyer’s Guide.”
To view the Digital Guide, you’ll need to be logged into the account that you used to purchase the Guide or Blister Membership.
Nope! If you have an active Blister Membership, you automatically get the guide. There are two versions of the Blister Membership: one that includes the Digital and Print Edition (and therefore includes a shipping charge) and one that only includes the Digital Edition (and therefore has no shipping fee).
To check which option you have selected, head to the “My Subscriptions” tab on your “My Account” page and look at which variation of the Blister Membership is listed. If you’re set to receive both Digital and Print editions, it will say “Of course!” next to the Blister Membership on your subscription. If you’re only set up to receive the Digital edition, it will say “No thanks” next to the Blister Membership on your subscription
If you’re a current Blister Member who selected the digital-only option for the Winter Buyer’s Guide when you bought your Blister Membership but would now like to receive the print edition in future years, go to the “My Subscriptions” tab on the “My Account” page on our site, hit the “Switch Subscription” button, select the print option from the drop-down box on the Blister Membership product page, and complete the checkout process (be sure to double check your shipping address). You’ll be able to do this at no extra charge, but your next renewal payment will include a shipping fee to cover the print guide.
If you’re a current member who selected the print option for the Winter Buyer’s Guide when you bought your Blister Membership but would now like to switch to the digital edition and not pay shipping in future years, go to the “My Subscriptions” tab on the “My Account” page on our site, hit the “Switch Subscription” button, select the digital option from the drop-down box on the Blister Membership product page, and complete the checkout process. Then, to have the shipping charge removed from your subscription, please reach out to us at this email and we’ll make sure we get that updated.
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