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Luke Koppa reviews the Liberty evolv 90 for Blister

2019-2020 Liberty evolv 90

For 19/20, Liberty is launching a brand-new line of skis that’s reportedly a blend of their V and Origin skis. Check out our measured specs, rocker pics, and initial impressions of the new evolv 90.

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Jonathan Ellsworth talks to WhistlePig Whiskey CMO, Jason Newell, on the BLISTER Podcast

Racing, Rossignol, & Rye Whiskey (Ep.88)

We went to Shoreham, Vermont, to talk with Jason Newell about his transition from ski racing, to working with the Rossignol Group for 25 years, to his latest adventure in a whole new category: whiskey. (Plus a story or two involving duct tape, Candide Thovex, and burning couches.)

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Sam Shaheen and Luke Koppa review the Zipline XT Goggle for Blister

Zipline XT Goggle

The Zipline XT features an absurdly quick and easy magnetic lens-swap system typically only seen on goggles twice as expensive. So, what’s the catch? Is there one? Check out our full review

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Luke Koppa reviews the Salomon S/Pro 130 for Blister

19/20 Salomon S/Pro 130

Here are our initial on-snow impressions of Salomon’s new lightweight alpine boot.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Salomon S/Pro 130 for Blister

2019-2020 Salomon S/Pro 130

The Salomon X Pro line is reportedly the best-selling line of ski boots in the world. For 19/20, they’re replacing the X Pro with the brand-new S/Pro series. Check out our measured specs, fit notes, and initial impressions of the S/Pro 130.

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2019-2020 K2 Mindbender 106c Alliance

After spending time on it in conditions ranging from fast and firm to steep and deep, the brand-new K2 Mindbender 106c Alliance has proven to be one of the most versatile wider women’s skis we’ve used.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Armada ARV 96 Ti for Blister

Deep Dive: Armada ARV 96 Ti

We compare the ARV 96 Ti to the Rossignol Black Ops 98, Dynastar Menace 98, Atomic Bent Chetler 100, Fischer Ranger 94 FR, Liberty Helix 98, Liberty Origin 96, J Skis Masterblaster, Moment Commander 98, Renoun Endurance 98, Nordica Enforcer 100, 4FRNT MSP 99, ON3P Wrenegade 96, and Blizzard Rustler 9.

Blister’s Flash Reviews and Deep Dives are produced for Blister members.

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Luke Koppa and Sam Shaheen talk to Patagonia's Senior Materials Developer, Pasha Whitmire, about Patagonia's technical fabric development on Blister's GEAR:30 Podcast

Patagonia’s Technical Fabric Development & Design (Ep.47)

This week we talk to Patagonia’s senior material developer, Pasha Whitmire, about how Patagonia designs, develops, and tests their technical fabrics; myths surrounding waterproof / breathable materials; why the future of fabric development lies in sustainability; the advantages and disadvantages of working with big names like Gore-Tex; and a whole lot more outerwear geekery.

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Claudio Caluori on Blister's Bikes & Big Ideas Podcast

Claudio Caluori (Ep.1)

We talk to Bikes & Big Ideas co-host, Claudio Caluori, about the origin story of this podcast; his background in XC & DH racing, how Velosolutions got started, experiments with food & diet; the #pumpforpeace project, and more.

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Sam Shaheen and Luke Koppa review the Smith I/O Mag XL for Blister

Smith I/O Mag XL Goggle

Smith’s original I/O goggle helped start the trend of lenses with quick and easy lens-swap systems. The I/O line has evolved a lot since then, with the brand-new I/O Mag XL being one of the newest additions. Check out our full review of the I/O Mag XL.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Prior Northwest 100 for Blister

2019-2020 Prior Northwest 100

The brand-new Prior Northwest 100 slots into a diverse class of playful all-mountain skis. So how does its design compare to the competition? Check out our measured specs, rocker pics, and initial impressions.

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Luke Koppa reviews the DPS Alchemist Wailer 110 C2 for Blister

2019-2020 DPS Alchemist Wailer A110 C2

DPS’s Wailer 112 has become very popular with many skiers, but it’s also been a bit polarizing. For 19/20, they’re adding a different version that could be appealing to those who weren’t previously interested in the Wailer 112. Check out our measured specs, rocker pics, and initial impressions of the new Wailer A110.

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Eric Freson, Sam Shaheen, and Jonathan Ellsworth review the Faction Dictator 4.0 for Blister

2019-2020 Faction Dictator 4.0

We’ve now had 3 reviewers on Faction’s big-mountain charger, the Dictator 4.0. Check out our full review for each of their takes.

Eric Freson, Sam Shaheen, and Jonathan Ellsworth review the Faction Dictator 4.0 for Blister

Deep Dive: Faction Dictator 4.0

We compare the Dictator 4.0 to the Blizzard Bodacious, Moment Wildcat / Blister Pro, Nordica Enforcer Pro, Line Sick Day 114, Icelantic Nomad 115, Dynastar PR-OTO Factory, ON3P Wrenegade 114, and Rossignol Super 7 RD.

Blister’s Flash Reviews and Deep Dives are produced for Blister members.

To get our comprehensive deep dives and our initial, unfiltered reports on new gear without waiting for our full reviews, become a Blister Member and receive many other services, deals, and discounts.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Liberty evolv 90 for Blister

19/20 Liberty evolv 90

Check out our initial on-snow impressions of Liberty’s brand-new narrower all-mountain ski.

Blister’s Flash Reviews and Deep Dives are produced for Blister members.

To get our comprehensive deep dives and our initial, unfiltered reports on new gear without waiting for our full reviews, become a Blister Member and receive many other services, deals, and discounts.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Liberty evolv 90 for Blister

2019-2020 Liberty evolv 90

For 19/20, Liberty is launching a brand-new line of skis that’s reportedly a blend of their V and Origin skis. Check out our measured specs, rocker pics, and initial impressions of the new evolv 90.

Jonathan Ellsworth talks to WhistlePig Whiskey CMO, Jason Newell, on the BLISTER Podcast

Racing, Rossignol, & Rye Whiskey (Ep.88)

We went to Shoreham, Vermont, to talk with Jason Newell about his transition from ski racing, to working with the Rossignol Group for 25 years, to his latest adventure in a whole new category: whiskey. (Plus a story or two involving duct tape, Candide Thovex, and burning couches.)

Sam Shaheen and Luke Koppa review the Zipline XT Goggle for Blister

Zipline XT Goggle

The Zipline XT features an absurdly quick and easy magnetic lens-swap system typically only seen on goggles twice as expensive. So, what’s the catch? Is there one? Check out our full review

Luke Koppa reviews the Salomon S/Pro 130 for Blister

2019-2020 Salomon S/Pro 130

The Salomon X Pro line is reportedly the best-selling line of ski boots in the world. For 19/20, they’re replacing the X Pro with the brand-new S/Pro series. Check out our measured specs, fit notes, and initial impressions of the S/Pro 130.

2019-2020 K2 Mindbender 106c Alliance

After spending time on it in conditions ranging from fast and firm to steep and deep, the brand-new K2 Mindbender 106c Alliance has proven to be one of the most versatile wider women’s skis we’ve used.

Luke Koppa reviews the Armada ARV 96 Ti for Blister

2019-2020 Armada ARV 96 Ti

Take two layers of metal, a nearly symmetrical shape, and a twin tip, and you’ve got the Armada ARV 96 Ti. The result? Check out our full review.

Luke Koppa reviews the Armada ARV 96 Ti for Blister

Deep Dive: Armada ARV 96 Ti

We compare the ARV 96 Ti to the Rossignol Black Ops 98, Dynastar Menace 98, Atomic Bent Chetler 100, Fischer Ranger 94 FR, Liberty Helix 98, Liberty Origin 96, J Skis Masterblaster, Moment Commander 98, Renoun Endurance 98, Nordica Enforcer 100, 4FRNT MSP 99, ON3P Wrenegade 96, and Blizzard Rustler 9.