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Deep Dive: WNDR Alpine Intention 110

We compare the Intention 110 to the Atomic Backland 107, Blizzard Zero G 105, Black Diamond Helio 105, K2 Wayback 106, Line Vision 108, Moment Wildcat Tour 108, Amplid Facelift 108, 4FRNT Raven, Renoun Citadel 106, Moment Wildcat 108, Salomon QST 106, Line Sick Day 104, Rossignol Soul 7 HD, & Liberty Origin 106.

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Flylow Domino Jacket & Siren Bib

Flylow’s Domino Jacket & Siren Bib are designed with the backcountry in mind, and while we think they perform really well there, this kit has proven to be surprisingly versatile. Check out our review.

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Isaac Freeland goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss winning the 2020 Freeride World Tour & Rookie of the Year

Up & Coming? FWT World Champion, Isaac Freeland (Ep.123)

Before this FWT season, Isaac Freeland, was a very good skier who was definitely on his way up. But then Isaac not only was named the 2020 Freeride World Tour Rookie of the Year, he also became the FTW World Champion. So we had Isaac take us through his first season on the FWT, and walk us through each stop. We also discuss what it was like competing against some of the biggest names in skiing; how he approached each particular comp; the rather surreal — and abrupt — end to this comp season, and more.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 130 for Blister

20/21 Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 130

We’ve now spent a handful of days in the backcountry and resort in the new Hawx Prime XTD 130. Check out our initial thoughts.

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02/03 Volant Spatula

Reviewer Paul Forward has been spending some time on Shane McConkey’s revolutionary idea, the Volant Spatula. Check out his initial thoughts.

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

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Luke Koppa reviews the Line Vision 98 for Blister

2020-2021 Line Vision 98

Back when we first took a look at Line’s ultralight Vision 98, we said it didn’t look like anything else on the market. And after skiing it throughout the past year, we’d also say it doesn’t ski like anything else out there, either. Check out our full review & Deep Dive comparisons.

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Ski Boot Engineering Manager for Full Tilt and K2 Ski Boots, Austin Peters, goes on Blister's GEAR:30 Podcast to discuss the history and future of Full Tilt Ski Boots

Full Tilt Ski Boots: Past & Present (Ep.92)

Full Tilt ski boots are beloved by some (including the likes of Bode Miller, Tom Wallisch, Seth Morrison, and Sammy Carlson), but they get pigeonholed by others who think of them as only being for park rats. So we talk to Austin Peters, the Ski Boot Engineering Manager for Full Tilt and K2 Ski Boots, about the history of Full Tilt; what makes them unique; why you might opt for a Full Tilt over an overlap boot; and what’s new for 20/21.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Line Vision 98 for Blister

Deep Dive: Line Vision 98

We compare the Vision 98 to the Salomon MTN Explore 95, K2 Wayback 96, Dynastar Mythic 97, Armada Tracer 98, G3 FINDr 102, 4FRNT Raven, & Line Vision 108.

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Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the Lange XT3 130 for Blister

2020-2021 Lange XT3 130

Lange’s XT series of boots have been staples in the “freeride touring” category for many years now, and Lange is overhauling the lineup for 20/21. Check out our First Look & Flash Review of the new XT3 130.

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Paul Forward and Luke Koppa review the Scott Patrol E1 30 avalanche airbag backpack for Blister

Scott Patrol E1 30 Avalanche Airbag Backpack

Blister reviewer Paul Forward has used a *lot* of different avalanche airbag systems, and the electric Alpride / Scott E1 system is his current favorite. Check out our review of the Scott Patrol E1 30 pack for his take on both the backpack itself and the E1 airbag system.

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Social Distancing for Outdoor Enthusiasts; BLISTER

Social Distancing for Outdoor Enthusiasts

As we’re all doing our part to decrease the spread of COVID-19, we polled several of our reviewers to see how they’re spending their time at home, and how they’re staying connected to the outdoor activities we love. Check out some of their recommendations and share your own.

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Luke Koppa & Eric Freson review Daymakers Alpine Touring Adapters for Blister.

Daymakers Alpine Touring Adapters

There are now loads of ways to walk uphill and ski down, but Daymakers Alpine Touring Adapters are different. They let you skin up and ski down in your regular alpine setup. So … how well do they work?

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Luke Koppa reviews the Volkl Blaze 106 for Blister

2020-2021 Volkl Blaze 106

Volkl is launching a new line of “lightweight freeride” skis for 20/21, the Blaze series, which are supposed to handle everything from days on the skin track to laps in the resort. Check out our First Look & Flash Review of the new Blaze 106.

Luke Koppa reviews the Marker Duke PT binding for Blister

20/21 Volkl Blaze 106

Check out our initial on-snow impressions of Volkl’s new lightweight freeride 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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2019-2020 WNDR Alpine Intention 110

WNDR Alpine’s Intention 110 may sound weird on paper (it incorporates algae), but it’s been anything but weird on snow. Check out our full review & Deep Dive comparisons to see why.

Deep Dive: WNDR Alpine Intention 110

We compare the Intention 110 to the Atomic Backland 107, Blizzard Zero G 105, Black Diamond Helio 105, K2 Wayback 106, Line Vision 108, Moment Wildcat Tour 108, Amplid Facelift 108, 4FRNT Raven, Renoun Citadel 106, Moment Wildcat 108, Salomon QST 106, Line Sick Day 104, Rossignol Soul 7 HD, & Liberty Origin 106.

Flylow Domino Jacket & Siren Bib

Flylow’s Domino Jacket & Siren Bib are designed with the backcountry in mind, and while we think they perform really well there, this kit has proven to be surprisingly versatile. Check out our review.

Isaac Freeland goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss winning the 2020 Freeride World Tour & Rookie of the Year

Up & Coming? FWT World Champion, Isaac Freeland (Ep.123)

Before this FWT season, Isaac Freeland, was a very good skier who was definitely on his way up. But then Isaac not only was named the 2020 Freeride World Tour Rookie of the Year, he also became the FTW World Champion. So we had Isaac take us through his first season on the FWT, and walk us through each stop. We also discuss what it was like competing against some of the biggest names in skiing; how he approached each particular comp; the rather surreal — and abrupt — end to this comp season, and more.

Atomic's Matt Manser goes on Blister's GEAR:30 Podcast to discuss the new Atomic Hawx Prime XTD boot, Atomic's new Mimic Liners, Forward Lean, Ramp Angle, & More

2020-2021 Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 130

For 20/21 Atomic is taking their excellent Hawx Ultra XTD touring boots and making them in a higher-volume last. Check out our First Look & Flash Review of the Hawx Prime XTD 130.

Luke Koppa reviews the Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 130 for Blister

20/21 Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 130

We’ve now spent a handful of days in the backcountry and resort in the new Hawx Prime XTD 130. Check out our initial thoughts.

02/03 Volant Spatula

Reviewer Paul Forward has been spending some time on Shane McConkey’s revolutionary idea, the Volant Spatula. Check out his initial thoughts.

Luke Koppa reviews the Line Vision 98 for Blister

2020-2021 Line Vision 98

Back when we first took a look at Line’s ultralight Vision 98, we said it didn’t look like anything else on the market. And after skiing it throughout the past year, we’d also say it doesn’t ski like anything else out there, either. Check out our full review & Deep Dive comparisons.

Ski Boot Engineering Manager for Full Tilt and K2 Ski Boots, Austin Peters, goes on Blister's GEAR:30 Podcast to discuss the history and future of Full Tilt Ski Boots

Full Tilt Ski Boots: Past & Present (Ep.92)

Full Tilt ski boots are beloved by some (including the likes of Bode Miller, Tom Wallisch, Seth Morrison, and Sammy Carlson), but they get pigeonholed by others who think of them as only being for park rats. So we talk to Austin Peters, the Ski Boot Engineering Manager for Full Tilt and K2 Ski Boots, about the history of Full Tilt; what makes them unique; why you might opt for a Full Tilt over an overlap boot; and what’s new for 20/21.