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On our latest Blister Podcast, we talk to the CEO of Alpine-X about his vision of developing indoor snowsports destinations in North American metropolitan markets. Could this have a similar effect that indoor climbing gyms have had on the popularity of climbing? Could such indoor facilities help create a more inclusive and more diverse snowsports demographic? Could this lead to a world where some people only ski indoors?

Skiing Indoors? Alpine-X & the Future of Snowsports (Ep.170)

We talk to the CEO of Alpine-X about his vision of developing indoor snowsports destinations in North American metropolitan markets. Could this have a similar effect that indoor climbing gyms have had on the popularity of climbing? Could such indoor facilities help create a more inclusive and more diverse snowsports demographic? Could this lead to a world where some people only ski indoors?

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David Golay Reviews the 2021 Santa Cruz Nomad for Blister

2021 Santa Cruz Nomad

The original Santa Cruz Nomad was one of the first bikes to shape the mold for the modern Enduro bike, way back in 2005. Now in its fifth generation, the new bike stands out from the rest of the market in some interesting ways. Check out our First Look for more.

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David Golay Reviews the 2021 Santa Cruz Nomad for Blister

Flash Review: 2021 Santa Cruz Nomad

The new, fifth-generation Santa Cruz Nomad is an interesting update to one of the longest-standing Enduro bikes on the market, and we’ve been spending time on it. Check out our Flash Review for our early impressions.

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In our new GEAR:30 mini-series, we’re talking to key designers in the world of snowsports and bike helmets to get a current state of helmet tech and helmet R&D. Today we talk with Ståle Møller of Sweet Protection about the pros & cons of the two different safety certifications; advances in materials & our understanding of head injuries; ventilation; the unique challenges of designing helmets for various activities; and how to know when you ought to replace your helmet.

Current State of Helmet Tech, pt. 1: Sweet Protection (Ep.149)

In our new mini-series, we’re talking to key designers in the world of snowsports and bike helmets to stitch together a current state of helmet tech and helmet R&D. Today we talk with Ståle Møller about the pros & cons of the two different safety certifications; advances in materials; our understanding of head injuries; ventilation; the unique challenges of designing helmets for various activities; and how to know when you ought to replace your helmet.

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Win any Pack from USWE

This week the winner will get any pack they want from USWE’s huge lineup, which spans everything from running to mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and more.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Elan Ripstick 106 for Blister

Deep Dive: Elan Ripstick 106

We compare the Ripstick 106 to the previous Ripstick 106, Ripstick 106 Black Edition, Line Sick Day 104, Head Kore 105, Wagner Summit 106, Fischer Ranger 102 FR, Black Crows Atris, Blizzard Rustler 10, Liberty Origin 106, Volkl Blaze 106, Armada Tracer 108, Sego Condor 108, J Skis Slacker, 4FRNT MSP 107, Whitedot Altum 104, Moment Wildcat 108, & Faction Dictator 3.0.

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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David Golay reviews the Specialized 2FO DH Clip for Blister

Specialized 2FO DH Clip Shoe

Specialized recently launched the 2FO DH Clip shoe with design input from Loic Bruni, and after several months with it, we think a lot of gravity-oriented riders should be considering it — not just those racing DH tracks.

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David Golay Reviews the Santa Cruz Bronson V4 for Blister

2022 Santa Cruz Bronson / Juliana Roubion

Santa Cruz just gave their longstanding Bronson and its sister model, the Juliana Roubion, a major update, and the biggest change is that they have grown mullets — the former 27.5’’ bikes now feature a 29’’ front wheel. That’s not all that’s new though. Check out our First Look for all the details.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Commencal Meta TR 29 for Blister

2021 Commencal Meta TR 29

Our managing editor was in the market for a new bike this year and has opted for Commencal’s “Trail” bike, the Meta TR 29. Check out our First Look & Flash Review for more on why he went with this particular bike and build, how it compares to the rest of the market, and our initial on-trail impressions.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Commencal Meta TR 29 for Blister

Flash Review: Commencal Meta TR 29

We’ve got five rides on the latest version of Commencal’s Trail bike — check out our initial thoughts.

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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Blister Guide to Mountain Bike Tires

Mountain Bike Tires: A Guide & Comparisons

In this guide, we’re comparing more than a dozen of the most popular Trail, Enduro, & DH tires to each other, highlighting their pros and cons, and helping you figure out which option might work best for you. In this update, we’ve added new tires from Schwalbe, Specialized, & Hutchinson.

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David Golay Reviews the Fox Speedframe Pro for Blister

Fox Speedframe Pro Helmet

Fox’s Speedframe Pro is a high-end, broad-coverage Trail / Enduro helmet with a 5-star safety rating from Virginia Tech. And given its solid coverage, it’s also been very impressive in terms of ventilation for hot rides. Check out our full review for more, including several comparisons to its competition.

In one of our all-time favorite podcast conversations, we find out how a kid from a little town in Italy goes from working in his family’s floral business to being a top fashion model in Miami to being one of the best ultrarunners in the world. And now, Michele Gralia isn’t just about winning long-distance races and setting records. He is passionate about human potential, helping us redefine what is possible, and motivating each and every one of us to do the same. In this episode of Blister's Off The Couch podcast, we discuss all of this and more.

Michele Graglia on Going ‘Ultra’ (Ep.87)

In one of our all-time favorite podcast conversations, we find out how a kid from a little town in Italy goes from working in his family’s floral business to being a top fashion model in Miami to being one of the best ultrarunners in the world. And now, Michele Gralia isn’t just about winning long-distance races and setting records. He is passionate about human potential, helping us redefine what is possible, and motivating each and every one of us to do the same.

Luke Koppa and Jonathan Ellsworth review the Rossignol Blackops Sender Squad for Blister

2021-2022 Rossignol Blackops Sender Squad

In an age where big, burly chargers are a bit of an endangered species, the 194cm-long, 112mm-wide Rossignol Blackops Sender Squad is a refreshing shift away from the norm. Check out our First Look and Flash Review for more on this athlete-driven ski.

On our latest Blister Podcast, we talk to the CEO of Alpine-X about his vision of developing indoor snowsports destinations in North American metropolitan markets. Could this have a similar effect that indoor climbing gyms have had on the popularity of climbing? Could such indoor facilities help create a more inclusive and more diverse snowsports demographic? Could this lead to a world where some people only ski indoors?

Skiing Indoors? Alpine-X & the Future of Snowsports (Ep.170)

We talk to the CEO of Alpine-X about his vision of developing indoor snowsports destinations in North American metropolitan markets. Could this have a similar effect that indoor climbing gyms have had on the popularity of climbing? Could such indoor facilities help create a more inclusive and more diverse snowsports demographic? Could this lead to a world where some people only ski indoors?

David Golay Reviews the 2021 Santa Cruz Nomad for Blister

2021 Santa Cruz Nomad

The original Santa Cruz Nomad was one of the first bikes to shape the mold for the modern Enduro bike, way back in 2005. Now in its fifth generation, the new bike stands out from the rest of the market in some interesting ways. Check out our First Look for more.

David Golay Reviews the 2021 Santa Cruz Nomad for Blister

Flash Review: 2021 Santa Cruz Nomad

The new, fifth-generation Santa Cruz Nomad is an interesting update to one of the longest-standing Enduro bikes on the market, and we’ve been spending time on it. Check out our Flash Review for our early impressions.

In our new GEAR:30 mini-series, we’re talking to key designers in the world of snowsports and bike helmets to get a current state of helmet tech and helmet R&D. Today we talk with Ståle Møller of Sweet Protection about the pros & cons of the two different safety certifications; advances in materials & our understanding of head injuries; ventilation; the unique challenges of designing helmets for various activities; and how to know when you ought to replace your helmet.

Current State of Helmet Tech, pt. 1: Sweet Protection (Ep.149)

In our new mini-series, we’re talking to key designers in the world of snowsports and bike helmets to stitch together a current state of helmet tech and helmet R&D. Today we talk with Ståle Møller about the pros & cons of the two different safety certifications; advances in materials; our understanding of head injuries; ventilation; the unique challenges of designing helmets for various activities; and how to know when you ought to replace your helmet.

Win any Pack from USWE

This week the winner will get any pack they want from USWE’s huge lineup, which spans everything from running to mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and more.

Luke Koppa reviews the Elan Ripstick 106 for Blister

2021-2022 Elan Ripstick 106 & Ripstick 106 Black Edition

This season we spent time on both the standard Ripstick 106 and its extra-carbon-packed sibling, the Ripstick 106 Black Edition. Check out our full review & Deep Dive comparisons for more on these two lightweight freeride skis.

Luke Koppa reviews the Elan Ripstick 106 for Blister

Deep Dive: Elan Ripstick 106

We compare the Ripstick 106 to the previous Ripstick 106, Ripstick 106 Black Edition, Line Sick Day 104, Head Kore 105, Wagner Summit 106, Fischer Ranger 102 FR, Black Crows Atris, Blizzard Rustler 10, Liberty Origin 106, Volkl Blaze 106, Armada Tracer 108, Sego Condor 108, J Skis Slacker, 4FRNT MSP 107, Whitedot Altum 104, Moment Wildcat 108, & Faction Dictator 3.0.

David Golay reviews the Specialized 2FO DH Clip for Blister

Specialized 2FO DH Clip Shoe

Specialized recently launched the 2FO DH Clip shoe with design input from Loic Bruni, and after several months with it, we think a lot of gravity-oriented riders should be considering it — not just those racing DH tracks.