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Meghan Hicks, managing editor, iRunFar (Ep.11)

Brendan Leonard and Jonathan Ellsworth talk to Meghan Hicks — who is one hell of a trail runner in her own right — about her background; covering the “puke fests and the transcendental moments” of trail running; how iRunFar.com came to be; what motivates her to run; what she thinks is the most misunderstood thing about ultra races; and more.

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Cy Whitling reviews the Moment Deathwish Tour for Blister

2019-2020 Moment Deathwish Tour

Moment just released a new version of their Deathwish — the Deathwish Tour. And after spending time on it this past season, we think the new ski stands out in the touring market. Check out our full review.

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Jonathan Ellsworth talks with Fernie skier and biker, Dylan Siggers, about growing up in Fernie, winning the Intersection video contest, biking, skiing with Burrrlapz, and more on the Blister Podcast

Up & Coming: Skier AND Mtn Biker, Dylan Siggers (Ep.96)

Today we’re launching our new Up & Coming series, where we’ll be highlighting some athletes who, if they aren’t already on your radar, they should be. And first up is Dylan Siggers, because few people out there are this good on skis and on a bike. Plus, Dylan is also involved in filmmaking and music, so we talk to him about skiing, biking, filming, music, and more.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Atomic Backland 107 for Blister

19/20 Atomic Backland 107

Check out our initial on-snow impressions of Atomic’s wider touring ski.

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Luke Koppa reviews the Shaggy's Ahmeek 105 for Blister

2019-2020 Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105

Shaggy’s is a relatively new brand that’s making skis in Michigan, and the Ahmeek 105 is their do-everything all-mountain ski that has several very interesting design elements. Check out our measured specs, rocker pics, and initial impressions.

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Sam Shaheen, Luke Koppa, and Jonathan Ellsworth discuss the Volkl Mantra 102, Dalbello Lupo Pro HD, Line Vision 98, The Lion King, CAMP carabiners, and more on Blister's GEAR:30 podcast

New Ski & Climbing Gear + Random Reviews (Ep.59)

Jonathan Ellsworth, Luke Koppa, & Sam Shaheen argue about the new Volkl Mantra 102 and how it compares to the M5 Mantra; discuss with more civility the Line Vision 98; Dalbello Lupo Pro HD ski boot; Camp Nano 22 vs. Orbit Wire carabiners; and close with several extremely random reviews.

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Anthill Films' Darcy Wittenberg and Ian Dun discuss their latest mountain-bike film, Return To Earth, on Blister's Bikes & Big Ideas podcast.

Anthill Films’ Latest: Return to Earth (Ep.5)

Anthill Films’ latest movie, Return to Earth, displays the sick cinematography and sick bike riding that Anthill is known for. But in Return to Earth, they’re going after some bigger stakes. So we talk to Anthill’s Darcy Wittenberg and Ian Dunn about those stakes; the origins & early days of Anthill; some of the locations, riders, and cinematography in Return to Earth; and more.

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Sam Shaheen reviews the Arc'teryx Alpha SK 32 Backpack for Blister

Arc’teryx Alpha SK 32 Backpack

This year Arc’teryx released a very minimalist backcountry ski / snowboard pack. So, how does the new Alpha SK 32 compare to more traditional options, and what do you gain and lose by going with this fast-and-light pack?

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Jonathan Ellsworth talks with neurologist, Dr. Michael Merzenick, about brain plasticity, how we can improve the health of our brains, and more on the Blister Podcast.

Training Your Body — and Your Brain (Ep.95)

You’re probably already convinced of the importance of physical exertion, going outside, and staying physically fit and healthy. But what about the fitness of your brain? We talk to the neuroscientist, Michael Merzenich, about the significant neurological benefits of going fast, going outside, and undertaking new activities; the more effective and less effective ways to exercise our brains; the changes to our brains caused by the time so many of us — and our kids — are spending in front of phone, computer, and TV screens; and more.

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Jonathan Ellsworth and Luke Koppa review the ON3P Woodsman 108 for Blister

2019-2020 ON3P Woodsman 108

We’ve now had three reviewers on ON3P’s new Woodsman 108, and it’s time to weigh in on how their newest all-mountain ski performs, and how it compares to their Wrenegade 108, their Jeffrey 108 (and in our Deep Dive Comparisons, pretty much every other relevant ski on the market). Check it out.

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Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the ON3P Woodsman 108 for Blister

Deep Dive: ON3P Woodsman 108

We compare the Woodsman 108 to the ON3P Jeffrey 108, ON3P Wrenegade 108, K2 Mindbender 108Ti, Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, Salomon QST 106, Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, Liberty Origin 106, Rossignol Soul 7 HD, Line Sick Day 104, Elan Ripstick 106, 4FRNT MSP 107, Black Crows Corvus, Moment Commander 108, J Skis Metal, Prior Husume, and Blizzard Cochise.

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

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Luke Koppa reviews the Faction Candide 4.0 for Blister.

19/20 Faction Candide 4.0

Check out our initial on-snow impressions of the updated Faction Candide 4.0.

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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Kara Williard reviews the K2 Mindbender 115C Alliance for Blister.

2019-2020 K2 Mindbender 115C Alliance

The new Mindbender 115C Alliance is the widest women’s ski in K2’s 19/20 lineup, but we think its versatility makes it a very appealing option for a lot of skiers. Check out our full review, including comparisons to the Nordica Santa Ana 110 and Blizzard Sheeva 11.

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Blister's summer baby apparel roundup

Summer Baby Clothes Roundup

Our youngest (by far) reviewer has been very busy testing a bunch of sun-protective clothing this summer, and with just a bit of writing help from his mom, we’ve rounded up a number of tops, bottoms, and accessories that can help keep your little one cool, protected, and comfortable. Check it out here, along with some of the cutest photos we’ve ever posted on Blister.

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Win a Bike Rack from Kuat

Win Kuat’s flagship bike rack, the NV 2.0 — a hitch-mounted bike rack with capacity for two bikes.

Promising or Pointless? 5 Weird New Bike Products (Ep.6)

Sometimes “different” is better. Other times, it’s just dumb. So we discuss a number of very unconventional new products: the Trust Message linkage fork; Structure Cycleworks’ SCW1 linkage fork / frame system; high-pivot trail bikes and the Forbidden Druid; Starling Cycles’ ‘Jack Drive’ bikes; and Tannus Armour tire inserts.

Sam Shaheen reviews the La Sportiva Cobra Eco for Blister

La Sportiva Cobra Eco

La Sportiva recently released a new, more environmentally friendly version of their classic Cobra shoe, and we’ve now spent a year in the new Cobra Eco to see how it compares.

Meghan Hicks, managing editor, iRunFar (Ep.11)

Brendan Leonard and Jonathan Ellsworth talk to Meghan Hicks — who is one hell of a trail runner in her own right — about her background; covering the “puke fests and the transcendental moments” of trail running; how iRunFar.com came to be; what motivates her to run; what she thinks is the most misunderstood thing about ultra races; and more.

Cy Whitling reviews the Moment Deathwish Tour for Blister

2019-2020 Moment Deathwish Tour

Moment just released a new version of their Deathwish — the Deathwish Tour. And after spending time on it this past season, we think the new ski stands out in the touring market. Check out our full review.

Jonathan Ellsworth talks with Fernie skier and biker, Dylan Siggers, about growing up in Fernie, winning the Intersection video contest, biking, skiing with Burrrlapz, and more on the Blister Podcast

Up & Coming: Skier AND Mtn Biker, Dylan Siggers (Ep.96)

Today we’re launching our new Up & Coming series, where we’ll be highlighting some athletes who, if they aren’t already on your radar, they should be. And first up is Dylan Siggers, because few people out there are this good on skis and on a bike. Plus, Dylan is also involved in filmmaking and music, so we talk to him about skiing, biking, filming, music, and more.

Luke Koppa reviews the Shaggy's Ahmeek 105 for Blister

2019-2020 Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105

Shaggy’s is a relatively new brand that’s making skis in Michigan, and the Ahmeek 105 is their do-everything all-mountain ski that has several very interesting design elements. Check out our measured specs, rocker pics, and initial impressions.

Sam Shaheen, Luke Koppa, and Jonathan Ellsworth discuss the Volkl Mantra 102, Dalbello Lupo Pro HD, Line Vision 98, The Lion King, CAMP carabiners, and more on Blister's GEAR:30 podcast

New Ski & Climbing Gear + Random Reviews (Ep.59)

Jonathan Ellsworth, Luke Koppa, & Sam Shaheen argue about the new Volkl Mantra 102 and how it compares to the M5 Mantra; discuss with more civility the Line Vision 98; Dalbello Lupo Pro HD ski boot; Camp Nano 22 vs. Orbit Wire carabiners; and close with several extremely random reviews.

Anthill Films' Darcy Wittenberg and Ian Dun discuss their latest mountain-bike film, Return To Earth, on Blister's Bikes & Big Ideas podcast.

Anthill Films’ Latest: Return to Earth (Ep.5)

Anthill Films’ latest movie, Return to Earth, displays the sick cinematography and sick bike riding that Anthill is known for. But in Return to Earth, they’re going after some bigger stakes. So we talk to Anthill’s Darcy Wittenberg and Ian Dunn about those stakes; the origins & early days of Anthill; some of the locations, riders, and cinematography in Return to Earth; and more.

Sam Shaheen reviews the Arc'teryx Alpha SK 32 Backpack for Blister

Arc’teryx Alpha SK 32 Backpack

This year Arc’teryx released a very minimalist backcountry ski / snowboard pack. So, how does the new Alpha SK 32 compare to more traditional options, and what do you gain and lose by going with this fast-and-light pack?