On our last podcast, we told you about a serious ski accident that Blister founder, Jonathan Ellsworth, was fortunate to survive. But the crash itself was only part of the story, and the weeks after the crash have been full of a number of very consequential events, decisions, and lessons, and we discuss them here.
We talk to ridiculously-well-rounded-skier Michelle Parker about joining the Arc’teryx team, her work with S.A.F.E.A.S Clinics, her upcoming trips, gear, mountain lions, and a whole lot more.
We talk to Blister’s bike editor, Noah Bodman, about where the most innovations are taking place in the bike world; whether e-bikes are gaining acceptance; several particular bikes (including the YT Jeffsy, the Canyon Spectral, and a couple of “plus” bikes); and the upcoming World Cup DH season.
We talk to DPS Skis founder, Stephan Drake, about the early days of DPS, ski design, and the new DPS ski boot that aims to change skiing as we know it.
What is the least understood but arguably most important piece of ski equipment? Ski boot liners. So we talk to ski boot pioneer, Sven Coomer, about why boot liners don’t receive the attention they deserve, what makes Zipfit liners different, and why Sven believes that liners are the single most important piece of ski equipment.
Is he the most interesting man in the world? Probably. We talk to our good friend Paul Forward about heli skiing, heli guiding, wilderness medicine, and of course, some new gear.
Accidents happen when you’re far away from help. Do you know how to respond? Too many of us don’t, and that is irresponsible and dangerous. This conversation will drive that point home, and clue you in on some steps we all should take.
From Bend, we announce the release of a new special-edition Blister Pro, then talk to Blister reviewers David Steele and Andrew Forward about growing up in Alaska; speed flying; Glacier National Park; funny & painful ski touring missions, Super Burrito, and more.
We talk to Semi-Rad.com’s Brendan Leonard about creativity and the process of creating: How to stop procrastinating and get started; why – and why not – to attempt something new; and what it takes to keep going.
We stopped by Armada HQ in Park City to talk to Andy Hytjan and Logan Imlach about Armada’s past, present, and future; Armada’s stacked team; and a number of skis in the Armada line, including the JJ, the Edollo, and the new ARV 106.
We talk to our bike editor, Noah Bodman, right from the showroom floor about the highlights and lowlights of Interbike.
Our reviewers discuss the most surprising and the most impressive gear we just tested in New Zealand.