Standout Backcountry Gear: Past, Present, & Future (Ep.289)

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We sat down with Trygve Sande, one of the founders of Vertical Playground (VPG), which is our Blister Recommended Shop in Oppdal, Norway, to get a read on the past, present, and future of backcountry gear. We discuss current trends; all-time pivotal pieces of gear; the most durable products; the easiest ones to use; gear that helps break down the barriers to entry; skiing in Norway; and last but not least, Trygve’s involvement and collaboration with Hoji and 4FRNT’s new concept ski. 

Vertical Playground
GEAR:30 Ep.169: Vertical Playground, Oppdal Norway
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VIDEOS: Blister YouTube Channel

VPG background (2:19)
Current Backcountry Trends (5:20)
All-Time Pivotal Gear (11:01)
Frame & Tech Bindings (13:09)
Most Durable Products? (20:46)
Top Products: Ease of Use (24:31)
Hoji Lock (25:31)
Dynafit Ridge Binding (31:11)
Performance-to-Weight Ratio (28:06)
Best Gear for Norway (31:26)
Backcountry Accessories (33:38)
Backpacks (35:20)
Backcountry Gear Demos (36:54)
Hoji & the Raven & 4FRNT Concept Ski (41:00)
Summer at VPG (47:19)

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