New Skis, Ski Boots, & Bindings with Paul Forward (Ep.80)


Today we’re catching up with reviewer, Paul Forward, about some of the skis, AT boots, and an AT binding that Paul has been spending time on.

Paul lives in Girdwood Alaska, he is a medical doctor and a lead heli guide for Chugach Powder Guides, and our managing editor, Luke Koppa, sometimes still wonders whether Paul is actually a real person, or just some superhero we made up.

Anyway, Paul is, in fact, a real person, and he and I talk about the Volkl Mantra 102; the DPS Koala 119; the new Atomic Backland Carbon AT boot; the Fritschi Xenic lightweight touring binding; and more.

Paul Forward talks with Jonathan Ellsworth on Blister's GEAR:30 podcast about the DPS Koala 119, Atomic Backland Carbon Boot; Fritschi Xenic binding; Volkl Mantra 102, and more
Paul Forward skiing while guiding for Chugach Powder Guides, Girdwood, AK. (photo by Charlie Renfro).

5 comments on “New Skis, Ski Boots, & Bindings with Paul Forward (Ep.80)”

  1. I (6’1″) skied the Revolt a lot the last days and the 191 does not feel long. It almost looks like a snowblade.

    I mounted it -2 from factory recommended (because the ski has so much taper and I am a rather directional skier). However, I am not sure that was the right choice. Those tips want to be driven / weighted. If I had a movable binding, I would like to try the factory recommended mount point.

  2. Really looking forward to some more input on the Xenic and how it compares to the other bindings in the Lightweight Touring Binding Shootout.

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