The Pro’s Gear: McKenna Peterson (Ep.166)

This week on GEAR:30, we sat down with one of the stars of Matchstick Productions’ new film, The Stomping Grounds, to discuss her personal gear preferences; what ski equipment she’d most like to see get made; the topic of women-specific gear; the best ways to get more women involved in skiing; and more.
McKenna Peterson in Blister HQ, Elevation Hotel, Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado.

This week, we sat down in BLISTER HQ with McKenna Peterson, one of the stars of Matchstick Productions’ new film, The Stomping Grounds, to discuss her personal gear preferences; what ski equipment she’d most like to see get made; the topic of women-specific gear; the best ways to get more women involved in skiing; and more.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Recommend Shop info: Blacksheep Sports (00:57)
  • Kristin Sinnott on the Blister Summit (3:00)
  • Praise / Roast of K2’s Jed Yeiser (9:01)
  • What gear are you most particular about? (12:53)
  • Skis (25:37)
  • Ski length + which skis are you on the most? (28:07)
  • Backcountry skis: your design priorities (33:15)
  • Telemark interlude (38:00)
  • Women-specific gear (42:55)
  • Bindings (55:14)
  • Ski poles & avy packs (1:04:46)
  • What We’re Celebrating (1:08:51)

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This week on GEAR:30, we sat down with one of the stars of Matchstick Productions’ new film, The Stomping Grounds, to discuss her personal gear preferences; what ski equipment she’d most like to see get made; the topic of women-specific gear; the best ways to get more women involved in skiing; and more.
McKenna Peterson (photo by Liam Doran / K2 Skis)

7 comments on “The Pro’s Gear: McKenna Peterson (Ep.166)”

  1. Good stuff, McKenna was great. Enjoyed the discussion on women-specific gear. Agree that a risk of going unisex is that we end up with less female content / professionals, which would be a huge step backwards. Bike industry I think is a good place to look as they have many (big) brands doing many different things in this space, some more successful than others.

  2. Dynafit Radical is available in 22.5 with stated 120 flex, but looks like it might be the same shell as the 23-235

    The Scarpa GEA RS is 22.5-23, The fischer Transalp pro/Tour and La Sportica Vanguard look similar size and stated flex wise

    *The Atomic Hawx XTD Ws and Tecnica Zero G Tour are stated 115 flex, but the size charts seem to indicate a TRUE 22 size**

    Thats what I could find, But the Atomic Hawx XTD or Zero G would be what to look for on fit

    *I just like googling things

    • Also, was super disappointed that the fischer ranger 94fr wasnt available in the purple in a 185+. The grey and black was dull

  3. Enjoyed the podcast. I’m one of those guys that is 5’7, 145, skis a 180 and wears a 23.5 for a tight fit. As of 2020 no manufacture is making a men/unisex non racing, narrow last, 120 flex that works well for me. I’m hoarding some generation one technica Mach 1 lv. At the very least, manufacturers should make a unisex 98mm model in a 110-120 flex that goes down to a 22.5. I would argue that most women who need/want a boot like that don’t need the “women’s” specific features most manufacturers use to sell boots (I.e. scalloped cuff, extra warm and soft liners and feminine colon schemes)

    Also in general, I think touring boots are too high volume. It doesn’t make sense in my opinion to ski a touring boot that is a full size bigger than what your alpine set up is.

  4. For the small-footed rippers out there, Atomic makes the following 130-flex boots in true-size 22/22.5 and 23/23.5 with low cuffs & low liners:
    Hawx Ultra 130 Professional
    Hawx Ultra XTD 130
    Hawx Prime XTD 130

    These sizes aren’t differently colored or made from different material toolboxes – they are built with the same materials as their larger-sized siblings.

  5. I’d love you guys to interview Deb Armstrong. She seems to be extremely knowledgeable – but with a different take on gear. It would be very entertaining, as well as informative.

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