2021-2022 Blister Winter Buyer’s Guide — Print Edition


We’ve wrapped up our 21/22 Winter Buyer’s Guide, and we’re once again confident that it is the best ski buyer’s guide on the market.
The best way to get the guide as quickly as possible is to become a Blister Member, since Blister Members currently have exclusive access to a digital version of the guide while the hard copies are being printed (in addition to all of the other benefits of the membership). Or you can order just the guide itself on this product page.


The most honest, accurate, and useful Buyer’s Guide in the world.

Supplies of the print edition are limited, so order now to ensure you get your copy.

Note on shipping: if you were an active Blister Member or pre-ordered the print guide before October 20th, our printer shipped your guide on October 27th. If you bought a Blister Membership or purchased the print guide after October 20th, we will be shipping your guide shortly and you’ll receive an email with tracking information as soon as it ships.

Or you can become a Blister Member, which gets you a print copy of the guide and a number of other great benefits like personalized gear recommendations, discounts from brands like ON3P, Moment, J Skis, 4FRNT, Renoun, Folsom, Parlor, Prior, Wagner, Shaggy’s, We Are One Composites, and more.


“After 50+ years of skiing, and almost as many years of reading those other reviews, I can say hand on heart, that this is the most comprehensive, honest, and reliable review publication I’ve ever come across.” — Hart

“You guys are like my ski bible, so thanks again for cutting through the bullshit within the ski industry.” — B. Gephart

“This catalog — and all you do for all of us addicted to skiing — is amazing! This is the Holy Bible folks, the Holy Bible!” – I. Myashkov


Our Winter Buyer’s Guide is radically different from the rest, and for a number of reasons.

We Test Product Year Round

Other publications do their product testing in a few days. We literally test year-round. Nobody puts in as much time on equipment as we do, so no other Buyer’s Guide can match the accuracy of our reviews and our product comparisons.

We Take No Advertising Money from the Gear Manufacturers We Review

Unlike other buyer’s guides out there, we don’t take any ad money from the ski or snowboard companies we review. So what you get from us is the most honest, accurate, and useful product descriptions and comparisons you will find anywhere.

We Won’t Insult Your Intelligence

We’ll leave the bad cliches and unhelpful product descriptions to other buyer’s guides. Instead, we’ll provide you with the info you need to make informed buying decisions — our own verified product specs (weights, dimensions, lengths, mount points, etc.), and honest, accurate descriptions that detail how a product performs, and that distinguish it from the others in its class.


Blister’s Winter Buyer’s Guide features the 21/22 products we’ve vetted and provides the most helpful comparisons and recommendations you will find to help you identify the gear that’s best for you, given where and how you ski.


Our Buyer’s Guide covers:

  • Men’s & Women’s Skis
  • Ski Boots
  • Outerwear & Midlayers
  • Helmets
  • Goggles
  • Backcountry Touring Bindings
  • Backcountry Touring Skins
  • Men’s & Women’s Snowboards

Blister Spectrums

Our Blister Spectrums are arguably the most important thing we put in the Guide. Blister Spectrums order the products we’ve tested along a continuum (e.g., “Most Stable to Least Stable”), letting you see how they stack up against the rest of the category and allowing you to make the most informed decision possible.

Our Ski-Quiver Selections

A favorite among Blister readers, we will once again lay out our recommendations for one- and two-ski quivers from the 21/22 crop of skis.

The 21/22 Blister ‘Best Of’ Awards

Unlike some other buyer’s guides out there, brands can’t buy these awards, and we spend more time than anyone testing gear. So when we give a product a ‘Best Of’ Award, you can be sure that it was earned, not bought.

Blister Categories

Most buyer’s guides are simply too general. So we’ve sorted the skis and boots we’ve reviewed into distinct classes based on common characteristics. We describe those classes in detail, and lay out what each particular product brings to the table.

Our Ski Categories Include:

  • All-Mountain Skis:
    • More Stable
    • More Forgiving
    • Chargers
    • Freestyle
  • 50/50 — Resort / Backcountry Skis
  • Touring Skis
  • Frontside Skis
  • Women’s Skis
    • Narrower
    • Wider
  • Park Skis
  • Powder Skis
    • More Directional
    • More Playful

Our Ski Boot Categories Include:

  • Dedicated Alpine Boots
  • ‘Walk Mode’ Alpine Boots
  • Touring Boots

Bottom Line

This is the most honest, accurate, no-BS, genuinely useful buyer’s guide in the ski industry.

Additional information

Weight 1.56 lbs