Video: Blister Summit Panel on Ski Boot Design

In the Blister Summit panel on ski design, we talk to three key people in the world of ski boots — Thor Verdonk, global brand director of Lange ski boots; Matt Manser, product manager of Atomic ski boots; and Stefano Mantegazza, product manager of the Tecnica Group — about their design philosophies; whether we should get rid of flex ratings; whether a precise-fitting boot can be a warm boot; the most frustrating trend in ski design today; where the biggest innovations are currently taking place; and more.

In the Blister Summit panel on Ski Boot Design, we talk to three key people in the world of ski boots: Thor Verdonk, global brand director of Lange ski boots; Matt Manser, product manager of Atomic ski boots; and Stefano Mantegazza, product manager of the Tecnica Group. We discuss their design philosophies; whether we should get rid of flex ratings; whether a precise-fitting boot can be a warm boot; the most frustrating trend in ski design today; where the biggest innovations are currently taking place; and more.

Full Tilt Ski Boots: Past & Present (Ep.92)

Ski Boot Engineering Manager for Full Tilt and K2 Ski Boots, Austin Peters, goes on Blister's GEAR:30 Podcast to discuss the history and future of Full Tilt Ski Boots

Full Tilt ski boots are beloved by some (including the likes of Bode Miller, Tom Wallisch, Seth Morrison, and Sammy Carlson), but they get pigeonholed by others who think of them as only being for park rats. So we talk to Austin Peters, the Ski Boot Engineering Manager for Full Tilt and K2 Ski Boots, about the history of Full Tilt; what makes them unique; why you might opt for a Full Tilt over an overlap boot; and what’s new for 20/21.

A Very Deep Dive on Ski Boots, Part 3: Racers & Race Boots (Ep.60)

How do elite ski racers like Marcel Hirsher, Mikaela Shiffrin, Bode Miller, and Daron Rahlves “feel” their gear, and their ski boots in particular? We talk to Matt Manser about this; forward lean; ‘static’ power straps vs. ‘elastic’ Booster Straps; whether WC skiers or WC DH mtn bikers are pickier about their equipment; and more.

Deep Dive: 130-Flex Alpine Ski Boots

Blister's Deep Dive comparisons of 130-flex alpine ski boots

We directly compare several 130-flex alpine boots, including the Salomon S/Max 130 & S/Max 130 Carbon, Nordica Promachine 130, Head Raptor 140 RS & Nexo LYT 130, Atomic Hawx Ultra 130, and K2 Recon 130.

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2019-2020 Salomon QST Pro 130

The Salomon QST Pro 130 is a heat-moldable, lightweight boot with a unique design, and it’s also compatible with both alpine bindings and tech bindings. Three of our reviewers have been spending time in this boot, and they all weigh in here.