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GEAR:30 is the podcast from BLISTER (blisterreview.com) that dives deep into the details of the most interesting and innovative outdoor gear. You'll hear BLISTER reviewers discuss the gear they're testing, as well as product designers, professional athletes, and some of the gear-obsessed folks from our recommended shops weigh in on gear trends and the equipment they’ve been most impressed with. If you love outdoor gear, you're going to love this podcast.
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GEAR:30 is the podcast from BLISTER (blisterreview.com) that dives deep into the details of the most interesting and innovative outdoor gear. You'll hear BLISTER reviewers discuss the gear they're testing, as well as product designers, professional athletes, and some of the gear-obsessed folks from our recommended shops weigh in on gear trends and the equipment they’ve been most impressed with. If you love outdoor gear, you're going to love this podcast.
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    Ski Development & Ski Testing with AJ Kruajitch & Jake Stevens

    Ski Development & Ski Testing with AJ Kruajitch & Jake Stevens

    Few people spend as many days as we do testing skis on snow. But Rossignol’s AJ Kruajitch definitely does. So Jonathan Ellsworth spent a day at Les Deux Alpes going through AJ’s testing process, then talking with him and Jake Stevens about the similarities and differences in our approaches.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Introducing Jake & AJ (2:51)Brand development since 1907 (17:13)The testing process: similarities & differences (20:17)“Band of Tasters” (40:10)Accounting for different tastes (48:05)What We’re Celebrating (56:10)RELATED LINKS:
    Blister LabsVideos from our Blister Summit 2022Subscribe to our Newsletter & Gear GiveawaysBecome a Blister Member / Get our Buyer’s GuideCHECK OUT OUR OTHER PODCASTS:
    Blister PodcastBikes & Big IdeasOff the Couch
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Rossignol’s Recyclable “Essential” Ski, with David Bouvier

    Rossignol’s Recyclable “Essential” Ski, with David Bouvier

    A recyclable ski? Jonathan sat down with David Bouvier to talk about Rossignol’s new “Essential” ski; discuss the origin of the project; the challenges posed by making the circular economy of a ski a priority; who this Essential ski is for; and how this project will influence other Rossignol products.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    David’s role(s) at Rossignol (2:52)Rossignol’s history (4:04)The “Essential” ski (7:01)Stats on ski waste and landfills (11:17)David’s product-development history (14:15)More details on Essential (22:26)Biggest challenges (28:24)The 7 materials (39:06)A new way forward (47:36)When & where will the ski be available? (48:42)RELATED LINKS:
    Blister LabsVideos from our Blister Summit 2022Subscribe to our Newsletter & Gear GiveawaysBecome a Blister Member / Get our Buyer’s GuideCHECK OUT OUR OTHER PODCASTS:
    Blister PodcastBikes & Big IdeasOff the Couch


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    • 53 min
    ATK Bindings, Part 2: Product Lineup & Design Differences

    ATK Bindings, Part 2: Product Lineup & Design Differences

    In part two of our conversation with ATK CEO (and one of ATK’s chief product testers), Davide Indulti, we discuss ATK’s current binding lineup; the design differences between their four collections: Race, Speed Touring, Touring, & Free Touring; how Davide thinks ATK bindings stack up against the competition; some new products that are in the works; and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES
    Overview: ATK’s 4 binding categories (1:33)ATK Kuluar binding (5:14)Kuluar vs. RT & Crest bindings (10:11)ATK Raider 12 (12:34)Testing products 80-90 days per winter (15:22)Brakes Placement: Front vs. Rear (19:30)ATK Raider 12 cont.  (23:10)ATK Freeraider bindings (31:14)Downhill performance differences (35:47)Sneak Peeks (42:39)Releasability (50:45)ATK vs. Salomon & Marker bindings (56:46)What We’re Celebrating (1:00:57)RELATED LINKS:
    ATK Bindings, Part 1Blister LabsVideos from our Blister Summit 2022Subscribe to our Newsletter & Gear GiveawaysBecome a Blister Member / Get our Buyer’s GuideCHECK OUT OUR OTHER PODCASTS:
    Blister PodcastBikes & Big IdeasOff the Couch

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    ATK Bindings, Part 1: Brand Origins & the Evolution of Tech Bindings

    ATK Bindings, Part 1: Brand Origins & the Evolution of Tech Bindings

    The Italian company, ATK Bindings, has been taking the tech-binding world by storm. And in this first podcast that the brand has ever done, we talk with ATK CEO (and son of ATK’s founder), Davide Indulti, about the surprising origins of this family business; a pivotal moment in ATK’s history; where ATK saw the biggest opportunities to improve tech bindings; and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    ATK, Ferrari, & the family business (2:18)Decisive moment in ATK’s history (15:02)Room to improve tech bindings? (22:00)2010 RT binding (33:49)“Performing through lightness” (36:55)What We’re Celebrating (49:28)RELATED LINKS:
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    • 52 min
    Blister Labs: Ski Testing & Dynamic Modeling with Sean Humbert

    Blister Labs: Ski Testing & Dynamic Modeling with Sean Humbert

    In this Blister Labs update, Sean Humbert joins us to talk about the movie Real Genius; flies; ski testing and dynamic modeling; math and slarving; and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Growing up in Tahoe (4:46)
    Sean’s engineering background (8:27)
    From flies to robotics (24:55)
    Blister Labs (29:32) 
    Ski testing & dynamic modeling (35:38)
    Edge angles, load cases, & stability (50:02)
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    • 58 min
    Reviewer Reports: Touring Setups, Resort Skis, & Jelly Bean Bribery

    Reviewer Reports: Touring Setups, Resort Skis, & Jelly Bean Bribery

    Today, in another edition of our Reviewer Reports series, we’ve got a wide-ranging conversation with Kristin Sinnott, Dylan Wood, Kara Williard, Drew Kelly, and Luke Koppa, where we cover everything from the setups Drew used while touring for several weeks in Alaska this spring, to a whole bunch of skis that all of us have been using this spring — in both the backcountry and the resort. We also touch on some new outerwear, get an update from Kara on some heated socks, and discuss some unique gear and tricks Kristin’s been using to ski with her son.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Drew’s AK Ski & Boot Setups (4:31)Tecnica Zero G Tour Scout W (7:35)Faction Mana 2 & Mana 3 (13:51)Trail Magik Kid Carrier & Jelly Bean Bribes (20:10)Plum Pika and Blizzard Hustle 10 (25:14)K2 Mindbenders (27:30)Salomon S/Lab MTN Summit + ZipFit GFT Liner (36:18) Strafe Lynx Pullover & Willow Half-Bib (39:03)Heated Socks & Gloves (42:59)RELATED LINKS:
    Videos from our Blister Summit 2022Blister LabsSubscribe to our Newsletter & Gear GiveawaysBecome a Blister Member / Get our Buyer’s Guide

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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

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