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GEAR:30 is the blister podcast where we dive deep into the details of the most interesting and innovative outdoors gear.
We talk with some of our own editors and reviewers about the gear they’ve been testing and what they think of it, and we also talk to product designers, engineers, and athletes about the latest stuff they’ve been working on.
Finally, we are going to be talking to some of the owners of our blister recommended shops around the world, to have them weigh in on gear trends and the equipment they’ve been most impressed with in terms of durability, value, or performance in places like Alaska, Colorado, Europe, New Zealand, and more. If you love outdoors gear, you're going to love this podcast.

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    • Wilderness
    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

GEAR:30 is the blister podcast where we dive deep into the details of the most interesting and innovative outdoors gear.
We talk with some of our own editors and reviewers about the gear they’ve been testing and what they think of it, and we also talk to product designers, engineers, and athletes about the latest stuff they’ve been working on.
Finally, we are going to be talking to some of the owners of our blister recommended shops around the world, to have them weigh in on gear trends and the equipment they’ve been most impressed with in terms of durability, value, or performance in places like Alaska, Colorado, Europe, New Zealand, and more. If you love outdoors gear, you're going to love this podcast.

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    The Mt. Rushmore of Ski Suspension

    The Mt. Rushmore of Ski Suspension

    Today we’re talking about one of the most important concepts in ski design: suspension. So what do we mean by “suspension”? Are terms like “plush” or “damp” synonyms, or are there important differences? And what are some of the best skis of all-time when it comes to suspension? Let the debate begin.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Updates & fake IG accounts (0:00)Suspension: concepts, terms, & questions (6:29)Our Mt. Rushmore selections (20:26)What We’re Celebrating (53:18)RELATED LINKS:
    Blister Summit VideosRossignol Black Ops Sender Squad Flash ReviewThe real BLISTER instagram accountThe real BLISTER facebook account

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    • 58 min
    Reviewer Reports: Fun Carvers & All-Mountain Skis

    Reviewer Reports: Fun Carvers & All-Mountain Skis

    Luke Koppa & Jonathan Ellsworth report on the new skis they’ve been reviewing from Black Crows, Salomon, Dynastar, Wagner, RMU, Moment, & more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    CB's closing day, Luke's diet, & more (0:00)Black Crows Mirus COR (8:35)Salomon Stance 96 (13:14)Dynastar M-Free 108 (19:31)Wagner Blister Summit 97 (22:40)RMU Apostle 3.0 106 (25:46)Moment Commander 98 (26:55)Pit Viper jeans (32:55)What We’re Celebrating (35:15)RELATED LINKS:
    Blister Summit Videos


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    • 40 min
    Hoji on the Dynafit Radical Pro; the Hoji Hole; & More

    Hoji on the Dynafit Radical Pro; the Hoji Hole; & More

    Our patron saint of GEAR:30 is back on the show today, and we talked to Hoji about the new Dynafit Radical Pro; how it compares to the Hoji Free boot; the evolution of the “Hoji Hole” testing prototypes; and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES
    The new Dynafit Radical Pro (2:06)Updates to the Hoji Lock walk mode? (6:21)Radical Pro tongue update (10:12)Radical Pro vs Hoji Free (13:12)Hoji Hole & Skiing in the Future (15:55)Whistler lockdown, testing prototypes (19:06)More on the Hoji Hole (20:55)Hoji’s podcast recommendation (25:22)RELATED LINKS
    GEAR:30 ep.138: Escape Route director, James Reddy on the Radical Pro
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    • 34 min
    Ski Boot Liners: Zipfit & Atomic Mimic Professional

    Ski Boot Liners: Zipfit & Atomic Mimic Professional

    Sascha Anastas and Jonathan Ellsworth discuss a couple of new liners they’re reviewing: the Zipfit World Cup liner, and the Atomic Mimic Professional liner that Matt Manser and Jonathan talked about on episode #132 of GEAR:30.
    And be sure to check out the Blister Summit Panel sessions that we’re rolling out on our BLISTER YouTube channel. We just posted a conversation about Rossignol’s 21/22 lineup — and Rossi’s decision to retire their “7 Series” and the Soul 7, and what they are going for with the Black Ops series that replaces it.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Blister Summit Panels & Product Lineup Videos (1:20)Blister Recommended Shop: Escape Route (3:35 )Sascha: Zipfit World Cup liner (10:37)Jonathan: Atomic Mimic Professional liner (19:56)What We’re Celebrating This Week (28:50)RELATED LINKS
    Ep. 138: Escape Route director, James ReddyEp. 132: Matt Manser: Atomic Mimic Professional LinerEp. 35: Zipfit founder, Sven CoomerBLISTER YOUTUBE CHANNEL

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    • 32 min
    MADE: Custom Technical Apparel

    MADE: Custom Technical Apparel

    MADE is a new company that’s setting out to make custom technical apparel. Their 3 co-founders are all veterans of the technical apparel and outdoor industries, and Luke Koppa and I talked to Cheryl LeBarr, Capri Philip, and Dustin Butcher about why they started MADE and how they are making this happen. (And, of course, we argue about anoraks, too.)
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Co-founder backgrounds (04:63)How did you all meet? (06:26)MADE’s mission statement (09:46)How do companies decide what’s a S,M,L,XL, etc? (10:23)MADE’s measuring process (13:49)Modular designs (15:16)When does MADE launch? (17:18)Who is the MADE customer? (19:34)Industry sizing standards — or the lack thereof  (21:27)Materials (22:43)Feature Sets (26:43)Anorak Fight! (30:49)Sustainability (37:03)Time from placing order to receiving product (39:34)Circularity (43:22)Inclusivity & removing the concept of gender (44:50)The present & future of MADE (47:07)What We’re Celebrating (50:36)RELATED LINKS
    MADE’s Indiegogo campaignBlister Recommended Shop: The Ski MonsterBikes & Big Ideas: Cassie Abel, Wild Rye

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    • 53 min
    Shop Talk: Escape Route, Whistler & Squamish

    Shop Talk: Escape Route, Whistler & Squamish

    Today we’ve got another Shop Talk episode for you, where we speak with folks from one of our Blister Recommended Shops to get their perspective on a mix of topics ranging from broadly applicable to all of us, to topics that help us better understand what’s going on in the local community that each shop serves.
    James Reddy, the director of Escape Route in Whistler and Squamish, British Columbia, joins us to talk about Escape Route’s backcountry-only focus; the ski culture(s) of the Sea-to-Sky Corridor; elephant snot; the new Dynafit Radical Pro boot; the Fritschi Tecton; avy pack comparisons, and more.
    SPECIAL PROMO FOR OUR CANADIAN LISTENERS: Go to escaperoute.ca and enter the promo code “blisterreview” for $50 off your purchase of $200 or more! Good till 6.30.21
    TOPICS & TIMES
    Escape Route today (3:40)James’ background & history of Escape Route (5:51)Alpine Demo Center (12:46)Squamish vs Whistler: ski culture (21:17)Elephant Snot (23:07)Fritschi Tecton A/T binding (27:36)New Hoji walk-mode boot: Dynafit Radical Pro (36:16)DPS skis (41:40)Avy airbag pack comparisons (48:36)What We’re Celebrating (54:14)

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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Ravery47 ,

Keep it up

Thanks for making these! In depth, interesting conversations which I have found compelling enough to go through the back catalogue and catch up. Always something new and informative, so thank you again.

Awesome Person ,

Geek out on gear!

Love this podcast. Really thorough and detailed and OBJECTIVE gear reviews packaged in some genuinely fun banter. The best, actually the ONLY, podcast in ski gear to listen to. Loved the Black Sheep Sports episode!

Boffroid ,

In depth discussion about outdoor gear

Blister is great for in depth reviews about outdoor gear, I enjoy their podcasts but Gear30 is my favourite. It’s great to sit back and listen to a thorough chat about boots, skis, etc.
One thing I would add is that I’d love to hear more from other parts of the world. As a European, it would be nice to hear an interview about gear trends in Europe. I really enjoyed the interview with the ski builder from NZ and would like to hear more of these.
Keep doing what you’re doing, five stars!

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