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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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    • 5.0 • 17 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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    Shop Talk: Gear West, Long Lake, MN

    Shop Talk: Gear West, Long Lake, MN

    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.
    Mark "Osman" Osell and Jeff Perry join us from Gear West in Long Lake, Minnesota. We talk about the Minnesota ski scene; the Gear West campus; dropping cliffs in the Iowa backcountry; the fantastic bike culture of Minnesota, and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES
    The surrounding community & ski culture of Long Lake, MN (4:32)How covid has changed the dynamics at the shop (9:44)The Gear West “campus” (15:42)The progressive bike culture of MN (17:37)Dropping cliffs in the Iowa backcountry (19:56)“Dad boards” & the snowboard side of Gear West (23:48)The bike side of Gear West (26:41)What We’re Celebrating (32:46)

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    • 34 min
    Reviewing the Reviewer: Dylan Wood

    Reviewing the Reviewer: Dylan Wood

    Today we’ve got another installment of our “Reviewing the Reviewer” series, where we ask various BLISTER reviewers questions about their backgrounds and gear preferences to give you a more complete picture of the people behind our reviews. And since we like to rank & review things around here, we also give a score to each of our reviewers’ answers, then come up with a cumulative review grade for each of them. And in the hot seat today is our mountain bike and ski reviewer, Dylan Wood.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Dylan’s Dry February / Athletic Brewing (3:58)Dylan’s background (8:43)What sports did you play growing up? (9:42))How did you first get connected with Blister? (22:41)Injuries (27:46)Dylan’s bike & ski preferences (35:56)Who is your favorite reviewer at Blister? (40:35)Who is your favorite pro biker & skier? (41:56)What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done? (45:14)What are you better at than Sam Shaheen? (54:07)What gear are you most & least picky about? (55:09)Top 3 favorite books, movies, and musicians (58:47)Random review (1:01:32)What’s the best question I haven’t asked you? (1:07:11)What We’re Celebrating This Week (1:13:22)

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    The Blister Summit: What It Is, Why We Made It, & Why You Should Come

    The Blister Summit: What It Is, Why We Made It, & Why You Should Come

    Our inaugural Blister Summit launches in less than two weeks! So Kristin Sinnott, our Blister Summit director, and Jonathan Ellsworth talk about the origins of the idea, why we think it’s important; why we think you should come!; and we cover a ton of the details and logistics of this first-of-its-kind event in the snowsports world.
    TOPICS & TIMES
    Origins of the idea for the Blister Summit (5:09)Collecting feedback from Summit participants (9:35)The Summit as a “Ski Tasting” event (13:15)Don’t be intimidated about providing feedback (16:25)Interlude: Baby Ski Quivers (22:30) Backcountry portion of the Summit (23:39)Which ski brands will be there? (31:50)Why launch the Summit this year? / Health protocols (33:03)Summit Swag! (40:45) What We’re Celebrating This Week (42:03)RELATED LINKS
    Outdoor Gear Exchange

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    • 46 min
    Shop Talk: Powder Hound, Girdwood, AK

    Shop Talk: Powder Hound, Girdwood, AK

    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.
    Eric Helmbrecht, owner of Powder Hound Ski & Bike Shop in Girdwood, Alaska, is back on the show to talk about this season in Girdwood; Fizz Nation; some of the gear that he and his staff are particularly high on this season; and, of course, we had to talk about Juras.
    TOPICS & TIMES
    Blister Summit (1:38)Update on the season in Girdwood (2:50)Fizz Nation (6:42)Jura coffee makers (9:48)Gear they’re liking in Girdwood (14:13)What We’re Celebrating (40:32)
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    • 44 min
    A Very Deep Dive on Ski Boots, Part 5: Heel Pockets, Tongue Volume, & Atomic’s new Hawx Ultra & “Professional” Liners & Dual Strap

    A Very Deep Dive on Ski Boots, Part 5: Heel Pockets, Tongue Volume, & Atomic’s new Hawx Ultra & “Professional” Liners & Dual Strap

    Product Manager of Atomic Ski Boots, Matt Manser, is back to talk about heel pockets and tongue volume and Luke Koppa’s feet and how plug boots are not a thing and Atomic’s new Hawx Ultra and their new “Professional” Series of Liners and Dual Straps.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Whiskey & Jonathan being late (4:63)Atomic’s new 21/22 Hawx Ultra (8:23)Atomic’s new Professional Series (34:08)Mimic Professional Liner (41:31)Tongue Volume (59:56)Professional Dual Strap (1:11:41)Heel Pockets (1:21:35)Plug Boots are Not a Thing (1:29:05)What We’re Celebrating This Week (1:41:05)RELATED LINKS:
    Blister Recommended Shop: Black Sheep SportsA Very Deep Dive on Ski Boots, Part 1: Plastics (Ep. 54)Part 2: Flex Patterns (Ep. 55)Part 3: Racers & Race Boots (Ep.60)Part 4: Liners, Ramp Angle, & Forward Lean (Ep. 88)

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    • 1 hr 47 min
    Shop Talk: Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlington, VT

    Shop Talk: Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlington, VT

    We’re talking with Megan Shenton, the head of the ski dept. at Outdoor Gear Exchange, about how this ski season is going so far in New England; the history of Outdoor Gear Exchange; some of her personal favorite gear and some of the OGE staff’s favorite products; and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES
    About Outdoor Gear Exchange (1:42)Burglington, VT (8:55)Backcountry Skiing & this ski season (9:56)EC skiing (20:53)Some of the OGE staff’s ‘go-to’ products (26:38)Adjustments OGE has made for COVID (41:44)

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Tjo025 ,

My only weekly podcast!

Amazing podcast, always fun and interesting topics.
Only downside is that after listening to your podcast i want to buy more gear than i probably need 😉

Thomas (Norway)

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