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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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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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    Buttered Noodles; Opening Day; & Ski Quivers (Part 1)

    Buttered Noodles; Opening Day; & Ski Quivers (Part 1)

    Luke Koppa and Jonathan Ellsworth discuss the opening day of the ski season; approaches to building ski quivers; our specific selections; Luke’s latest rant; What we’re Celebrating; & more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Buttered Noodles & Air Fresheners (3:31)Opening Day! (11:04)Frontside Skis We’re Now Testing (17:21)*Our* Quiver Selections (19:26)Approaches to Building a Quiver (23:11)Luke’s 3-ski quiver (33:36)Jonathan’s 3-ski quiver (36:04)Rossignol Black Ops Sender Ti (38:12)K2 Mindbender 108 Ti (40:16)Luke’s Rant (42:42)What We’re Celebrating (45:39)
    RELATED LINKS:
    Our featured Shop: PowderhoundGEAR:30 Ep. 41: Eric Helmbrecht, PowderhoundOur 20/21 Winter Buyer’s GuideBecome a Blister Member

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    • 53 min
    Shop Talk: Tyson Stellrecht, Boise Gear Collective

    Shop Talk: Tyson Stellrecht, Boise Gear Collective

    Today we’re talking with one of our Blister Recommended Shops to get their perspective on a mix of topics that range from broadly applicable to all of us, to topics that help us better understand what’s going on in the specific local community that each particular shop serves.
    Earlier this week I sat down in Blister headquarters with Tyson Stellrecht, the founder of Boise Gear Collective, to talk about the selling of both used gear and brand new gear; how it’s going with backcountry.com one year later; why Tyson isn’t moving into e-commerce; gear snobs; predictions for the upcoming season; and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES
    The outdoor scene around Boise (5:12)backcountry.com - one year later (8:09)Tyson’s backstory & starting a used gear shop (14:16)The value of offering used gear & new & service (21:45)Why Tyson isn’t moving into e-commerce (24:40)Starting to sell new gear alongside used (33:17)Gear snobs (42:00)Predictions for the upcoming winter (50:34)What We’re Celebrating (59:40)
    RELATED LINKS:
    Blister Podcast ep. 109: Jason Blevins on backcountry.comBecome a Blister Member

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    • 1 hr
    Bending the Paradigm: Polartec’s Approach to “Waterproofness” & Comfort

    Bending the Paradigm: Polartec’s Approach to “Waterproofness” & Comfort

    If you are a true gear head, you are going to love this conversation. And if you aren’t a full-on gear nerd but you’d like to better understand what “waterproof” really means, and when you should and shouldn’t worry about a 10k or 20k rating on the jacket or pants you are thinking of buying, then you also ought to listen to this conversation.
    Luke Koppa and I spoke this week with Michael Cattanach, who is the Product Design Director at Polartec. Polartec is a very interesting company with a hundred years of history behind it. But you might not be too familiar with them, since Polartec makes the textiles and fabrics that a lot of your favorite outerwear and apparel are made of, but they don’t make or sell the end products. In other words, Polartec makes the ingredients used to make your favorite apparel. And so today, we’re going to dive deep into the details about ingredients and textiles and fabrics, and Polartec’s history, and what Polartec is up to today.
    Now as we said, we do get into the weeds quite a bit in this conversation, so we strongly encourage you to check out the show notes to this episode, where we have listed a number of very relevant terms and definitions.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    History of Polartec (2:48)Michael’s background (6:52)History of NeoShell (8:44)Hydrostatic Head Pressure (14:31)MVTR & RET Tests (and see our Show Notes!) (18:34)Handfeel (28:53)“Electrospun” membranes (31:45)Polartec Power Shield Pro vs Neoshell (36:48)Being an “ingredient” brand (47:010Product control & Polartec’s Apex Awards (51:29)Polartec Power Fill, Alpha, & Power Air (59:20)Fleece, Microplastics, & Sustainability (1:03:13)Polartec.com - see the brands working with Polartec (1:10:32)
    RELATED LINKS:
    Show Notes —  Important Terms & Definitions Our “Outerwear 101” articleOur “Outerwear 201” article
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    20/21 Blister Buyer’s Guide + Your Questions

    20/21 Blister Buyer’s Guide + Your Questions

    Luke Koppa and Jonathan Ellsworth discuss some of the highlights and big takeaways from our new Winter Buyer’s Guide. We’ll talk about some of our Best Of award winners; whether or not the 20/21 crop of ski gear represents a step forward; and more. Then we answer a lot of the questions you submitted.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Luke’s soap (2:49)Our 20/21 BLISTER Buyer’s Guide (5:47)“Rounded” Flex pattern (8:50)Volkl Mantra 102 & Katana 108 (15:24)Majesty Superwolf (21:35)Salomon QST 99 (22:35)Dynastar Menace 98 (27:00)Your questions (33:49)Where did the name Blister come from? (44:59)What do I need to do to work for Blister? (50:28)Coffee makers! (1:00:45)What We’re Celebrating (1:20:33)RELATED LINKS:
    Watch on our YouTube channelOur featured Shop: Backcountry EssentialsOur 20/21 Winter Buyer’s GuideBecome a Blister Member
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Shop Talk: John Weir, Bentgate

    Shop Talk: John Weir, Bentgate

    Today we’ve got another edition of Blister Shop Talk, where we check in with one of our Blister Recommended Shops to get their perspective on topics that range from universally applicable, to topics that help us better understand what’s going on the particular, local communities that they serve.
    Bentgate is an outstanding shop located in Golden, Colorado, and our guest today is John Weir. John and I talk about fitting AT boots; the rise of splitboarding; John’s (really good) predictions for this upcoming season; some of the precautions and protocols that Bentgate is taking and putting in place this winter; a lasting (positive) effect that COVID may have on the bootfitting process; and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES

    Background on Bentgate (4:58)Backcountry boots: “Comfort Performance” fit?? (6:59)Prediction #1: upcoming season (10:38)The rise of splitboarding (14:59)Prediction #2: avy courses (19:39)Prediction #3: snow dynamics (29:33)What’s Bentgate doing different this season? (37:35)What We’re Celebrating (44:51)
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    • 48 min
    Cody Townsend on Coffee Makers, Bindings, & Beacons

    Cody Townsend on Coffee Makers, Bindings, & Beacons

    We sat down in Blister HQ with Cody Townsend to talk about coffee makers, bindings, beacons, terrain management, mortality, movies, and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:

    Coffee Makers (9:29)SHIFT binding (14:40)Bindings in general (27:02)Movies (38:17)Tech bindings (46:33)Beacons (56:12)Terrain management & avalanche education (1:06:55)Topics for future conversations (1:20:18)What We’re Celebrating This Week (1:23:53)
    RELATED LINKS:
    Blister Podcast: Cody Townsend, Blister Speaker SeriesOff The Couch Podcast: Cody Townsend

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    • 1 hr 30 min

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