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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 BLISTER

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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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    McConkey’s Spatula, Modern Pow Skis, & Luke’s Mustache

    McConkey’s Spatula, Modern Pow Skis, & Luke’s Mustache

    Reviewers Paul Forward, Luke Koppa, and Jonathan Ellsworth talk about the signs we’re going stir crazy; Shane McConkey’s Volant Spatula vs. other modern pow skis; the DPS Koala 119; the new LINE Vision 118; our current nominations for best underwear; Luke’s new mustache; and more.
    And you should also listen to this Bikes & Big Ideas episode, where Jonathan Ellsworth talks to several outdoor-industry companies that have pivoted to fight COVID-19.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Our Bikes & Big Ideas podcast (0:21)Our next Listener Appreciation Video (1:57)Signs we’re going stir crazy (5:50)McConkey’s Spatula (14:59)Houdini Anorak (29:20)Spatula vs other pow skis (33:25)Clarifying Terms: “Spines” & “Cliffs” (35:10)Reverse camber skis (40:30)Line Vision 118 (43:39)DPS Koala 119 (49:40)Best underwear nominees (56:40)
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    • 1 tim. 12 min
    What You’re Wearing, Part 5: Bison Fibers?

    What You’re Wearing, Part 5: Bison Fibers?

    Bison Wool? Bison Down? That’s a thing? Well it’s being used by one company, United By Blue, who started salvaging otherwise wasted bison fibers, and is now incorporating them into a growing range of products.
    So we talked with Brendan Raugh, senior apparel designer at United By Blue, which sells bison fiber outerwear. We talk about how United By Blue was founded as a waterway cleanup company; how they went on to develop an entire line of apparel around salvaged bison coat fibers; the logistics of creating a new supply chain; how bison fibers compare to sheep’s wool and goose down; what the futures holds for the company and their unique material; and more. 
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Brendan’s background & current role (1:35)United By Blue’s mission to clean waterways (2:35)Why use bison fibers? (7:15)Their unique supply chain (11:07)What is scouring & dehairing? (13:45)The different types of bison fibers (16:20)Bison vs. Goose Down (20:31)What is bison fiber apparel best suited for? (22:20)United By Blue’s sustainability practices (33:40)
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    • 35 min
    Full Tilt Ski Boots: Past & Present

    Full Tilt Ski Boots: Past & Present

    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 are joined by Austin Peters, the Ski Boot Engineering Manager for Full Tilt and K2 Ski Boots, to talk about the history of Full Tilt; what makes Full Tilts unique; why you might opt for a Full Tilt vs an ‘overlap’ ski boot; and what’s new for 20/21 (including Sammy Carlson’s new pro model).
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Current Position & Background (3:30)History of Full Tilt (11:00)2-Piece / Overlap Boots vs. 3-Piece Boots (13:45)Swappable Tongues / Adjustable Flex Pattern (15:30)Changes to FT’s flex pattern naming conventions (17:33)Standardizing flex ratings (19:00)What’s changed & what hasn’t? (21:55)New Pro Tongue Liner (25:00)Pro Tongue Liner vs. Wrap Liner (27:25)What sort of skier ought to consider Full Tilts? (30:43)Range of top skiers in Full Tilts (35:03)Boot-fitter-friendliness (40:10)Sammy Carlson’s new Full Tilt pro model (45:52)
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    • 46 min
    Sugar Cane, Castor Beans, & Poly Bags — Picture Organic Clothing

    Sugar Cane, Castor Beans, & Poly Bags — Picture Organic Clothing

    Picture Organic Clothing is going way beyond common sustainability practices with things like castor bean oil waterproof membranes and sugar cane waste-derived polyester, and they are attempting to eliminate polybags from their entire supply chain.
    So Sam Shaheen sat down with Picture’s co-founder, Julien Durant, and their sustainability manager, Florian Palluel to talk about these ambitious projects. And then we go in-depth on the new air-permeable membrane, Xpore, that they are putting in direct competition with Gore Pro and TNF Futurelight.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Julian & Flo’s background (1:00)Sustainability practices (5:55)Poly Bags (11:14)What are the big sustainability problems you can solve? (22:20)Wearing atmosphere-captured carbon?? (24:10)Castor Bean Oil (28:00)Cost vs. Performance (31:50)Converting sugar cane into polyester?  (34:12)Picture Organic’s “Xpore” (36:40)
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    • 48 min
    New Skis, Tight Pants, & Farm Animal Analogies

    New Skis, Tight Pants, & Farm Animal Analogies

    Luke Koppa, Kristin Sinnott, and Jonathan Ellsworth discuss some of the new skis, boots and apparel they’ve been testing. We also discuss what skis we prefer for off-piste, icy conditions; the merits of slim fit ski pants; which ski boots are best described as “donkeys”; and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    K2 Reckoner 102, 112, 122 (3:00)K2 Reckoners vs. K2 Mindbenders (6:00)Nordica Santa Ana 93 & 98 (8:00)Blizzard Cochise 106 (13:42)Dynastar M-Free 108 (20:40)Rossignol Black Ops Rallybird Ti & non-Ti (25:18)Ski pant fit: slim vs. baggy (29:26)WNDR Intention 110 (35:53)Arc'teryx Incendia One-Piece (38:25)Hawx Ultra 130S; Hawx Ultra XTD 130; Full Tilt (40:32)Hawx Prime XTD 130 (43:10)
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    • 50 min
    Ski Wax & Waxing Skis: What You Need to Know

    Ski Wax & Waxing Skis: What You Need to Know

    We talk with Graham Lonetto, the Alpine Director for the USA at Swix — the company that invented color-coded waxes, and one of the largest manufacturers of ski wax in the world — about different types of waxes and application methods; the most common mistake made when waxing skis; the FIS’s ban on fluorocarbons in waxes; and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Graham’s background in ski racing (1:45)Kick Wax vs. Glide Wax (4:00)Base Prep & Top Coat (6:30)Paraffin vs. Liquid vs. Powdered (8:21)Application methods (12:40)What is “water management”? (16:12)How often do pros “burn” their skis? (21:15)The death of hot scraping? (27:20)The push to eliminate fluorocarbons (41:26)DPS Phantom vs. traditional wax? (50:22)
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    • 56 min

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