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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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    • 4.9 • 437 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: Willi's Ski and Snowboard Shops

    Shop Talk: Willi's Ski and Snowboard Shops

    We talk with Greg Klein, president of Willi’s Ski and Snowboard Shops, which is family owned and operated with several locations in the greater Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania. We talk about what brought Greg’s father (Willi) to PA; Seven Springs Mountain Resort; the key ingredients of a great ski shop; ski length & ski width; Willi’s women’s program; shop beer vs. shop pizza; & more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Greg’s father, Willi (4:47)The mid-Atlantic ski scene (8:20)Willi’s women’s program (13:03)How else are you making skiing more accessible? (15:30) The *actual* business of a ski shop (21:35)Kickball (24:02) The culture at Willi’s (25:56)Ski length & ski width (32:53)City shops vs. Mtn Town shops (49:03) Final Thoughts + Shop Pizza (57:22)What We’re Celebrating (1:00:30)RELATED LINKS
    Recommended Shop: Willi’s Ski ShopsGetting to Gunnison-Crested Butte: FlightsBlister Summit RegistrationSubscribe to our Newsletter & Gear GiveawaysBecome a Blister Member / Get our Buyer’s Guide

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Pro's Gear: McKenna Peterson

    The Pro's Gear: McKenna Peterson

    This week, we sat down with McKenna Peterson, one of the stars of Matchstick Productions’ new film, The Stomping Grounds, to discuss her personal gear preferences; what ski equipment she’d most like to see get made; the topic of women-specific gear; the best ways to get more women involved in skiing; and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Recommend Shop info: Blacksheep Sports (00:57)Kristin Sinnott on the Blister Summit (3:00)Praise / Roast of K2’s Jed Yeiser (9:01)What gear are you most particular about? (12:53)Skis (25:37)Ski length & which skis are you on most on most? (28:07)Backcountry skis: what are your design priorities (33:15)Telemark interlude (38:00)Women-specific gear (42:55)Bindings (55:14)Ski poles & avy packs (1:04:46)What We're Celebrating (1:08:51)RELATED LINKS
    Recommended Shop: Blacksheep SportsGetting to Gunnison-Crested Butte: FlightsBlister Summit RegistrationSubscribe to our Newsletter & Gear GiveawaysBecome a Blister Member / Get our Buyer’s Guide
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    A Very Deep Dive on Ski Boots, Part 7: Atomic’s 21/22 Lineup

    A Very Deep Dive on Ski Boots, Part 7: Atomic’s 21/22 Lineup

    Matt Manser is back for a deep dive on Atomic’s new 21/22 lineup, and we also discuss ski boot design and construction in general; the “Frodo Pro”; “Complete Tech” vs. “Hybrid Tech”; Immanuel Kant; Omar Little; and he offers his take on Bode Miller’s recent GEAR:30 thoughts on ski boots.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Manser on Bode Miller on ski boots (8:24)Atomic ski boots range walkthrough (17:42)Redster Ti & STi (21:44)Redster Club Sport (30:02)Hawx Ultra vs Redster Club Sport (44:25)Atomic’s Mimic Liner & Professional Dualstrap (49:27)Atomic’s Professional Series (53:01)Hawx Ultra XTD & Prime XTD (1:08:10)Hawx Prime XTD “CT” vs “HT” (1:23:32)Crazy thing about tech inserts (1:30:19)What We’re Celebrating (1:47:58)RELATED LINKS
    Getting to Gunnison-Crested Butte: FlightsBlister Summit RegistrationSubscribe to our Newsletter & Gear GiveawaysBecome a Blister Member / Get our Buyer’s GuideA Very Deep Dive on Ski Boots, Part 1: PlasticsA Very Deep Dive on Ski Boots, Part 5: Atomic’s Professional Series

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    • 1 hr 55 min
    Eric Pollard on Innovation, Graphics, & Season's Ski Lineup

    Eric Pollard on Innovation, Graphics, & Season's Ski Lineup

    It is difficult to overstate the innovation that Eric Pollard has brought to modern skiing, and in this conversation, you’ll get to hear more about how Eric sees the world and finds himself pursuing new directions. We also talk about graphics; Season’s all-black topsheets; and each of the models in Season’s ski lineup. 
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    From ‘Drawn from Here’ to Season (3:27)1st time meeting Austin Smith (8:14)Principles behind Season Eqpt (11:33)Skiers vs Snowboarders - (14:45)Graphics / Season’s black topsheets (18:01)Teams (34:07)Season’s ski lineup (38:50)Aero - design concepts (42:14)Mount points (46:13)Hypothetical: coming up now vs when you did (48:16)More on the Aero (55:57)Ski width (1:01:38)Kin (1:06:35)Nexus and Forma (1:10:52)What else are you working on now? (1:15:40)What We’re Celebrating (1:19:40)RELATED LINKS
    Getting to Gunnison-Crested Butte: FlightsBlister Summit RegistrationSubscribe to our Newsletter & Gear GiveawaysBecome a Blister Member / Get our Buyer’s GuideBlister Podcast: Eric PollardBlister Podcast: Season Co-Founder, Austin Smith
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Pro’s Gear: Bode Miller

    The Pro’s Gear: Bode Miller

    We had Bode on the Blister Podcast (ep. 154) talking about education, mental preparation, and more, and that is a not-to-be-missed conversation. This time around, we dive deep into gear talk, and Bode makes clear that his different and creative ways of thinking weren’t just hallmarks of his approach to racing, they define his approach to skis, ski boots, bindings, and eyewear, too.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Race ski design priorities (5:09)Materials & Tennis analogies (10:48)More on race skis (14:02)Ski Boots (18:30)Raichle & Full Tilt boots (23:42)Ski boot flex patterns (35:15)Ski bindings (39:18)Eyewear & Optics (41:24)Update on Crosson skis (57:15)What We’re Celebrating (1:03:37)RELATED LINKS
    Subscribe to our Newsletter & Gear GiveawaysBecome a Blister Member / Get our Buyer’s GuideBlister Podcast #154: Bode MillerRevo x Bode Miller Black Collection

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Gear Talk, Mic Drops, & Zen Koans with Flylow’s Dan Abrams

    Gear Talk, Mic Drops, & Zen Koans with Flylow’s Dan Abrams

    Flylow founder (and certified gear nerd) Dan Abrams is back to talk about the skis and ski boots he’s interested in for the coming season; Flylow’s mountain bike apparel; and what’s new in the Flylow lineup for Winter 21/22.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    The skis & ski boots Dan is considering (4:01)Update on Flylow’s mountain bike apparel (14:53)Production logistics & mic drops (19:09)Winter gear, bibs, & a confession(26:25)Koan: “You don’t break in the garment…” (37:37)More gear confessions (43:05)Up & coming athlete on your radar? (44:44)What We’re Celebrating (52:43)RELATED LINKS
    Subscribe to our Newsletter & Gear GiveawaysBecome a Blister Member / Get our Buyer’s GuideDan Abrams on Next-Gen MaterialsDan Abrams on How to Start & Grow an Outdoors Brand
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
437 Ratings

437 Ratings

Kaytlinr ,

Love the information. One complaint

I really love this podcast and I learn a lot from it. Great guests and great conversations. I really wish there were more female guests though. It is rare to hear a female on the podcast, and the lack of female representation (I think) contributes to the ongoing sexist-type issues in the outdoor industry. I just would love to hear more female voices so it gets more normalized. Otherwise, great podcast! Love listening.

esadun ,

Thoughtful, fun

Love it! Full of great conversations that bring interesting and less common dimensions to gear talk.

Noocher ,

Great Info - Quit Hating on Lightweight Gear

Love the show - I’m a hobby ski maker and there is some great content in here for me. Please take my comments below in the spirit in which they are intended….I spend hours listening to this podcast and I genuinely love it and appreciate the hard work they put into it.

I really wish Blister would become more progressive on their viewpoints on mass. They are missing out on all the reviews of skimo skis (like true skimo race skis) mountaineering skis (like 70ish waisted) and the mid-fat (like high 80’s and low 90’s waisted skis that are closer to 1000 grams than 1500 or 2000 grams). I get it - mass is great in the resort but you guys have GOT to get someone on from Skimo Co and Movement and Dynafit and Plumb and Hagan and La Sportiva and Ski Trab on this show. You are leaving out a huge and very quickly growing segment of skiing. Mass is great…but it is not a luxury you can afford when trying to put in a 10K day. So lets talk about the best lightweight stuff as well. Thanks again for a great podcast!

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