120 episodes

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

    • Wilderness
    • 4.8 • 330 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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    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
    What You’re Wearing, Part 6: Alpaca Wool

    What You’re Wearing, Part 6: Alpaca Wool

    What do you know about Alpaca wool? And how well do you know the ins and outs of manufacturing in Peru? We talk about these things and more with the founders of Arms of Andes, which is a company that makes outdoor clothing from Royal Alpaca wool that is single-sourced and produced in Peru. We discuss the characteristics and benefits of Royal Alpaca wool; the traditional method used to collect the wool; their commitment to (and the unique challenges of) manufacturing in Peru; what they’re doing to try to be one of the most sustainable clothing brands in the world; and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:

    What is Arms of Andes? (3:38)More specifics of Alpaca Wool (13:28)Manufacturing in Peru (21:00)Types of Alpaca Wool (31:32)Arms of Andes product line (36:25)Where to Purchase (40:59)What We’re Celebrating (42:41)


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    • 45 min
    Folsom Skis 20/21 Lineup + Update on our Buyer’s Guide

    Folsom Skis 20/21 Lineup + Update on our Buyer’s Guide

    We’ve got Folsom Skis CEO, Mike McCabe, back on the show to catch us up on what’s been going on at Folsom; the PPE equipment they’ve been making; their lineup for the 20/21 season; and more. Mike also flips the script and asks me how things have been at Blister, and we wrap with what we’re celebrating this week. I also provide a quick update on the status of our 20/21 Winter Buyer’s Guide.
    TOPICS & TIMES
    Update on our Buyer’s Guide (1:52)Update on Folsom (5:53)PPE (6:57)Folsom’s Pop-Up Shop in Aspen (17:31)Who is the Folsom customer now? (22:33)Spar 88 (27:45)Spar 78 (37:15)Spar Turbo (43:21)“Favorable” Rocker (47:54)Primary 104 (51:40)Touring Constructions (55:36)Mike’s question for Jonathan (58:37)What Mike’s celebrating this week (1:00:56)What Jonathan’s celebrating this week (1:03:42)
    RELATED LINKS:
    icelab.co - Come live & work in the Gunnison Valley!GEAR:30 ep. 66: Folsom Skis & the new Blister Pro 104GEAR:30 ep. 19: Dialing in "The Hammer" + other new Folsom SkisBlister Podcast ep. 33: Roundtable on Custom Skis


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Shop Talk: Sebastian Steinbach, Black Sheep Sports

    Shop Talk: Sebastian Steinbach, Black Sheep Sports

    Black Sheep Sports is a freeride shop in Munich, Germany, and we talk to its founder, Sebastian Steinbach, about this past ski season; his predictions for the upcoming ski season in Europe — and whether we’ll see a backcountry boom in Europe? We then talk about the critical art of customer service; why friends shouldn’t tell friends to just “Go buy this boot”; and more. 
    Order our 20/21 Winter Buyer’s Guide
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Black Sheep Sports: Background (7:25)Last Season Recap / Pandemic (11:28)Predictions for the upcoming European season? (17:35)The crucial art of customer service (31:57)“Local shops” vs “Great local shops” (47:29)What We’re Celebrating (1:10:34)
    Check out our other GEAR:30 conversation with Sebastian

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Faction Skis: Company History & 20/21 Lineup

    Faction Skis: Company History & 20/21 Lineup

    For some time now, Faction has been one of the hottest brands in skiing. But how much do you actually know about the company? This week we are talking about the history of the brand, some key moments in the company, and some big recent changes; you’ll hear what it’s like to go skiing with and design skis for Candide Thovex; and we go over Faction’s lineup for the upcoming season. 
    We’re joined by Faction engineer, Daniel Tanzer; product manager, Josh Cohen; and North American marketing manager and mono ski advocate, Hank Lampert.
    TOPICS & TIMES
    How do you describe Faction? (3:05)Introductions: Hank, Josh, Daniel (4:32)Changing factories and turning points in Faction’s history (11:21)Designing skis with Candide  (19:38)20/21 Lineup: Dictator series (33:03)Agent Series (47:06)Prodigy and Candide series (51:40)Le Mono (55:01)Le Machine (57:45)Le Mogul (1:00:33)Final Thoughts (1:05:54)What We’re Celebrating (1:07:25)
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Jason Levinthal & 4FRNT’s New Ownership Group

    Jason Levinthal & 4FRNT’s New Ownership Group

    Last week, it was announced that Jason Levinthal had sold 4FRNT Skis. So we talked to Jason about how this deal came about; learn the background of the new leadership group at 4FRNT; ask what the group does and doesn’t intend to change about the brand; and more.
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    TOPICS & TIMES
    Sale of 4FRNT (3:33)4FRNT introductions (5:16)What are the opportunities for 4FRNT? (32:22)Pricing of skis (36:14)4FRNT athletes (42:18)Jonathan’s new role at 4FRNT (51:24)
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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
330 Ratings

330 Ratings

joeMFreed ,

Gold

Absolutely love unbiased information about the ins and outs of a product that I’m going to lay down hard earned cash to purchase. Been listening to this podcast for almost a year and i love that I get to listen to a conversation/q&a with the ceo of a company that produces an item I’m interested in. Keep up the great work and thanks for helping me with my next ski touring purchase. (2021 Moment Deathwish tour😎)
Keep frost on those glasses, cheers.

norcalrech ,

Great Gear Breakdown

Discovered new equipment with this podcast. Unbiased information. Great podcast

CodyE36 ,

Exceptional podcast.

Thanks for making ski shop shifts pass by just a little faster.

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