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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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    • Wilderness
    • 4.9 • 352 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: 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
    New Volkl Mantra M6; Burly Chargers; & Movement Skis

    New Volkl Mantra M6; Burly Chargers; & Movement Skis

    Luke Koppa and Jonathan Ellsworth offer their initial thoughts on the new Volkl Mantra M6 & Secret 96; reviewer, Drew Kelly (aka, The Hulk), makes his GEAR:30 debut to compare the Volkl Katana 108 vs the HEAD Monster 108 vs the Blizzard Cochise 106; Luke discusses some of the Movement skis he’s been getting time on; & more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Introducing: reviewer, Drew Kelly (3:09)New volkl Mantra M6 & Secret 96 (6:18)Volkl Katana 108 vs Monster 108 vs Blizzard Cochise 106 (12:05)Movement Alp Tracks 106, Go 106 Ti, & Fly Two 115 (22:19)What We’re Celebrating (26:40)RELATED LINKS:
    The Skier’s Sportshop
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    • 29 min
    2020: Gear in Review

    2020: Gear in Review

    Luke Koppa and Jonathan Ellsworth talk about some of the skis they’ve recently been testing; name some of the most surprising products of 2020 and some of the standout products of 2020; offer a few gear predictions for 2021; and end with what they’re celebrating this week.
    TOPICS & TIMES
    The end of the Year of Ellsworth (1:15)Luke’s new diet (2:26)Renoun skis are still mind-blowing (4:36)New 4FRNT Devastator & Sego Big Horn 106 (10:50)New ski we can’t talk about yet (16:18)Elan Wingman 86 CTi (16:47)102 Wars: Ranger 102 vs. Mantra 102 vs. Stance 102 (19:15)Most Surprising Products of 2020 (28:05)Standout Products of 2020 (35:12)Gear Predictions for 2021 (39:18)What We’re Celebrating (50:36)

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    • 55 min
    Shop Talk: Backcountry Essentials, Bellingham WA

    Shop Talk: Backcountry Essentials, Bellingham WA

    We’re talking with Chris Gerston, founder of Backcountry Essentials, talking about Bellingham; starting Backcountry Essentials; and some of the gear that he thinks works really well for skiing at Mt Baker and for volcano skiing.
    TOPICS & TIMES
    Gear & Beer (4:14)Bellingham, Washington (6:20)If Mt Baker were a beer… (7:14)Starting Backcountry Essentials (8:29)Quiver Killers & Tele & Disco (15:40)Favorite products for Mt Baker & volcano skiing (19:27)RELATED LINKS
    Survivor Endurance phone case Jonathan’s experience with the Survivor Endurance

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    • 37 min
    1-Ski-Boot Quiver; Listener Questions; Skis; Apparel; & Masks

    1-Ski-Boot Quiver; Listener Questions; Skis; Apparel; & Masks

    Luke Koppa and Jonathan Ellsworth discuss several listener questions about ski quivers; 1-boot quivers; some game-changing news in the ski boot world; a number of skis, apparel pieces, and ski masks we’ve been testing; & what we’re celebrating this week.
    TOPICS & TIMES
    Watch the YouTube Video of this EpisodeMood Enhancers: Skiing & Georgetown Beer (2:45)Listener Questions: ski quivers (6:35)1-Boot Quiver (14:55)Game-Changing Ski Boot News (22:50)Skis we’ve been testing (28:00)Apparel we’ve been testing (45:54)Masks we’ve been testing (59:00)What We’re Celebrating This Week (1:05:10)RELATED LINKS
    Survivor Endurance phone case Jonathan’s experience with the Survivor Endurance

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Shop Talk: The Ski Monster founders, George & Eric

    Shop Talk: The Ski Monster founders, George & Eric

    We’ve got another edition of Shop Talk for you, where we talk with folks from 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 local community that each shop serves.
    Today, we’ve got Eric Gerrmann & George Michaelsen, two friends who started The Ski Monster. You can stop by their very cool shop located at 60 Canal St in Boston, Massachusetts, or you can check them out online at theskimonster.com.
    We talk about how George and Eric met; how getting fired - twice! - turned out to be a very positive development; the diverse customer base they serve; why ski shops ought to work to elevate the experience of purchasing all of this expensive gear; and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    How George & Eric met (8:06)Origins story of The Ski Monster (16:19)Avoiding the “race to the bottom” (39:34)Handling negative feedback (48:33)GEAR (54:23)Serving new skiers (58:52)Testing the products they carry (1:08:55)Covid & going “by appointment only” (1:17:12)Wrap up (1:28:54)What We’re Celebrating (1:31:21)RELATED LINKS:
    blister.getspot.com

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    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
352 Ratings

352 Ratings

dogo12345 ,

The Best

I only wear anoraks because of blister. Great work guys!

jason M Davis ,

Solid Podcast

It’s hard to pull off a podcast solo in-depth interviews without dead moments having to listen to one person voice and insight. Gear30 pulls this off with good, entertaining interviews I kinda learning something with each podcast.

CookStarProductions ,

Super Duper

Nice cadence, relaxing gear jargon at its finest-

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