How We Test & Review Gear, Pt 2

In Part Two of our panel on gear testing, Blister reviewers, Luke Koppa, Kristin Sinnott, Jonathan Ellsworth, and Sascha Anastas provide their perspectives about how they approach testing and reviewing gear; how this applies to anyone trying something new; how to make the most of a ski demo; and more.

Presented by: Whistlepig Whiskey & Athletic Brewing

How We Test & Review Gear, Pt 1

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  • Introductions 00:00
  • Approaches When First Trying a Product 3:45
  • Reference Points & Eliminating Variables 8:29
  • Not Dismissing a Product After One Run 12:53
  • Reviewing for “Me” vs. “Everyone” 13:44
  • How Much Research We do Before Testing a Product 18:09
  • Our Individual Product Preferences 21:56
  • The Benefits of Demos for Anyone 29:45
  • How Long to Test a Product? 35:40
  • Bindings’ Impacts on Ski Performance 41:33
  • Male vs. Female Experiences on Unisex Skis 47:20
  • Ski Length Preferences & Advising Others on Length 49:15
  • Uniform Feel Across Different Lengths of a Given Ski 53:52
  • Manufacturing Tolerances & Consistency Across Products 57:24