Gunnison, Co. (January 18, 2022) — Today, BLISTER is pleased to announce a historic new venture in the outdoor industry, Blister Labs. Blister Labs is a new partnership between BLISTER, the University of Colorado Boulder, and the brand-new, state-of-the-art engineering facility at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado.
Blister Labs will allow Blister reviewers to work with high-level engineering faculty and their students to marry their qualitative experience on the mountain and on the trail to quantitative analysis in the laboratory at the Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science and Engineering at Western Colorado University, and also out on the mountain, via sophisticated dynamic modeling.
Blister Labs will bring engineers and designers from across the outdoor industry to Western Colorado University to meet with students, faculty, and Blister reviewers about their current product testing and potential ways to improve that testing. As a result, people from around the world that are passionate about the outdoors will have unprecedented access to new tests and data from an independent party to help them better understand what they are, and aren’t getting from the gear they invest in, from expensive bike parts, technical apparel, and ski equipment.
A few of the tests Blister Labs will be conducting include: comparing durability and stiffness of bike wheels at a wide range of price points and weights, producing new, more consumer-friendly apparel ratings for water resistance and breathability, and working to standardize the flex ratings of ski boots, since no universal standard currently exists.
Born from a passion for playing in the mountains and a frustration with the lack of honest information about the expensive gear we use to do what we love — the mission of BLISTER is to produce the world’s most honest, in-depth, and useful reviews of outdoor sports equipment.
Through our Blister Podcast Network, Blister Speaker Series at Western Colorado University, and Blister Summit panel sessions, we are also working to elevate the conversation in the outdoor industry by diving deep into the most interesting stories and relevant issues in the space.