Gear We’re Testing: 18 products that exceeded our expectations in May

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May has come and gone, and with it another radical month full of thorough gear testing for the FREESKIER editorial team. From big items like skis and boots to smaller ones like bluetooth speakers and sweatpants, we were able to get our hands (and sometimes feet) on a wide variety of offerings. Below, browse through 18 of the best products we checked out and stay tuned to Freeskier.com for more reviews every single day.


DPS Wailer Alchemist 112 skis and Dynafit Rotation 10 bindings

“I’ve had the opportunity to test the new DPS Wailer Alchemist 112 skis on four separate occasions—two of which paired the skis with the soon-to-be-released Dynafit Rotation 10 bindings…” Click here for full review


Next year’s Roxa Element 120 Boot

“There’s a solid chance that you’ve never heard of Italian ski boot brand, Roxa. And that’s OK; the company is still relatively small and…” Click here for full review


Spring training shorts and pants for men, by lululemon

“Today, I provide you with reviews of four incredibly lightweight, comfortable and moisture-wicking training garments that have exceeded my expectations…” Click here for full review


Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Bluetooth speaker and QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones


“I’ve been testing a load of gadgets lately with a mind for posting a gadget-centric round-up on the website next month. Throughout the testing process I’ve come across a handful of products that are worthy…” Click here for full review


JBL Pulse 2 portable Bluetooth speaker


“The Pulse 2, by JBL, boasts voice assistant integration, syncing with Siri and Google Now; offers wireless Bluetooth streaming; takes calls…” Click here for full review


GoPro Karma Grip


“GoPro’s Karma Grip has been a complete game changer for me this season when it comes to capturing footage both on and off the hill. From our 2017 Ski Test at Snowbird, Utah, to our Park Test at Aspen Snowmass to…” Click here for full review


lululemon Fast & Free Bra is a woman’s best friend


If you’re a woman trucking along the skin track, hot lapping at your local ski resort or hiking, running, climbing, biking, etc. there’s a good chance you’re getting rad while wearing a sports bra… Click here for full review


YETI Hopper Two 30 cooler


“For the past several months, I’ve been using YETI’s Hopper Two 30 cooler and, let me tell you, this thing f#cking rules…” Click here for full review


Backcountry Access Stash 30 backpack


“On a recent tour in Colorado’s James Peak Wilderness, which took about five-and-a-half hours from car to car, I tested out the Stash 30 from Backcountry Access (BCA)…” Click here for full review


Three new products from Skullcandy

“Spring is in full swing and I’m fully embracing the R’s: rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, regrowth and rap music. Specifically, the “90s rap/hip hop” playlist on Spotify. And I’ve been…” Click here for full review


Black Crows Corpus 3L jacket and pant


“Best known for its stable of award-winning skis, Black Crows is also developing high-quality products in the softgoods sector…” Click here for full review


DPS Nina 99 Foundation skis

“The Nina 99 skis were designed to handle anything an all-mountain lady shredder might throw their way. I’ve personally found them to be…” Click here for full review


POC Auric Cut Backcountry SPIN helmet and Clarity goggle

“Your choice of helmet and goggle in the backcountry may seem trivial (“What makes one combination any different from any other?”) but constant product tweaking and evolution have…” Click here for full review


Under Armour Women’s City Hopper Jogger pants


“These days, not all sweatpants are made the same. These essential garments (seriously, who doesn’t love sweatpants?) have evolved from the days of…” Click here for full review


Dakine Ranger Duffle 60L Bag


“I’ve been fortunate enough to do a ton of traveling lately and, through it all, I’ve relied on Dakine’s Ranger Duffle 60L. This bad boy is…” Click here for full review


686 GLCR Gore-Tex Paclite Multi Shell Jacket


“In the fall of 2016, I was fortunate enough to break the exciting news that 686 was branching out and catering to skiers—not just snowboarders…” Click here for full review


Leatherman Wave multi-tool


“It’s Leatherman’s best-selling multi-tool for a reason. Well, for many reasons, actually: notably its one-hand operability, outside-accessible features and “all-locking” mechanisms…” Click here for full review


The North Face Women’s Storm II Mid Waterproof Boots


“It’s been a wet spring here in Boulder, Colorado, with almost daily rain falling across the Front Range. But, despite the soggy weather, the longer days have inspired me…” Click here for full review


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