Gear We’re Testing: 13 products that exceeded our expectations in April

Gear We’re Testing: 13 products that exceeded our expectations in April

April was yet another radical month full of thorough gear testing for the FREESKIER editorial team. From big items like skis and boots to smaller ones like portable chargers and sunglasses, we were able to get our hands (and sometimes feet) on a wide variety of offerings. Below, browse through 17 of the best products we checked out and stay tuned to Freeskier.com for more reviews every single day.


Oakley Line Miner Goggle

“What I like most about the Line Miner is its wide, close-to-face fit. While most goggles with great peripheral vision often sit far away from your eyes and stick out of your helmet, these tuck in closely and let the width of the lens do…” Click here for full review.


Backcountry Access BC Link Radio


“Your pack houses the base unit, while the microphone clips onto your shoulder strap (it’s compatible with all backcountry packs, but works particularly well with the BCA Stash Packs. The base unit utilizes…” Click here for full review


Outdoor Tech Kodiak Mini 2.0

“I’ve tried different solutions—from a charging phone case to putting hand warmers in pockets with my phone—and so far the Outdoor Tech Kodiak Mini 2.0 has…” Click here for full review


The North Face Thermoball Versa Boot

“PrimaLoft ThermoBall synthetic insulation in the collar and 100g PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Eco in the vamp provided just the right amount of warmth. That is to say, it’s not the type of insulation that might yield…” Click here for full review


Next year’s Faction Candide Thovex 2.0 pro model ski

“The CT 2.0 is designed for playful skiers who delight over opportunities to pop, press, smear, butter and carve up a storm across ski slopes of all shapes and sizes. And I’m pleased to report the ski…” Click here for full review


Next year’s Dalbello Lupo AX 120 boots

“On one side of the spectrum, they’re lightweight (1500 grams/boot) and boast a 67-degree range of motion in walk mode (with an easy-to-use walk-mode lever)—ideal for the up. On the other side, they’re…” Click here for full review


Strafe Outerwear Nomad Jacket and Northwoods Bib


“Updated for 2017-18, the Nomad and Northwoods are what started it all for Strafe. Built to withstand an entire season on the Freeride World Tour, the three-layer shells are…” Click here for full review


Dragon Liege H20 Sunglasses

“I can’t count how many sunglasses I’ve lost to the abyss after taking a splashy slam into some water and, while it still wouldn’t hurt to throw a pair of stylish croakies on these…” Click here for full review


Next year’s Faction Prime 2.0 skis

“Faction wanted to discover what could be built without limits. The company gave its team free reign (and budget) to create four lightweight, tourable big-mountain skis that would perform at the highest level in all conditions. They were after the holy grail, a ski that’s…” Click here for full review


Oakley Flight Deck goggle with PRIZM lens technology

“The Flight Deck goggle draws inspiration from the helmet visors worn by fighter pilots; the end goal for Oakley was to offer the widest field of view while remaining fully helmet compatible. I’d say they…” Click here for full review


UCLEAR HBC150 Plus Bluetooth Helmet Audio System

“The system is made up of a radio unit that clips to your backpack strap as well as ear-buds that run from the unit to your ears. Dual microphones attached to each ear bud cord allows for communication with…” Click here for full review


The North Face Desolation Thermoball Jacket


“The North Face Desolation Thermoball Jacket was designed to be your go-to, ultralight midlayer—perfect for long tours in the backcountry where weight and warmth matter, on cold resort days when you simply want an reliable layer or…” Click here for full review


Custom outerwear kit by Northwest Tech

“Through an easy-to-use and intuitive website, NWT3K allows skiers to design totally unique jackets and pants; everything from color, zipper layout and additional features like hand gators, powder skirts and vents can be…” Click here for full review


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