Gear We’re Testing: Skis, outerwear, midlayers, goggles and intercom systems we used this week

Gear We’re Testing: Skis, outerwear, midlayers, goggles and intercom systems we used this week

Welcome back to Gear We’re Testing, the series from FREESKIER in which our editorial staff provides in-depth, honest reviews about the gear we’re testing on a weekly basis. Our goal? To point you towards the best brands and products on Earth so you can have as much fun in the mountains as possible and trust your equipment whole-heartedly. Check out five different product reviews from this week, below, then tune back in next week for even more.


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 light enough to tour efficiently, but… 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 your partner(s). The private group intercom function—connected via Bluetooth—allows you to quickly and easily… 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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