We’ve arrived on-site at Retallack Lodge for the 2018 Outerwear Test

We’ve arrived on-site at Retallack Lodge for the 2018 Outerwear Test

That’s right… FREESKIER, along with a dozen talented testers and professional photographers Bruno Long and Matt Power, has descended upon British Columbia’s Retallack Lodge for the 2018 Outerwear Test. For the next three days, with the help of the badass guides from Retallack, we’ll be putting next year’s outerwear through the wringer, in order to present you with the cream of the crop in the 2019 Buyer’s Guide, dropping this fall.

For those unaware, Retallack Lodge is nestled deep in the heart of the Selkirk Range, and generally averages up to 40 feet of annual snowfall, spread across 10,000 acres of steep shots, pillow drops, open bowls and more. Bottom line: There’s no better place to test outerwear than here. We’ll be keeping tabs on each garment’s waterproofing, breathability, durability, dexterity, design features and more, so that we can present to you the very best come this fall.

Below you’ll find a quick preview of the gear we have on-site and the talented group of individuals we’ve recruited to assist in our efforts. Oh, and it’s currently snowing outside… lucky us.


The cat is ready for us.
It’s great to be amongst BC’s old growth forests.
Tester Ben Anderson, rifling through the rack in anticipation of testing next year’s best outerwear.
So many choices…
The North Face is on hand.
Mike King is on hand to teach us all about 686’s new goods.
Dakine’s new line will be put to the test.
Oakley is here.
Picture Organic Clothing made it.
Unzipping that new Eddie Bauer.
Sweden’s Elevenate made it all the way to BC.
Testers grab new beanies from 686.
Black Crows’ outerwear line is eagerly awaiting testing.
Tester Scott Vermerris inspecting the collection.
Neglin is the game of choice at Retallack.
Ready… set…
…and a miss!
Everybody’s ready to hit the slopes.
The calm before the storm at Retallack Lodge.

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