UClear HBC220 Snow Bluetooth Reviews


Best possible investment for skiing with a child (apart from lessons)


Pros: Excellent sound quality, excellent microphone, amazing battery life, easy installation, rugged

Cons: Sometimes fiddly to connect units at the start of the day, expensive

I wanted to post an updated review of this communicator, since there have been some software updates that improved its functionality. I believe some earlier users had problems when the units would lose their connection (due to range), and then would have to be re-associated manually. This is no longer a problem, the software update allows all of these to automatically re-pair when a connection is lost and rediscovered.   I'll keep it short and simple -- these communicators are the best investment we have made in skiing with the family. It's my wife, myself and our 7 year-old, and we pair the UClear's together for a 3-way simultaneous intercom. The pairing process can sometimes be...
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Best thing since sliced bread!


Pros: Amazing Communication Quality, Fantastic Audio quality, Easy to install

Cons: Not enough people know about it!

This product is AMAZING. If you want wireless communication with friends/family on the mountain, have the desire to stream some music and take calls (but who really wants to take calls?), YOU CAN, and you can do it flawlessly!  Yes the intercom range IS line of sight, which can make it tricky at TIMES but you do have 700 Meters of range between each user and they now have an auto re-sync Firmware update for the 220 AND 100PLUS. If anyone gets out of range they can automatically chime back into the group, WITHOUT pressing a single button.  Shredding through the trees is NOT a problem. My brother and I used the product at Alta up in the trees towards High...
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Easy set-up, great sound


Pros: Pretty user friendly & simple to set it up. The sound is much higher quality than my expensive earbuds.

Cons: The touch controls take some getting used to & of course you cannot see the colored indicator lights when you have the helmet on.

I haven't had a chance to do more than a dry run with the intercom system.  My intention was to use it with one of our blind students in our adaptive program, but that never came to fruition.  I could really see the Uclear being a real advantage in this application.  Hope to get to it next season.  I did get a chance to use the phone & music functions where it seemed to work quite well.

Probably the best on the market


Pros: Good sound quality, mostly easy to use

Cons: Range is not a good a suggested

We've been using a couple of these to ski with during the last US season. They were really quite good up to about 100mtrs line of sight then cut out.  They were very handy skiing in difficult terrain when we were close to each other. Good to be able to use the phone easily. Able to answer without too much difficulty though the buttons are a little difficult with gloves on. I think they would be a great training tool, instructor/student - they are easy to fit to most helmets. The battery life is pretty good, worked all day using the intercom. Now to use them in the Australian season.
Ridge Hippie

UClear HBC 220


Pros: Great way to stay in touch on the slopes, clear audio, phone and music handsfree operation

Cons: Becomes unpaired if out of range, Bulky unit on helmet

I have been old fashioned in the sense of no helmet, no music, and no bluetooth earpiece while I have been skiing. I had an old helmet that didn't fit well so it sat in the closet. When we received the UClear headsets, I installed the units into my old helmet so we could try them out. Installation into a helmet is dependent on the design of the helmet, as the earpieces fit into a pocket on the helmet's ear muffs. Some helmets have a slot to slid the earpieces into but others do not.  Some helmets also have a set of audio earpieces already installed so the ear muff gets bulky installing the UClear ear pieces. Long story short is that I bought a new helmet which fit better and I...
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Ski Buddy on Steroids


Pros: Easy to Use, Safety, Efficiency

Cons: Re-pairing After Losing Connection

After several days with the UClear helmet audio on intercom, I have found that I really prefer skiing with them to without them when I'm skiing with my husband (my ski buddy). While you probably don't want to be chatting away while you're skiing, you can let your buddy know when you're going to explore another part of the run and decide where to meet back up, so you're not wasting time waiting for each other or feeling like you're stuck going the same route when maybe you would like to go somewhere else. The outcome is more runs, greater harmony and happier skiing!   If you're skiing the trees or fog (or trees in fog) the intercom system can be a lifesaver. Imagine if one of us...
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Very Helpful Aid in On-Hill Communications


Pros: Easy to use, compact, with clear audio capability and long battery life

Cons: Lose contact when out of line-of-sight, visual appearance of unit on helmet, I/O button use

Overall, very impressive and helpful. So long as there is line-of-sight positioning, they worked great. Even in the trees or with slight line-of-sight obstruction, there was good communication between units. As with FRS radios, once there was full obstruction like past a rollover, they blocked out, which would be expected without repeater capability. Setting up and getting accustomed to how to best use the system took a couple of days but was really very easy. I didn't try the phone or music capability so can't comment on that but it would seem to be just as easy to operate.   The integrated speaker/microphone appliance is very good with high clarity sound and comfort in my...
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good for those who need to communicate with other skiers on the slopes


Pros: loud and clear transmissions, long battery life/charge

Cons: more range please, slight initial learning curve to operate

My adult son and I have utilized the UClear device for seven ski days now, two in PA and five in VT. We used it exclusively as an intercom device while on the ski slopes. Top advantage: it allows you to continue a discussion with your ski buddy while riding the iconic Mad River Glen single chair. Additional points including input from my son. Pros: -Once the initial connection has been established it is very easy to connect and disconnect with each other. -Clear sound quality and also it doesn't pick up wind which is really nice when you are talking and skiing at the same time. -If you are on a wide groomer or in an open area the range is pretty good (for example we were able...
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Not too bad


Pros: Voice clarity, voice activated phone calls, group intercom,

Cons: no firmware updates yet

I have used this product almost every day this season and found that it works just as advertised. The clarity is amazing and the voice activated calling is pretty cool. I thought the range was a long shot on their specs but I was able to talk from the top of Mineral Basin to my buddy at the bottom just fine. I don't know if I was just in super ideal conditions or what, but it worked. Great product!