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surfinsnow 02-16-2014 05:24 PM

Blown away! Bluetooth in-helmet speakers.
 
Just got these during our trip to Loon/Cannon NH. Outdoor Tech "Chips" wireless speakers for helmets. The best music solution I've found. They claim to be universal, and sure enough they fit my old helmet perfectly, replacing the old Giro wired speakers without any adapters. Pair them up to your iPhone or other Bluetooth device and they work by tapping on helmet's earpiece. I love it...tap twice on your left earpiece to increase volume, tap once to decrease volume. Press the left earpiece for a two or three seconds to skip forward or backward. Wicked easy to do even when riding, no fumbling for the wired control or pulling out the headphone jack.

But it gets better...on the right earpiece, press once to turn the headset on. Easy enough. Once it's on, press once again to pause. If you get a phone call, press once to answer...there is a built-in mic which we tested out on-mountain and it works perfectly. It's makes it really easy to stay in touch with friends while riding.

BTW, I am not in any way affiliated with Outdoor Tech. This isn't any kind of spam...I am just posting a happy review of an impressive product. I discovered these gems while buying my wife a new helmet this weekend. She liked my old wired Giro helmut phones, but I suggested she go Bluetooth if she's starting from scratch. We were so blown away we bought a set for me, too. And the sound is AMAZING. These may actually be capable of being too loud, but god do they sound good! They have a big 40mm driver, which is about 4x larger than most Giro headsets. That means good, deep sound. And all you have to do to is tap your earpiece to operate them. Brilliant.

EatRideSleep 02-16-2014 05:34 PM

Nice, thanks! I've been hoping to learn of a wireless/Bluetooth ear piece like this.

Loftness 02-19-2014 02:29 PM

I'm using these too and loved them so much I got a pair for my wife, who also now loves them. Ridiculously easy to use, good sound, long life. I keep my phone in my "thigh" pocket and only very rarely do I get a quick sound cut out. If you use a chest pocket I'd imagine you'd never experience one.

My favorite aspect is that you can talk to Siri on an iPhone (click and hold left side and then right side until first beep) so you never really have to take your phone out. Have her make phone calls, read, compose, and send texts, play Pandora, tell you what time it is, etc. I'm completely addicted.

Casual 02-19-2014 02:34 PM

hows the battery usage vs being plugged in? I can use my ihone 5 for 4 hours and only use 15% of my battery. Curious how the bluetooth affects this.

Loftness 02-19-2014 02:53 PM

I haven't done any specific battery testing, but I boarded on and off for about five hours Saturday, listening to music, texting a little, maybe took one call, and was at 80%. iPhone 5. Then again my wife crushed her battery that same day skiing with me, but that's not saying much as she always seems to have low battery.

larrytbull 02-19-2014 03:06 PM

Just get a USB battery pack. U can fit it In pocket with phone. I have used that combo for more than 8 hours of music and phone use and phone is fully charged. U can find them on ebay at 10 -20 dollars

Kenai 02-20-2014 01:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by surfinsnow (Post 1542569)
Just got these during our trip to Loon/Cannon NH.

Surf - what shop did you gets these headphones at? I may be going through this weekend and want to look at them before I commit.

Thanks.

tokyo_dom 02-20-2014 07:24 PM

What are the actual dimensions of the speakers? Trying to see if they will fit in my sandbox earpads - not meant to be audio ready so space is a bit tight

ryannorthcott 02-21-2014 07:39 PM

been looking at these for a while but hadn't heard of the name or actually heard the speakers. i just picked them up on your recommendation and must say i am impressed. i am ok with remembering to charge them, only thing is i wish they would go one or two volume levels higher... they seem to max out a very tiny bit low. they are still plenty loud don't get me wrong but if i'm dropping into the park and want to get adequately stoked i wouldn't mind a bit more volume. i'll try pairing them with my lumia as well and see if that nets better results. right now just using my ipod nano.

the sound though is a million times better than my old skullcandy drops, bass gets a bit muddy at times but that's to be expected for something like this, i have my shure DJ cans for clean bass. the reason i bought is for seamless audio controls without fiddling around with the sketchy cable that floats around somewhere in my jacket, and they definitely nailed that so overall i am quite pleased.

i'd rate the product at 4.5/5 (not to review jack your thread!)

surfinsnow 02-22-2014 06:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kenai (Post 1558001)
Surf - what shop did you gets these headphones at? I may be going through this weekend and want to look at them before I commit.

Thanks.

Rodger's, right near the I-93 exit.


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