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Old 11-29-2014, 06:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My google search for suitable headphones probably was useless, probably since I'm not convenient with the necessary lingo to search specifically, and tech specs is gibberish to me, making it tough to evaluate results that pop up

Would be great if those who know/use suitable headphones could give me hints, what brand/model would be options.

Must features:
- fit into helmet ear pads
- volume control and start/stop control working with android smartphone
- good sound quality (I'm picky with sound quality...I'd rather spend some coins more for good ones)

Absolutely no must, just nice to have features:
- next track control
- to be able to pick up calls (however that's called )


Edit: got the Chip BT; very happy with them; post #56
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Old 11-29-2014, 07:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My google search for suitable headphones probably was useless, probably since I'm not convenient with the necessary lingo to search specifically, and tech specs is gibberish to me, making it tough to evaluate results that pop up

Would be great if those who know/use suitable headphones could give me hints, what brand/model would be options.

Must features:
- fit into helmet ear pads
- volume control and start/stop control working with android smartphone
- good sound quality (I'm picky with sound quality...I'd rather spend some coins more for good ones)

Absolutely no must, just nice to have features:
- next track control
- to be able to pick up calls (however that's called )
The best I have found is the outdoor Tech chips.
They work fine with android.
Have the rest of features you are looking for. Simple use with 2 buttons, that can handle all the features you have asked for.
Will also answer cells as well. I am always amazed at how good they sound.

The other one that interested me was the one the spammer posted on our forum for his kickstarter. It seemed well thought out, and early price is nice, but still not sold on stick on to helmet keypad. With the outdoor tech the buttons are safe from crash. Also it is eay to share and move from helmet to helmet.
One thing with using wireless headphones. They drain the life out of phone, so ensure you add price of an external USB battery pick to keen phone live for the day
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A lot of headphones for helmets have cables, which have a join so you can remove the helmet without feeding the cable back into your coat.

Look for a set of these, and simply use a BT on the back of your helmet...

The short cable will reach the BT and means no cables still, no need to remover to charge etc...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jabra-Clippe...=jabra+clipper

Just clip on the goggle retainer on the back of the helmet...
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Old 11-29-2014, 07:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The best I have found is the outdoor Tech chips.
They look interesting. Do you use the wired ones or the bluetooth ones? I so far used earbuds with wire and controlling the volume was hard/fumbling with gloves so their system looks appealing (no need to take the gloves off). As I understand their site, only the bluetooth ones have the ear piece volume control while the wired ones the volum control is still on the small wire piece (= fumbling with gloves?).

How hard is the bluetooth mode on the phone battery?

How sensitive does the push/click on the ear piece work? (My Giro helmet has rather thick ear pads... which gave me the mental image that I may have to almost punch my ear to get a reaction/click )
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Hey Nen's! While I don't have any personal experience with them,.. The Outdoor Tech, Bluetooth helmet speakers are the best I've seen as far as features and ease of use with phone and playlists. They are Freaking expensive tho!

I use these,.. REI/Tune-ups! Sound is OK. The wire jack and volume control extension that comes with these sucks, but I just bought a cheap $5, 2ft. ext. jack and I use it to plug in between the helmet and my iPod shuffle. (I don't usually jack into my phone.) With this particular set-up, all your controls are at the phone. No remote buttons for any music/phone control options.

I make do with this option because it's relatively cheap and as much as I like those "Chips" system speakers,..? I coudn't possibly justify the expense of them! (Neni,.. I don't get the impression that you are quite as financially challenged as I am! So the chips speakers might just be the perfect option for you!) Hope you found this helpful!


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I would most definitely NOT go with any of the "In ear" options like Kevin suggested. I tried that at first. It is far more difficult to hear ambient noise around you, and I personally found it to be extremely uncomfortable as my helmet ear pads put pressure on them and forcing them deeper into my ears. I did not like that option.
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Old 11-29-2014, 07:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
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My buddy just got some Outdoor Tech helmet headphones and they were incredibly loud on the outside. We actually thought she had flipped them facing outward of the helmet. On the lift I could hear them too, I'm not sure if she's keeping them or not. However, it does have a great control for volume, etc.

I have SkullCandy Cassettes which I don't think they make anymore but you can still find them online. Sound quality is great. Other bonus is you can put in one side or both. I like riding with one ear open so I can talk on the lift and still listen to my tunes without changing volume. Downside is one click control to change tracks one way and no volume adjustment. My solution was buying an Outdoor Tech Adapt Adapt Bluetooth Headphone Adapter - OutdoorTechnology.com which allows to me to answer calls, change volume & tracks. Connects via Bluetooth. I found both on sale so wasn't too expensive overall.
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I use only by. Hate wires but chips can use both. You lose phone bit with wired depending on phone bt will drain battery but easily fixed with external battery. My note 4 will drain down to 50% when using music for 4 to 6 hours. These are easy to use with gloves on
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….My solution was buying an Outdoor Tech Adapt Adapt Bluetooth Headphone Adapter - OutdoorTechnology.com which allows to me to answer calls, change volume & tracks. Connects via Bluetooth. I found both on sale so wasn't too expensive overall.

Now I was seriously considering those. With my $30 Skull Candy speakers, they wind up being a good $50-$60 less than the Chips system! The sound from the SC headphones might not be as high quality, but it's plenty good enough. I mean I'm just listening to some tunes to stoke my stoke on the slope! It's not like I'm getting stoned and vegging on the couch, trippin' to the "Floyd" thru some high def audio system!
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:19 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have SkullCandy Cassettes which I don't think they make anymore but you can still find them online. Sound qualty is great. ... My solution was buying an Outdoor Tech Adapt Adapt Bluetooth Headphone Adapter - OutdoorTechnology.com which allows to me to answer calls, change volume & tracks. Connects via Bluetooth. I found both on sale so wasn't too expensive overall.
Interesting option as well! I've looked at the SC Cassettes before but wasn't sure if they wouldn’t be too thick to fit into ear pads. Bonus of this setup would be that it could be used not only for snowboarding but also "casually" as "normal" headphones (aaaand... wait a sec.... that adaptor may solve my problem with my car audio - long story - ... hmmm... yay!)

Could you use the adaptor controller with gloves?
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Interesting option as well! I've looked at the SC Cassettes before but wasn't sure if they wouldn’t be too thick to fit into ear pads.
Could you use the adaptor controller with gloves?
They come with a thicker cushion and a thin rubber cover, depending on how you'll use them. They are kind of big, but I can get them in my Smith helmets fine. My friend has an ipod shuffle or whatever it's called that looks like the adapter and she changes it with her gloves on through her jacket. I haven't mastered that technique quite yet, but to answer your question yes.

[QUOTE=chomps1211;1968538]Now I was seriously considering those. With my $30 Skull Candy speakers, they wind up being a good $50-$60 less than the Chips system! QUOTE]

Ya it's a pretty good deal and you can use it for more than shredding. lol yes you'd definitely need some high quality stereo for that situation chomps
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