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Old 01-16-2011, 09:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I haven't been to happy with my skull candy earbuds that hook over the ear, for some reason they cause some pain in my ear from the shape. My helmet is quite a few years old and I was looking at some of these audio compatiable helmets but there wasn't too many reviews on Evo.com. I like the music just to be in the background so I can still talk to my friends on the lift. I was thinking the speakers in the helmet earpads would be a good solution. I was specifically looking at the Smith Maze helmet.
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I tried six different helmets over the last few seasons and hated them all till I found the maze. They claim it is the lightest helmet on the market and it does feel super light and comfy (probably less protection). Music: I bought a cheap pair of Sony Headphones at Walmart ($20),and made a small incision in the top of each earpad and after dismantling the headphones... slipped them into the earpads. Works great and when they break... cheap to replace. Crank down that chinstrap!
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Thanks for the reply. Good tip on the headphone trick.
How is the sound can you easily here other stuff going on around you? I'm not big on sound quality, as long as I know what song is playing I'm happy.
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Well, naturally the worse headphones you get the better your going to be able to hear outside. There's also the simple choice of having the volume low, if you do that you can still hear. For me, if I don't have the volume high, I don't get anything from the music.
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Old 01-17-2011, 02:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Cut up the earpads and slide these into them

Walmart.com: Maxell Stereo Ear-Clips: Audio

$7 at Wal-mart. It doesn't get much cheaper than that. I use these in my Smith Variant.
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These actually sound super good if you want a better sound quality, they are on par with my $50 Siege Divisions. The clips actually are detachable, so you don't have to cut them off.

Amazon.com: Koss KSC75 Portable Stereophone Headphones: Electronics
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If you can't wait a bit, i'll give you a solid review on the smith maze with built in headphones. i'm ordering one today, and will hopefully have it by saturday and test it out then. Although, the idea of cutting a slit into the earpads is pretty ingenius. Haven't thought of that before.

EDIT- pretty cool to see your using evo.com, I go to their shop over by seattle and get pretty much all my snowboard needs there. Good company in my eyes.
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I have the protec audio helmet and its alright. The helmet fits great but the speakers hurt my ears from pressing on them. My buddy has a bern/burn? audio helmet and it will be the next one I buy. It fits amazing and the speakers are not pressing my ears in.
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I use a RED Mutiny with the REDphone ear pads. By default, they're sort of cruddy due to the cord constantly losing connection, and having a wire running from your helmet to your jacket/chest is kind of annoying while you're riding. However, I was able to shove all the wires into the pads, and then clip an iPod shuffle to the outside of one of the pads for a simple, self-contained audio system. The shuffles are pretty bombproof too; I rode for about 6 hours in pouring rain this past weekend, and it held up just fine.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I use a beanie and skull candy ear buds. If I ride alone, i blast that shit in both ears. If I am riding with friends, I use the left one and keep the right phone in my pocket. I have looked into helmets but haven't found one that fit comfortably.
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