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      Even better--get the headphone speakers for the earpads if that's ur game.

      How fashionable. :D
      True, the audio compatibility of helmets is a great feature. :thumbsup: Speaking of which...
      Outdoor Technology is releasing a new wireless drop-in audio set specifically for snowboard helmets in September this year. They're also doing a collaboration project with Bern.
      http://www.outdoortechnology.com/Shop/Chips/

      These will be a lot better than those shitty Skull Candy ones for the Giro helmets that break easily. I have a Giro helmet and I put in a pair of loud earphones with volume control on the wire instead.

      Ain't nothin like listening to an epic track on a fresh pow line! :yahoo:
       
    1. · Destroying Worlds Since 2015
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      ODT Wireless Ultra headphones

      So, the TL;DR version: don't bother.

      Longer version: I own the somewhat older Chips 2.0 and have been using them for several years in my Smith helmets. The 2.0s have been great, but having to unzip the Smith helmet to recharge them has been a PITA, especially since the cheapo zipper on the helmet tends to separate if not zipped up carefully. So recently I went looking for a new helmet that would work better with the ODTs. And while I was at it, I bought the Ultras.

      The helmet that I purchased is a Giro, which has velcro fasteners for the earpiece pockets. This works really well with the Ultras, since there's no wire to argue with. Unfortunately, that's where the goodness ends.

      First, let me say that the Ultras aren't terrible. They just aren't better in any way that would justify the extra cost or hassles of dealing with them.

      Pros:
      • Sound is supposed to be a little better than the 2.0s. In particular, better bass.
      • Battery life is supposed to be a little longer.
      • Charging is much easier, as long as you have a helmet that lets you access the pucks without hassle. The pucks go into a charger that's conceptually like the Apple Airpods container. It even has a built-in battery so you could recharge your Ultras out in the field.

      Cons:
      • You have to administer the pucks seperately. Which means you have to power up the right puck, wait for it to sync with your phone, then power up the left puck. I don't know how critical the proper order is, but at least once I lost control of the left puck and had to wait to get it home and put it in the charging case before it would do anything.
      • The Ultras emit an annoying beep any time you press a button.
      • The Ultras automatically power down after 5 minutes of inactivity. This means you are constantly powering up and re-pairing them if you only listen on the chair.
      • The command structure is slightly different from the 2.0s. For instance, volume control click sequence is exactly the opposite, i.e. one-click raises volume on the Ultra, but lowers it on the 2.0.

      After a very unsatisfactory day with the Ultras, I pulled the 2.0s out of my Smith and discovered that I can route the cable under the padding in the Giro helmet. So I get the best of both worlds--No more zipper hassles, the much prefereable 2.0 interface, and I only have to pull one puck out to recharge.

      Conclusion: Shouldn't have bought the Ultras in the first place. I'm just going to get another Giro helmet for Whistler and transplant the 2.0s.
       
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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! :dunno: (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! :thumbsup:


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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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      PSA:
      I just got an email from Outdoor Tech and they have 36% off everything for 36 hours. I figured I'd pass along the info in case anyone was considering picking up those CHIPS headphones.

      Here is the information:
      36% OFF Everything For 36 Hours

      Here's your chance to get all your holiday shopping done. For 36 hours, you can take 36% off of anything on the website. Just use coupon code "cybermonday14" at checkout.

      Here is a link to the CHIPS on their site:
      CHIPS - Universal Bluetooth Wireless Snow Helmet Audio - Outdoor Tech®
       
    3. · The Swiss Miss
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      Yeah... I had ordered them last year after this post on dec 1st vvv
      hope they'll have the same this year

      PSA:
      I just got an email from Outdoor Tech and they have 36% off everything for 36 hours. I figured I'd pass along the info in case anyone was considering picking up those CHIPS headphones.

      Here is the information:
      36% OFF Everything For 36 Hours

      Here's your chance to get all your holiday shopping done. For 36 hours, you can take 36% off of anything on the website. Just use coupon code "cybermonday14" at checkout.

      Here is a link to the CHIPS on their site:
      CHIPS - Universal Bluetooth Wireless Snow Helmet Audio - Outdoor Tech®
       
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      I just got my Chips 2.0 and tested one. I will just hope the other works!

      This means I have two sets of Chips 1.0 for sale. One has been used and works perfectly. I still have all the accessories so it will come in the bag with the charging cord, a mini or micro-usb adapter, instruction manual and quick-start card, and the cord if you want to use it wired. The other is new in the box. I just picked up this summer for my wife and I've never even taken it out test to see if it works.

      If you don't know what these are, here is the link. The only substantive difference between 1.0 and 2.0 is that the 1.0 don't have the walkie-talkie function. 1.0 also has black earpieces with red connecting cable.

      $60 for either, shipped USPS Priority if you use gift Paypal, otherwise you pay actual shipping. If I get quick responses I will get these out tomorrow so you can have them before the weekend or for Christmas!


      Update: NIB set sold. One left. Get an awesome stocking stuffer ... for yourself!
       
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      I used these for several seasons in my Smith helmet, but last season I switched to the Outdoor Technology Chips CHIPS - Universal Bluetooth Wireless Snow Helmet Audio - Outdoor Tech® and could not be happier. Sound substantially better than any skull candy nonsense and close to on par with Koss plus now I can answer calls (mic works great) and control volume, track etc just by tapping the earpads with my mitt.
       
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      I pulled the trigger on these and they are pretty sweet. They fit in my Giro G10 helmet perfect.

      They are loud as hell and the sound is pretty good, the bass could be a bit better but its not bad.

      Here is the link to the site.http://
      Chips - Universal Wireless Helmet Audio - Outdoor Tech.

      Use promo code: weforgiveyou for a 10% discount.

      I ride with the Outdoor Tech DJ slims and I've found that out of the box they are way too treble heavy but if you use an equalizer app you can get the bass up to a pretty good level. I'm sure there are a bunch out there, the one I use is Accudio Pro....


       

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