Best headphones for skiing? Solution found.

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  1. galenmd macrumors regular

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    I realize that there are a thousand opinions on headphones, but nothing related to skiing. Any recs appreciated.

    I would like a set of headphones/buds that are comfortable to wear, especially under a helmet. During the colder days, my helmet has attached ear muffs that pressed on my old headphones and hurt my ears. I think something more flush to the ear would work better. Certainly, no ear loops.

    The other important feature would be an in-line control, so that I can pause, skip tracks, etc., without having to take my phone out and dropping it off the chair.

    Let's hope for a good season!


    Solution found below
     
  2. lemonademaker macrumors 6502a

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    i'm going to give the Motorola s9hd a try this year.....
    and for the cold days when i need a tuke :) to keep ears warm i'll just wear the Motorola s805 instead......

    dirt cheap, bluetooth..... My s805 review/thread

    and if they all end up sucking i'll just go with my cheap set of wired inears......
     
  3. galenmd thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wow. Those s805's are pretty big over the ear headphones. I don't see myself skiing with those. Besides, they won't fit under a helmet.

    I used the Motorola s9's, but again with a helmet, they hurt a lot and it was too hard to reach the controls (which are unusable with gloves).
     
  4. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Shure SE line with the Shure MPA? I know that tons of motorcycle users use them under their helmets. The only downside is the isolation, so hearing outside might be problematic.
     
  5. galenmd thread starter macrumors regular

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    Those look pretty sweet. They also have an optional accessory that allows for hearing outside the headset. No iPod controls though.
     
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    I agree! Hearing your surroundings on the slopes is important.
     
  8. galenmd thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, I would have to agree. There is also something to be said about the peacefulness of being outdoors. OTOH, there are occasions where I need to hear some Led Zeppelin blaring while I'm tearing it up.

    I just found the
    Giro Tuneups.
    They also make a BT wireless version, but I have only seen one review that was not inspiring.
     
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  10. galenmd thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmmm. I agree that earphones would probably give better sound quality and probably block out the background wind noise better. Now that I think about it a little more, the earphones would sit more permanently in the ear throughout the day and would make it harder to hear others. Headphones sitting within the ear covers built into the helmet would be more comfortable and would allow me to not notice them when not used.

    So, I am looking seriously into the Giro Tuneups I mentioned above. Unfortunately, the new ones only work with their latest helmets. They now make a "Drops" which is essentially 2 thin speakers attached by a wire. While they are not supposed to be compatible with older helmets, I think that I could make it work. I have also seen some ultrathin motorcycle helmet speakers that could be fitted into a ski helmet. Not sure about the quality though.
     
  11. lollicup macrumors regular

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    I posted this is another thread, but I would highly recommend walkie talkies
     
  12. galenmd thread starter macrumors regular

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    My Solution Found

    Okay, looks like I found the perfect set-up for me. I tested it out this past week and found it to be quite successful. I could listen to tunes and answer calls quite easily (though I rarely use the phone). I too have heard of iPhones being destroyed by wet conditions, so use at your own risk. If no phone is desired, I agree with using a less expensive Shuffle or something.

    This setup really works best for those using a helmet, which was my whole point of this project. It can obviously be used with earbuds too, just without the convenience and comfort level.

    First, I picked up a pair of motorcycle helmet speakers. I am using the iasus XSound 2. These give a beautiful sound with lots of bass. I discovered that Giro makes a similar pair of helmet speakers that they call “drops,” but other skiers reported that they are weak performers.

    I inserted the motorcycle speakers into each of the built in ear muffs on my helmet, tucking in the cable under the padding of the helmet. This leaves a few inches of cable coming out by my left ear. The XSound 2 comes with an extension cable with a built-in volume control, but I ended up not using it, mostly because it made the cable too long. This setup is extremely comfortable. I never noticed the speakers even after skiing for 5 days.

    Next, I picked up the Shure MPA-3C (Music Phone Adapter) mentioned above (available for less looking around on-line). This is a beautiful device that is fairly easy to use with ski gloves. It has an excellent quality built-in microphone. One click starts the iPod, another stops it. A double click skips to the next song. Incoming calls are automatically switched to the phone and answered and ended with a single click. The only time I have to take the phone out is to place an outgoing call (which is best avoided IMHO).

    I plug the Shure MPA into my iPhone and tucked them into my jacket pocket with several inches of cord hanging out.

    When I put my helmet on, I plug in the cord from the XSound 2 into the Shure MPA that is hanging out of my jacket pocket. If I really need to answer or make a call, the microphone is close by.

    I can now choose from rocking out down the slopes or a peaceful outdoor experience at the touch of a button.
     
  13. lemonademaker macrumors 6502a

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    just came across a very cool heaphone solution on CrunchGear blog...

    HeadphoneHat
     
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    sweet

    WOW, I'm really impressed by that idea. Do those have an answer hang up button by the mic?
     
  16. galenmd thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wow! Great find. That is exactly what I was looking for before I came up with the speaker-in-the-earmuff idea.

    However, I actually like my solution more since I never have to deal with inserting/removing the buds, and the fact that I can hear the slopes/buddies more when I turn off the tunes.
     
  17. BigFatCow macrumors newbie

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    I've been using the Giro earpads for years. They have decent sound, are intergrated into my helmet. As for controls, I bought a Timex watch that has a sensor that plugs into the bottom of the iphone. It allows for full playback controls along with telling time. The only drawback from this combo is that I can not answer calls. That's not a big issue since snowboarding on crowded slopes are hard enough, I don't need to be talking on the phone.
     
  18. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Skullcandy, oddly enough, is a company whose roots are in the ski/snowboard active sports lifestyle.
     
  19. lemonademaker macrumors 6502a

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  20. seasonnie macrumors newbie

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    best headphones for skiing

    I am afraid that you only use bluetooth headphones when you skiing, so that it doesn't dropping off .
     

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