Listening to music while you ski can be more than just a pleasure, the regular beat can actually help you create a rhythm with your turns making your skiing more fluent as a result. But there’s nothing more annoying than headphones which don’t fit comfortably under your helmet. This year why not invest in the surround-sound sensation of an in-helmet audio system? Here are our recommendations for the best, slope-friendly, in-helmet headphones. |
What to look for
While you may be a fan of the comfortable over-ear headphones in your daily life or while you’re kicking back at the end of the day in your catered ski chalet, there are obvious reasons why these won’t work for you on the piste. For a similar all-round sound experience, why not try one of the new generation of in-helmet audio systems available? As always, there are a few things to consider when choosing your in-helmet headphones. • Will they fit comfortably inside your helmet • Do they have a call answering function so that you don’t need to rummage through your pocket for your phone on the piste • Can you change your music via the headphone control, again to prevent unnecessary pocket rummaging (not to mention the danger of dropping your phone when selecting the next track on the chair lift!) • Is the sound quality up to your expectations
UCLEAR HBC120 PLUS Sports Helmet Communicator Bluetooth Headset
For the ultimate ski helmet audio experience the UCLEAR Bluetooth Headset will fit into the ear protector slots of your helmet surrounding your entire head with crystal clear sound as you ski. The unit not only connects your phone, music and GPS it even has voice command for hands-free call pick up so you can answer a call without even having to stop skiing.
Koolertron Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Intercom/Music Headset
This Bluetooth system delivers more than just music and phone connectivity, it can be paired with another skier’s headset and work as an intercom so that you can talk directly into each other’s helmets while you’re on the slopes, especially handy if you’re going off piste. Unfortunately the range is only 800 meters so you won’t be able to call back to the catered ski chalet and tell them to put the kettle on, you’re on your last run!
Outdoor Tech OT0042 Wired Chips – Universal Helmet Audio System
For a slightly more economical in-helmet system you could try Outdoor Tech’s Wired Chips with its handy oversized control panel perfect for use with padded ski gloves so that you don’t need to take them off and deal with frozen fingers as you receive a call or change track. Outdoor Tech claim its universal size will fit inside any helmet and this system is designed to withstand temperatures of -20º.
Whichever system you choose, there’s no need to compromise on sound quality with these in-helmet audio systems. Who knows, you might even find yourself reaching for your helmet once your back at your catered ski chalet, so that you can continue enjoying the pure sound quality while you relax and unwind.
Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has been helping avid skiers craft their perfect winter holiday for over a quarter of a century. If you're looking for the best catered ski chalet accommodation in the Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is the go-to company for winter sports fans searching for the holiday of a lifetime.
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