Bluetooth Ski Helmet Speakers End Frozen Lift-Line Fingers Forever

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Some purists will definitely argue with this, but skiing (or snowboarding) isn't really complete without music. Not to mention the necessity of making and receiving phone calls with your comrades. Thus, most of us spend each lift ride fumbling with gloves, wires, and buttons in sub-freezing temperatures. No longer.

The company that brought you the bike boomboxOutdoor Technology—is on the brink of launching their latest product: Chips, the first universal Bluetooth headphones that work with any and all helmets. The little hi-fi cylinders slide into the lining of your helmet and stay there, pushing music and phone calls from your phone, tucked away inside your jacket.

Where's the interface, you ask? Embedded in each speaker. The left ear controls volume (click once to raise and twice to lower), while clicking the right ear will stop or start the music (or answer a call). It's a brilliantly simply solution to the cold-weather button conundrum. "Connect them to your bluetooth device, drop them into any helmet with an audio liner and your skull will be dripping with Kenny G's undeniable melodies before you can say uncle," explain the company's reps. Ah, you guys know me too well.

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Chips won't be shipping for another week or two, but head over to the OT blog if you're really desperate—they're giving away a pair for free every week until September. [$130 per pair; Chips]

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Analog_Erik
AnalogErik

Call me a purist if you want, but i need to set something straight. TL;DR at bottom.

I am 30 years old and have been snowboarding since I was 12. At the peak of my boarding days, i was at the hill every day. In minnesota, thats a good chunk of life. So i would guess I spent 4:30 pm - 10:30pm weds-sunday (school, girlfriend, parents, weather and job permitting) from the time my parents felt comfortable leaving me at the local hill until I hit college.

Skill level: Expert. I have gone heli, done backcountry hiking, and spent an inordinate amount of time in the park. My last trip out to breck last year i was still hitting the big stuff, and able to do tricks. At my peak of my youth I was throwing inverted stuff. These days, i am still comfortable with spinning 5's... max.

Headphones on the mountain take away from the experience. Period. Headphones in the park or in busy areas create a serious... serious... safety hazard. They are a fucking nuisance. Every fucking kid out there sees these pro's rocking cans in the park and the pipe and they do it too.

The difference? The pros are in secured environments and are not posing a threat to the other riders on the hill or in the pipe. The 13-year old smartass rocking out out whatever the fuck 13 year olds listen to these days and not paying attention to what is going on around them are a goddamn scourge on the park and the mountain.

I cannot tell you how many collisions I have seen due to this.

TL;DR: I know what the fuck I am talking about, have more experience than most on giz probably do, and I feel confident in saying that headphones cause safety hazards on the mountain. Plain and simple.