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Buying a new helmet, help me out?
Hey, I'm looking into getting a new helmet since I've had mine forever. I'm looking for a helmet that has good reviews, looks good and best of all, can play music. I need one that has the ear pads with speakers in them. I've always wanted to be able to listen to music on the hill and this is my chance. So lemme know what you guys have, what you like and dislike and any other suggestions.
As always +k for helpful stuff, thanks NS
A lot of the helmets on the market nowadays are pretty much identical in safety measures. So one brand isn't going to necessarily protect you more than any other.
I have had the best luck with Giro and Smith. Here's why:
-Venting: both brands have been great at managing airflow, keeping me cool during a bootpack, and toasty when the winds whip the chairlifts. I'd suggest looking at one with adjustable/closeable vents.
-Adjustable: both brands have basically the same type of micro-adjustment to snug up the helmet. Maybe this comes from having mtn biked a lot, but I prefer this method over some of the other padding systems. (The technology is nearly identical.)
-Comfort: they just are. But everyone's head is different, try on a bunch to see which one feels the snuggest and most well-conformed to your head.
As for headphones... both brands above have headphone compatible models and work great from what I hear. I don't personally use them, for whatever reason I've always found music distracting when I'm skiing, but that's just me.
Some other brands to check out would probably be Bern, Red, Pro-Tec.
A lot of helmets out there aren't sold with audio systems, BUT DO HAVE compatible systems from brands like Skullcandy, that are made to fit perfectly in with your helmet. For instance, I have a Smith Variant Brim and could get an audio system for it.
As a side not, do you not like using earbuds under a helmet OP?
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thanks so much for the help! I think i may be going this afternoon to my local ski shop to look at some and ill keep all of this in mind. im going to look into the extra speaker packages so that i know what to look for in the helmet that i end up getting.
I've only skied with earbuds a couple of times and found them annoying because they got super cold and fell out of my ears occasionally. also, the cord would tug on them/get in the way and it generally found it annoying. plus id still like to be able to hear people around me and just have some background music.
Threads because I just found out I need a new one from my thread.
I believe POC is doing a collab with beats to have an audio system in their helmet. Probably would be pretty pricey though.
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Smith makes good helmets. The holt and maze are popular
hey everyone, thanks for the help and comments. I ended up buying a giro g10 mx helmet this afternoon. I got it on sale so it was super cheap and it fits great. I got the inserts for the earflaps too and those seem pretty good although they seem to squish my ears a bit. again, help was greatly appreciated!
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