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You are DJ Shred.

An icy whirlwind threatens to throw you off the lift as the chair swings back and forth. The temperature has just dropped below 0. You are just thanking your sweet stars for remembering to bring your industrial mittens when ... your mom calls. Do you answer and risk frostbite or ignore the woman that put you on this earth? Thanks to Outdoor Technology's Chips you won't have to choose. Chips are a Wireless Bluetooth Helmet Audio system that fits inside any helmet with an audio liner. Someday you'll tell your grandchildren how you had to take off your brain bucket, gloves, and dig in your pocket to answer a call or change music, without having to deal with annoying cords, either.

Each headphone sports a large button easily pressed from outside the helmet. These buttons can answer a call from your Bluetooth device, pause/play, raise/lower the volume, and skip tracks of your music. Able to operate in -4 degrees, these wireless monsters go up to 120 decibels and feature A2DP for high quality stereo sound. A USB charger, back-up cable, and carry pouch are included as well. In addition to freezing temperatures, Chips can handle sweat and water without flinching. Warm hands, warm head, music control, and talking to your mama. Any questions?

  • Minimal design
  • Fit into most helmet's audio liner
  • Connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Two-button control system
  • IPX4 sweat and water resistant
  • A2DP high quality speakers
  • Up to 120 decibel volume
  • Works at -4° F
  • Includes USB charger, back-up cable, and carry pouch

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Unanswered Question

Are these compatible with the Smith Holt helmet ?

Unanswered Question

Do these fit nicely in a ladies Giro Flare or Sheer helmet? thanks

5 5

Speeding and...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Awesome product - got some heat from my wife for buying them initially due to the cost, but now she wants her own pair!

If you are considering anything else in this category...stop it! I ride hard and so far they've had no problem keeping up with my hard-charging style.

Will these work with an iPhone 6 with Bluetooth 4.0?
Chips manual mentions bluetooth 2.1.
I am unsure of the compatibility.

5 5

Awesome!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is my initial evaluation after using a couple times. I have these in a Smith Vantage helmet - they fit perfectly and you can't even tell they are in there.

The button functionality is awesome (power on/off, pause, volume up, volume down, skip forward, skip back) and is very easy to use (even) with gloves on. It took less than a day to get used to the button functions, although skip back is little tricky.

Volume and sound quality are both adequate.

I used them from 8:45 to 3:00 on a very cold day and they were still going strong when I shut them off.

I struggled between ordering these and the Skull Candy bluetooth helmet audio kit. I ended up going with these because I didn't like the big control module on the SC and these were cheaper - I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

I synced these to my Samsung GS5 very easily. I use doubletwist as my music player on the phone (imports itunes playlists in one step) and had no issues with funcitons.

I turn my phone on airplane mode while riding so I CAN"T be reached and take a call on the hill - so I have no review of that aspect of these headphones. sorry.

If I have one complaint, it would be that I wish there was a way to charge the speakers without having to open the zippered helmet speaker pouch (also pointed out by another reviewer). The zipper on my helmet is not super heavy duty and not sure how long it will last.

Responded on

Hey Chad,

The phone connection is great, if you ever decide you need to use it. Just click the right button and start talking!

Usually I don't take calls when I'm on the mountain, so I hadn't used that feature either. But, today it was necessary and these turned out to be so freaking easy that I think I'm going to just wear my helmet at home so I can talk and make dinner and basically never have to hold my phone again, ever.

As far as the zipper goes, I keep the chip with the charger near the zipper opening, so I only have to unzip a little.

Cheers!

Emily Jenson ext 4006
Expert Gearhead
ejenson@backcountry.com

Responded on

Hi Emily, could you or Chad post a picture of the control buttons that are supposedly outside the helmet? I don't see it in the product photos. Are the buttons remote?

4 5

Full Function Fun

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These slip right into the liner on my ProTec B2 Snow ski helmet comfortably. I like the ability to pause when you come into lift line or turn up the volume when you get on a chair with chatty-kathy. Answering a phone call is easy with no complaints from the other end of the line. I haven't dropped bluetooth connection yet, and they are plenty loud when I turn it up all the way. The batteries will not last all day skiing, but I top off the charge on the way to the mountain, and if it isn't a super cold day they do ok. And you can always just use them wired to finish out the day.

Can you mute or pause? If so how? Thanks

Responded on

Touch your right ear to pause or answer a phone call, touch your left ear to turn it up or down.

I'm trying to determine if I want these or the Skullcandys. Unfortunately I think I'll get some biased feedback asking on the OT product page, but I thought I'd check and see if anyone compared the two models before me. Also I can't find much information about how the Skullcandys work online.

I think the feature that I like the most about the OTs is that all the functionality is in two buttons. Granted you have to memorize the different touches, but I imagine having each earpiece being its own button will make it easier to operate with gloves on. The one downside I see is that the OTs don't allow you to go back a track, only forward, but thats only a minor set back.

Any additional feedback between the two units would be appreciated. Thanks.

Responded on

You CAN skip BACK!
(It's the three second rule on the left earpiece.)

I haven't tried the Skullcandy version, but I'm so happy with these I could shout it from the mountain tops.

1nd:
The sound quality leaves me wanting for nothing.
2rd:
Making and receiving calls is perfect. They hear me very well, and vice versa.
3rd:
Using your clumsy glove-fingers to turn it off, while you're with people, is priceless.
(Nobody wants to wait for you to fumble with your music situation.)
And 4th:
You'll learn the functions in one run.
(Bous Siri feature:
Hold down the left earpiece, then press the right until it beeps.)

Hit me up if you have anymore questions.

Emily Jenson
Expert Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4406
ejenson@backcountry.com

Happy Trails!

Responded on

Not sure if Skullcandy has a truly comparable wireless offering. But I've used their wired one in the past, multiple times in fact as they kept breaking. The OT Chips are light years beyond the Skullcandy wired drop ins.

Unanswered Question

will these fit into a POC helmet other than the receptor? I am trying to get them as a gift for my brother, but can not find an audio liner that is compatible with his POC helmet. Do they need the liner?

5 5

Great Service and Great Product

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I purchased this product a little over a month ago. It was shipped right away and arrived very quickly.

The product itself is amazing. It fit perfectly into my helmet. The audio is crisp and the microphone appears to be very sensitive. This is definitely the most useful item I have purchased for skiing.

I would highly recommend both this website and the product to anyone who wants to be able to control their music and make phone calls without taking off their gloves.

5 5

Excellent quality and sound

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These speakers are very easy to set up and use, and they sound great. I was surprised by the quality of the sound even through the ear pads on the helmet. The 2 buttons are large and have tactile feedback and it even works with Siri. It also comes with a wire with controls in case the battery dies while you're out and away from a charger. Haven't used it much now since it's spring, but I'm sure I'll use it a lot when winter comes.

5 5

Works great

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Works as advertised with a few minor quirks. Sounds great. Easy to use. Love the undocumented voice command feature. Microphone works surprisingly well considering it's hidden in an ear flap. Pain to remove every night to charge. Does sometimes cut out for a split second if I turn my head sharply.

5 5

Done deal!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Charged them up, slipped them into my Red Mutiny, dropped my iPhone in my back pocket and got to vacuuming my house - they sounded killer (plenty loud and surprisingly good bass) and I couldn't wait to get them on the hill...

How did they perform on hill? They killed it!
Still sounded great, and more than loud enough! Super convenient to start/stop and adjust volume but skipping tracks is a little fiddly, whatever just make a good playlist and you'll never need to skip tracks!

Battery lasted a couple days (with a couple weeks in between) but I didn't have them blasting all day long - I ride with buddies so I'd turn them off on the chair and back on before dropping in...

I spent years riding without music because of awkward controls, wires, crappy sound but now I won't ride without!!!

BUY THEM!

4 5

Almost perfect...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just got back from Mammoth and tested the speakers all weekend. I love them, for the most part but there is a few things worth mentioning:

1. The sound is good, not great. It?s a tradeoff with convenience here, if you want full sound on the mountain you may want to look into wearing in-ear headphones under your helmet. I prefer the speakers though, quality is totally sufficient for me but of course doesn?t rival my Bose headphones
2. Fit is crucial! It took me a while to figure out how to get the best sound out of these speakers. Here is a few tips:
a. When inserting the speakers into your helmet, make sure it is not obstructed by foam padding or anything else. I have a smith holt and just took out the foam padding because volume levels were definitely not loud enough to go through padding for me
b. Volume: If you get the right fit, not an issue. But if something is off, most people would say that they are not loud enough
c. Make sure the earpads with speakers are as close to your ears as possible to get full sound with good bass
3. Battery lasted a day and a half on the mountain. Good enough for me, you just charge them again over night or bring your cable for day 2
4. Convenice is amazing! It is great to be able to just push the right earpad to pause the song if you want to chat with your buddies, you can answer incoming calls with the push of a button on the speaker and there are no cables bugging you. Even with a headphone remote I would often not even bother push pause because it would require me to take my gloves off ? this sounds silly but you are doing this 20-30 times a day, plus it?s not always sunny and 32F outside?

A few issues I have with the speakers:
1. Clicking ?next song? never worked for me, tried it on the mountain and in the cabin and could never get it to work. You are supposed to long press the right speaker button for a few seconds, but not too long or you are sending your speakers to sleep. Problem is that bluetooth often has a small delay

Responded on

When i used the iphone music player, the functions worked. But if you use a 3rd party music player, the skipping function didnt work for me.

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Could these be used for a motorcycle...

Could these be used for a motorcycle helmet?

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They look like they could, but since you have to touch them to change volume, etc, you could not be able to adjust anything. You are better off looking for a dedicated motorcycle headset.