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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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Frank Harrington tells you about Chips

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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

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Could these be used for a motorcycle...

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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.

5 5

Fantastic

GREAT battery life. Great, LOUD sound (make sure the device volume is at full BEFORE adjusting headphones). Multiple days on mountain and worked flawless. We will never use ear buds again. Worth the extra money. Maybe more bass??? Not a complaint though.

5 5

Works as advertised

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I have these in a Giro Seam from a few years ago, paired up with a LG G2 android phone. I have the BT volume on the phone maxed out. But the volume on the Chips pretty low.
Audio quality for music is as expected for something of this type. Good but not audiophile by any means, but is plenty sufficient.
Call quality is surprisingly good. I can hear them no problem. And despite the microphone being inside an ear pad, people on the other end of the call had no problems hearing me. Said I was obviously on BT but clear enough for them.
Battery life doesn't seem to be an issue, but the longest I've used it is around 6 hours. So not sure how realistic the claims 8 hours is, especially in the cold.
I did have to swap the left/right sides, to get the Right side closer to the left chest pocket where my phone is. This seems to help reduce problems with the signal cutting out. Which given they are like 2 feet from each other, does happen a bit more than it should.
Only other issue is my helmet has a stiff piece of plastic right over the ear pad, making it near impossible to use the buttons. Not a fault of the Chips, but something to keep in mind.

will the bluetooth chips fit a Giro Fuse...

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will the bluetooth chips fit a Giro Fuse helmet?

5 5

great :)

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

these do as advertised! fit into a smith holt easily, buttons are easy to push with gloves on, bluetooth sound quality is fine and volume is loud, seem pretty rugged, i've had them for three weeks and used them every day (including days below -20C) - great product, glad i chose them :)

i'm struggling to find a complaint but if i search very hard i'd say the only hassle is remembering to charge them up - the lead plugs into one of the speakers which is a faff to get at when it's in the helmet pockets, battery lasts a couple of days if you haven't got them on constantly, think it says 10 hours in the manual which is pretty realistic

mine also came with a normal lead that you can plug in when the batteries die, if this happens the buttons on the speakers do not work, but the inline controller has a volume dial on it (too small to use with gloves) and a button (which doesn't seem to do anything)

4 5

These things work!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Occasional drop-out when I turn my head quickly, but otherwise, FREE FROM WIRES! The sound is good, the mic works, controls are pretty easy. Overall, quite satisfied. I'd have given it 5 stars if you didn't have to charge daily.

3 5

Muffled microphone

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

Volume was OK at the house, but I suspect it would have been too low on the slopes. With my Smith Variance ski helmet, the sound of my voice on the phone sounded very muffled and hard to understand by the person listening to me - that's the main reason I returned the CHIPS.

The buttons work as advertised and I can confirm that you can call up Siri and make phone calls with an iPhone 4S. I had to speak loudly so that Siri could understand, though.

It would be nice if the whole setup would not have to be removed from the helmet for charging. The Smith Variance helmet has a puny zipper that isn't easy to zip/unzip.

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How well do these work with a BERN WATTS helmet? And also will they be back in stock anytime soon?

5 5

Great Blutooth Headset

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great and $70 cheaper than the Skullcandy. The buttons are great (easy to click through the helmet ear pads) and battery life is great, usually going a full two days of skiing w/o charging. Volume is loud enough and headset is very comfortable in my Smith Variance helmet. It is so worth it to change music, volume, and answer calls without getting your phone out. Just do it and buy these now, you'll be glad you did.

My volume is barely audible despite turning...

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My volume is barely audible despite turning up the volume on my phone and all the way on the speakers. What is wrong? How can I turn this up? I get the beep from the left speaker that it is up all the way..

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Some audio tracks have bad volume, is your issue for all songs, calls, and media players on your phone? Also - ignore the instruction manual it says one-click for volume up, but it is really two-clicks for volume up on the left.

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Make sure the volume on the device (ipod, android, etc,...) is turned up!

Make sure that you are fast pressing the left ear piece to turn the volume up.

5 5

Awesome Invention

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

I just recently purchased the Chips online. I read all the reviews before I bought them as I was originally going to purchase the Smith Bluetooth Headphones. Everyone was saying these are better for the money. I received my Chips last night and they are everything I expected. It is very easy to connect them to any bluetooth device in a few minutes. Sound is great and the controls are extremely easy to use. I haven't used them on the mountain yet but after listening to them in my helmet last night and using the controls I am excited to get out there and blaze! I was using a skullcandy system previously and the wire kept shorting out and only had volume control. With these I can skip tracks, adjust volume, pause and use all the call features with the touch of a button. I am very pleased with my purchase thus far and would say this is probably the best bluetooth technology for boarding I've seen!!! I especially like the price compared to the Smith's at $200.

BoarderChic :)

5 5

Chips rock!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have to say these headphones are the best helmet headphones on the market. The�Bluetooth connection is solid and sound is great. They are really minimal on the way they are made meaning you have the actual headphones and a red wire that connects them to each other really easy to hide into the helmet padding.Just a quick heads up make sure you charge them fully prior to use reason is the first day they worked perfect second day�i only got sound out of one side only I was freaking out thought they were broken or�something turns out I didn't charge them long enough I went to the car�plugged them in for about 30 min and we back in biz.� That doesn't normally happen when the battery is low from my experience what happens is they begin to quiet down when the battery gets low. Overall I really like them very simple to use and operate once you get the patterns memorized meaning what 1 click, 2 clicks, holding for 3 sec and so on do. After that its like second nature.

Highly recommend

4 5

Great product BT range not so good.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had been waiting to use these for a long time. I bought them back in October when I bought them at a great price. My first day out I was very disappointed. The sound would skip a lot especially when I turned to the right. I had my phone in my sweater pocket on my left chest. SO the next day I switched the headphones where the right was now in the left and left in the right. Luckily this solved the skipping problem. These really are great to use. The bass is not great but sound is probably the best you can get right now. Also there are too many volume levels. It would be better if there were less. It is was great to use with my SG4 including making calls and telling my phone to redial. Battery lasted me over 8 hours of music streaming with no problems.

4 5

Almost perfect

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

These are good as the other reviewers have said, but recharging could have been thought out a little better. Basically, you must remove the right earpiece from the helmet to hook up the charging wire. On my 2014 Smith Vantage helmet, access to the speaker compartment is through a tiny zipper which begins on the left side and must be worked fully open to the right - this zipper may not be up to being opened frequently. A short pigtail from the right speaker to the wire hole in the left ear pad would allow recharging without removing the speakers. I tried a short 3.5mm cable of my own but the unit disables the blue tooth because it thinks you are using the hardwired configuration for when the battery is dead. It needs a re-design. BTW, there is an undocumented way to fire up Siri by holding the left earpiece then hitting the right earpiece.

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