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post #1 of 60
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I seem to always have a music piece going in my head when skiing. I'm considering an Ipod but worry about cutting off my hearing sense while skiing.

I see them all the time and was wondering if anyone had an opinion.
post #2 of 60
iPod shuffle starts at $100 for 512mb. Flash drive, easy to operate. You won't be cutting off your hearing sense, you will be hearing music instead of wind and edges scraping. Many skiers like to hear wind in their ears, I prefer music.
post #3 of 60
If you do decide to listen to music while skiing, I highly recommend a helmet with built-in headphones. Unlike "bud" style headphones, helmet-phones allow enough ambient noise in to allow you a pretty good idea of what's going on around you. Of course, this assumes you've got the volume below 100%!
post #4 of 60
I have a 15G I-Pod. 3600 songs cap. for a 15G. Keep your volume low enough to hear your surroundings. Gives yourself a chance to hear that guy yelling "On your left" at you. 200 bills on Ebay.
post #5 of 60
Like my Ipod, doesn'T interfere with surrounding noise. The only problem I have is the different levels of sound between CD's, so I keep on the lower side of total rock out loud.
post #6 of 60
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Originally Posted by peter reedy
Like my Ipod, doesn'T interfere with surrounding noise. The only problem I have is the different levels of sound between CD's, so I keep on the lower side of total rock out loud.
This is correctable with itunes...not sure about other software.

Ipods are great! I use them on weekdays....less traffic......

I have the original series...and a 1g Shuffle...Check out Craigslist, there are some decent deals there.

Search here for Ipod...there has been some discussions about this in the past
post #7 of 60
I tried skiing with music for the first time last year when I got a helmet with earphones. It's fun.
I feel it throws my sense off a little bit...speed, balance, etc...but I'm hoping I adjust to it (seeing that tons of people ski with headphones, it shouldn't be impossible).

Anyone notice a grace period getting used to skiing with music?
post #8 of 60
If I don't blast it I can hear everything around me, especially my skis. I like listening to world beat music, lets me get a nice rythm going.
post #9 of 60
I think it is time for me to get a new helmet and i want one with headphones. I like the marker m3 and have seen it listed for 100 dollars and also listed somewere else for 50 dollars. both prices are without the headphones. Does anyone know how much the headphones cost and were to buy them?
post #10 of 60
Hmmm... I'm a musician and I can't even stand the thought of listening to music while skiing. I guess I would pay attention to the music instead of what I was doing. A time and place for everything I guess.
post #11 of 60
Costco has got the 20 gb one for $189 now, and I just bought one. Doubt I'll use it on the slopes though.

I used to use a walkman for the tunes when skiing, but eventually stopped. Seemed it was just another piece of gear to with mess with, and more distraction. I never had a problem hearing others come from behind, or hearing my own skis grind away.
post #12 of 60
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Originally Posted by Posaune
Hmmm... I'm a musician and I can't even stand the thought of listening to music while skiing. I guess I would pay attention to the music instead of what I was doing. A time and place for everything I guess.
Snap. It's also almost too like work...
post #13 of 60
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Originally Posted by Posaune
Hmmm... I'm a musician and I can't even stand the thought of listening to music while skiing. I guess I would pay attention to the music instead of what I was doing. A time and place for everything I guess.
I guess it depends on how your brain works. I spend the better part of my waking day with music playing in the background. In college and law school, I took tests while listening to headphones. For some reason, the music allows me to focus on whatever it is I need to be doing, as opposed to all the other things that are going on around me.

From a covering-your @$$ standpoint, however, I again must caution against wearing "bud" or in-ear style headphones on the slopes. If you are involved in an accident and it becomes known that your hearing was seriously compromised, you're going to have a tough time proving it was the other guy's fault for cutting in front of you.
post #14 of 60

Ipod Nano

I've never skied with an Ipod, just personal preference.

The only bit of advice I'd give you is that the hard drive based Ipod's (Ipod and Ipod mini) are not the most robust piece of electronics ever created. They really don't like being dropped. If you are thinking of getting an Ipod for skiing I'd recommend the 4Gb Nano, it doesn't have a hard disc (flash memory instead), it's smaller, it's lighter, has better battery life and will definitely survive any big crashes you might have.

Just my opinion.....
post #15 of 60
I like ipods
post #16 of 60
I tried using my iPod for the first time on the slope sthis last weekend. I used it on Friday and left it home Saturday and Sunday. Mainly, I like to be more attentive when on a chair or around a lot of people. I hated having to turn it down, off, on the chairs in the off chance someone next to me had a cordial comment that I couldnt hear. I have ridden up the chair with too many boarders with raging load music in their ears, I dont want to be that guy.


Our internal soundtracks and adrenaline are enough for me to not have to deal with the added burden.
post #17 of 60
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Originally Posted by commonlaw
I tried using my iPod for the first time on the slope sthis last weekend. I used it on Friday and left it home Saturday and Sunday. Mainly, I like to be more attentive when on a chair or around a lot of people. I hated having to turn it down, off, on the chairs in the off chance someone next to me had a cordial comment that I couldnt hear. I have ridden up the chair with too many boarders with raging load music in their ears, I dont want to be that guy.


Our internal soundtracks and adrenaline are enough for me to not have to deal with the added burden.
The Giro Tuneups#2 audio cable has a volume adjuster that clips on your collar,works like a charm when you want to talk.
post #18 of 60
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Originally Posted by Chris D
The Giro Tuneups#2 audio cable has a volume adjuster that clips on your collar,works like a charm when you want to talk.
Thats a good idea, thanks for the tip...just what I need though...more toys, more money down the drain.....sometimes I wish I had never joined Costco....that damn electronics department sucks me in.
post #19 of 60
I'm going with a remote for my iPod that allows me to keep next and previous track, pause and up and down volume controls easily accessible while my iPod is buried in my clothes.
post #20 of 60
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Originally Posted by jstraw
I'm going with a remote for my iPod that allows me to keep next and previous track, pause and up and down volume controls easily accessible while my iPod is buried in my clothes.
I bought one too. I haven't tried yet for skiing, but I'm hoping it's gonna work. Sure is great for changing songs from across the room when your iPod's on shuffle though.

Ahhh laziness...
post #21 of 60
I've seem the wired remote (a controller is on the headphone cord). I think this is what jstraw is talking about. Burton makes a jacket with this type of remote built into the garment (the controls are on the sleeve). I like the iPod shuffle for active use, its so small, like a remote by itself, and the way it's designed, very easy to control through a pocket (you can have it inside pocket and feel the controls through the fabric because the ring is raised). I have a hard drive iPod too, and it's very different as far as using controls blind like that, but the wired remote should make life very easy for users of full size iPods.
post #22 of 60
Nah, my remote is wireless. It has a receiver that plugs into the iPod's extended accessory/headphone jack and an RF transmitter. I wear the transmitter on a lanyard.
post #23 of 60
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Originally Posted by jstraw
Nah, my remote is wireless. It has a receiver that plugs into the iPod's extended accessory/headphone jack and an RF transmitter. I wear the transmitter on a lanyard.
yup, that's the one.
So, does it free you up?
post #24 of 60
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Originally Posted by mnemosyne's lobotomy
yup, that's the one.
So, does it free you up?
Haven't skied with it but I have been happy with it for numerous other situations.
post #25 of 60
I listen to an Ipod shuffle while skiing. It's great but sometimes I dont have time to turn it off before getting on the chairlift and people are talking to me and I have NO idea what they are saying.
post #26 of 60
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Originally Posted by jstraw
Haven't skied with it but I have been happy with it for numerous other situations.
How much bigger, size and weight wise is the Ipod compared to the Nano?Not sure which one I am buying yet.Have you seen the wristband remote control for it.Way cool.
post #27 of 60
I just got the 4GB Nano. Supposedly the iTunes software will let me take music off of CD's and store it on the iPod. Aren't CD's protected so you cannot do this? Also, what sites do you folks go to to download music. I am afrais with the P2P sites that someone unscrupulous can steal personal info (financial info, investments, etc...).
post #28 of 60
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Originally Posted by Scott K
I just got the 4GB Nano. Supposedly the iTunes software will let me take music off of CD's and store it on the iPod. Aren't CD's protected so you cannot do this?
No. I have an iPod; iTunes copies CDs onto them just fine. DVDs, on the other hand, are copy-protected so it's a little more difficult to make a copy of them. CDs don't have that issue. You obviously aren't suppossed to publish / distribute copies of the CD's tracks. To this effect, copying something back off an iPod takes some doing -- the manual says it's impossible, various web sites claim otherwise.
post #29 of 60

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post #30 of 60
I have a 20 Gb. If I had it to do over I would save the $$ and buy the Shuffle or the Nano.
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