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In helmet audio?

post #1 of 10
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Do you use it? Did you buy your helmet with it included or did you add on? Do you think it is dangerous and nobody should listen to tunes while skiing, especially with a helmet that would reduce your ability to hear other sounds even more?
post #2 of 10
I have it. I use it, I keep the volume pretty low, its more like ambiance music, I find loud music to be too distracting. I added mine in, aftermarket. I also have a microphone hooked up (skull candy) so at a press of a button I can answer the phone and hear the other person via the speakers in the helmet.
post #3 of 10
I added it as an aftermarket accessory for my helmet. I keep it low enough that I can't even hear it when I'm getting on the lift. I can carry on conversations with people (including my all too quiet wife) with out having to raise voices. I think having it cranked up loud enough that you can't hear what's going on around you (or others can hear your music) is dangerous.

Having no music would probably be a little bit safer, but so would staying on groomers all day.
post #4 of 10
Yup, I've got it. Added it to a helmet that wasn't even made for it. It's got an inline mute control so I can turn it off when I'm on the lift and have a conversation or turn it up and tune out the inane conversation of others. I often have it pretty loud when I'm skiing but not if I'm on congested slopes, which is seldom. I don't see it as adding much danger. If I'm overtaking peeps or merging trails I count on my sense of sight whether I've got tunes going or not. If anyone overtakes me... well I don't have much experience with that, but the uphill skier is responsible for avoiding collision, right?

I do find speakers in the helmet to be much more conducive to listening to your environment than wearing earbuds.

Yeah, I do enjoy hearing nature's silence broken only by the sounds of my skis in the snow and branches caressing my jacket and helmet. But some well chosen tunes usually make my smile bigger.
post #5 of 10
I agree with bumpfreaq, though I don't have aftermarket or a helmet with audio. i use earbuds....I don't have it up too loud, but once I get in the zone I do turn it up a bit, then back down for the lift so I can talk to my buddies. I don't think it's risky, but jams and pow are a good combination in my mind

cheers
brendan
post #6 of 10
I've always been concerned about earbuds or speakers blocking out ambient noises too much for my aging ears. That is why I've generally frowned upon listening to music while skiing. But I recently found a single earbud by Scan Sound that combines both channels into the one ear (i.e. stereo to mono). I purchased one (about 10 bucks plus shipping), and I think that it will suit my needs.
post #7 of 10
I use a Giro with tunes and really like it. I am not a fan of earbuds for skiing due to they block out too much sound, the ear flaps ad more of an ambient sound as mentioned.
post #8 of 10
Have it in my helmets as both original and aftermarket.

Never use going down , only on upward voyage if I'm alone, or there's no conversation going on, or it's a 3/4 gaper/yahoo chair (I would be the other 1/4 obviously).
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by bsummmit View Post
.... i use earbuds....I don't have it up too loud, but once I get in the zone I do turn it up a bit, then back down for the lift so I can talk to my buddies. I don't think it's risky, but jams and pow are a good combination in my mind
Last season I was skiing alone. I loaded on a chair with a guy that had on a helmet and earphones under the helmet. The music was fairly loud.

I turned to him and said, "Nice day." And he nodded his head in agreement. Then I said, "Great music," and once again he nodded his head in agreement. Then I said to him, "You know I'm banging your wife?" and he once again nodded his head in agreement. I was laughing soo hard I about feel out of the chair. About then he realized I must have said something that he shouldn't have been in agreement with. Needless to say, he wasn't happy being made fun of and he gave me a really dirty look.....
post #10 of 10
Haha, thats a funny story. Perhaps when my helmet now kicks the bucket I'll get one with in helmet audio, but college leaves me broke as hell in the meanwhile.
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