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Jam out, stay connected, shred on.
The Outdoor Tech Chips 2.0 Wireless Bluetooth Helmet Audio fuels progression sessions in the park and powder slashes in the trees with high-fidelity 40mm drivers pumping face-melting guitar solos and inspiring instrumentals straight to your helmet's liner. Audio streaming with Bluetooth devices eliminates annoying wires for good. For riders always on the grind, the Chips 2.0 feature one-tap answering and voice activation, so you'll never have to remove gloves for taking and making calls.
New for this season, the Chips 2.0 feature a Walkie-Talkie function that sends audio messages to other riders rocking Chips 2.0 on the mountain, meaning you'll never lose your friends to blizzards or confusing terrain. To use the Walkie-Talkie function, you'll have to download Outdoor Tech's Walkie-Talkie app, then set-up a group of messengers you'd like to communicate with on the mountain. There's no range limit for sending audio messages, making it ideal for staying in touch with your riding party across wide swaths of alpine terrain.
These wireless audio speakers work with compatible ski/snowboard helmets, dropping into the helmet's liner for a seamless listening experience without lugging around bulky headphones. Currently, they're compatible with certain helmets from the following manufacturers: Bern, Anon, Giro, Smith, POC, Pro-Tec, Solomon, and Bollé. Outdoor Tech also makes a compatible K-Roo Pouch (not included) for using the Chips 2.0 speakers with regular skate, snow, and BMX helmets.
- Wireless Bluetooth speakers for skiing and snowboarding
- 40mm hi-fidelity drivers for immersive listening
- Walkie-Talkie sends audio messages to your friends
- One-tap answering and voice activation for making calls
- Two-button control for play, pause, skip, and volume
- 32-foot wireless range with connected Bluetooth devices
- Included 3.5mm audio cable for non-Bluetooth devices
- Rechargeable battery with micro USB charging cable
- Item #OTC000W
- Q & A
Ergonomics 5 stars, audio quality 2 star
Setting up the unit was done without easily. The controls work as advertised. (I have not used the walkie talkie mode.) It's an elegantly ergonomical device and should have been a “no brainer”, BUT, the audio quality is a HORRIBLE. Granular, thin, prone to distortion with huge upper midrange bloat, the experience is distressful. I did not expect high fidelity but this is a disappointment. I expected the sound quality to be better using the direct connection as it eliminates the wireless circuit, but for some reason it is worse, even when feeding the signal through a decent amp. The Apple EarPods, especially with the lightning connector are in a different ball park all together. What should you expect for $130? A lot more than this. I would gladly pay more for a better system but unfortunately this seems to be the only game going, and my pair are going back.
For this price point, Outdoor Tech's wir
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
For this price point, Outdoor Tech's wireless audio offering really strikes a mean bargain, while still leaving a little to be desired.
Pairing the Chips with my iPhone was a cinch. I have also not experienced any issues with my Bluetooth connection like some other users have reported. It was fairly easy to slip the Chips into the housing of my Smith Variance Helmet and the fit was more comfortable than I anticipated. I put on my favorite playlist, throw my phone into the Napoleon pocket of my coat and I'm off!
In terms of audio, it's nothing revolutionary. Outdoor Tech outfitted the chips with 40mm single audio drivers. Audiophiles or bass chasers may be a little disappointed. Of course, if Outdoor Tech were to offer a double driver version at a higher price point, this would appease even the harshest of sound critics. Generally speaking, More Drivers = Better bass response and fidelity.
Ultimately, what sets this product apart from other helmet audio manufacturers is convenience and features. No one enjoys fishing for their phone while on the lift. With the ability to play, pause, and skip songs, answer phone calls, and an added walkie-talkie feature with other Chips users, few can ask for more in the way of convenience. if you can get over the lack of low frequency response in the audio, this is the product for you. Ride on!
Best purchase of the season
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I just upgraded to a new smith helmet and outdoor tech wireless chips and let me tell you this is a game changer. I used to have a bulky helmet with built-in headphones coupled with an AUX cord. It was very inconvenient - anytime that it got cold it would stop working and or short out. I just feel so free without any wires! You can also skip songs, pause, send other chip users messages, and turn the volume up/down so easily and with bulky mits on too!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Put these in my Smith Helmet, and love them!. Wires be gone!
Sound quality is as good as my wired smith speakers, but the operation is 100 times better. Let's see how the do in the long run!
My ski buddy and I are having difficulty using the walkie-talkie feature of your produce. While the materials included show the tremendous graphic artistry and quite the investment, there are not clear instructions on how to use the walkie-talkie. Message are recorded but then have to be selected from the iphone to play. He has teh andriod and I have iphone.
We're in Denver and have a lot of folks in our ski group that are interested in this type of technology. And before I turn in my report that this is no-go / no-show on product promise versus delivery, I'd thought I'd give an opportunity for assistance.
Is it compatible with a POC Backcountry MIPS helmet?
Walkie-Talkie sends audio messages to your friends.
^ i understand i have to download the app, does this walki talki audio msg use my service provider? if so how would this benefit riders that dont have service on top of a mt?