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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 Tech'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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5 5

These things ROCK!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There is no reason to even think about purchasing anything else. These are hands down the best thing out there for listening to music while riding. Prior to these I owned the SkullCandy Single-Shots. I look at the Outdoor Tech version like they are Vince Carter dunking over the French dude (single-shots) in the 2000 Olympics.


They only downside to them is that you have to unzip your helmet each time to charge them. I'm more than happy to pay that price given all of the pros and the fact that they stay charged from first chair to last.

They are loud, clear and crisp. You can't even feel them in your ear pads (at least in my Smith helmet). The touch controls are the greatest thing ever. Two buttons that allow you to power on/off, pause, start, skip, go back, change volume and answer phone calls. I can put my phone in my pocket there and leave it all day without looking at it once. The phone calls are clear as a bluebird pow day and the people on the other end say that they can hear me just fine.


I would recommend these to anybody and everybody if you don't have a pair yet. These will blow your mind!

i love my new discs, what about after i put the helmet away, is there any type of mounting devise so i can use my discs year round? or will i have to wear my ski helmet on the beach?

4 5

Met or exceeded expectations

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used skiing 5 days.
SOUND: does an adequate job - about the sound quality of auto speakers - not bad and not great - but probably as good as can be expected for small speakers in the helmet ear flaps.
AMBIENT SOUND: Because the speakers reside in the ear flaps and not in my ear canal like ear plugs, I was still able to hear the sound of my skis on the snow (which I think is helpful when skiing on difficult terrain). Wind sound would sometimes drown out the music at higher speeds, but I prefer this to not being able to hear ambient sounds adequately.
PHONE: The ability to use SIRI to make phone calls is great. This was one of the reasons I bought this model and the feature functioned well, eliminating the need to pull my phone out to make and receive calls. Voice quality was pretty good for people on both ends of the call.
CONSTRUCTION: The cable connecting the two earpieces together seems a little on the light side. I didn't have any problems with it but would be more comfortable if it was stronger.
COMFORT: Although not excessively thick, you can definitely feel them in the ear flaps and it is a bit uncomfortable - not horrible - just not ideal. This probably varies a lot depending on ear flap design so might be a good idea to try them in different helmets if possible.
RELIABILITY: Had some issues with the right speaker not producing sound. This resolved after I connected the phone directly to the speakers with the provided cable and subsequently worked without the direct connection, so I suspect it had something to do with the connection/charging socket. In any case, the problem did not occur again.
BATTERY LIFE: Adequate. I think my phone was going dead before the CHIPS.
OVERALL: Met or exceeded my expectations.

1 5

Doesn't work

Only one speaker works.

Responded on

Hello,

This is Christian from Outdoor Tech and I'm sorry to hear that your CHIPS weren't working. If you weren't able to get a return/exchange, please contact me at support@outdoortech.com and I'll be happy to help you out!

5 5

Best companion for skiing

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

These headphones are perfect and super easy to use, highly recommended. Pairing to phone was easy and glanced at the quick instruction guide and after a few minutes of playing with them I remembered which buttons do what and how many pushes were needed. I was able to hit the buttons no problem with thick mittens on. I can't speak for battery life yet, have only done half days so far.

5 5

Badass

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

OT did it again with this innovative set of phones. Had been wearing them in my helmet around the house for weeks leading up to my ski trip and finally tested them in the field. Love never needing to take my phone out of my pocket anymore. I was able to listen to music when I wanted and pause when I wanted with ease. The built in mic and call features worked perfectly. Never had any issues with the battery lasting all day. Paired easily with my iphone and stayed connected all day. A few other reviewers commented on volume and I had no issues. I did cut a few larger holes in my helmet earpieces but even with that the max volume was way too loud when I was bombing down the mountain with plenty of wind noise. These things are sick. If you are looking for a wireless, virtually handsfree set, then get these. Never tried the skull candy and never will. Way to go OT. Way to go!!!

5 5

A few tips...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So, I've seen reviews that say the audio is great and others that say that these headphones are too quiet. I believe I found out why there's such a disparity, and there's good news.

With most Bluetooth accessories that emit sound, the volume control on the accessory controls the volume output on the phone. In this case, that is not the case; the volume control on these headphones are separate from that of the phone itself. As a consequence, if you take these out of the package, put them in your helmet, turn them on, and listen...they will sound quiet. Even if your phone says you have the volume cranked. The default setting on the headphones is not at all maxed out, hence the problem. So, just turn up the volume on the headphones (a series of double-clicks on the left earpiece as stated in the instructions) and you'll find that the volume is quite nice indeed.

Another thing I found helped was making sure I'd properly seated them in the helmet's earpads. The Smith helmet I have has cutouts in the foam specifically for speakers like these. I did have one of the speakers misplaced, slightly, and it made a bit of difference in how it sounded. Moving it to the right spot made it sound better, and also made it easier to hit the button on that side when I needed.

So, all that aside..I love these. They sound great, the battery holds up for a good while, and they are pretty easy to use. I'm quite impressed. My only complaint is that they use a strange charging plug, but I get it; adding a whole other connector for micro-USB would probably have a significant impact on how small they can be.

3 5

Okay

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

After first day of use the left side doesn't work. The control does but no sound is coming out of the ear piece. Very bummed and kindof expensive for just one side to work. Can backcountry help me out with this or do I need to go to OT?

Responded on

Hey this is Christian over at Outdoor Tech. Were you able to get your CHIPS issue resolved? If not, please message me at support@outdoortech.com and I'll get things taken care of, thanks.

4 5

I just wish they were louder

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

For the past couple seasons I've had a Giro helmet with the BT Skull Candy setup. Unfortunately, the Skull Candy setup does not fit my new Salomon helmet so I bought the Chips. Which is one thing I love about the Chips...they're universal. Functionality wise, I prefer the Chips over the SkullCandy. BUT, sound quality and volume output are just a notch below that of the SkullCandy. I'm now contemplating whether or not I want to somehow attach the SkullCandy BT module to the outside of my new helmet. Darn Chips...I wish you were louder!!

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?

Responded on

Hey AnniLuvs2ski,
This may be a little late for you, but the control buttons aren't outside of the helmet. You place the speakers inside the ear flaps and then the buttons are large enough to operate through the flaps. You can just press on the flaps to change the sound, etc.

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.

Responded on

Skull candy wireless worked great until it just stopped working. Brought mine back to the store and apparently they've had so many defective models that they've decided to stop making em

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?