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Outdoor Tech Chips Ultra Wireless Bluetooth Helmet Audio

$219.95

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    $219.95

Chips Ultra Wireless Bluetooth Helmet Audio

Slip the Chips Ultra into your audio compatible helmet of choice and enjoy clear and crisp audio during your day on the slopes. While you are skiing or riding you will not only be able to listen to music but also simply answer phone calls, which really helps when you are playing hooky.

  • Truly wireless Bluetooth audio system for your helmet
  • 40mm driver creates loud and clear sound for your favorite songs
  • Button on each ear enables you to control audio with gloves on
  • Microphone lets you answer phone calls while on the go
  • Compatible with virtually all music compatible helmets
  • Item #OTCZ009

Driver
40mm
Input
bluetooth
Case Included
yes
Recommended Use
skiing/snowboarding

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 2

Auto-Off makes them almost useless

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

Unless playing music or an audiobook, these will shut themselves off after ~5 minutes. Half of the time, they will only reconnect for calls and not media playback. Depending on the app, they may not reconnect to play music at all unless you restart the app. If you get frustrated and don’t turn them back on right away and a call comes in a little later, it will not reconnect fast enough to get the call. I find myself having to take my phone out of my coat more than when I was using wired headphones 10 years ago. ODT would not accept a return and does not seem to have a plan to fix this. Their only solution was to keep playing music all the time and ignore your group on the lines and lifts. The controls have improved from the 2.0.

>Rating: 2

Half-baked Product

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

I don’t like to write negative reviews, but this product is deserving. I was looking to upgrade from my existing Chips 2.0 as I liked the fully wireless feature. Unfortunately, the implementation on the Ultra’s is lacking. I found the pairing a bit problematic, but the bigger issue was the ability to make an outgoing call. In order to access Siri, you have to press the right speaker button for what’s called a long press. A short press restarts you music. The problem I experienced was the Ultra’s had trouble distinguishing between a short press and a long press. I just couldn’t get it to work reliably. The other issue I discovered was the long delay in getting a response back from Siri, sometimes 15 seconds or more. My Chips 2.0 are rock-solid with Siri queries. In addition, phone calls can only be heard on the right speaker. Really? I would recommend you hold off on making this purchase until Outdoor Technology gets their act together and improves upon the features of the Ultra product. I sent mine back and will continue to use my reliable Chips 2.0 until something better comes along.

>Rating: 5

Great option for ski helmet audio...

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

I have had all the previous version of the Chips to date, and believe this is the best iteration yet. However, as mentioned before, they do come with their own "quirks". If you pause your music when getting on the chairlift, and do not start it again, these will shut off before you reach the top. Not a deal killer by any means, but it would force you to turn each one back on individually and allow them to re-pair. It also takes some adjustment having to turn each one one and off - but that goes away after first use. I do like that it is easier to activate voice assistant with this version. Through a bit of experimentation, I uncovered that the sound is best when you actually leave the foam inside your helmet ear pads. Several manufacturers provide a "donut" shaped cut-out that can be removed. This does allow for the Chips to fit in nicely, but causes the sound to seem very weak in bass - leaving the foam greatly improves the sound. Biggest lesson learned = turn down the volume all the way rather than pause when getting on the lift. Battery life is very impressive.

>Rating: 4

Great substitute for Typical headphones

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I first was skeptical about Bluetooth Chips by outdoor tech. I have always been a Bluetooth earbuds type of guy but have found it difficult pressing buttons on the headphones between my layers while snowboarding. I wore the chips Ultras inside my sweet protection switcher helmet. I found the buttons to be easily pushed and had fast response to volume or song changing which prevented me from rustling through my layers. Was very impressed by the clarity of phone calls while having the chips in my headset I never had any difficulty with hearing or someone understanding what I was saying. All and all I am impressed with the quality and ease of use of these helmet-compatible headsets.

>Rating: 1

Disappointing

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

First I'll start off by saying I love the full wireless capability of these headphones and when they work they sound quite good. The bad, the main speaker has a very dull tactile feedback and makes it difficult to tell if you're pressing the button especially with gloves on, The left speaker constantly was cutting in and out when turning my head navigating down the mountain, as mentioned in another review, the self-power off is a bit aggressive and would be nice if that was customizable.

>Rating:

How long is full battery life?

This comes direct from Outdoor Tech's Website: PLAYTIME: 10 hours wireless on battery; infinite playback when wired STANDBY TIME: 280 hours