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Outdoor Tech Chips 2.0 Wireless Bluetooth Helmet Audio

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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

    Tech Specs

    Driver
    40 mm
    Cord
    3.5mm to micro USB converter, 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable w/in-line controls
    Input
    Bluetooth (range of 32-feet)
    Water-Resistant
    yes, sweat and water-resistant
    Case Included
    yes, signature carrying pouch
    Claimed Weight
    6.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    snowboarding, skiing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Cordless Convert.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I'm so happy to be done with headphone cords for my phone! I bought these half way through this season and love them! So easy to use and pair with my phone and I'm usually a bit technology challenged. Battery life lasted for about a two days snowboarding before I recharged just in case. Yes, the sound isn't THE BEST, but it beats having to deal with frozen headphone cords, struggling to change songs with cold fingers on a touch screen and turn on/off your music. I haven't been able to use the walkie talkie feature, only because I have no one to pair with. My snowboarding partner has the 1.0s, which don't have that feature. I wear them with my W smith helmet, and reverse the L and R so I don't have to take them out of my helmet each time I need to recharge them. Looking forward to more spring snowboarding with these!

    Great Product!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great quality product, skied with them all season and haven't had any issue. They hold up great in different weather conditions! Sound quality is great and the volume can be set really loud which is perfect for helmet integration.

    great technology

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Works as advertised. Sound quality is about what you would expect from an open-air head phone. I wish the maximum volume was a little more, but honestly it's safer to not be totally isolated from the sounds around you. And it may have been the way they were inserted in my helmet as well.

    I did not bother to learn the instructions as to how to use the buttons on the first day, but I did for the second two days and I have to say it's pretty nice to be able to pause the music without taking your gloves off.

    As a warning, these things can get pretty uncomfortable after a few hours, but I think that will improve as the technology advances.

    Love them, worried about the durability

      I picked these up a few months ago. Before this I was using wired speakers so needless to say these have been a great step up. Functionality is great. Sound is just fine to me but I am no audiophile so I cant talk about mids and lows etc.

      First, the one small issue is charge port is opposite the zipper location regarding Smith helmets if you want to unzip partially to charge. So you are stuck wearing them swapped L/R which is not too big a deal for me.

      The larger issue is my first set failed with about a 7 days use. Backcountry was nice enough to swap them out for a new pair which have been working fine on about 10 days so far. Hoping the second pair do not fail.

      Don't Buy for the Walkie Talkie Feature

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Had the 1.0 version of the Chips which worked well enough. I ended up upgrading to the 2.0 Chips primarily for the walkie talkie feature which requires an ODT Audio app to use. The app is horrible and doesn't work the way it should (and ODT knows this) which makes the walkie talkie feature unusable.

      If you're buying them primarily for use with your cell phone to make calls, it works well enough (not worth an upgrade from the 1.0 version, in my opinion). If you're buying them for music, they don't sound all that great--a bit tinny particularly for the size. If you're buying them for the walkie talkie feature, don't waste your money--it doesn't work with the latest app version (read the reviews on the App Store--you'll find mostly 1 star reviews related to the walkie talkie feature).

      I had such high hopes for this.

      Won't Go Back

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Had the 1.0 version of the Chips bluetooth headphones and absolutely loved them. These are a step up, but not necessary in my opinion. The original ones work great and these do too. If you haven't upgraded to wireless yet, you should absolutely! You won't believe how nice it is to make calls and listen to music without the inconvenience of wires. The sound quality is so-so, but the convenience totally makes up for it.

      Save your money

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Purchased these and used for one ski season then they stopped working. They were a couple months out of 12 month warranty. Their customer service did nothing to resolve the problem. Note, they do not provide a repair option even if you want to pay for it. So you are basically screwed. Safe to say I am very disappointed. Given how much these cost I expect them to function for more than one season and have the company stand behind them. Do not waste you money. Won't be buying or recommending any Outdoor Tech products in the future.

      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!

        Awesome

        • 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!

        Unanswered Question

        I have an iPhone 6+ which I pair with my chips. My daughter got ahold of my phone and forgot the chips as a bluetooth device. Now, I cannot pair the chips to my iPhone. Any idea why or how? Thanks

        Unanswered Question

        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.

        Unanswered Question

        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?