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Charles N.

Charles N.wrote a review of on March 6, 2017

4 5

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.

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Charles N.

Charles N.wrote a review of on March 6, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this helmet for it's compatibility with the Outdoor Tech bluetooth chips. Rode with it for 3 days and I'm trying to return it.

As other reviewers have noted, there is nothing to prevent the chinstrap clip from falling off. This happened every single day I used the helmet and I almost dropped the clip down a storm drain.

The lining of the helmet is thin and was already showing signs of separating after very light use. The velcro was poking through and irritating my scalp.

The process of inserting and removing the bluetooth speakers requires removal of the entire back part of the liner. I did this three times to charge the speakers each night and by the end of our short trip, the liner was showing a surprising amount of wear and tear.

And finally, when the speakers are in, your ears will get pretty sore after a while. To be fair, this may not be a criticism of this helmet in particular and may be a limitation of the current generation of wireless speakers.

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Charles N.

Charles N.wrote a review of on March 20, 2013

3 5

used it once, packed two boards, boots and bindings. Flew from DFW to denver. boards were ok, but there is already a through and through gash on the back side of the bag. Sure, could be TSA/baggage handler apes being rough, but I get the overall sense that it's just not that rugged or well built. On the other hand, the bag isn't that expensive so you get what you pay for I suppose.

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Charles N.

Charles N.wrote a review of on March 20, 2013

5 5

I'm 6'7" 230 lbs with size 14 boot. Prior to this board, I rode a 177 cm and I bought the 172. It's a world of difference in terms of maneuverability and control. I'm a intermediately-skilled rider, but was able to hit some nice kickers and felt empowered to try more than I ever have on this board. I also tried the 169 but it was a bit too short for me (I found it a little twitchy and really sank down into the powder). The Magne-Traction makes holding a line noticeably different. I'm a convert and would recommend this board to any other big rider.

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