The Mountain Weekly News Best Snowboard Headphones list covers the following categories; sound, fit and safety. This years headphone prices ranged from $59.95-$199.00 with each pair offering a completely unique fit and unparalleled sound.
Outdoor Tech Chips 2.0 Wireless Bluetooth Helmet Audio
For someone who loves to take their life into the backcountry, the unique audio speakers from Outdoor Tech are just what you need. Never before could you smash through the park and hit backcountry powder without losing any of your focus or footing messing with earphones. Now, while I like many different styles of headphones, there are some situations that simply call for something more durable, more powerful and definitely more slamming into your dome with your own personal style of sound. I’m talking about the Outdoor Tech Chips 2.0 Wireless headphones. They are completely compatible with Bern, Anon, Giro, Smith, POC, Pro-Tec, Solomon and Bollé plus more! 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 so you never have to mess with conventional headphones that get caught up in your headgear again. Other features include one-tap answering and voice activation to your cell phone, two-button control for audio adjustment, plus a universal battery charger so you can always keep jammin!
AfterShokz Trekz Air Headphones
These ultra-light headphones weigh in at about an ounce making them one of the lightest sets of stereo speakers anywhere! You might think that because the AfterShokz Trekz Air Headphones are so lightweight that they can’t deliver stellar sound – but you’d be wrong! In fact, these micro-headphones produce booming bass and a razor sharp overall clarity. Other features of the AfterShokz Trekz Air Headphones include flexible titanium wraparound headband band, LeakSlayer™ to prevent sound loss, noise-canceling microphone and Bluetooth Wireless range of 33 ft. Plus exclusive cone-conduction technology able to deliver the music through your cheekbones so your ears remain open to hear what’s around you. That’s so rad!
Skullcandy Method Wireless Headphones
These wireless headphones include a different style than other types. With a rear wrap-around appearance you can experience the secure fit of these Skullcandy wireless headphones. Designed with earbuds that include Bluetooth technology, they also have a sweat-resistant exterior so you’ll never catch them slipping. Beyond that, the Skullcandy Method Wireless Headphones also include a build-in microphone so you can answer your phone, pause and skip tracks and also adjust the volume hands-free. Comfortable DualLock earbuds ensure they stay put while you take on the backcountry. Count on up to 9 hours of battery life for the trail and don’t worry about playing a song for a friend! These earbuds also include Pureclean anti-microbial gel that keeps them germ-free even when you don’t have wipes.
Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds
If you have a little extra money to throw at one piece of equipment this year, let it be these headphones. They are so compact that it is impossible to fumble with them much at all. However, if you buy these posh headphones, you have to really be on your hustle to keep track of the tiny earbuds as they are 100% completely wireless. That means they are smaller than a quarter but they are also worth about $250.00. And the sound they deliver reflects it! You’ll know you’ve got the best earbuds in the game when you hear them play crystal clear phone conversations, superior sounding music and even your heart rate with waterproof Bluetooth technology, background filter, 3 hours talk/music time, a sweat-resistant warranty and so much more! Get these … if you can.
past winners below by Mike Hardaker
ClarityOne EB110 Headphones
Stereo quality earphones with a built in sound processor that provides full and crisp sounding notes on both the high and low spectrum. The EB100’s come with three sets of custom sized earbud tips that will fit any size ear canal. I rocked these in a rain/snow mix up at Mt. Baker and was worried they would short out from the moisture, after 2 months they are still going strong. The ClarityOne Earbuds work so well I have found that even with 1 headphone in and the other out the sound is still incredible. (We never recommend riding with both earphones in)
Bone conducting headphones Powered By Military Special Ops technology giving you the freedom to listen to music without having anything in or over your ears. AfterShokz work by transmitting sound above your jaw bone by way of wraparound headphones. These may be the most unique item we tested all winter, and hands down the safest. You can now be listening to music while riding down the mountain and still have full function of both of your ears. We are extremely thankful that the military allowed this product to come into the public’s hands. AfterShokz are also the easiest headphones to wear for a long period of time without risking any damage to the users eardrum.
There are hundreds of headphones on the market to choose from, don’t get dizzy trying to find the right pair. The above brands have been tested and proven to work by athletes. If you want to be a the top game invest in a set of headphones that will help you to push beyond your wildest dreams, while singing along to your favorite tunes.