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Outdoor Tech OT0042 Wired Chips - Universal Helmet Audio System (Black)
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- Universal fit with almost any helmet that has an audio-ready liner.Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Oversized, two-button interface controls volume, track, play/pause, and telephone calls
- 40 mm drivers for outstanding sound and ear-crushing volume
- No battery means no charging and no worrying about going silent
- Sweat-resistant and designed for use in extreme cold (-20 Degree C/-4 Degree F)
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From the manufacturer
Things Just Got Real
These are the Wired Chips, the universal, wired helmet audio system for the Bluetooth-averse and the budget-conscious. Drop them into nearly any helmet with an audio-ready liner and give your runs down the mountain the soundtrack they deserve. One giant button controls all the sound without making you de-glove or pull out your device, and there’s no battery, so the Wired Chips will keep up for as long as your music player can last.
Rock Out, Phone Home
Compatible with nearly any helmet offering an audio-compatible liner, the Wired Chips provide the sound and give you control while your phone or player hides safely inside your jacket. Each earpiece features a single over-sized button that you can operate from outside your helmet without removing your gloves or mittens. Simple button press combinations let you adjust volume, change tracks, play, pause, and take phone calls through the in-line microphone. And the best part?
Big Bass, Clear Highs, Clean Sound
The Wired Chips come equipped with tuned 40mm drivers to create incredible sound, even without the full ear seal of buds or headphones. You may not want to take your helmet off, ever. If this leads to people wearing helmets on the street in the middle of summer, well, all we can say is: we set the trend.
The Wired Chips are compatible with helmets from the following manufacturers (and possibly more), as long as the helmet has slots for audio drop-ins: Bern, Giro, Smith, Anon, Pro-Tec, Bolle.
- Rugged, minimal design fits into virtually any helmet designed for audio drop-in systems
- In-line microphone
- IPX-4 sweat- and water-resistant
- Tested to work perfectly at -20°C/-4°F
- INCLUDES:Rugged Line-in Audio Cable w/ Mic & Controls, ODT Logo Carry Pouch, User Manual, and Stickers
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|Item Dimensions||2 x 4 x 0.5 in||2 x 4 x 0.5 in||7 x 5 x 1 in||0.04 x 0.04 x 0.04 in|
|Item Weight||2.24 ounces||2.19 ounces||4.96 ounces||3.53 ounces|
|Additional Features||foldable||—||Helmet Ear Phones||Wired|
These are the Chips, the universal wireless helmet audio system by Outdoor Tech. Connect them to any Bluetooth device, drop them into nearly any helmet with an audio liner and your skull will be dripping with Kenny G’s undeniable melodies for the next ten hours. They can play and pause, raise and lower volume, answer calls and skip tracks, all without making you remove your mittens and without a blinking blue light adding nerd status to your backside three. Just think: warm hands, fresh powder, two-button total audio control, and no wires inside your jacket. Waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof, the Kodiak is the high-capacity portable power bank that goes anywhere. Thanks to switchable output, it can charge almost any USB-compatible gadget you own, including high-draw devices like tablets. It’s rugged housing can withstand a beating while remaining compact and light enough to travel with you. And it’s so affordable, you’ll “bear-ly” notice the dent in your wallet. If you want more classic bear jokes like that one, stick around. We have plenty.
From the Manufacturer
Built-in Call Functionality
The Bluetooth connection, built-in microphone, and simple button interface of the Chips mean you can answer your next call without removing your helmet or your gloves. No more fishing in your pants or pulling off your lid to tell your Ma you‘11 be home in time for dinner. Just make sure you hang up before you start hassling ski patrol or debating skate laws with the police.
The Chips are compatible with helmets from the following manufacturers (and possibly more), as long as they have slots for audio drop-ins: Bern. Giro. Smith. Anon. Pro-Tec. Bolle.
No Bluetooth? No Problem
Sure, it may seem unlikely, but some place, some time you may find yourself not totally connected. No problemo. The Chips feature a 3.5nun audio in jack and can even run without a charged battery. you can throw at it.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Wireless Helmet Audio
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
The CHIPS were born from the constant frustration of trying to listen to music, make/take calls, and ask Siri those ever important questions while on the mountain. We knew we wanted incredible sound so we included 40MM drivers. We wanted our fingers to stay toasty warm, so we made over-sized buttons to control everything with gloved hands. We also knew it needed to stand up to the elements: IPX4 and the ability to handle frigid temps (-20°C/-4°F). With a built-in mic we could take calls and leave our phone in our pocket.
What makes your product special?
The CHIPS stemmed from a collaboration to make the greatest helmet audio ever designed back in 2012. The product was first introduced to the trade in January 2013 and first available to the public for the 13/14 Winter, it quickly became the top selling and top rated helmet audio available.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
From collaboration, design, manufacture to shipment our greatest experience has been all of the positive feedback from our loyal backers!
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Of course, it's playing through the cloth of the helmet earpiece, plus then through the cloth of my facemask. It's a lot to ask for the kind of power I want, but I just want anyone else buying these to be aware that you're not getting a powerhouse.
Honestly, I'd stick with my in-ear earbuds if they didn't hurt so much under the helmet.
The part that worries me long term is that the audio jack which plugs into the speakers is rather long and needed to be shoved into the ear cushion. I am afraid it will break at some point. I would have rather it been L shaped instead.
As I suspected, the cord did "break" and now frequently cuts out. Despite initially emailing the company 4 days after purchase to bring up this potential issue and them reassuring that they would take care of it if something happened, they are now standing ground with the fact that it has been 15 months from purchase and there is only a 1 year warranty. This is technically correct, but still bad customer service in my opinion considering i would have just returned them immediately if it wasn't for their reassurance, and even though it has been 15 months, they have only been used 6-7 times. Save your money.
I am using a helmet that is made for 3rd party speakers to be used in this way. I'll give them another later and hope for the best, otherwise, I'd say I'm a little disappointed in the reliability, if I can figure that problem out, then these would be closer to 5 stars. They pump great sound out.
- packaging and presentation is great
- headphones have a nice premium feel
- easy to set up and install
- volume was super low even by maxing phone and built in line control
- the moment you want them to become loud there's a horrible tinny sound
- can barely hear others when receiving phone calls
Very very disappointed as it did not serve it's initial purpose and I had to go seek other alternatives.
I'll be returning those