Awesome Helmet, Good Headphones, Remote sucks
By Sid Nitzerglobin September 15, 2011
Got one of these last year and have been super pleased w/ the fit, function, and looks of the helmet itself. Super comfy and very easy to regulate temperature from 0-10F gusty whiteout conditions (with a super light weight merino/poly balaclava underneath and vents closed) to 40-45F bluebird days. Maybe slightly big on the exterior profile in a size L, I have a relatively significant reduction in range of motion when using the helmet compatible hoods on either of my shells (TNF Mamatus and Oakley Karn) but I suppose that's a relatively common issue and maybe more the fault of the hood than the helmet.
So far I've been using some cheap Smith goggles I picked up ~2002 and they seem to integrate just fine w/ no fogging, vents open or closed. I'm actually looking to pick up some nicer ones going into this season (probably either Smith I/O or Oakley Splice if I can find some to test fit w/ the helmet) just for the upgrade in optics.
The headphones themselves are actually pretty decent, definitely not a match for my Sony MD-7506s or Shure SE-210s in fidelity or isolation (which I don't really want while skiing/boarding anyway), but worlds better than stock Apple buds and slightly better bass response but a bit more distortion when cranked than my Sennheiser PMX-680s.
The supplied remote/volume control/mic is junk from my experience. Minute jiggles of the cabling or use of the volume dial has caused the left channel to cut out intermittently from day one. The volume dial is miniscule and next to impossible to operate w/ any precision w/ gloves on. The remote functions seem super hit or miss as to which functions work on which devices. Out of the devices I've tried, my Motorola A855 seems to be the most functional, w/ play/pause working solidly but no track skipping and call answering working maybe half the time. It basically just serves as a noisy inline volume control for my current gen Shuffle and Blackberry as the clicky does nothing. Reports from people I've tried to have conversations w/ through the mic are that I'm pretty much entirely unintelligible even when sitting inside the lodge. I'd put it down to a bad unit, but both sets of remotes I've tried have behaved the same as described above.
Conclusion: Awesome helmet, good headphones, crappy remote/mic. Still worth the price even at MSRP IMO, but plan to replace the cabling w/ an aftermarket solution (I'm still looking for one myself that will provide device control, mic, and volume in a manageable package)
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