Posted December 24, 2021 in Cycling Gear, Product Reviews by Thomas Running
Being able to put on a pair of headphones and sinking away from the world can be a great feeling. However, sometimes you want to listen to music or take calls when you still need to be able to hear what’s going on around you. ERIK’S has many great offerings for the best sport headphones and other sound systems that provide enjoyment, comfort, and safety all rolled into one! Learn more about these audio options below.
Sena offers a myriad of helmet options! They all feature Bluetooth for connecting your phone and listening on the go, without completely blocking you off. They also feature FM radio, if that’s more your style. Perhaps their biggest feature is the intercom system letting you connect to other Sena products so the whole group can stay in touch!* With their patented Advanced Noise Control microphone technology you’ll be sure it’s only your voice they’re hearing, not the wind. Check out the PI below.
The Universal PI System takes Sena’s amazing technology and makes it available for almost any cycling or skate helmet! It allows you to talk to one other person up to a quarter-mile away and has a talk time of up to 6 hours.
Sena also offers “EVO” versions of some of their helmets which have voice control and allow you to connect virtually unlimited other people up .55 miles away!
*EVO and non-EVO products will not connect to each other
Something all AfterShokz headphones share is their bone conduction tech and open-ear design and are some of the best sport headphones on the market. The headphones sit on your cheekbones, just in front of your ear. This causes the bones in your head to transfer the sound to your inner ear while leaving your actual ear canal unobstructed. This is great for running, cycling, outdoor swimming, or any situation where you want to be able to hear your media and also what’s happening around you.
The Aeropex offers Bluetooth 5.0, 8 hours of charge, and an IP67 rating which means they’re waterproof! The perfect all-around wireless headphone for those high-awareness situations. Aeropex also comes in a “mini” size that has a .5-inch shorter band.
The Xtrainerz uses the same great sound tech as the Aeropex but forgoes Bluetooth in favor of 4GB of internal storage, good for about 1,200 songs. This means you don’t need to take your device with you to listen! They have a slightly higher waterproof rating, IP68, and the same 8-hour battery life. AfterShokz fully endorses the Xtrainerz for swimming.
Outdoor Tech® has co-branded with Bern to make Drop-In Wired Audio Chips. These are designed to go into the premium winter knit liners (for winter Bern helmets only). These speakers have been tested to work perfectly at -20°C/-4°F, so you can go out in the cold and not worry about your music. These also come with a universal audio kit to control your music no matter the device brand. It has full audio controls, phone call capability, and voice command power to make it easy to listen to tunes or take the occasional call. It is also IPX-4 sweat and water-resistant, so you can do what you do on the slopes, Have fun! Once these are placed inside your audio liner, you won’t need to take your gloves off on the slopes.
For our wireless people, Outdoor Tech® co-branded with Bern to also make the Drop-In WirelessÂ Audio Chips. Again, these are designed to go into the premium winter knit liners (for winter Bern helmets only). It has a wireless connection via Bluetooth, is also USB rechargeable and you get up to 10 hours of playtime per charge so you can listen to music, podcasts, or make phone calls while on the mountain or sitting on the lift. These are the best sport headphones for winter sports!
If straight sound is more your thing check out Outdoor Tech’s very portable Buckshot 2.0 speaker! It boasts up to 20 hours of playtime, a 60 ft Bluetooth range, a built-in microphone to take calls, and an IPX6 waterproof rating. If that’s not enough it also comes with three different mounting options: A silicone handlebar mount, a clip, and a 1/4″ threaded mount (like a camera)!
Press pause from the common stereotypes and head into your favorite ERIK’S shop or visit SHOPERIKS.com to take a look at all the wonderful options we have available. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.