Best Wireless Ski Helmet Headphones Reviewed for 2020

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There’s nothing quite like carving down the mountain with your favorite tunes blasting out to give you confidence and rhythm in your turns. Whether your skiing or snowboarding, listening to music through your ski helmet with the right audio setup is fun, practical and comfortable.

Sure you can go old school and put in your wired headphones, but after a few hours, they’re likely to dig in and put pressure on your ears or fall out. If you’re reading this, then you’re likely aware of the issues of your current setup and looking for an upgrade.

After many hours of research, I’ve compiled the absolute best ski helmet headphones this season.


1. Outdoortech X Chip 2.0

Winner

Oudoortech X Chip 2.

Clear sound, lightweight and versatile

These chips provide great sound, are easy to install and our top pick for this season.

The Chips 2.0 are lightweight, Bluetooth enabled wireless headphones that work under beanies or ski helmets. You’ll be able to hook thee up with your iPhone or any phone with Bluetooth connectivity -- play tunes, chat to someone on the go (built-in microphone) or listen to an audiobook.

Out of one charge, you’ll get a decent 10 hours of playback time which is more than enough for a full day of carving up the mountain. The headphones themselves are connected with a flat cable that goes around the back and they will easily slot into the ear pad section of most ski helmets.

The pads are sweat resistant and will work in extreme temperatures. Just remember to keep your phone warm in an inside pocket to conserve battery life.

The Outdoor Tech Chips 2.0 Wireless Audio System [Review]
Awesome features
  • Crystal clear Bluetooth wireless audio.
  • 10 hours of playtime from a single charge.
  • Sweat resistant & good for cold weather up to -20°C/-4°F
  • This is the newer 2017 model with improved connectivity.
  • Fit with almost all helmets with pouches either side.
Downsides
  • The built-in walkie-talkie mode requires internet data making this a gimmick in the world of WhatsApp and messenger voice call.

Where to Buy: Check Price on Amazon

P.S These also come as a full beanie and overhead kit. (more info at the bottom of this page).

HeadphonesNameAwardPrice
Outdoortech X Chip 2.0Best OverallCheck Price
soundshieldSoundshield by Unit 1Best IntegratedPre-Order
UClear AMP PlusRunner Up Walkie TalkieCheck Price
Alta WirelessBest BudgetCheck Price

2. Soundshield by Unit 1

BEST Integrated System

ski helmet headphones

The revolutionary Soundshield is a fully integrated setup -- a world class ski helmet (that meets all safety standards) designed around a fully wireless set of detachable headphones offering 16hrs of seamless playback.

(Until Soundshield, all other solutions to music on the slopes revolved around adapting your current ski helmet.) The Soundshield by this bright team of passionate skiers at Unit 1 has taken a completely new approach.

The glove-friendly headphones with oversized dials and high quality wireless sound slot safely into the helmet when your pounding the slopes and detach off again when your walking round town or heading to apres drinks.

The helmet has a built-in microphone for walkie talkie mode using the app or for talking hands-free through your phone -- like making and receiving WhatsApp calls.

The UNIT 1 Helmet: wireless audio & walkie-talkie

The oversized bevels make adjusting the volume (spin the dial), answering calls (single tap) and skipping songs (double-tap) seamless and ridiculously easy. (No need to stop, take your gloves off and fiddle about with your phone or wires in the cold.)

The team originally launched version 1 last season and are now ready to ship out a new and improved Gen-2 (better fit and improved sound) to Europe and the USA in time for Christmas. UPDATE: you can up yours here.

Awesome features
  • Worlds first integrated ski helmet and headphones
  • Detachable bluetooth headphones.
  • Built-in microphone for walkie-talkie mode
  • Meets all safesty standards
  • 16hrs of playback.
  • Fully rechargeable.
  • Phono wired when used without the helmet.

Where to Buy: Order Now

Runner Up Walkie Talkie System

UClear AMP Plus Helmet Audio System

The UClear AMP audio system is originally designed for use on motorbikes but works really well as headphones for skiers. If you’re looking for a rich deep sound and a walkie-talkie mode then they’re worth the premium price tag.

That said these headphones are not cheap, so if walkie talkie mode is not a major dealbreaker, then pick another headphone option on this list.

Awesome features
  • 6 way intercom mode which extends 1/2 mile (this extends the more people you add to the network -- as they are smart enough to hop across.)
  • Clear sound with 10 hours of playback.
Downsides
  • Not cheap!

Where to Buy: Check Price on Amazon


Best Budget

Alta Wireless Bluetooth Helmet Drop In Headphones

The Alta Wireless Bluetooth headphones are designed specifically for wearing with your ski helmet. They delivery a sharp sound for 10 straight hours of wireless playback. The speakers are shaped to fit in almost all ‘audio-ready’ ski helmets -- this includes helmets from Smith, Poc, K2, Giro, Bolle, Anon, Burton and others.

There almost twice as cheap as the Outdoor Wireless Tech Chips 2.0 and the sound is decent (but not very bassy). The pads come with 3 oversized buttons which makes it easy to skip tracks and answer calls. If you have voice control enabled you’re good to go, as the speakers have a built in mic -- which means you can chat to your buddies without having to reach for your phone.

Alta Bluetooth Helmet Headphones
Awesome features
  • Change the track or make a call by tapping a button or using Siri/Google Voice with the built-in microphone.
  • Clear sound and small pads that easily fit into almost any ski helmet with ear pads.
  • 10 hours of playback enough for skiing or snowboarding al day.
  • Works in extreme temperatures down to -20°C/-4°F
Downsides
  • Some reviewers mention the cord being a bit short for some helmets.

Where to Buy: Check Price on Amazon


Best Wired Option

Outdoor Tech Wired Chips

Similar in design to the Outdoor Tech Chips, these are the much cheaper but wired version of the same name. If you’re looking for decent audio but don’t want the price tag associated with their Bluetooth brothers then this might just be perfect for you.

While wires do require a bit more of initial setup, each time you pull the wire through your jacket and into your music player or phone, the truth is -- once they’re plugged in and your away off on the slopes, you’re unlikely to notice much of a difference.

While your wires are bound to snag or come loose every now and again, the major benefit is that you never need to charge them. Because Bluetooth needs an external power source, they need to be charged each night. With this wired option you’ll have no such worries and music for a multi-day extended trip (as long as your music playing device has got juice).

The benefit of these over traditional wired earbuds is that these will sit comfortably within the helmets ear pads and not press or dig into your ear canal.

Awesome features

  • Because their wires they need no external power source so will never run out. They’ll run as long as your device does.
  • Sweat resistant and same tough construction runs fine up to -20°C/-4°F.
Downsides
  • Wired.

Where to Buy: Check Price on Amazon


Is your ski helmet compatible?

audio ready ski helmets with earphones
ATLAS Audio System Pictured -- See on Amazon

Before splashing out on some brand new headphones for your ski helmet, is worth checking to see if your current ski helmet is compatible. The best way to check is to see if your helmet has a slot within the ear pad area that would fit a small round speaker.

Helmets that have this space are often called ‘audio-ready’ helmets and have been designed with a headphone upgrade in mind. The space will look something like this and will be a slot or pocket that is big enough to fit a headphone speaker.

If your ski helmet is not audio compatible and does not have this slot, then I’d recommend upgrading to one of these ski helmets:

  1. Wildhorns Ski Helmets -- View on Amazon
  2. Anon Ski Helmets -- View on Amazon
  3. Bolle Ski Helmets -- View on Amazon
Bolle Synergy Ski Helmet

Is it dangerous to ski with music playing?

Skiing with music does present some risks as it will block out the sound of other skiers and snowboarders on the mountain. When using earphones you need to be a bit more alert to your surroundings.

Be aware of skiers coming from behind and from any pistes that join onto your as you make your way downhill. Always look around for oncoming traffic as you merge onto a new section of the slope and be ready to parallel stop on a dime.

Best songs for skiing?

While everyone has their own unique songs, here (link will launch Spotify ) is a link to a popular Shopify skiing or snowboarding playlist that has some great tunes you might enjoy (18hrs of songs!)

Wireless Versus Wired Headphones

Wireless headphones are great because there are no wires to pull through jackets and it’s quicker to get going. Most people prefer to go wireless headphones but there are a few downsides:

Wireless

Cons of Wireless:
  • You’ll need to charge your headphones every night or every other day. The best headphones on this list have no more than 10 hours of play time. This isn’t usually a problem unless you get to the top of the slopes and then realize you forgot to charge them. When that happens it can be a pain, but you’re unlikely to forget again! Wireless headphones require an internal battery and Bluetooth technology which makes them at least twice as expensive.
Pros of Wireless:
  • No wires! The freedom to grab your ski helmet, put it one and then get skiing without having to feed a wire through your jacket is pretty cool.
  • Note: some wireless headphones can be plugged in and used as wired headphones when the battery dies!

Wired

Cons of Wired:
  • You need to feed the wire into your helmet and out into your jacket which can take a minute or so to setup each time you ride.
  • Sometimes the wires can snag and come out or get tangled up in your clothing.
Pros of Wired:
  • Wired headphones are alot cheaper which makes them a good choice if you’re looking for a bargain and to save your pennies for the ski pass.
  • Wired headphones never run out of battery.

Headphones for beanies

Not everyone wears a helmet (although there are plenty of good reasons to)

Outdoortech Chip Kit

The Outdoortech X Chip can be worn with a beanie and even connected up to an over the hear headphone system.

You’ll pay a  bit more but for this setup, you’ll get the Chips which can be worn as standard in your ski helmet, but you’ll also get the following goodies:

  • Exo skeleton frame which turns your chips into overhead headphones for an immersive audio experience on an off the slopes.
  • Helmet pouch to that fits into almost every helmet.
  • Wick-fit beanie that fits the Chips.

Outdoor Tech Rugged Wireless Kit -- Check Price on Amazon.

Zibaar Latest Bluetooth Beanie


The Zibaar is an amazingly inexpensive wireless option if you’re skiing without a helmet, you could even wear this beanie under a ski helmet (although it wouldn’t be optimum comfort).

While you’re not going to get top of the range audio coming from this, for the price these are pretty cool. They even have a small built-in mic so you can answer calls without lifting a finger (as long as voice control on your phone is active) or pressing the play button on one of the headphones.

The speakers are small (about 30mm in diameter) and unobtrusive and you’ll get a nifty 5 hours of continuous playback before you need to re-charge.

Awesome features

  • Extra layer of warmth if worn under a helmet.
  • Excellent price point.
  • Built-in mic and play/pause or answer calls button.
Downsides
  • 5 hours of charge.

Where to Buy: Check Price on Amazon

P.S if you want a better battery life and


Final thoughts

We all love music, and listening to your favorite tunes on the slopes is an incredible experience. Just remember to be extra alert and keep the volume at a decent level so you can still hear if someone is shouting at you in case of an emergency or something you need to be aware of.

Good luck on and enjoy the ride.

Author: Simon Naylor

Hi – I’m Simon, I started NewToSki.com to write about everything I wish someone had told me when I started learning to ski.