In this guide we’ll look at the best ski helmet headphones.
We’ve compared sound quality, battery life, connectivity and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Are The Best Ski Helmet Headphones?
More Detailed Ski Helmet Headphone Reviews
Sena SMH10-11 Ski Helmet Bluetooth Headset and Intercom Review
Designed for groups who are shredding the slopes together, the Sena SMH10-11 allows all members of your clan to listen to the same music and communicate with each other. If you need to take a quick call on your cell, that’s not a problem; it’ll link right up with your phone via Bluetooth.
These headphones have an excellent range of up to 900m and possess great noise-canceling properties for easier communication. Additionally, The battery-life is perfect for the all-day skier, with a single charge providing you with 12 hours’ usage and a massive 10 days battery life on standby.
LEXIN LX-B4FM 4 Riders Universal Helmet Communication System Review
My favorite feature of the LXX B4FM is its handsfree capability, which is exactly what you need when you’re hurtling down the mountain with two poles in your hands. It has voice command which is compatible with both Siri and S-voice and has a pretty impressive speaker and microphone system for the price – though the bass was a little off for me. Our testers had no issues with noise/wind interference even when they upped the speed drastically.
You and three of your friends can all link up on the intercom which has a very impressive range of 1600m on the wide-open groomers.
Alta Wireless Bluetooth Helmet Drop-In Headphones Review
I personally love the size of these easy to install ski helmet headphones and what more would you expect from a company straight out of the Wasatch Range.
The simplicity of Alta Bluetooth Headphones makes it, for me, one of the best ski helmet speakers on this list. A quick double click on the earpiece will activate Siri or Google and then you’re good to go. Make calls or listen to some tunes with these headphones that are compatible with a variety of helmet brands including Smith, Giro, and K2.
ALLROS T10 Wireless Communication Headset Review
Ideal for three-person communication on the slopes, the ALLROS T10 combines great sound quality, hands-free capability, and a mid-range price point.
Our testers reported clear and loud communication between the group and the sound quality you’d expect from pricier headphones. The range was also impressive and performed as advertised with our testers getting around 500m range in the trees and over 1000m on the wide-open piste.
They did a full 8-hour day on the slopes and still had a bit of battery remaining at the end of the day; all from one charge. They also fared well in wet snow conditions thanks to the waterproof capabilities of the headset.
Ski Helmet Headphones Buying Guide
If you’re as music-obsessed as I am, you’ll want to ensure that you’re getting the best value for money when it comes to your ski helmet headphones. You need something that sounds good, is durable and has a solid battery life that ideally goes longer than one day per charge. Here’s what I think are the most important factors when looking for a solid set of headphones:
For me, this is the most important thing to consider when purchasing headphones, whether they’re for mountain use or elsewhere.
The problem with sound quality, however, is that it’s subjective. What might be awesome sound quality for one person won’t be for the next person. So, consider how you usually like things to sound? For me personally, I tend to go a little bit insane if the music sounds too tinny or isn’t loud enough when the volume is cranked. I always look for headphones that have a good bass too.
Having a set of headphones that are Bluetooth enabled will be a lifesaver on the slopes. Prior to investing in some Bluetooth helmet speakers, the number of times I either got tangled up or accidentally pulled the wire out of the jack was obscene. Basically, if I had a buck for every time I did it I’d be a very rich person and wouldn’t have to worry about how I’m paying for next season’s pass.
Handsfree is a total blessing and the most important thing when it comes to wireless headsets is great battery life.
The battery life of a Bluetooth headset is highly important when picking the best helmet headphones. Obviously, the longer the battery life, the more expensive the headphones are going to be. But, consider how inconvenient to you it’s going to be if they run out of life in the middle of the day or if you’re spending hours charging it every night.
Also, when it’s cold, batteries don’t tend to last as long as they would in normal conditions, so it’s important to overestimate when it comes to battery life. When shopping for Bluetooth headphones, I look around at least the 8-10 hour mark for battery life so I know they’ll last me the full day.
Wireless helmet headphones are going to be pretty useless if the range isn’t any good. If you’re just listening to music, you’ll find that pretty much any range will suffice as your phone, or whatever device you’re using for music will likely be in your pocket or backpack.
However, if you’re purchasing helmet headphones that have an intercom system, you want something that allows you to clearly communicate with your pals, even from larger distances. When skiing, you will find that the range is dramatically impacted depending on the terrain you ski. If it’s wide open piste, the range will stretch further. If you ride trees, the range can be cut by more than half.
Noise cancellation can be a bit of a taboo subject on the mountain. Having said that, wearing headphones at all on the slopes can grind some people’s gears because of the safety implications. Yes, noise-canceling means that the music will sound better and, you won’t be distracted by other things happening on the mountain. However, some people prefer to be able to hear the ambient sounds around them such as people flying past them in their blind spots.
If someone’s skiing pretty close to you on the mountain, they tend to yell which side they’re coming by you on; with noise-canceling headphones, you might not hear them and could get into an accident. Consider what’s important to you and pick a headset that has a good balance of noise cancellation but also doesn’t completely block the sound of other skiers out.