The 5 Best Helmet Headphones for 2014-15

These five sets of headphones could help improve your shredding

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If you’re convinced you ride better when listening to music, it’s probably true. Olympic sports psychologist Peter Terry found, through his research, that elite athletes perform better when listening to music.

Many riders prefer listening to music on the mountain, but one of the biggest troubles snowboarder’s face is that headphones don’t fit comfortably under a helmet and often fall out or fail mid session.

The following are our five favorite sets of helmet headphones to keep you rocking and shredding in the 2014-15 snowboard season.

1. Outdoor Tech Chips

Price: $129.95

If you’re willing to spend a pretty penny, these Outdoor Tech Chips are the cream of the crop of helmet headphones. Even better, they’re designed to universally fit all snowboard helmets with an audio liner, so you can continue to use them even if you need new dome protection. These Bluetooth headphones are fully wireless, and they feature a two button system that allows you to skip tracks, pause, play, adjust volume, and answer phone calls without having to take off your gloves.

2. Bose SoundSport

Price: $149.95

Bose is a longtime leader in the sound and speaker industry, so its no wonder that you can’t beat their SoundSport in-ear headphones. Although, you may get sticker shock when you go to the purchase them. These nearly $150 headphones offer sweat and weather resistances, a snug and comfortable fit no matter what maneuver you pull, tonally balanced audio, a lightweight feel, and the ability to take calls with an inline mic and remote.

You may pay a little extra for these five-star headphones, but you’ll be able to use them on and off the mountain too.

3. Skullcandy Cassette

Price: $49.99

The Skullcandy Cassette headphones are ideal for riders who switch between a helmet and a hat often. The collapsible headband fits snuggly on your winter hat, but the speakers can be removed and dropped into your helmet liner in a matter of seconds.

The one-button remote makes controlling your music or phone easy, and the mic is great for calling in sick for work when you’re out in the backcountry. For right around $50, you’ll be amazed by the Cassette’s high quality sound and reinforced modular speakers that provide ultra durable construction.

4. Yurbuds Inspire 400

Price: $49.99

The Yurbuds Inspire headphones by JBL will become your go-to headphones for all of your favorite outdoor activities, especially snowboarding. The innovative FlexSoft fit keeps you comfortable while the TwistLock technology ensure your headphones stay put no matter how high you fly.

The Yurbuds Inspire 400 headphones allow ambient sound, so you can hear what’s going on around you on the mountain. The three-button command center and microphone make using your phone and shuffling through your music easy, even if you’re wearing bulky gloves or mittens. These headphones safely provide top quality sound, whether you’re on the chairlift, in the backcountry, or trying to find your way out of the parking lot.

5. Skullcandy Direct Connect

Price: $25

The Smith Skullcandy Direct Connect headphones are a high quality set of helmet headphones for an unbeatable price. These headphones drop easily into the ear pads of any helmet and can be used with just about any audio device and most cell phones.

The Skullcandy Direct Connect is a no frills set of headphones for riders who want to listen to their tunes without paying extra for parts they don’t need.

The standard cord on the Direct Connect headphones doesn’t come with a control device, so if you want to answer phone calls, pause your music, or adjust the volume often, you may find these headphones don’t offer quite enough.