Riding with music is just something we all take for granted these days. But way back when it was kind of a bitch to ride with tunes due to the extreme bulkiness of Diskmans or even worse the Walkman. Now with smart phones, Mp3 players, and a wide array of electronics it’s a lot easier. So the real question to ask yourself is what headphones should I use? Well here’s a look at a possible contender for you.
Purpose: To allow you to crank the music up to 11 and zone out the world around you.
Fit: They’re a larger mid-sized headphone that can be a bit bulky when riding. The nice thing was though for their size they rarely slipped off my head when lapping the park which typically happens with most bigger headphones. Overall I found it more suited for chilling at home or riding the bus from Breckenridge to Keystone.
Features: 44mm driver to slam sounds into your brain! Microphone for taking calls when using your smart phone as well as a small push button to change between phone and mp3 player. This also works with pausing, going forward, or backwards in your mp3 library. Iphone, Blackberry, Android compatible as well as having an attachment to use with Skype.
Conditions: Puking powder days, sunny bluebird park laps, long cruising groomers, tree runs, and just about everything you could think of in the grand scheme of the Colorado snow spectrum.
Pros: I’m not an audiophile but with a certain other brands headphones that caters to snowboarding I can never pick up the highs or lows, with these that problem has been clearly rectified. Another plus is that they actually use metal in the construction of the slide piece for size adjustment. This is key in providing a stronger headphone. The microphone is solid for taking calls on hill or just walking around town.
Cons: For a self proclaimed “medium” these are a bit on the larger side, not really a con but just a slight bit of miss-marketing when promoting to the snowboard world. Other than that honestly these things are just champs and I can’t find anything really negative.
Durability: Usually about the 30 day mark with most headphones something is starting to go wrong or they’ve just completely shit the bed like your crazy grandmother in a nursing home. These are going strong after taking a few slams and being thrown around. The cables show no sign of stretching or pulling out from the drivers and the jack hasn’t kinked cutting the cable.
Personal Thoughts: Other than being too big of a headphone for me to wear on the daily while riding they’ve made a great around the town headphone as well as just chilling in the house. For those guys that like a bigger louder headphone when they ride this should definitely be a real contender.
What They Say: Whether you’re mixing beats or listening to your favorite tunes on the subway, the PHOENIX has you covered. Compact yet incredibly powerful, this mid-sized headphone delivers massive sound typically only found in larger DJ headphones. The PHOENIX incorporates a fresh mix of proprietary materials and finishes with a reinforced frame, fully-adjustable headband, plush ear cushions, swivel ear cups, and high-quality speakers for a superior listening experience.
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