Best Snowboarding Headphones 2017Epic Stash
Last updated: 11th January 2017
Music on the hill is not for everyone but for those that do love it, this snowboarding headphones guide will help you find the best headphones for riding with.
Sometimes we all could do with a big of extra motivation on the hill. Maybe you’re a little sluggish from the previous day’s apres session or you need some extra fire to get you over a massive kicker. In either case, music can be your best friend.
But what’s the use of this secret weapon without the perfect pair of headphones to wear while you ride? Below is our guide to the best headphones for snowboarding. Feel Free to comment any others you like to use and we might add them in to the list.
In ear or ear buds are usually my preferred choice for riding, purely because they’re lightweight, cheap(ish), and comfortable under beanies and helmets. Plus you have the option to ride with one earphone in and one out, to help you stay aware of your surroundings.
These have grown in popularity due to pros wearing them in their park edits, in particular during summer sessions. Eg Torstein Horgmo.
To be honest Ive never seen anyone riding in over ear headphones but I will list out a few options because these are my choice for off the hill listening and are sweet for travelling with, especially the noise cancelling models.
- In line mic/controls
Headphone models can have quite a hefty hike in price if an inline control is included. Yet this is something we recommend investing in as it can make a huge difference to your day when riding on the hill. Having the option to not have to get your iPhone out on the chair lift is definitely a bonus. Aside from getting frozen fingers, theres always the risk of dropping your £500 iPhone into the powder below. A small investment in this feature definitely seems worth it for that reason alone.
Some models have a waterproof coating applied to them to help prevent against splash damage. Other models are full on water proof, however these are probably only required if you like a bit of off season wakeboarding or surfing. Generally though, especially with ear buds, you will have them so wrapped up under your gear that they’re unlikely to get any water damage. I’ve personally put a pair of Skull Candy ear buds through the washing machine in my jeans and they still worked after!
Wireless headphone tech has developed massively over the last couple of years and is becoming a popular option across most of the major brands. There are positives and negatives to going wireless. Obviously the main benefit is not having to wrestle with tangles wires or having them pulling on your ears under your jacket etc. However often there is a compromise in sound quality. Whether this is feature is applicable to you depends on what you plan on using the headphones for. If you are after top quality sound mainly for travelling then a wired option may be best as you may not need to worry about charging them up (except most noise cancelling models) and will have superior sound. However if you hate wires with a passion and need all the freedom of movement you can get from your gear to tweak that grab then wireless is the way forward.
- Noise Cancelling
Noise cancelling options have been around for a while. The more basic form of which is simply to make sure the fit around the ear is a flush as possible to prevent sound leakage or external noises. However active noise cancelling is usually powered by an extra power source by a standard battery or a built in rechargeable battery. These will actively work to filter out any external noises to give you the purest noise quality possible. Noise cancelling is most useful when travelling and not really a requirement for riding with, especially as you need to keep your ears open for other riders around you.
These headphones were made famous in snowboarding by pro rider and huge music fan Torstein Horgmo. They are great for snowboarding due to the lack of moving parts which makes them much more durable and ready for a few slams in the park. Torstein usually wears them over his beanie as shown in the image. The low price of these headphones makes them a great option as if they break they can be easily replaced. Not one for extra bells and whistles, but if they’re good enough for Torstein then they won’t let you down.
Bose are a big name in the headphones industry. Perhaps had a reputation for being for middle ages commuters, however their new styling options of matt black, gun metal silver have made them appeal to a younger audience as well. Known for their superior sound quality across their range, the latest edition their flagship model the Quiet Comfort series does not disappoint. Probably not a pair for riding in but would be a great asset travelling between resorts and time zones.
Bose are usually known for their over or on ear headphones, however these in ears are a nice alternative for Bose fans. Most Bose products are not designed to stand up to snowboarding slams, however as these would be worn under a beanie / helmet then these may be a great combo of high quality sound and noise cancelling, with a more durable design than their larger over hear counter parts.
Custom moulded in ear headphones are a more recent development and one that can provide an great solution for those that have struggled in the past with other inner styles. The custom mould is designed to increase comfort why minimising external noises and sound leakage, leading to the best possible sound quality. These would be a great choice for all day snowboarding comfort, though be careful to stay aware of those around you, probably best to keep one ear out and save the full noise cancelling experience for travelling.