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Best Snowboarding In-Ear Headphones of 2016

Best Snowboarding In-Ear Headphones of 2016

If you’re looking for the Best Snowboarding In-Ear Headphones of 2016, look no further. Snowboarding and Skiing are a great way to get out and enjoy this planet of ours and this winter, El Niño is bringing heavy snow fall across the United States. Listening to music with headphones while doing either only enhances your winter sport experience, but not all are created equal. Normal headphones are not made to take the beating that winter sports can dish out; especially if you bail on boxes or rails a lot. Water, sweat, cold temperatures and impacts are the #1 source of headphone demise while out on runs. Sports headphones are made to withstand these forces and keep going.

So whether you’re a Snowboarder or Skier, keep reading to find our top picks for this winter season.

Best Snowboarding In-Ear Headphones of 2016

While on-ear and over-ear headphones can be bulky and heavy, a pair of earbuds takes up next to no space and weighs even less. This makes them great for snowboarding and skiing. Despite their size, earbuds rarely sacrifice sound quality in comparison to their on-ear and over-ear counterparts and can even outperform them. Finding the right pair for you can be a tricky proposition, so we’ve created this list of our 3 favorite in-ear sport headphones.

JayBird X2 Bluetooth SPORT Headphones JBL Synchros Reflect Bluetooth SPORT Headphones Sennheiser OCX 686G SPORT Headphone
JayBird X2 Bluetooth Sport Headphones JBL Synchros SPORT Series Reflect Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones Sennheiser OCX 686G
Ultra-Lightweight Sports Headphones
  • Sealed in-ear-canal design
  • AVRCP Music Controls
  • Bluetooth Version: 2.1+EDR
  • Play Time: Up to 8 Hrs
  • Charging Time: Less than 2.5 hr
  • Sealed in-ear-canal design
  • Bluetooth-enabled connectivity
  • Reflective cord design and retractable tether
  • iOS or universal remote control/mic
  • Magnetic clasping function
  • Sealed in-ear-canal design
  • Anti-bacterial ear adapters (SteriTouch)
  • In-line smart remote and mic on the cable
  • Ear-hook to minimize ambient noise
  • Convenient storage pouch and cable clip
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Snowboarding with JayBird X2 Bluetooth Headphones


JayBird X2 Bluetooth In-Ear Snowboarding Headphones

The JayBird X2s are Micro-sized, sweat-proof sport Bluetooth earbuds that deliver superior audio performance (music & calls) rivaling the best in wired headphones. With their patented Secure fit for ultra comfort, they’re ready for anything you can dish out on a half pipe or shredding the slopes. Their exclusive super-capacity Battery HD technology doubles the Jaybird X2’s playtime to a solid 8 hours, offering a full day of listening while riding.  They also come in a wide variety of colors to match your board or fit your style.



Riding with JBL Synchros SPORT Series Reflect


JBL Synchros SPORT Series Reflect

A great partner on the slopes is the JBL Reflect BT that combines cutting-edge style with innovation. Providing legendary sound in a workout-ready headphones design, it puts you well on your way to being able to conquer the 20 foot table top. Designed to stay in your ears, these ergonomic, stay-put ear-buds are engineered to withstand the rigors of your most energetic downhills. With 5 hours of Bluetooth-enabled connectivity and JBL-quality sound, you can dig deep and push that much harder.



Boarding with Sennheiser OCX 686G Sport Headphones

Sennheiser OCX 686G

Sennheiser’s OCX 686G/i has been created to energize your music experience while you concentrate on your boarding or skiing. The high-output drivers deliver amazing sound quality. The innovative ear-canal coupling and cable routing work together to help reduce unwanted background noise to a minimum. Furthermore, its lightweight, ergonomic design ensures that the OCX 686G/i sits comfortably, and the ear hooks provide extra hold to give you maximum freedom of movement during your runs.

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Top 5 In-Ear Headphones

Earbuds are great for just about any application; from going to the gym, on the plane or at the office, there’s a pair of earbuds that will match your needs. The biggest appeal of in-ear headphones is their size. While on-ear and over-ear headphones can be bulky and heavy, a pair of earbuds takes up next to no space and weighs even less. This makes them great travel companions. Despite their size, earbuds rarely sacrifice sound quality in comparison to their on-ear and over-ear counterparts and can even outperform them. Finding the right pair for you can be a tricky proposition, so we’ve created this list of our 5 favorite in-ear headphones.

1Westone W40

Westone W40

  • 4-way quad balanced armature driver in-ear monitors
  • Unique detachable cable design
  • Outstanding sound quality
  • Lightweight earpiece design for maximum comfort
  • Comes with secondary cable with in-line controls for iOS devices
  • Current Price: $499.99


Expert Review
“Westone’s W40 offer supreme clarity, ravishing detail, and astonishing dynamic expression, placing them in meager company within the hi-fi landscape. – Ryan Waniata, Digital Trends
Westone W40

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2Phiaton BT 220 NC

Phiaton BT 220 NC

  • Bluetooth 4.0 in-ear headphones with aptX and NFC
  • Built-in active noise cancelling
  • Full in-line controls with microphone
  • Clear Voice Capture for crystal clear hands-free phone calls
  • Everplay-X technology allows for listening to music after the battery dies
  • Current Price: $159.00


Expert Review
“For the price, the BT 220 NC delivers a quality level of noise cancellation that is better than expected.” – Tim Gideon, PC Mag
Phiaton BT 220 NC

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3SMS Audio BioSport

SMS Audio BioSport

  • In-ear athletic headphones
  • Biometric heart rate monitor tracks your workout
  • Compatible with most leading fitness apps through your smartphone
  • IPX sweat and water resistance rating perfect for gym use
  • Powered by your phone; no batteries required
  • Current Price: $149.95


Expert Review
“If heart-rate monitoring is important to you, SMS Audio’s BioSport earbuds are more convenient than you might think. Not only do you not have to wear something on your wrist or around your chest, but you also don’t have to worry about running out of batteries.” – Sarah Purewal, Techhive.com
SMS Audio BioSport

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  • Premium in-ear monitors
  • Large 11mm high fidelity drivers produce outstanding sound quality
  • Unique pivoting eartips for comfortable fit for any ear type
  • Three dimensional audio reproduction for the ultimate listening experience
  • Coated cable for convenient tangle-free operation
  • Current Price: $39.99


Expert Review
“Vocals have a great sound to them having a clean sound that’s placed well in the soundstage being center but not too forward. Guitars sound clean as well with every string able to be heard separately.” – Keanex, User Review – Head-Fi.org

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5Sennheiser IE 80

Sennheiser IE 80

  • Luxurious wired in-ear headphone monitors
  • Special neodymium magnets ensure outstanding sound quality
  • Unique bass tuning screws allow you to precisely adjust the bass in each earpiece
  • Sleek design for both comfort and durability
  • Excellent sound isolation
  • Current Price: $329.99


Expert Reviews
“The iE80s have excellent separation and clarity. They dig out a serious amount of detail, which you’d arguably be expecting at this kind of money; Arcade Fire’s Ready To Start ticks along nicely with rhythmic, punchy drum kicks and zingy guitar, while the very natural-sounding vocals shine through.What Hi-Fi?
Sennheiser IE 80

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Kick off your Spring Right with a FREE Pair of Kicker Sport Headphones!

Kicker has teamed up with Sonic Electronix to offer a promotion that will help you gear up for the warmer summer months. If you’re looking to get your car, boat, motorcycle, or any other type of vehicle hooked up with a sound system, now is the time to do it! From May 24th until June 6th Kicker is offering an excellent promotion that allows you guys and gals to receive a free pair of Kicker HP201B active-style sport headphones!

Kicker HP201BIn order to get yourself a free pair of these sweet headphones, place an order at Sonic Electronix that totals over $100 in Kicker merchandise. We will include the sport headphones in your order automatically. Remember, Kicker has a variety of gear that can equip almost anything powered by a battery with an awesome sound system! If you’re looking to grab yourself some legendary Kicker Sound, pick it up between May 24th and June 6th and receive some awesome sport headphones along with your order!




*Kicker sport headphone color may vary depending on availability. If Kicker merchandise is returned, the promotional earbuds must also be returned to receive a full credit/refund (minus applicable fees). If you decide to keep them, the value of the earbuds will be deducted from the return credit.


Westone In-Ear Monitors


                                            Pioneers of In-Ears

Westone UM1 Team Edition (Orange)

Westone UM1 Team Edition (Orange)

Westone is without a doubt one of the leaders of the In-ear monitor industry.  Not only have they been manufacturing and designing for over 50 years, but they have helped revolutionize the way you listen to In-ear monitors.  Westone sets a high standard for In-Ear monitors and have numerous affiliations with hearing healthcare,  industrial, and military applications.  They have recently released their Westone 4R which boasts a Quad driver structure for optimum mids and highs and a clean, deep bass output.  They have even partnered up with the United States Air Force to design special noise isolating In-ear monitors. They are  endorsed by countless artists and an abundance of athletes that appreciate attention to detail.  It is an understatement to say they are qualified to meet your listening standards.

                                                Westone Techonlogy

Westone UM3X

Westone UM3X

Westone products feature exclusive technology based off of over 50 years of research and development.  Their True-fit technology assures maximum comfort and dynamic transfer of sound.  The balanced armature drivers are significantly more compact and electronically sensitive then traditional In-ear designs.  Having 2-way and 3-way multi-BA driver configurations allow the monitors to have an extended frequency response and a very rich, detail-oriented sound.  All Models include the EPIC (Earphone Precision Interface Cable) cable which is constructed for increased flexibility and durability.  Select models have the EPIC removable cable which allows the user to replace the cable if damaged without having to purchase an entirely new driver.  The Westone 4R has exclusive Acoustic Symmetry which matches the left and right driver to a precise +/- 2dB tolerance.  This increases the balance and accuracy of the two drivers and creates an acoustically pleasing sound-stage reproduction.  Almost all products are designed and manufactured in the USA by a staff of dedicated and passionate artisans and audio engineers.

We had a hands-on, exclusive look at the Westone 4R’s at CES 2012.  Watch below!


This Holiday Season, Treat Yourself to Superior Earbud Headphones from Klipsch

Klipsch Image S4i (Black)

Ever since Apple revealed the iPod back in 2001, those little white earbuds that conveniently come with Apple’s portable media players have been ubiquitous. Heck, it’s near impossible nowadays to walk down the street without seeing several people wearing them. Now, while those earbuds might satisfy the average, casual listener, people who want more impact from their music have to look elsewhere. Well, if you’re one of those people, look no further.

The Klipsch Treatment

Klipsch Image S4i (Black) Image 13
Since 1946, Klipsch has been making stellar quality audio products and the Image Series earbuds are certainly a grand addition to their catalog. Specifically, these black S4i earbuds have a frequency range of 10-19,000 Hz, going below and beyond the range of human hearing to reproduce infrasonic elements of your favorite music that you might never have known were there without headphones like these. Plus, with Klipsch’s proprietary noise-isolating technology, you can fully immerse yourself in your music like a true fan* should. These beauties also come with 3 sized pairs of washable ear tips (yes, washable. Aural hygiene is important!): Small, Medium and Large. They’re also available in white: Klipsch Image S4i (White), for those of you who may have grown comfortable with the Apple earbud design.

More Than Just Another Set of Headphones

As if all that wasn’t enough, these Klipsch earbuds also include a 3-button microphone and volume remote on the wire (see above image) for full control of your iPhone, iPod touch or regular iPod (be sure to check the compatibility list in the product description). Don’t feel left out, Android users! Klipsch has earbuds for you, too: Klipsch Image S4A (Black). Android users will want to download the free Klipsch Control App to customize the functionality of your calls and music through the single button remote. Despite that slight difference, both of these models have a 360° pickup mic with advanced echo cancellation built-in, so your callers will be able to hear you well in nearly any environment. If you’re concerned about the tenacity of the cable, fret not dear reader(s). The cable is not only durable, but tangle resistant as well. Who needs all the fussing with knots when all you want is to enjoy music?! Certainly not this writer.

Make sure to pick up a set for you and yours soon, ’cause they’re flying out of our warehouse as we speak! (Well, as I write and you read. You get the point.)

* “Fan” is short for “fanatic.”