Last year, nearly 45k helmets with headphones were sold. I am an avid snowboarder and although I don't currently have one, some of the options out there for snowboard helmets with headphones built in are really worth considering. This article is about the products that I have come across recently in my search for a better experience on the slopes.

Bringing a music player with you while involved in various sports activities has always been an issue. Many companies have tried to create products they thought would work (i.e. Oakley) There are few mp3 or audio players that fit conveniently into your gear and still allow for easy access to change songs (especially with bulky gloves on). Another consideration is temperature. Ipods and Zunes are designed for average temperatures, not extreme cold or hot. The extreme temps have a negative effect on battery life, reducing it sometimes as much as 35-40% it's normal operating charge. There are some players that are designed for active sports but really none of them are really geared for snow conditions or extreme cold weather.

Some things to consider when it comes to choosing the best helmet headphones:

  • Don't sacrifice comfort for a helmet just because it offers the ability to integrate tunes into the padding. It's better to use a good set of noise canceling earbuds if you can't get a helmet with a comfortable feel on your head (especially since you will have to wear this thing most of the day and you don't want to be miserable).   


  • Look for good deals on sites like or rather than purchasing at stores that may charge retail prices for helmets with headphones. Note: One tip is to try on at local stores for fitting purposes and to see if that is something you really want or not.


  • Check out the reviews (Amazon is great for that). Find out what other people think about the product. If it seems that there are a substantial amount of bad reviews, you may want to reconsider purchasing the product.


Here are a few companies involved that sell a version of helmets with headphones (or kits):