Do you want to listen to music while skiing or snowboarding? A set of wireless headphone speakers inside your helmet could be the answer you’ve been looking for. I have been skiing with the Outdoor Master BT02 Ski Helmet Headphones for a while now. They are compact size, easy to use, have a 15 hour battery life and come with a bonus Bluetooth remote control. Keep reading to find out more about the Outdoor Master BT02 Wireless Ski Helmet Headphones.
- About Outdoor Master
- Outdoor Master SKI HELMET HEADPHONE Features
- Outdoor Master SNOW-BT02 SKI HELMET HEADPHONE summary
- OutdoorMaster Discount Code
- Wrap up
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About Outdoor Master
Outdoor Master is a California based outdoor gear company started by a bunch of enthusiasts. They recognized that to get functional gear that worked you had to pay premium brand prices. Discount bargain gear frequently fell apart and was a waste of money. They went on a mission to create great working gear at affordable prices. They started with ski goggles which have proven to be one of the best performing value skiing goggles on the market.
Outdoor Master SKI HELMET HEADPHONE Features
☆ Best Value Helmet Headphones
- TRUE WIRELESS HEADPHONES – Truly wireless, easy to drop in Audio Compatible Helmets. Fits most audio ready ski/snowboard helmets and even motorcycle helmets.
- EASY CONTROL REMOTE – Equipped with wearable & stickable remote controller. Big buttons are easy to press even with gloves. Buttons can adjust volume, change tracks, play, pause and take calls.
- BUILT-IN MICROPHONE – Launch Siri, answer calls, control your tunes & take selfies remotely. Allows you to get to answer phones without missing any calls when skiing & riding.
- CLEAN SOUND, CLEAR HIGHS & BIG BASS – Wireless chips equipped with optimally tuned 40mm drivers for euphonious resonation with encrypted strong and stable connection ensuring a wonderful shredding journey on the slope.
- RUGGED DESIGN FOR ALL CONDITIONS – OM BT02 wireless headphone made of IP45 sweat-resistance material and tested working perfectly at -20°C/-4°F. Up to 15 hrs playtime & 500 hrs standby time.
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I have a confession to make. For a long time, I thought ski helmet speakers were a really bad idea. How do you hear what’s going on around you with speakers blasting in your ear? I refused to even think about giving them a try. Outdoor Master asked if I wanted to try out their 2 new sets of helmet speakers. Not one to turn down an offer like that, I gave them a try.
After trying it, I have to admit I was wrong about skiing with music. It’s a great idea and everyone should try it. It doesn’t hurt your ability to hear what’s going on around you. It adds another dimension to the experience. A good song really gets you into the groove while carving up a slope or cutting through trees in a glade.
There are 2 different sets of OutdoorMaster wireless Bluetooth snow helmet headphones. The OM BT01 and OM BT02.
The BT01 is self contained with a wire connecting the 2 speakers and a few buttons on the speaker for control. The battery and Bluetooth transmitter are built into the headset. Everything is in one compact connected unit.
The BT02 is true wireless headphones with independent speakers with their own batteries and transmitters. It also includes a Bluetooth easy control remote you can strap to your wrist. They are a wireless chips design that looks similar to the Outdoor Tech Chips 2.0 and 3.0 without a connecting wire.
Both of them use Bluetooth v50 connectivity technology to securely and reliably connect to your phone or other wireless devices.
For this review, we’re going to discuss the BT02. See my review of the BT01 here.
The Outdoor Master BT02 goes for $149.99 on the Outdoor Master website. It is also available on Amazon. For that price, you get a set of speakers, a Bluetooth remote, a charge cord, and a hard case for storage.
Weather Proof Rugged Design
Both the speakers and Bluetooth controller have rugged construction and are weatherproof and waterproof. The Speakers are made from ip45 sweat resistant material.
The BT01 headphones use 40mm drivers and a CSR chip to produce clean sound. I am not an audiophile or stereo nut and won’t pretend to be. I’m not the guy who pulls up next to you at a stoplight with bass so strong it shakes your car too. I find the sound quality good enough. It’s more than enough to keep me happy listening to songs while skiing and doesn’t totally drown out what is going on around me.
I typically listen to them at about 60% volume on an iPhone11. At this volume, I can hear the music about the same volume as I listen to in my car. I can hear ambient noise and what is going on around me also. I get loud music to get me going on the hill. I can still hear my skis scraping the snow and other skiers around me.
These do not have any kind of hybrid active noise cancellation or other noise canceling features. I would not want noise canceling on a headset I listened to while skiing. I want to mix music with the experience. I don’t want to drown out what’s going on around me and not be able to hear other skiers, snowboarders, snowmobiles, etc…
Battery life and charging
Outdoor Master claims a 10 hour battery life with up to 500 hours dwell time. I tried them out for an entire ski day when the temperatures were between 15F and 20F. My music listening habit is to listen while skiing and pause for most chair lift rides so I can talk to my ski buddies. The spearers made it through the whole day. I got a few more hours out of them wearing them around at home.
To recharge the battery, you plug a USB charge cable with USB C connectors into each speaker. The cable has a split in it with 2 connectors so you can charge them both at the same time.
You can plug the charging cable into the speakers while they are in your helmet. That is as long as you installed them with the charge socket pointing towards the opening in the ear pads. It takes a little effort but it’s doable. The USB C connectors can plug in either way which makes things much easier. If that is too difficult you can just slide the headphone speakers out of your helmet earpads and charge them that way.
The Bluetooth remote has its own non-rechargable battery. It doesn’t need recharging with everything else.
The OutdoorMaster BT02 wireless helmet speaker set does not have a battery saver feature. Once you power up the speakers, they are on all day until you turn them off. The battery saver feature on the OM BT01 was one of the biggest negatives about it. Thankfully Outdoor Master left it off of the BT02.
The BT02 has a very skiing and snowboarding friendly control system. It can be controlled by both the buttons on the individual speakers and also with the separate Bluetooth controller. I personally prefer just using the speakers to control most things.
The 2 headphones have buttons that can be pressed with the headphones installed in a helmet. The buttons are large enough to push with your gloves on through your helmet ear pads. They make a click sound and feeling so you know can easily tell when you click them.
To turn the system on you have to hold the button on each speaker for 3 seconds. You will hear them both say “Power on” When you power up the second speaker you will also here it say “Connecting” after “Power on”. If you don’t hear it say “connecting” one of the speakers is still turned off. To turn the speakers off you only need to hold the button for 3 seconds on one of them. You will hear both speakers say “Power off” and both will turn off.
The large button on each speaker also works as a play/pause button for music. Tap one time to play and one time to pause. The button works on either speaker.
To access Siri voice control on an iPhone you double click either speaker button. There is a microphone in the headphones that will pick up your voice. I had no trouble asking Siri for things with helmet and gloves on and phone burried in my pocket. You get a prompt sound in the speaker when Siri is active.
You can answer calls by pressing either speaker button once and end phone calls by pressing it again.
The one thing you can’t control with the speaker buttons is the volume level. Fortunately, you can control that with the Bluetooth controller.
The included Bluetooth wireless remove can do everything the buttons on the speakers can do except for turning the speakers on and off.
It has 5 big buttons, a volume up, volume down, play/pause, advance track, and reverse track button. All the buttons do what they are labeled as with a single click. The buttons are big and easy to press while wearing big bulky ski gloves.
To access Siri or other voice assistant, you hold down the play/pause button. It won’t make any noise when Siri is ready for commands. The small blue light on the remote will flash. To get Siri just hold the play button until the music stops and keep holding it while speaking your command.
You can use the volume up button as a camera remote for your iPhone camera. When the camera app is open, press the volume up button to trigger a photo. Hold the volume up button down to record video. This is probably the most useful feature of the remote control. You can take iPhone photos with it up to 40 feet away from the phone.
The remote control is weatherproof and waterproof like the speakers. It has a elastic and velcro wrist strap. You can stap it over top of your jacket on your wrist or arm for easy use. You can also remove the strap so it fits in your pocket easier with less clutter.
Universal Helmet Compatibility
This headphone set will work with audio ready helmet brands Giro, Smith, Burton, K2, POC, Anon. It will also work with the Outdoor Master Diamond MIPS and Lazurite helmets. It will not work with the Outdoor Master Kelvin helmet. The Kelvin helmet does not have speaker pockets in its earpads. It can also work as a motorcycle Bluetooth headset with motorcycle helmets designed for ear headphones.
An audio compatible helmet has pockets in the earpads that a helmet headphone speaker will slide into. They have a circular cut out in the earpad padding. On some helmets, there are different sized cutouts so you can make a bigger or small hole for a speaker. If it has 2 sizes you need to remove the inner donut of foam and use the larger hole.
Some helmets have a foam spacer in the earpad you need to remove to put a speaker in. My Anon Echo MIPS has these. You can shove the speaker in without taking the spacer out. It makes the earpad feel really thick and bulky with both a spacer and speaker in place.
The speaker will slip into the hole in the padding and nest there so it isn’t pressing too hard against your ear.
BT02 speaker units are about 1/2 inch thick and 2.25 inches in diameter. They are a similar thickness to the popular Outdoor Tech Chips helmet headphones. They are 1/4 inch thinner than the Outdoor Master BT01 helmet speakers which were on the thick side. They work with a much wider selection of helmets.
I can’t tell whether I am wearing them in an Outdoor Master Black Diamond MIPS helmet which has really wide thick ear pads. I can tell they are there when I strap my Anon Echo MIPS helmet on. The Outdoor Master Lazurite helmet is the narrowest helmet I have that is speaker compatible. I can feel the extra thickness but it’s still comfortable to wear for a whole day.
Installing the headphone speakers is very easy. It took me only a couple of minutes to install them into my helmet. For easy installation do the following:
- Plug it in and charge the batteries to full. This is done with a micro USB cable that attaches to one of the headphone speakers.
- Pair the headphones with your mobile device. Open the settings menu on your phone. Hold down the power button on the right headphone speaker for 3 sconds to power it up. Hold down the left power button for 3 seconds to power it up. It’s ready to pair. Connect to it from your phone and you are set.
- You can test the speakers holding them up to your ears and playing something on your phone. If it paired correctly you can listen to something now.
- Open the speaker pocket in your helmet ear pad.
- Open the liner flap at the rear of your helmet.
- Slide one speaker in the right ear pad.
- Slide the other speaker into the left ear pad.
From start to finish it took me about 5 minutes to pair and install these in my helmet. Not counting the time it took to charge the battery.
The Bluetooth remote has a separate pairing procedure. You turn it on then hold down 2 buttons (volume down and backtrack) for 3 seconds and pair it from your phone.
Outdoor Master SNOW-BT02 SKI HELMET HEADPHONE summary
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What we liked
- Compact size and easy installation
- Good sound quality
- Wireless remote can also be used as an iPhone camera remote
- Long battery life
- Headphones can be used with or without remote
What we didn’t like
- High cost
- It is doable but not that easy to charge them without removing from helmet
OutdoorMaster Discount Code
Use the Coupon Code ERO2022 for 20% off at OutdoorMaster.com
The Outdoor Master BT02 Wireless ski helmet headphones are a lot of fun to use and make skiing more enjoyable. They are very user friendly, have good sound quality, long battery life, and are thin enough to not be that noticeable in your helmet. I highly recommend these to anyone looking for a good set of ski or snowboard helmet wireless headphones.
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About the author
My name is Doug Ryan. I am an outdoors enthusiast always looking forward to my next adventure. I spend as much time skiing, biking, and paddleboarding as I can. I decided to start Endless Rush Outdoors as a way to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for all things outdoor adventures and to help other people have as much fun as me.