The X1 is equipped with a fully integrated Bluetooth bicycle communication system, allowing you to connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.1 and to communicate with up to three riding companions through the built-in intercom system. The X1 provides you with a safe method for listening to music, making phone calls, and receiving fitness data through the helmet’s high quality audio speakers. It recharges with a simple usb cable
Tell Your Friends Answer a call, listen to the radio or a podcast, this helmet allows you to ride without fiddling with your phone. Use GPS navigation without taking your eyes of the road. No earbuds needed so hearing is not impaired as you navigate the city streets. Using this helmet on my daily commute to work I really enjoyed being able to listen to what I wanted and still feel safe.
Wish List The user interface is just three buttons. So you’ll need to keep the sheet of instructions with you for a few days until you can remember all the functions and button combinations. The three buttons are so simple and at the same time sort of like learning to program a VCR. The intercom function works very well, but navigating the right buttons to press to link two helmets took several attempts.
Ideal User This is a sleek helmet that does not feel any different than a regular helmet. It is best suited for the recreational rider looking to listen to music or podcasts on their ride in a safe way. The X1 is also perfect for a pair of cyclists touring together who would appreciate the ability to talk to each other with ease even if they are 100 feet or even up to half a mile apart.
Summary At first it felt weird to be listening to podcasts and music on my ride in the city, I was self conscious that people around me could hear everything. But I soon realized that the sound does not travel far. I also appreciated the ability to hear traffic and the sounds around me. This is a very discreet and simple system that packs advanced noise control and speakers that sound clean and crisp.
Gwendal Castellan lives in Vancouver BC, Canada. His rides have been as long as 25,000 km but are now mostly short trips around the city or out to the nearest camping location for an overnight in nature.
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