Snowboard Helmets With Bluetooth Audio [2020/2021 season]


When you want audio while skiing or snowboarding, Bluetooth wireless is the only way to go.  But, even better still is a ski helmet with Bluetooth built-in to the helmet.  And that is what we are focusing on here, a totally integrated system. 

Built-in speakers, and built-in microphone in a wireless Bluetooth ski or snowboard helmet.

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Imagine being stuck on the ski lift for 2 hours without your Bluetooth connected music collection to keep you company. Or, maybe you’re one of those people who needs to be contactable in case a colleague calls to discuss business. Or, even just chatting with your friends while hitting the powdery back slopes, “I’m right behind you buddy”.

You can do all of the above with the right smart ski/snowboard helmet with built-in Bluetooth technology.

A wired connection is nice for school kids and beginners, but a helmet with wireless Bluetooth is definitely much more convenient.

Snowboard Helmets With Bluetooth Audio Comparison Table

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Name / Image PushToTalk Chat Approx Battery Time Other feature Size Range Certification
Smart4u SS1
No 15 hours (Standby) Built-in Speakers & Mic 52 – 62 cm
(20.47″ – 24.4″)
CE
Livall RS1
Yes 48 hours (Standby) Livall App 54 – 61 cm
(21.25″ – 24″)
ASTM & CE
Swagtron Snowtide
Yes 48 hours (Standby) iOS/Android App 57 – 61cm
(22.44″ – 24.01″)
ASTM & CE
POC Obex SPIN
No ? Built-in Speakers & Mic 51 – 54cm
(20⅛” – 24½”)
ASTM & CE
Sena Latitude SR
Yes 11 hours FM Radio 53 – 61cm
20⅞” – 23⅞”
ASTM & CE
Sena Latitude SX
Yes 11 hours FM Radio 53 – 61cm
20⅞” – 23⅞”
ASTM & CE

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Bluetooth Snowboard Helmets Comparison Table
Best Bluetooth Ski Helmet Considerations
+++1. Smart4u SS1 Smart Ski Helmet
+++2. Livall RS1 Bluetooth Smart Ski Helmet
+++3. Swagtron Snowtide Bluetooth Ski & Snowboard Helmet
+++4. POC Obex SPIN Communication Snow Helmet
+++5. Sena Latitude Snow Helmet with Built-in Bluetooth
Recommendation

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Best Bluetooth Ski Helmet Considerations

First and foremost, as with any helmet for any activity, check that the helmet is in compliance with the relevant Safety Certifications.  In most cases that will be ASTM F2040 in the United States or CE EN 1077 in Europe.

The next thing to consider is how easy it will be dealing with your Bluetooth ski helmet controls, like volume or answering a call.  Keeping in mind that while you are skiing or snowboarding you will most likely be wearing gloves, so you won’t want to be removing your gloves every time you need to do anything.

Look for a helmet that has larger buttons for controlling the Bluetooth audio functions.

And finally, sound quality.  There’s really no way you can check how it sounds without actually putting the helmet on your head.  Even better is to try it on and ski down a slope with the wind rushing by.  Now, how does that sound?

Until you buy it and try it, you can only go by the reviews of others who have already bought the helmet to see what they have to say about the sound quality.  Beware, take reviews with a pinch of salt, some reviewers tend to exaggerate or blame the product when they were the one who made a bad choice.

Try to read many reviews to get an overall picture.

And, as with any helmet, when buying a helmet, always be sure to buy the correct size helmet. Too tight, or too loose is defeating the purpose of the helmet.  See our guide here on How To Know Your Helmet Size.

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1. Smart4u SS1 Smart Ski Helmet

The Smart4u SS1 Smart ski helmet has a durable ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) outer shell wrapped around a high-density, impact-absorbing EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) layer.

On the inside is a padded comfort liner to keep your head warm and comfortable. The lining is removable for cleaning.

Smart4u SS1 Smart Ski Helmet is available on Amazon.

Built-in Bluetooth with wind noise-reducing headphones and microphone.  Large, one-click buttons to answer the phone while wearing ski gloves, even when you’re mobile.

The fully charged battery is good for up to 5 hours for phone or music, and up to 15 hours on standby.

There is a rear dial for adjusting the size to fit your head comfortably.  The Smart4u SS1 comes in 3 colors and 3 sizes, Small, Medium, and Large ranging in size from 52 – 62 cm (20.47″ – 24.4″) and is CE Certified for safety.

This is a popular helmet model which is IPX4 water-resistant, has great sound and audio quality, but sadly has no chat or PTT (Push to Talk) feature.  Battery charging time is approximately 2 hours.

If you’re looking for a good Bluetooth snowboard helmet with basic Bluetooth functionality (phone calls and music), then you can’t go past the Smart4u SS1 Smart Ski Helmet.

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Link to our SMART4U helmet size chart.
Link to How To Know Your Helmet Size.


2. Livall RS1 Bluetooth Smart Ski Helmet

You are in good hands with the Livall RS1 Bluetooth Smart Ski Helmet should the unthinkable happen while skiing or snowboarding on some quiet backcountry terrain.  The built-in fall detection and real-time GPS positioning will send an S.O.S message to your emergency contacts through the Livall App on your phone.

Install the free Livall App (iOS/Android) to record your real-time data, including the max slope/ drop/ max speed/ average speed/ current altitude/runs of trips and other data, and to send the S.O.S message if necessary.

Livall RS1 Bluetooth Smart Ski Helmet is available on Amazon.

LIVALL RS1 Bluetooth Smart Ski Helmet has a built-in hands-free Bluetooth phone connection, PTT (Push to Talk) walkie-talkie/network chat, live location sharing, fall detection system, and more. Little wonder that it was the winner of the 2018 CES Innovation Awards, Wearable Technologies section.

The Livall RS1 features a high strength ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) outer shell with an impact-absorbing high-quality EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) foam interior for comfort and added protection. Clear call quality due to wind noise-reducing microphone and high-quality headphones.

Available in two colors, and two sizes, Medium and Large, with sizes ranging from 54 – 61 cm (21.25″ – 24″), with a fit adjusting dial at the rear, and 15 anti-fogging vents for air-flow. It has CE EN1077 and ASTM safety certifications.

Battery charging time is approximately 2 hours, with an amazing battery capacity of 16 hours for walkie-talkie, and 48 hours for standby.  And it’s IPX4 waterproof protected against rain and snow.

On the downside, there may be voice limitations with Apple iPhones above 10.3

UPDATE 21 JANUARY 2021: The Livall RS1 Smart Helmet is currently unavailable in the United States.
It is still available in Canada and the United Kingdom.

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Link to our LIVALL helmet size chart.
Link to How To Know Your Helmet Size.

Courtesy LIVALL on Youtube.

3. Swagtron Snowtide Bluetooth Ski & Snowboard Helmet

The Swagtron Snowtide Bluetooth Ski & Snowboard Helmet is a safe and stylish helmet, with a hi-tech built-in Bluetooth communications system connected to the iOS/Android App on your phone, as well as built-in impact sensors that send crash activated S.O.S alerts to your emergency contacts.

Use the Snowtide App to monitor and track your distance, vertical, speed, drop, altitude, slope angle and other real-time stats. You can also use the App to set up group chats using the PTT walkie-talkie.

Constructed of a durable ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) shell with a high-density EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) liner, the Swagtron Snowtide Bluetooth helmet has an adjustable padded chin strap, and 15 air vents which can be opened or closed as required, as well as anti-fog vents above the googles.  On the inside is a removable, washable comfort liner.

Battery charging time via the micro USB port is approximately 2hoursBattery capacity is 16 hours in use, and 48 hours for standby.  Available in White only in a one-size-fits-all 22.44″ – 24.01″ (57 – 61cm) with a fit adjusting dial at the rear. The Swagtron Snowtide has CE EN1077 and ASTM safety certifications.

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Link to our SWAGTRON helmet size chart.
Link to How To Know Your Helmet Size.

Courtesy Omar Correa on Youtube.

4. POC Obex SPIN Communication Snow Helmet

Slip the POC Obex SPIN Communication Snow helmet on your head, pair your phone or other Bluetooth enabled device, then set off for a day of enjoyable skiing or snowboarding on that fine powder.

The Obex Communication snow helmet comes equipped with all you need.  Built-in Bluetooth, built-in speakers, and built-in microphone.

The POC Obex SPIN Communication Snow Helmet is available from Amazon.

With POC’s reputation for quality, not only do you get a great-looking, stylish helmet, but also excellent sound quality from the built-in speakers with POC Aid communication ear pads.

POC SPIN (Shearing Pad INside) is POC’s own technology to protect your head in some accident situations by reducing the rotational impact.  The ‘shearing pads’ inside the helmet will slide slightly rather than sustain the full force of an impact.

The helmet itself is made with an in-mold polycarbonate shell fused with an EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) foam liner, plus a tough ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) top shell with adjustable (open/close) ventilation.

At the rear of the helmet is the fixed goggle clip, and just below that is the size adjustment system which will allow you to achieve the perfect fit without the need for additional padding.  At the front, there are integrated goggle vents to prevent goggle fogging.

Available in 3 sizes ranging from 51 – 62 cm, and two colors, Uranium Black and Hydrogen White.

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Link to our POC helmet size chart.
Link to How To Know Your Helmet Size.

Courtesy skisdotcom on Youtube.

5. Sena Latitude Snow Helmet with Built-in Bluetooth

The Sena Latitude is a great looking helmet which comes in 3 different models with some very minor but subtle differences, yet they are all around the same affordable price.

All three models are composed of a durable ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) shell with an EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) liner which provides the foundations of your helmet’s safety. On the inside, the mesh liner and black velvet padding provide comfort and warmth.

Also, for your safety and peace of mind, all three models have ASTM-F2040, CE:EN-1077 certification. They all have a lithium polymer battery installed which can be charged with a micro USB cable (included).

All three models have Bluetooth 4.1, with built-in speakers and microphone, and can host four-way intercom chats with your friends via Bluetooth, no App required. The firmware is completely upgradeable, and there is the Sena Outdoor App for both iPhone and Android to configure various other settings.

So, apart from some cosmetic differences, what else is different between the 3 models?

The SR and SX both support music sharing, while the S1 does not. The SR and SX also have built-in FM radio.
The S1 intercom has a range of up to 1 kilometer (0.62 miles). The SR and SX intercom range is only 900 meters (980 yards).
Talk time on the SR and SX is up to 11 hours, but only 8 hours on the S1.
The S1 has 18 active vents while the SR and SX only have 3 passive vents.
The S1 is only available in 2 sizes, M and L, while the SR and SX have 3 sizes, S, M and L.

The interior liner, padding and earpads are removable and washable on the SR and SX. Though it is not clear whether this can be done with the S1.

All three helmets are available in one color, Matte Black. These feature-packed helmets are a bargain at a very realistic price. Deciding which one to choose could easily come down to the toss of a coin.

The downside is that they are very popular and do sell out very quickly! Pre-ordering may be available when sold out.

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Link to our SENA helmet size chart.
Link to How to Know Your Helmet Size.


Recommendation

Maybe recommendation is not the right word, ‘Editor’s Choice’ might be a better choice of words.

If I had to choose one of the above helmets it would be the Livall RS1 Smart helmet without a doubt.
Why?

There’s a lot to like about the Livall RS1 and the fact that it won an innovation award for its primary features is telling. Yeah, I like the idea of having an App on my phone which can connect to my helmet and send an S.O.S message if I have a fall.

I also like the idea of a PTT chat facility. Not that I necessarily want or need to be chatting all the time, but I think it could be useful when wanting to let family or friends know that I’m heading in, or let’s go and have lunch now. Or even to check where someone is that you haven’t visually seen for a while.

I don’t necessarily need all the stats that the App can gather, but that could be interesting for comparison over a week or weekend. Also the battery capacity is a big plus as well. And finally, the price is good. Not really expensive for what you get. So, yeah, I’d choose the Livall.

If I had to choose an alternative, it would be a toss up between the POC Obex and the Swagtron.

The POC Obex probably has all the functionality and safety that I really need, and I really love the matte finish of the Uranium Black helmet. But, it seems a little short on features, plus the price is a little more than I would like to spend, though I’m sure it’s worth every cent of the price.

As for the Swagtron, it looks to me to be the exact same helmet as the Livall but with a different name, so it probably has all the benefits that I listed above for the Livall. But for today, the Livall RS1 gets my vote!

Update 26 November: I’ve just added the Sena Latitude so I need to rethink whether I want the Livall RS1 or the Sena Latitude SX. I must say that the SX is nicely priced. Mmmm, let me sleep on it! 😉

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