One in every of my absolute favourite vinyls to play on my turntable is Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie. On the again of the album, beneath the credit, reads the disclaimer, “To Be Performed At Most Quantity.” I could not agree extra — good music must be performed loudly. However that may be onerous in sure conditions, for instance, when driving a motorcycle round city as a result of it’s essential hear your environment as a lot as your tunes.

Headphones are an choice, however they are often harmful as a result of you’ll be able to’t hear necessary queues like different bikes, electrical automobiles and even sirens. A transportable Bluetooth speaker is an choice, however you will annoy individuals along with your music and then you definately grow to be “that man.”

Cleverly, the Coros Linx Good Biking Helmet strikes a pleasant stability with open-ear bone conduction audio system that allow you to hear music, turn-by-turn instructions, podcasts and the world round you.

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Linx’s transducers sit in entrance of your ears and vibrate your cheekbones.

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Not like headphones that sit proper on or in your ear, the Linx’s transducers sit in entrance of your ears and vibrate your cheekbones. Becoming the helmet completely is essential. The speaker pads must be cosy, in any other case the audio expertise is lackluster. After I bought it fitted accurately, I may hear the Wu-Tang Clan clearly whereas being simply toes away from a jack hammer tearing up asphalt. Basically, audio is nearly as good and loud from the helmet because the $29 EarPods that got here with my iPhone, and the truth that I can nonetheless take heed to music and listen to my environment on the identical time is a giant win.

The helmet has a slick, racing-style look. It is gentle and comfy to put on for hours on finish. You’d by no means understand it has audio system, Bluetooth, a microphone and a battery (which is charged through a hidden Micro-USB port) in its light-weight body. As for the battery, I used the helmet every day for driving to and from work and solely plugged it in a pair instances every week.

Pairing the Linx with my telephone was extremely simple. The helmet confirmed up beneath my Bluetooth menu like every other pair of headphones. If I used the Coros Linx app, I bought extra options like crash detection and use of the included sensible distant, which allowed me to reply calls, modify the amount and skip music tracks.


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