Industry News 1/22/2015

B$Z: Smith and Outdoor Tech® Announce Audio System Partnership

Blending innovation and performance, Outdoor Tech® and Smith announced this week its new partnership for co-branded drop-in audio systems for all Smith adult snowsports helmets. Sold separately, the rugged and minimal design of the audio kits quickly and easily install into the earpad liners for Hi-Fi sound and easy phone access while on the hill.

The new Smith x Outdoor Tech® Wireless Audio CHIPS® are loaded with the latest Bluetooth 4.0 chipset providing voice prompts that replace tones for incoming calls and volume controls, as well as a new battery gauge so users won’t have to worry about losing power unexpectedly. They boast the patented glove and mitten-friendly button controls directly on the earpiece for adjusting volume levels, answering calls, controlling track selections and even activating Siri or voice commands. Wireless CHIPS® have a rechargeable battery that lasts for 10 hours of continuous playtime or about three days of real world on-mountain use while providing endless freedom from wires and the fear of dropping your phone off a lift.

Wired Audio CHIPS® are also loaded with a glove-friendly on device button and an in-line volume control with a built-in microphone.

Both CHIPS® are equipped with full range 40mm drivers set solidly in the disk shaped casing. This housing allows for better in-helmet acoustics creating the best Hi-Fi experience in the business. Tested to work perfect at -20°C/-4°F, CHIPS® are also IPX-4 sweat and water-resistant.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for the legacy that Smith has built over 50 years. We are excited, honored and humbled to be the official audio partner for the brand and look forward to working hard together to deliver the ultimate customer experience,” said Outdoor Tech® CEO, Caro Krissman.

“As leaders in technology innovation, we could not be more stoked to be working with Outdoor Tech® as our helmet audio partner. They are constantly pushing new ideas in the market, and we look forward to a long-term collaboration in helmet audio solutions,” commented Graham Sours, Helmet Category Manager at Smith.

The Smith x Outdoor Tech® CHIPS® will be available at select retailers and online at in Fall 2015.