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cdub25

Since 04 Jun 2015
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PostThu Jul 27, 17 10:01 pm    How to listen to music while kiting Reply with quote

What are some of your guys set ups when it comes to listening to music while kiting? I see theres a waterproof iPod nano and headphones on amazon for like $120. Has anyone tried these or what do you guys suggest? Also how do you clip it on especially in the summer without a suit on? I've soon necklace type set ups but feel thats kinda sketchy.

If there aren't any good kite proof headphones what do you guys suggest for earbuds? I've been getting too much water in my ears recently.

Thanks for the input!

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craz z

Since 01 Dec 2008
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PostFri Jul 28, 17 5:58 am     Reply with quote

I use a dolphin barrel system I don't know if they are around anymore. I clip secure it to my helmet and wrap the buds into the webbing. They are excellent for keeping water out of the ears. here is a cheap piece of shit one. the original dolphin was and is really robust been using it for at least 7 years now.

http://www.gearbest.com/smartwatch-accessories/pp_114.html?currency=USD&vip=760163&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIh872l5Cs1QIVSJR-Ch3WUgfREAQYBCABEgJ3RPD_BwE

The quality dolphin like mine had a screw in minijack i think this seals the jack so it doesn't short out the unit unlike these cheapy ones im seeing today. the only down side is DONT LOSE THE CHARGE cable it is very unique to the system and is considered a mini jack or micro jack its the only way to charge em back up.

Not long ago i saw a good deal on a shirt that was made for kiting and had a similar setup with the mp3 player made into the shirt.

here is a whole slew of choices. I like the buds with the rings or christmas tree style they really dig in and seal your ear cavity even under water or floating you will never get water in your ear with them until you wipe out on a foil board going mach 9 then they might come out.

https://www.swimoutlet.com/waterproof-mp3-audio-players-c10737/

I wouldn't ride snow or water without music makes it that much more enjoyable for those all day sessions.

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voy-tech

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PostFri Jul 28, 17 6:46 am     Reply with quote

http://waterfi.com/waterproof-ipod is what I use, the attached headphones have pretty crappy sound quality and get uncomfortable after about 2h but the waterproof iPod is working great. I used normal iPhone headphones with it and those were a huge improvement in both sound and comfort but died after about a 5 sessions
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kbrossel

Since 26 Aug 2012
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PostFri Jul 28, 17 7:08 am     Reply with quote

This unit has worked well for a few months now.
https://www.amazon.com/Aerb-MD190-Waterproof-Player-Earphones/dp/B00DJLTJSQ

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Sella

Since 21 Apr 2007
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PostFri Jul 28, 17 8:02 am     Reply with quote

kbrossel wrote:
This unit has worked well for a few months now.
https://www.amazon.com/Aerb-MD190-Waterproof-Player-Earphones/dp/B00DJLTJSQ
I probably have over 200 sessions with this very set-up and so far so good. Decent battery life. Headphones still going strong but they do not like a long self rescue but will dry out for next session. Cheap option as I'm not a fan of carrying my smart phone while I ride.

craz z wrote:
I wouldn't ride snow or water without music makes it that much more enjoyable for those all day sessions.
Truth. Two hour+ sessions fly by and make sure you mix your play list because tunes will make you ride more aggressive.

Tip: Promotion in HR has sturdy zipped front pockets that keep everything tidy and accessible. (Impact vests, wet suits, headbands etc.) They can also custom a pocket on anything you bring to them. (Talk to Will or Chris) Their impact vest doesn't restrict motion, provides just enough float for when the shit show begins and has a great little front pocket for quick on/off access. http://www.wetsuit.com/New_Buoyancy_and_Impact_Vests.html

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cdub25

Since 04 Jun 2015
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PostFri Jul 28, 17 12:44 pm     Reply with quote

Cheers guys! I'm ordering the $30 Aerb setup right now and will see you out there.

Happy Shredding!

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chrissmack

Since 08 Jun 2005
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PostSat Jul 29, 17 4:55 pm     Reply with quote

kbrossel wrote:
This unit has worked well for a few months now.
https://www.amazon.com/Aerb-MD190-Waterproof-Player-Earphones/dp/B00DJLTJSQ



I've had that sucker for a year and half, and it is still rocking with the original headlphones. I cut away the ear wrap thingy and just jam them in my ear. Lighter is better

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cdub25

Since 04 Jun 2015
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PostMon Aug 07, 17 9:35 pm     Reply with quote

Update: This was the best $30 I've ever spent! I got to test out the mp3 player/headphones this weekend and took them surfing for two days and then kiting at Jones on Sunday and I couldn't be happier. The headphones stay on in even the gnarliest crashes and held up like champs in the waves even when duck diving. The only thing I'd recommend is to glue on the rubber ear buds once you find the correct size as they fit so well in your ear that one time the rubber part came off the headphone and got stuck in my ear for a bit until I could pry it out with a small stick... Lesson learned. Also there is no shuffle but when you load up the songs you can put numbers in front of the titles to create a playlist. I used anything2mp3.com to convert some music over from youtube and soundcloud and then you load the mp3 just like a usb drive.

Thanks for the recommendation guys!

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Sella

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PostTue Aug 08, 17 9:41 am     Reply with quote

cdub25 wrote:
Update: This was the best $30 I've ever spent!

Glad it's working out well CDub and now that you've experienced the dark side don't forgot your tunes at home as it's almost a session killer......almost. Laughing Go Zags!

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kitemac

Since 07 Aug 2017
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PostTue Aug 08, 17 10:00 am     Reply with quote

Anybody have some good kiting playlists for once you lock in some good headphones?

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toddjb

Since 16 Oct 2007
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PostTue Aug 08, 17 10:13 am     Reply with quote

Was reading this thread and thinking how much I missed my iPod Nano 6G (it was a square with a touch screen, perfect for kiting in a tiny case) and decided f*ck it, I'll just buy an iPod Shuffle for $50 and be done with it... Apple no longer makes iPods. Shocked

WTF? There is such a market for small capable music players to be used in action sports. What, are we supposed to all be using big iPhone sized things with blue tooth headphones? A nice cheap player, with shuffle, and iTunes connectivity, was worth a premium over an MP3 device. Ahh well.

Guess I'm buying that Amazon non shuffling device posted. ...music does make the long sessions easy and gives you that extra energy when you get tired. Thanks for the suggestions.

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cdub25

Since 04 Jun 2015
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PostTue Aug 08, 17 5:12 pm     Reply with quote

kitemac wrote:
Anybody have some good kiting playlists for once you lock in some good headphones?


It really depends on what type of music you like but I've been digging the tropical premade kygo remixes off youtube. One of my favorites right now is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pnCli9LBoM The only problem with the premade playlists is that you can't skip songs but I don't like messing around with the mp3 player anyway once I'm kiting so it hasn't been a problem.

Go Zags!

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cdub25

Since 04 Jun 2015
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PostTue Aug 08, 17 5:17 pm     Reply with quote

toddjb wrote:
A nice cheap player, with shuffle, and iTunes connectivity, was worth a premium over an MP3 device. Ahh well.


Honestly this device is almost easier to use than iTunes as it works just like a USB drive. Can't go wrong for $30! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DJLTJSQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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toddjb

Since 16 Oct 2007
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PostWed Aug 09, 17 6:22 am     Reply with quote

cdub25 wrote:
toddjb wrote:
A nice cheap player, with shuffle, and iTunes connectivity, was worth a premium over an MP3 device. Ahh well.


Honestly this device is almost easier to use than iTunes as it works just like a USB drive. Can't go wrong for $30! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DJLTJSQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Okay, I'm sold. How good is the clip?
Is it strong enough to trust attached to your harness or clothing? or have you found you need to secure it differently so it's not lost in a wreck?

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cdub25

Since 04 Jun 2015
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PostWed Aug 09, 17 6:08 pm     Reply with quote

toddjb wrote:
Okay, I'm sold. How good is the clip?
Is it strong enough to trust attached to your harness or clothing? or have you found you need to secure it differently so it's not lost in a wreck?


It's actually pretty good! In the surf I just clipped it directly onto my wetsuit and tucked it in and kiting since I didn't wear a wetsuit I clipped it/tucked it into my harness on the left side where a kite knife would go. Also the mp3 player floats so it would be hard to lose during a session.

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