Helmets for a walk, do they exist?
As such, they are not a category within the different types of headphones that exist on the market, although, in some way, we could borrow the characteristics that are required of those that we can acquire focused on sports activities. Why? Well, for several reasons, but the main ones would be their resistance to inclement weather, since for the most part they are able to resist liquid splashes such as raindrops, and because its audio is tuned to be heard better in unfriendly environments.
In any case, there are three elements that, in our opinion, are key when choosing helmets to carry while we walk listening to podcasts: that they do not have cables and their connection to the phone is wireless, noise cancellation, which in certain circumstances can be a problem rather than a benefit, and quality. Do we need the best?
Wireless yes or yes
Since we are going to go out to relax with the environment, it is best to forget about the old cable headphones that we have to carry hanging and that at the slightest movement we can get entangled with them, give them a little tug and cause them to come off. Hence, do not hesitate and go directly to a wireless model, it does not matter if it is headband or intraural, but that they offer you enough freedom of movement to have the feeling that you are not wearing them.
With noise cancellation?
It is one thing to sit in the living room, alone, with headband headphones that cover our entire ear and provide us with complete noise cancellation (precisely because we seek to enjoy music or podcasts completely isolated), and another to going down the street let’s carry that silence around us. Under certain circumstances, outside it is always better to have the reference of the noises of things that surround us, such as other passers-by, or cars, motorcycles and scooters that pass by inches touching us. That is why for these purposes, noise cancellation is surely not so important. Even expendable.
And the sound quality?
to listen to podcasts neither are the ones that have the best bass or bass have, even that they reproduce with a power of very high levels. It is enough for us that they are balanced and that their sound reaches a sufficient level to hear what we want clearly. No more. They are podcasts!
7 models of helmets to walk
With all of the above, we have selected these seven models that are all wireless and mostly in-ear. Except for the last one, which is perhaps the most interesting of all. These are.
REDMI True Buds 3
Xiaomi model, with Bluetooth 5.2, that offers a faster and more constant sound transmission, and more than enough audio for what we are going to need when we leave the house to walk through the countryside or the city. They have an autonomy of around 20 hours.
These Philips boast of being quite compact, with an autonomy of 18 hours (including the case) although each earphone gives for about six. They are perfect for going for a walk without losing touch with reality since they do not offer active noise cancellation.
HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro
This model does have active noise cancellation so it will be up to you to activate it or not when you go out to take a walk It offers a good sound, dynamic as explained by the manufacturer, and a total of 36 hours of autonomy, eight of them continuously for each of the headphones.
JBL Tune 220
This model has a technology that JBL defines as Pure Bass Sound and that improves the quality of what we hear. Now, since we are dealing with podcasts, we are not going to need large deployments either and it will be enough for the voices not to be smeared. It offers a total of 17 hours of autonomy, three per earpiece continuously.
This in-ear model has a very small, compact design that offers active noise cancellation and compatibility with Apple devices, that recognizes them instantly thanks to its H1 chip. Resistant to liquids and splashes, they are the sportiest option of all (along with the AfterSockz), although it surely means going a step further in price. They offer a total autonomy of 24 hours, six per headset.
JBL LIVE 300TWS
This model is one of those that offer a listening mode very focused on spoken content, such as podcasts, thanks to a technology called TalkThru, and that “reduces the music and amplifies the voices of the people around you.” Hence, they are perfect for walking and listening to any content. In total, it offers 20 hours of autonomy, six per headset.
AfterShokz Trekz Air
We arrive at a model that escapes the usual design. these helmets they are not in-ear as they transmit sound through the bones of our head. This allows us to continue listening to the noise of everything around us, in addition to that podcast we are wearing. It is liquid resistant and can be paired to two devices at the same time. It offers an autonomy of six hours.