Bolle Synergy Helmet with Audio Review
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Bolle Synergy Helmet On The Snow
I tried the Bolle Synergy helmet out a couple times during the early season here in Colorado. Once on a warm day at Copper, and the other on a cold windy day at Eldora. When adjusting the helmet for the first time, the chin strap was easy to adjust while on my head. When I clicked the chin strap on, I was happy to find that it was padded and lined with fleece to prevent any nasty chaffing. Similar to a Boa system, the Synergy offers a Click to Fit® adjustable sizing system to achieve the perfect fit. After dialing in the helmet, I put my googles on and fastened them in place with the Goggle retainer clip.
My first time trying the Bolle Synergy Helmet was at Copper. It was a warm day, so I needed all the ventilation I could get. Luckily, the Bolle Synergy has two front vents and eight holes that constantly draw away hot and humid air from the head. I also made good use of the six top adjustable vents. I found myself opening the vents on the lift and then closing them for the descent. The beauty of this system is that you can easily open and close the vents with your gloves on.
One added little bonus that you’ll appreciate. If your helmet starts to get a bit of an odor, the Synergy comes with removable/washable ear pads and padded liner.
My Eldora day was windy and cold. Since I was skiing groomers, I was skiing fast. One thing that drives me nuts is if you can feel any cold air on your forehead (aka Gaper Gap). I was testing this helmet with the Bolle Gravity goggles (Read my full review here) so I did not experience any Gaper Gap. My general recommendation with Goggles/Helmets is that you use the same brands.
Luckily, I didn’t crash. If I did, I would place my confidence in the fact that the Synergy is backed with a CE/ASTM approval.
Outdoor Tech Chips
I appreciate the fact that Bolle partnered with an established headphone company instead of trying to invent their own. The Outdoor Tech Chips are both wireless and Bluetooth enabled. The chips take 2.5 hours to charge and a charge will play about 10 hours of music. Worst case, if your Chips are out of battery, they come with a 3.5mm cable that you plug into your phone so you can still use them.
The chips are installed by simply sliding them into the slots in the ear pads. Once installed, you cannot see any wires which is pretty sweet. The Chips are easy to pair with your phone, it only took me a few minutes.
The Chips are controlled by a button on each ear piece. There are many commands that can be performed with each button. Generally speaking, the right ear piece powers the headphones on/off , plays/pauses music and answers/hangs up calls. The left ear piece adjusts volume and changes songs.
On the snow, I listened to a variety of music ranging from Reggae to Indie. I also phoned my wife and was very impressed with the overall sound quality. I asked her how I sounded on her end and she said I sounded great. A huge plus of the chips is that once I figured them out, I could push the buttons with my gloves on. Awesome!
Bolle Synergy Helmet Final Thoughts
If you want to look steezy while also protecting your head, the Bolle Synergy is a good choice. Personally, the styling on this helmet is not for me. This helmet is geared towards someone seeking a park/freestyle look. Hence, the focus on the high-end audio option. Functionally, the helmet performs great! So if you like the styling and want a nice audio kit, this helmet is a great choice. Since Bolle uses Outdoor Tech’s universal Chips, one option would be to buy the helmet first and then buy the Chips later.
The Bolle Synergy is offered in three colors. With the Outdoor Tech Chips, the Synergy can be bought for $199.99
For more info on the Synergy Helmet and other Bolle products visit www.bolle.com