Whereas wandering via the Showstoppers corridor at CES in January, I stumbled throughout the Coros booth as a result of I noticed a motorbike helmet and GPS watch being displayed. I cycle to work and the truth that the helmet might provoke a textual content to my spouse if I crashed was a compelling characteristic.
A few weeks in the past, Coros despatched me its Omni smart cycling helmet and I wore it whereas commuting on each my 1994 Bridgestone XO-Three and RadCity electric bike. It is a superb helmet that gives the precise options I have been searching for in a extra superior helmet than my Large mannequin.
Bone conduction audio system
Since I spend the vast majority of my commute on trails with little or no site visitors, listening to podcasts and music is an possibility. Nevertheless, I cannot put on headphones whereas using as a result of I worry that drivers might run me over and I need to concentrate on my environment. The Coros Omni helmet makes use of bone conduction expertise via audio system within the vertical straps to supply an audio expertise whereas conserving each ears free and clear to listen to ambient sounds.
The speaker frequency response is 100HZ-20KHz with a quantity of 85 plus/minus 3dB. I’ve adjusted the straps so the audio system relaxation in opposition to my face close to the entrance of my ears and might undoubtedly inform after they relaxation in opposition to my face or once I flip my head and the strap strikes away from my head.
Music and podcasts play loud sufficient to take pleasure in and never miss a beat or a phrase, however are additionally not loud sufficient to distract me. I can fully hear the world round me and haven’t any concern that they’re lowering my degree of consciousness whereas using.
The helmet connects to your cellphone by way of Bluetooth four.1 and works simply nice with iOS and Android units. The helmet capabilities as every other Bluetooth speaker would so whenever you play audio content material in your cellphone it comes via the audio system and performs in your helmet too.
It’s also possible to obtain and make calls via the helmet. A microphone is positioned simply contained in the entrance of the helmet in order that wind doesn’t have an effect on the audio and you’ll converse ahead. My spouse confirmed that calls sounded nice, similar to most Bluetooth headsets.
Led tail lights
I’ve a tail mild on my bike and likewise connect a blinking crimson LED to my cross-body bag. The Coros Omni consists of two LED mild bars, one on all sides of the again with three RGB in every mild bar.
You may flip the lights to on, off, and auto. In auto mode, the lights will activate when it will get darkish and off when it will get mild. For security causes, I have a tendency to show them on more often than not. I really feel that being properly lit is a profit for security and like having lights up greater on my helmet.
At first I assumed the lights might simulate flip alerts, however since that would not be a regular like we see on vehicles it might simply confused drivers. When turned on, the lights blink slowly on and off to boost consciousness of a motorbike rider forward.
With the intention to enable you to keep centered on the street forward, Coros features a small distant management with a CR2032 battery which you could mount in your handlebars. Rubber bands are offered to wrap round your handlebars and safe the distant in place.
The small distant has 5 buttons which might be used to regulate audio quantity, tail mild on or off, immediate for actual time journey information, play or pause music, decide up/hold up a name, refuse a name, and transfer to earlier or subsequent observe. There’s a walkie-talkie characteristic listed, however I can’t determine what that’s for since it’s not described within the handbook. I despatched an e-mail to Coros to ask about this performance and can replace this text if I get a solution.
Every button has icons to make it clear what its perform is with the big middle button in yellow that’s used to play/pause audio and management calls. I primarily use the quantity and middle buttons.
Throughout the Coros Omni smartphone utility, you possibly can designate a main contact that can obtain a textual content message within the occasion that you just fall off your bike. I perceive gyroscope within the helmet will sense your fall and provoke the textual content. I used to be unable to check out this characteristic and hope I by no means have to truly use it.
Every day utilization and experiences
The Coros Omni has a design that carefully matches my present Large helmet with a really open design for glorious air movement (18 vents) and a snug match and end. It weighs in at 340 grams, which is ideal for me and has no influence on wearability.
The Coros Omni helmet has a polycarbonate shell with EPS influence foam. It has hot-press lining and EVA padding. A detachable visor is included as properly. A bag to hold the helmet can also be included within the package deal.
You should purchase the Omni helmet in crimson, white, black, and blue for $199 via its Indiegogo site. The oldsters who backed the venture ought to have acquired their helmet about 10 days in the past.
The helmet costs up by way of microUSB, hidden below a rubber port cowl, and has a 700mAh battery with an marketed eight+ hour battery life. I’ve ridden my bikes for a couple of days and have but to recharge the helmet with not less than an hour every journey. An influence button is positioned beneath the microUSB port to show the helmet on and off.
The straps had been very straightforward to regulate for the proper match and there’s a very snug below the neck pad too. I used to be despatched a big helmet to check out, which is designed for hat sizes from 7.25 to 7.75. It suits completely with a rear adjustment dial to verify it is excellent. The medium dimension suits hat sizes 6.75 to 7.25.
The Coros Omni is at present security licensed within the US, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.