Gear Review - Giro 9 Helmet with Tune Ups 2
February 16, 2006
I got this helmet around Christmas and just recently add the Tune Ups 2 kit to it. There's been some concern on the board about music in the helmet being a distraction. With my ipod at half volume and locked I could control the volume in my ears using the control on the wire. This way in conversation I could turn it down so I could hear clearly and while riding I could turn it up so I could hear it. Locking the volume on the MP3 player means I can't exceed that volume which is important because clunky gloves could result in turning the volume up excessively otherwise. I have to say it wasn't distracting or too loud and I could hear everything around me in fact it was kind like having a little background music but it doesn't interfere with outside ambient noise (providing you use it responsibly).
The Tune Ups 2 kit has a splitter that runs to a two way radio. When some one beeps you it sounds in your ears and your respond by holding down the button on the volume control and speaking (kind of like a hands free set). The nice thing is that it negates the need to fumble in your pockets for the radio. Taking off a glove is about all you need to do.
Overall a very nice kit. Great sound quality, convenient and if used responsibly adds a nice element to your day.
I was wondering if the Tune Ups splitter would work with a FRS. Thanks for the heads up!
I have been using a standard mike with my set up and, because my favorite jacket doesn't have a mike loop, the darn thing often works loose from its clip and hangs down and flops around in a very annoying fashion ... so this is great! No more floppy mikes!
Make sure you get the right kit. There is one kit for a cell phone and another kit for a two way. You may need to look online to find it. This has a clip so you can attach it to the collar of your jacket or maybe even to the strap of your helmet. Either way it works well. My only gripe is the PTT button is small so you may need to take your golve off to be able to use it right. Thats still quicker and easier than taking it out of your jacket and fumbling around for it.
Make sure you get the right kit. There is one kit for a cell phone and another kit for a two way.
Oh. Well the kit I have came with my helmet; a new Fuse. It would really be a bummer if it was the cell connection rather than the FRS. How can you tell the difference?
I'm not sure I think the cell phone one has a silver colored clip where the volume control is. The FRS one has a black clip. I think. The only way to know is plug it into your two way, push the button on the clip and see if it works. I haven't tried mine to see if it works with my cell phone. If it works with both great but to be honest I don't want the phone ringing inside the lid. The radio beep is bad enough