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Jesus_Freak
01-18-2008, 01:48 PM
Has anyone tried wakeboarding or skiing with a waterproof MP3 player? There are a number of them out there. Do they stay dry? Do they float? Can you hear the music after your ears/earphones get wet? Is it safe? Recommendations?

I tried searching the forum; if I missed this discussion please let me know.

EDIT: When I say "safe", I dont mean the low voltage from the player itself; I am referring to the idea of being involved with skiing or wakeboarding without being able to hear much of what is going on around you.

kycat2007
01-18-2008, 02:23 PM
I would have said no to the idea completely but I knew the camera advanments had come along way. I guess you would have to buy some good waterproof headphones as well.

http://www.waterproofmusic.com/waterproof-ipod-shuffle.html
http://www.waterproofmusic.com/mp3playercases.html
http://www.freestyleaudio.com/

reviews
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7595_102-0.html?forumID=71&threadID=53628&messageID=639193

Jesus_Freak
01-18-2008, 02:34 PM
Thank you. I have already been looking at pricing, reviews, etc., but I want to know what you all think. I am looking for a fellow TMC peep who has tried this.

Mikey
01-18-2008, 02:57 PM
http://www.buywake.com/catalog/detail/LI_a2hBY

I have used this one with no problems. Buywake also sells waterproof housings for Ipods. I havnt used them but they look decent.

pq2
01-18-2008, 03:00 PM
I use one for kiteboarding and it is perfect, I dont use it for sking. You have to make a cool playlist because it is impossible to see the screen while riding to find songs, I just put the playlist and forward songs until I have the one I want to listen

ShamrockIV
01-18-2008, 03:06 PM
If you have a bad spill wouldn't the earphones hurt ur ear? Sorry but I tend to bust my A$$ from time to time!!!!

pq2
01-18-2008, 03:08 PM
no, the earphones are very soft, I dont know about skiing because you go faster.

Leroy
01-18-2008, 03:11 PM
This is the first time I remember seeing this topic Jesus_Freak! Myself would be lucky to make it through one song before my set was done ;)

ShamrockIV
01-18-2008, 03:15 PM
I am with leroy!!!! As with other things "it bodes well for me that speed impresses you!!!"

Mikey
01-18-2008, 03:15 PM
I use one for kiteboarding and it is perfect, I dont use it for sking. You have to make a cool playlist because it is impossible to see the screen while riding to find songs, I just put the playlist and forward songs until I have the one I want to listen

Are you talking about the one that I posted? If not which one do you use?

pq2
01-18-2008, 03:21 PM
this is the one I use (for nano2)

http://h2oaudio.com/waterproof.php

Jesus_Freak
01-18-2008, 03:37 PM
http://www.buywake.com/catalog/detail/LI_a2hBY

I have used this one with no problems. Buywake also sells waterproof housings for Ipods. I havnt used them but they look decent.

Yes, thanks. This is the same thing as the "freestyle audio" that KYcat showed in his link 3 above. I understand that this particular player only plays music sequentially based on your ordered load list. Any music you add to your list, the device tacks it on the end. Any interruption forces you to start all over again....is this correct?

Jesus_Freak
01-23-2008, 08:12 PM
So...you are telling me that Mikey and PQ2 are the only people here who have tried this??? :confused:

Jesus_Freak
02-27-2008, 01:48 PM
FWIW, I ended up getting the one pictured on the left (orange) here: http://www.freestyleaudio.com/products.php. The unit on the right (black) has no way to deviate from a preset song order. If it stops for some reason, you have to start over again at the beginning of your list.

It works well while dry. I have not tested its primary functions: being waterproof and not sinking. I would rather not test those until I absolutely have to, if ya know what I mean.

skeeler
02-27-2008, 01:56 PM
I would be curious to get a review on it while in the water. My only concern would be them coming out of your ears when wet.

east tx skier
02-27-2008, 01:56 PM
I'd be concerned about having anything rigid like the standard ipod earbuds when I fell. Might be worth investigating having something that is custom fit and soft/waterproof.

lav
02-27-2008, 02:11 PM
I use one of these http://www.h2oaudio.com/ while wakeboarding, never had a problem except i didnt care for the first generation of headphones, I use Skullcandy ear buds they fit like ear plugs

lav
02-27-2008, 02:12 PM
sorry didnt see Pq2 post

chudson
02-27-2008, 03:38 PM
These sound great working in either skiing, swimming, or working in a dusty enviroment (working outside)!!!

Upper Michigan Prostar190
02-27-2008, 05:33 PM
I heard if you rub teak oil on an ipod it makes it waterproof and your good to go.

Jesus_Freak
02-28-2008, 01:40 PM
I use one of these http://www.h2oaudio.com/ while wakeboarding, never had a problem except i didnt care for the first generation of headphones, I use Skullcandy ear buds they fit like ear plugs

The freestyle audio pieces seem to be comfortable. They have the earplug design and a hook-like arrangement that wraps around the ear. I bet they are going to feel "great" when I do my patented OTF this spring.

Lennyp04
02-28-2008, 04:40 PM
Liquid tunes from Liquid Force. Small memory space but could be what your looking for.

bobbyB
02-28-2008, 06:23 PM
Too bad you just bought a new one. I just sold the one below for $60 on E-bay.


http://www.tmcowners.com/market/showproduct.php?product=1901&cat=11

Would have been a good way to tell if this type of product was going to work for you. It is really strange the first time you hear music underwater! As far as the ear buds go, I always wear a helmet while I'm foiling so they stayed in place pretty well.

B

Jesus_Freak
04-18-2008, 01:44 PM
FWIW, I ended up getting the one pictured on the left (orange) here: http://www.freestyleaudio.com/products.php.....

I am including the info above to remind which one I purchased. I tested it yesterday while free skiing. I noticed three things:

1. It is indeed waterproof.
2. I cannot hear the music at 34 MPH.
3. The wind and body movements cause the ear buds to fall out. Possibly a different set of buds and/or duct tape around my head could fix this.

I guess I should check out the "skullcandy" buds referenced by lav. Anyone else tried this yet?