Gear Close-Up: Coros’ Omni Smart Helmet
Coros’ Omni is a tech’d out training lid for those who require constant connectivity.
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Featuring a better-ventilated and more lightweight option than their previous smart helmet, Coros’ Omni is a tech’d out training lid for those who require constant connectivity. The USB-rechargeable battery lasts well over six hours and powers a self-contained auto darkness-sensing rear LED light, open-ear headphone system, and a wind-shrouded mic for Bluetooth 4.1 smartphone use. Music plays surprisingly loud, while phone call audio and audio prompts for time, distance, and average speed are best in less windy situations.
$200, 340g, Coros.com
A built-in crash sensor automatically alerts an emergency contact with an SMS text and GPS location via your smartphone.
Using an on-board light sensor, the rear-facing LEDs automatically switch on as darkness falls. And while you can use the remote to manually activate the lights, no there’s no turn signal feature…yet.
Control Your Destiny
Use the small, handlebar-mounted remote to wirelessly control music, call functions, and activate audio prompts for speed, time, and distance.
Using bone-conduction headphones mounted onto the straps, listen to music, calls, and basic odometer stats while still remaining aware of your surroundings.
Cleverly pressed against your forehead, a small mic lets you give voice commands and take phone calls with a decent level of wind noise reduction.