Review: Aerial 7 Sumo Headphones

16 Nov, 2010

Intended Purpose: Designed to be big sounds in a small package from the mountain to the city.  The built-in microphone allows you to talk on the phone with the headphones.

Sound: I’m not an expert on sound quality but the aerial 7’s have a clear sound to listen to while snowboarding and the ear gel buds it comes with blocks out most other sounds easily.

Appearance: The sumo headphones come in a couple different colorways: blizzard, graffiti and candy. I have the graffiti color which is a bright mix of blue, orange, pink.  At first I wasn’t sure about the colorway but I’ve warmed up to the brightness especially when it comes to finding the headphones in a pile of stuff or in my backpack.

Ear Fit: I enjoy using ear buds when they don’t hurt my ears.  So far Siege and now Aerial 7’s have good gel ear buds that work for my ears without hurting them.  I’ve used the sumo headphones on long road trips to be able to talk on the phone while driving and I feel really comfortable with the gel ear buds.  They have a mix of sizes they send you, so you can find which one works for you better.

Features: The aerial 7 sumo headphones are engineered to deliver the highest-quality listening experience from your Apple iPod®, iPhone®, BlackBerry®, or other mp3 player, cell phone or music device.  I have used the headphones the majority on my blackberry phone and my ipod.  They feature a built-in microphone so you can talk on the phone with the headphones.   The technical specs are: Driver Diameter: 10mm Impedance: 16?, Frequency Response: 20-20KHz, Sensitivity (S.P.L.): 92±3dB (at 1KHz), Input Plug Diameter: 3.5mm iPhone®. The tech specs are a bunch of mumbo jumbo to me but the headphones definitely shuts out other noises so much that I usually play music lower than I normally would if I want to hear what’s going on around me.

Durability: I’ve had these headphones since last spring and they’ve been great for keeping in the vehicle and on the mountain. The cable has gone through some travels and has some wear where I can see the inner cable coming through but they still work and I still use them on the mountain/driving around talking.

Thoughts: Getting these headphones came at the perfect time since I was roadtripping and spending more time on the phone in the car (now illegal in some states to drive on the phone unless you have are hands-free).  These headphones saved my butt because I could talk on the phone with them but also use them on the slopes with my ipod.  I’ve been very happy with them and regardless of the wear, they are still going strong with the sound quality and working for the mountain tunes.

On-Snow (using the headphones)

Aerial 7 Sumo Description


Review Disclosure: This product was given to me from Aerial 7.

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From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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