This innovative and practical piece of headwear manages to combine two of my favorite things: listening to music and not losing my ears to frostbite.
In contrast to the earbuds we all know and mildly despise, the speakers are woven into the hat itself, making it comfortable to wear even in bed. It connects to your phone or other devices via Bluetooth, while a discreet patch on the side serves as a control panel that lets you adjust the volume and accept calls.
Without anything plugging your ear canal, you can certainly hear what’s going on around you as well, which is probably for the best in most outdoor environments. Ambient noise can be a problem when using the microphone, though, while people around you will be able to hear what you’re listening to if you crank up the volume in quiet surroundings.
This musical beanie is somewhat more expensive than many similar products, but the extra money seems well worth it when you consider the tighter, warmer knit, the satisfying sound quality with better bass than most earbuds can provide, and the whole-day battery life.
Our major gripe with it is that it comes with a very short charging cable and without the charger itself. This will probably not be the end of the world for most people, but would have been a simple thing for the manufacturer to rectify.