H2O Audio Waterproof Case and Headphones  2011 Kitesurfing Review

H2O Audio Waterproof Case and Headphones 2011

Reviews / Audio

H2O Audio 555

At A Glance

I’ve always shied away from being wired for sound when you’re out riding, I like kiting to be a social affair with your mates. However, lately I have been having solo sessions while they all moan about the weather! And this has been the perfect antidote. The set up consist of a waterproof armband case into which you can fit your phone or iPod. I used my Blackberry Bold 9700 for the test and it fitted in, just. An iPod or iPod Nano is perfect. Once in the case you simply put it on your arm and plug in the earphones.

On the Water

The H20 set up is clever for a few reasons. First up with your phone in there you can actually make and receive calls; one earphone will act as a microphone! I’m not sure I want to be bothered with work while I am kiting, but for those sneaky sessions when you really should be at work it is a bonus. With a Smartphone you can then of course send and receive emails while you are on the water too. Next up in the clever stakes the whole unit actually floats, so should you lose your arm and drop the thing in the sea it won’t sink to the darkest depths of the ocean with your phone. Lastly the crew at H20 Audio actually care about sound quality, so the ear buds pump out some impressive noise! Once you’re set up you don’t really notice the armband and on those lonely days on the water the soundtrack is a welcome accompaniment to your session. We thoroughly enjoyed riding with it and next time we are out on our own we’ll be wearing it and livening up our session!


Brighten up those solo sessions on the water and put a soundtrack to your riding.


You could look a bit geeky, worse still if you plug in your phone you might just get called up by your boss!


A very well thought out bit of kit, H20 guarantee it will protect your device, if it leaks they replace it. If you never ridden with some tunes in your ears before, try it you might like it.

This review was in Issue 25 of IKSURFMAG.

By Rou Chater
Rou has been kiting since the sports inception and has been working as an editor and tester for magazines since 2004. He started IKSURFMAG with his brother in 2006 and has tested hundreds of different kites and travelled all over the world to kitesurf. He's a walking encyclopedia of all things kite and is just as passionate about the sport today as he was when he first started!

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