Return of an Icon
You Should Care About These Affordable Over-Ear Headphones
Model: Icon Wireless
Unique Features: Bluetooth, 10 hours of battery life, no-slip headband, touch-controlled phone and music control
Upshot: After a five-year hiatus, Skullcandy’s Icon headphones are back, but this time they’re wireless. The over-ear headphones are designed for sport, use Bluetooth, offer 10 hours of battery life and let wearers toggle phone calls and music changes with a simple tap to the left lobe.
Who It’s For: Snowboarders, skiers and skateboarders primarily, but casual users shouldn’t be excluded by any means.
Insight: The original Icon headphone was released in 2006, and over its eight-year lifespan, it helped Skullcandy gain its original devout following within the action sports community. There was a time in which you couldn’t go to a ski resort without seeing a pair resting on top of the head of someone who probably should’ve been wearing a helmet instead.
The Icon’s simple design emulated and made cool that of the cheap headphones that might come packaged in the box with a Walkman. But beyond that, the Icons were comfortable on top of and sounded good through a beanie, and despite their simple construction, they could take a beating too. The return of the Icon is welcome, and making the new version wireless is a no-brainer.