November 10, 2014
I’d like to start this post with a disclaimer: I cannot say enough good things about this product. Having said that, I will now attempt to summarize my elation at an ingenious solution to a heretofore unsolved dilemma.
The issue at hand for the entire Cat Ears product line is the sound created by wind passing over one’s ear cavity as well as any additional noise created by the chin strap as it passes in front of the ear. This sound can inhibit one’s ability to distinguish traffic noise, often a first line of defense, particularly in an urban setting. As someone with particularly generously proportioned audio appendages, I perhaps have more of an issue with this phenomenon than those with smaller ears.
The ear covers are designed to add warmth for cold weather riding as well as the aforementioned wind noise reduction. At this point, we’re carrying the Polartec 200 version of the product in black.
We carried a similar product in the past which kept the ears warmer but also, unfortunately, muffled all sounds which I felt created an unacceptable safety hazard. The Cat Ears version leaves audio awareness of one’s surroundings untrammeled and ears warm and toasty (though, in the thick of Montana’s winter, I will typically employ another one to three cranium covers).
Installation and adjustment is simple and straightforward with Velcro attachment. Pro tip: When riding with sunglasses this product is most effective with straps inboard (closer to temples).
Top and third photos provided courtesy Cat Ears; Second by Geoff McMillion
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