Wind noise, especially on windy days and riding downhill can be deafening making it hard to hear anything. When I first came across Wind Blox, I definitely wanted to give them a try and see if they would really make a difference. I enjoy listening to podcasts while riding and I would also have to turn the volume way up to compensate for the loud wind noise. Sometimes the wind noise was so loud that even with a higher volume on my smartphone, I still had problems hearing my podcasts let alone the traffic and sounds around me. Wind Blox seemed like the perfect solution to reduce the wind noise and allow me to turn the volume of my podcasts way down while still be able to hear traffic and other sounds.
I tested them out in various riding conditions and speeds removing them at times to have a comparative analysis. Riding was much more enjoyable and quieter with Wind Blox on my helmet straps than without. Carrying on conversations with other cyclists I was riding with was much easier and I was able to do so without turning my head to hear what they were saying. When riding in traffic or out on those lonely gravel roads, I was able to hear cars approaching from behind much sooner because of the greatly reduced wind noise that Wind Blox provide.
Wind Blox are available in Black, Bright Lime Green, Bright Pink and Silver Gray for $15/pair from the Wind Blox Products page and are also available on Amazon.com.
Disclosure: Wind Blox provided the review samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation for this review.