Cat-Ears easily attach to your helmet strap, come in four models and 14 different colors, ranging from safety orange to glacier white.
Why You Want
You’d like to hear more of the surrounding world during road rides, and aren’t bothered by the idea of affixing small strips of fur-like material to your helmet straps. (Cat-Ears are actually made of faux fur and polyester). The Boulder, Colorado-based company also makes a cold weather model (think ear muffs that attach to your helmet straps), which claim to both muffle noise and help keep frostbite at bay during chilly winter rides. (We haven’t tested those yet.)
Utilizing the same basic function as the fur that surrounds a cat’s ear, Cat-Ears do a credible job of turning down the volume on wind noise while on your bike. This is especially true at lower speeds, which could be a boon to the commuter crowd, who are typically less caught up with fashion, and more concerned with function, say being able to hear an oncoming bus while pedaling down a busy street on a blustery morning. Cat-Ears easily attach to your helmet strap, come in four models and 14 different colors, ranging from safety orange to glacier white.
There’s no way around it, Cat-Ears have a decidedly arts-and-crafts appearance and look kind of goofy. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine your typical Cat. 1 leg shaver showing up at the weekend crit race with a pair of these affixed to his helmet strap.
Left: Utilizing the same basic function as the fur that surrounds a cat’s ear, Cat-Ears do a credible job of turning down the volume on wind noise while on your bike. This is especially true at lower speeds. Right: We heard our fair share of friendly jokes during a handful of test rides. But they did work in reducing wind noise.
Do they work? Yes, as advertised, Cat-Ears reduce wind noise while riding. We logged a handful of rides wearing the Classics Pro model and found it easier to hear traffic and carry on conversations with our riding friends. Unfortunately that made it easier to hear the occasional snicker from said friends, who couldn’t help but crack jokes about our new rapidly-grown “sideburns.”
However, Cat-Ears also makes a smaller, less Elvis-like Strap Wraps model that might represent the happy medium between lowering wind noise and maintaining some semblance of fashion sense. There’s also the Ear Covers model, which have the added bonus of keeping your ears warm during colder rides.
Rating 3 out of 5
More Info: cat-ears.com