We all know that headphones are a necessary accessory for any skateboarder. The question is: can you wear AirPods while skating?
Yes, you can absolutely skateboard with Airpods. Keep in mind though, that there are certainly some pros and cons when it comes to skating with Airpods.
First, let’s talk about why some of the best skateboarders in the world use Airpods.
Why Do Olympic Skateboarders Have Airpods?
Similar to why any regular skateboarder would use AirPods, here are a few main reasons why Olympic skateboarders use Airpods:
- It pumps you up.
- It helps with a routine.
- You get a great feeling from it.
- It allows you to get into the zone.
There is no better example of this than Jagger Eaton wearing Airpods during an Olympic skateboarding event, and he ended up winning the Bronze medal.
Not too shabby if you ask me. So there’s definitely some merit in listening to your favorite tunes when skateboarding. Curious about what Jagger Eaton was listening to? Let’s cover that next.
What Kind Of Music Does Jagger Eaton Listen To?
You certainly don’t see an Olympic skateboarder wearing Airpods every day, especially when it comes to winning a medal. So I imagine you might have been curious to know:
What was Jagger Eaton’s playlist like?
Overall, and according to Olympics, Jagger Eaton is a big fan of both country and rap music. A few of the artists that were on his playlist include:
- Lil Wayne.
- Kanye West.
- Aaron Lewis.
- And many more.
You may or may not have the same musical tastes as Jagger, and that’s fine. That’s what makes music such a beautiful thing, you can always customize your playlist exactly how you want it.
Why AirPods Are Good For Skateboarding (And Other Sports)
Given the fact that just about everyone can skateboard, and most people like listening to music, you’re going to get a lot of overlap here.
So here’s a quick rundown about why AirPods are great for sports (including skateboarding).
I’m going to say that this is one of the best reasons for using AirPods when skateboarding. After all, the last thing you want to do is use any type of headphones that come with long cords.
The longer the cord, the higher the chances are that they might interfere when you’re skateboarding. This also increases the chances that you might yank on the cord and have your headphones pulled out.
I don’t know about you, but that is one of the most annoying feelings ever. That’s happened so many times to me, and not just from skateboarding either.
So right off the bat, AirPods are fantastic for skateboarding because they are wireless. You can relax when skateboarding, knowing that you won’t get caught up in any long wires.
Let’s take a quick look at one more reason why it’s beneficial to use AirPods when skateboarding.
2) Comfortable, Fitting, And Sleek
If you’ve tested as many headphones as I, then you’ve probably come across these problems before:
- They didn’t fit comfortably in your ear.
- Even worse, you’d constantly have to push them in your ear so they wouldn’t fall out.
That’s (most likely) not going to be the problem when it comes to AirPods. They were designed to be as comfortable as possible, especially when you compare them to other headphones that Apple has created.
Last but least, let’s not forget about their sleek design which complements your outfit, whether it be a hoodie or even a simple t-shirt if that’s what you decide to wear. There’s nothing nerdy about it.
Why AirPods Aren’t Good For Sports In General
There are a few more benefits when it comes to using AirPods when skateboarding. However, there is one big reason that you need to keep in mind when it comes to AirPods for any sport in general.
Let’s talk about that right now (so make sure that you keep this in mind).
1) Unawareness Of Your Environment
First of all, I want to say that there is a very big difference when it comes to Olympic skateboarder Jagger Eaton wearing them, compared to everyone else that skateboards in a different location, which different skillsets.
The fact of the matter is that skateboarding with AirPods (or any other type of headphones), can be dangerous, and this is something that you need to keep in mind.
To further add upon that statement, the less isolated you are, the more dangerous it can be.
This is simply because you’re hearing isn’t going to be as good, or you might not be able to hear at all (depending on how loud you keep your music.
Think about the many places that you skateboard at when wearing AirPods (or any other headphones):
- City streets.
- Your driveway.
- Local skate parks.
- Your neighborhood.
Aside from your driveway, there are most likely going to be other people (or vehicles) driving past you. If you can’t hear them, then that can certainly be a recipe for disaster, especially if they are trying to get your attention.
So while you can certainly skateboard when wearing headphones, it’s important that you’re aware of both the pros and cons of doing so. Overall, the more people and the more crowded the environment, the less you’ll want to listen to music.
This is also going to change drastically when you compare skateboarding to other sports. Keeping in AirPods while you’re shooting the basketball, hitting some golf balls at the range, or lifting weights, isn’t going to be a big deal.
Skateboarding With AirPods: Closing Words
If you’ve ever felt the need to skateboard with your AirPods, I have some good news for you. You can! The idea is that AirPods are so light and small they will not get caught on anything or be pulled off.
Skateboarding without earbuds could also work but it sounds like a little bit of an uncomfortable experience because the cables would constantly tangle up around your feet while skating (and then probably yank one out).
So if you want to take your AirPods along for the ride, go ahead. Just make sure that you don’t put the music too high, and try not to use them if there’s a lot of other people or cars.
It’s very important that you don’t lose focus on what’s happening outside of the music because your outside environment is going to be a very important factor.