I recently found two new products that have made their way onto my permanent packing list.
Bose 20i Noise Canceling Headphones
For years, I put off buying noise canceling headphones for a few reasons: They were big, bulky and cost a lot of money. As someone who travelled light, I didn’t want a pair of large, over the ear headphones finding their way into my carry-on. Even after learning that Bose made a very lightweight pair that fit in your ears, I hesitated. (Mostly because I hate in ear headphones.)
Yet the more I traveled, the more I saw them. I even spoke to one seat mate who had a pair of the in ear type. He raved about them. But I still wasn’t sold.
Then, a few weeks ago, I passed by a Bose store and thought I would try them out. I didn’t hate them. In fact, I liked them. They were comfortable and I hardly felt them in my ears.
But at $300 I took pause.
Luck seemed to be on my side as a few days later, Bose put them on sale for $50 off. And if I bought them through Amazon, I had 30 days to return them if I wasn’t happy.
I tested them on four different flights last week.
The verdict: click on the link below and buy them. My life has changed. These little beauties, that fit in an included case about the size of a smartphone, and weighing only 2.6 oz/74 grams (including case) are terrific. They cut out almost all engine noise and limited the volume of conversations around me. If I wanted to hear any announcement being made I either had to take them off or turn off the noise canceling feature.
There are two versions: the 20 (for Android and Windows) and the 20i (for Apple). I have the 20i and they include an on/off switch, rechargeable battery via micro-usb port, volume control, play switch and microphone. They come with three different size ear buds so you can find which size fits best.
Bose claims you can get about 16 hours on one charge. I haven’t tried it for that long.
The sale is on through June 20. Regular price: $299. Sale price: $249.
Fortunately, one company has made a product that allows the traveler to convert those hangers to normal ones.
Two per pack. $9.95
OBOW is an Amazon affiliate. ConvertAHanger supplied their product for review. They also sent as couple of hangers I mentioned so I could try them out without waiting to find a hotel that uses them.