Good Headsets for Women

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  1. TRocket

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    My girlfriend usually uses my spare headset, it's just a run of the mill Avcomm headset. The problem is, it's way too big. Adjusted as much as possible, it still is way too big for her head. It actually pushes on her jaw, so basically it's just too big. It's pretty uncomfortable for her. So my question, what is a good choice for something that would be more comfortable for her? Hoping some female pilots on here or guys that have found something good for their wife/girlfriend can get me pointed in the right direction. Any help is greatly appreciated!
     
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    Those Telex 750s are comfortable and very light.
     
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    I like the Clarity Aloft in-ear headsets. But I also have a (very old) David Clark, and have borrowed other headsets without feeling that they were too big. I don't think I've tried AvComm, though.
     
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    I have two sets of David Clark's... fit comfortably.
     
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    My wife uses a Zulu 2. She's says she loves it...:) btw, she flies enough with me to justify the cost...:D
     
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    I am in a similar boat - just got my PPL last week and ready to take the wife up. I only have my set of A20's that's worth wearing. The rest of the headsets are stuck in a crappy box in the baggage area. Seeing that I need to make a good first impression on the whole GA thing (to this point it's been "I am going flying, I wont be home in time for dinner"), I need to make sure the spouse can at least hear and feel comfortable with the headset on. I am looking at the Zulu 2 so I am glad to hear your wife loves them.
     
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    You obviously need to find a woman with a fatter head...

    (My wife likes the David Clarks and I like to think of her head as small.) Can you borrow a couple different sets from friends to let her try some for comparison?
     
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    Why bother, she won't listen anyway. ;-)
     
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    The solution is a larger pad/cushion on the top of the headband. Got A20s - those are Bose, right? Call thrm as explain the heqdset is too large and is fhere a larger pad for the headband. Oh, wait, Bose doesn't have a trditonal headband....hm....If you go with the Zulu, tell them you need the thicker headband pad. It reall does solve most problems with smaller heads. I went thru this with my Zulus, really a simple solution, most headset companies are very familiar with the problem.

    May as well call Bose, too, and see if they have a solutiom, since you already have the headset.

    Just checked the Bose model...even with the hinge on top, there are pads either side of the hinge, so call Bose, get the thicker pads. Odds are thy may not even charge you. Aircraft Spruce and Oregon Aero also have replacement pads that will work. Go with OA first.
     
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    What's your price range? are you looking for active or passive? The new David Clark One-X is pretty phenomenal and I find it to be 100% better than the Bose (Though I've never liked the Bose). My girlfriend flies with the DC H10-13X and I cant get her to part with it she loves it so much. So if you're looking for something cheaper I'd go for any of the david clark H10-series headsets. Make sure they have gel earseals and a foam headband and it should be super comfortable.
     
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    Given the choice my wife chooses Peltor noise muffs with no comm over her Zulu 2s or Senheisers. She doesn't enjoy the pilot chatter on aviation frequencies.

    My wife is petite and headset fit has never been a problem.
     
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    Time and again my experience has shown that the very best headsets for women come WITHOUT a boom microphone or an inoperable one. Just look in their direction and nod from time to time and alternatively point at the destination ETA on the GPS. YMMV.
     
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    David Clarks are freaking heavy, or at least the one I have is.

    I'd think women would rather have a lighter headset or an in ear like the halo that you forget you are wearing.
     
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    TRocket, I gots 4 different ones she can try on, either to rule them out or to get you to spend gobs of money.
     
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    Heavy? I don't find either of my DCs to be heavy.
     
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    Congrats on the PPL...:D:D:D As others have said, see if you can find a few so she can try them. Most pilot shops and OEMs offer a thirty day trial period. Good luck and if you're lucky you'll end up with a flying buddy like I have...:):):) Btw, having her like flying sure helps when I say "The plane needs..." ;););)
     
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    Nobody said the best headset for a woman is one with no microphone? Hard to imagine around here.

    Anyway, if you have some DC's but they're too loose, you can get the child size adapter that will replace the top center band and they'll fit better.
     
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    Back up there, post 12
     
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    @mscard88 -- Thanks, I should have known it was covered ground.
     
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    Like you, surprised it took that long...lol
     
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    There are several good headsets and flight helmets for the ladies. Here are a pics of a couple.

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    Good headsets for women?

    The kind without microphones?
     
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    Everybody has a different head shape and style. Best bet would be to drag her along to a good pilot shop (or Oshkosh or SnF) and let her try on several to see what she likes.
     
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    My wire tried them all (including zulu and A20's). Ended up with David Clark DCX pro (on the ear) ANR's. She loves them.

    Since then I've put together 2 sets of Bose QC15 (standard headphones) paired with a Uflymike. By getting the headphones on ebay I can put together this headset for $350-$400 and as for comfort it will put any Zulu or A20 headset to shame.
     
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    Maybe the listen only kind, you know, the ones without a microphone. :)
     
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    I beat you.

    Edit: Doh, Art beat me and probably a few others.
     
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    Drat!!
     
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    It's rather funny how the third person who posts an obvious punchline about women and mics brags about beating the fourth person to the punch. o_O
     
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    Obviously missed the first and second....... or maybe that isn't obvious?? :p
     
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    Get her a pair of Halos. Much friendlier price, they aren't heavy and they won't mess up her hair.
     
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    No one has come with the most obvious and cheapest solution. Just get her earplugs. That way you won't hear her and she won't have to listen to you either. ;)
     
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    That would work!

    Though to be honest and shoving all misogynistic/chauvinistic humor aside. I enjoy chatting with my lady while we fly.
     
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    My male instructor yaps way more in the cockpit than I do, but I actually really enjoy our in-flight conversations. If you guys want to fly in silence, why not just go solo?
     
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    Bah, I'm just kidding, I enjoy women folk.
     
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    Thanks to everyone for the input...and a little entertainment. The new headset is going to be a part of her birthday gift, and thanks you you all I have several options now. Think I might take eman up on his offer to try a few. Wish I could make the pik n pig trip this weekend though! (Great BBQ for those of you who aren't familiar)
     
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    Do those work well in a noisy piston single? We borrows my dad's Bose A20 for my wife's first flight with me. They worked well but she had to go without her glasses because they interfered with the seal of the Bose earcups. Maybe an on-ear set would be better for her, so she can enjoy the peace of a quiet ride and the scenery instead of just one or the other. But I had figured ANR and on-ear can't really work that well together so I was thinking of getting a second Clarity Aloft. All ears on this discussion!
     
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    We have the Quiet Technologies Halo headsets; same style as Clarity Aloft. Super light. I've even been caught by the cable as I try to get out without taking it off. Also much cooler in the summer time than a big headset.

    My wife and I both love them.
     
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    They do work very well for noisy piston singles. They also work well with glasses considering the seal is on instead of over the ear.

    They will not block out as much sound as an over the ear Bose or Zulu but it would be unrealistic to expect that considering the design. With every design there are compromises. I think for a VFR pilot or for any PAX the David Clark DCX Pro is hard to beat. If I'm talking to ATC a lot I much prefer my Zulu's for additional sound isolation.
     
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    My best recommendation is same as many others: in-ear for a frequent flyer. (They are too finicky and personal for a standard guest set.) Lots of advantages.

    On a side note, what is PoA's policy on the misogynistic crap in this thread? Definitely a disappointment. I love flying and I wish it was more consistently friendly and welcoming. Pipe dream?