My usual bike rides are between 25 and 50 miles a few times a week. All of those miles are logged on country roads and two-lane highways. Where I’m lucky I get the 24” of pavement between the solid white line and the gravel shoulder, most roads all I get is the 3” of white paint. There are constantly cars rushing by at high rates of speed. Everything factors into some pretty loud wind noise but maybe the Wind Blox Pro can help with wind noise reduction.
The Wind Blox Pro like most cycling gear is great to have when heading out for a ride. You just have to get used to using it. Like any new bike, protective gear, or technology, there is a learning curve. Stick with it and use these tips to navigate and you’ll be enjoying every ride more than ever!
I wanted to see what the Wind Blox Pro could do and whether it lived up to what I read online when it came to wind noise reduction.
I wear a yellow or orange cycling jersey, with reflective patches. I have a flashing red light on the left chainstay of my bike and a mirror mounted to my handlebar drops. I spend more time looking at that mirror than I do looking ahead.
I’ve had several close calls, usually on curves where drivers like to hug the shoulder. I know a few riders who have been hit, none seriously. It’s a risk every ride. And I choose that risk because…well, because biking.
My point with this is to state I use my mirror a lot because the wind noise in my ears is deafening. The constant drone of wind makes it nearly impossible to hear vehicles approaching from the rear. The Wind Blox Pro is meant to help with wind noise reduction.
The Wind Blox Pro and Wind Blox ProXL each arrived in a nicely branded, very compact 4x2x1” box. A set of brief and more than adequate instructions was included as well. Instructions were a nice touch, but truly the Wind-Blox is so easy to install you don’t need instructions.
The Wind Blox is a tri-fold, cloth, unit with a hook and loop closure. Place it around your helmet strap so the thicker, cushioned part will be next to your face and you’re done. Very easy.
Does Wind Blox Pro Meet The Challenge?
In one word: yes.
Wind Blox significantly cuts down on the wind noise during rides. Riders know anything over about 10 mph will generate noise, and when riding on a windy day your ears are pummeled with the wind.
Wind Blox Pro does not eliminate wind noise. Nor does it claim to. It reduces wind noise experienced during rides.
I used the Wind Blox Pro for 7 rides during my testing, each time I found myself turning my head to the side, putting my ear into the wind, then back again, to truly realize what I was experiencing. It was fantastic. I could hear…cars, that’s the most important thing. I also heard cows (remember, rural Wisconsin).
Think of it this way. You know when you’re driving your car and someone opens the rear windows? Do you get that thumping pulse that hurts your ears? T
hen you open the front windows and the air flows cleanly through the vehicle. You still hear the wind, but it no longer rolls around inside the car.
That’s how I can best help you visualize what you’ll experience with Wind Blox. You still hear the wind, but instead of blowing around in your ear it passes around and over your ear.
Wind Blox deflects the wind, reducing the pressure to your ear, allowing a better hearing experience. For further information, there is test data available here on the Wind-Blox site, and testimonials available here.
Overall Summary and Recommendation
I was sent the Wind-Blox Pro and the Wind Blox ProXL to test and report on. I tested only the Wind-Blox Pro (more on why the ProXL wasn’t tested below.) The information and opinions here are my own.
The Wind Blox performed exactly as stated on the box as far as wind noise reduction, on the Wind Blox website and in promotion materials.
Wind-Blox reduces wind noise, allowing you to hear more of what is happening around you. Increased auditory awareness is an increase in safeness. Testing over, I am continuing use of the Wind Blox Pro and telling everyone I know about this product line.
The price point is right in line with several biking accessories, at around $20, depending on which version you purchase.
I recommend the Wind-Blox.
Note: The Wind Blox Pro XL is a longer unit, approximately 3” in length, designed for fixed strap helmets like Specialized. Why didn’t I test the ProXL? I have a giant head. The straps on my helmet travel through the larger helmet shell, there just wasn’t room to install a 3” Wind Blox.