It's not easy to find locally made headphones. Most electronics aren't items forged in area workshops, and stereo headphones with cushioned ear pads aren't stitched together by sweet old ladies in rocking chairs.
Skullcandy's Aviator series, however, includes a local tie-in: a special model dedicated to Boise hot rod and chopper fabricators Wrecked Metals.
Owner Matt Whitlock said the Wrecked Metals headphones began shipping internationally four months ago, though Skullcandy reached out to him more than a year ago. Skullcandy called him up after browsing his company's work online, inspired by a unique blue color scheme applied to a hot rod project. Borrowing that gray-blue hue, Skullcandy created the special Wrecked Metal series of Aviator headphones, with each pair bearing the company's red-and-black logo.
"Just recently, I built a motorcycle for them to give away at a Zumiez party called the 100K party," said Whitlock. "We tied that into the headphones, and the motorcycle that I built was the same color."
Like the iconic sunglasses of the same name, the Aviators are designed to serve both functional and aesthetic purposes. The headphones are described by Skullcandy as a "crossbreed of street-level swagger and sophisticated class" to create "the Porsche of the headphone arena."