This Is the Only Gift Travelers Want This Year

This Is the Only Gift Travelers Want This Year

Want to give the sound of silence to your traveler friend? Here's how. 

By Courtney Thompson

There are certain accessories that give you automatic street cred in life. What’s that item for travelers right now? The Bose QuietComfort 35 II noise-canceling headphones. Walk into any first-class lounge at an airport with these around your neck, and you’ll immediately be the envy of all your well-heeled co-passengers. So if you have someone on your Christmas list who spends a good portion of their year on cross-country flights, or who monetizes by miles rather than dollars, this is the gift to get them. Same goes for anyone who’s traveling by subway or bus or who just craves some peace and quiet on their daily walk to work. It will set you back a few bucks — 350, to be exact — but it will also ensure that they love you forever and ever and ever.

Shaping the noise-canceling market since its first headphone launch more than a decade ago, Bose has proved with each new iteration that it knows how to, well, cancel noise. And given their history of success, Bose is now the industry standard when it comes to noise-canceling headphones — every other brand out there is pretty much just trying to catch up.

What’s so great about these headphones, you ask? For one, they work. They hugely reduce background noise (No more rumbling airplane engines! No more subway noise!) and either give you silence, or allow you to play your music at a civilized volume (meaning you don’t have to blast your music to overcome white noise anymore). Beyond that, the headphones are also wireless, lightweight, and have a 20-hour battery life (or can be plugged in). In terms of comfort, the leather ear padding is ample, ensuring your ears are softly cradled — but not overly so, because no one wants sweaty-ear-syndrome. The headband is also extra wide and padded, making the headphones simultaneously sturdy and soft. You’ll easily be able to sleep through that red eye wearing them the entire time.

Bose partnered with Google on its latest QuietComfort version (that’s what the “II” in QuietComfort 35 II is all about) that dropped in September, marking the first time Google Assistant has been integrated in headphones. Users can push the new “action” button on the outer ear piece to retrieve their music, send or listen to a message, make a phone call, add an appointment to their calendar or get the day’s headlines. Not interested in using Google Assistant? Bose also lets you change the action button’s functionality to manage the noise cancellation level (from high to low to off).

Plus, the QuietComfort 35 IIs come in a sleek black and silver, ensuring airport swagger will continue to be on point with these puppies in tow. 

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