Skullcandy makes some very popular headphones, but I can't say I'm a huge fan of them -- I've always found them a bit "style over substance." But when the company sent me its new Navigator headphones, I was hoping they'd be different, and I'd finally make a love connection.
Not quite. But I did like the Navigator, the $99.99 on-ear sibling to the bigger, over-the-ear Roc Nation Aviator, which editor Justin Yu reviewed positively.
Like that model, the Navigator, which comes in white, blue, and black, has a retro-modern look and an eye-catching glossy finish on the exterior of the earpads. Despite the fact that my black version had a tendency to show some fingerprints, it's a good-looking headphone, and I also liked how it folds to fit in the included not-so-swanky cloth carrying sack.
The headphones seem fairly sturdy, and while I don't like the fit of a lot of on-ear headphones, the Navigators are comfortable and snug, as well as being relatively compact and lightweight (they seal out a decent amount of exterior noise).
Another plus: The cord detaches and there's an inline remote/microphone for making calls. Since this is a "Made for iPhone" product, some the remote features won't work with non-Apple devices.