I'm writing this review in part because it seems there aren't any other reviews of these headphones.
I first noticed Skullcandy headphones in stores a few years ago. Judging by the name and gaudy designs, it was apparent to me that Skullcandy headphones were more about "style" than sound, and I immediately ignored the brand.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when I began my hunt for new headphones. My search thus far has been limited to whatever happens available at local retailers: Radioshack, Best Buy, Bose, & the Apple store.
I've tried out display models and taken many pairs on test-drives to get a more encompassing perspective.
Review summary: the Skullcandy Rocnation Aviators feature superb build quality, a trendy but not overstated aesthetic design, and open, detailed sound quality that will please rockers but leave bass-heads out in the cold.
-They cost $150 and can be purchased online or in retail Apple stores
-These headphones fold for storage and come with a leather carrying case
-The cord features an in-line microphone with play/pause button volume control functionality
-These headphones do not dampen outside noise and likewise leak a lot of sound
Design & build quality:
These headphones are made predominately of metal and leatherette with comfy memory foam ear cushions and seem very durable. The stitching on the inside of the headband is a nice aesthetic touch, as are the subdued logo placements - on the inside of each ear cup and on the headband near the foldable hinges. The plastic shell on the outside is made of the same material used in sunglasses, an obvious testament to their Aviator inspired design.
Evidently these headphones are endorsed by Jay-Z, which came as a big surprise to me given their understated bass (especially compared to the Klipsch Image one). As previously indicated, if you listen to rap/hip-hop or dance/electronica, look elseware, but if you like any kind of rock music these are absolutely worth a look.
The most impressive aspect of these cans' sound quality is how the drums sound in rock tracks: tight, clear, and punchy. "Hysteria" by Muse never sounded so good and I've yet to hear better through a pair of headphones. That said, when I write "drums", I mean all but the bass drum. "Teardrop" by Massive Attack, for example, sounds somewhat lifeless through these cans even at higher volumes. Setting the EQ to bass boost noticably improves sound quality for the most part, but still bass is where these cans are weakest. Also, piano and guitar has more texture when heard through these cans than in other pairs I've heard, which for me is a huge plus (think Queen & Bob Dylan).
Long story short, unlike other headphones by Skullcandy, this set of cans is worth your listen.