I may not be the fastest runner but I sweat like I am. Since the weather has turned brutal here in DC recently, I’ve shorted out two pairs of earbuds and tried two more pairs before finding something that will stay in my ears and not fizzle out from sweat. Thankfully I was able to find a good pair – and the makers sent me over two pairs to give away to readers!
So here’s what I’ve tried. I evaluated each pair on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the highest) in the following categories: Sound, Comfort, Appearance, Sweat Resistance
1) Skull Candy Smokin’ Buds – Price $24.99
I used these earbuds for most of my winter runs and they worked great. I really liked them for a few reasons. They came with 3 different sizes of gel covers, the cord was really long, and you could adjust the volume right from the cord (which was great since I didn’t have a shuffle this winter and I ran with music on my iPhone which was in my SpiBelt). What I didn’t love about them was that they always fell out of my ears. I had to adjust them constantly. To get them to stay in I had to pretty much shove them in my ear canal and then I couldn’t hear anything around me. The music quality was great though. As soon as it got hot out these shorted out.
Sound: 4, Comfort: 3, Appearance: 4, Sweat Resistance: 2
2) Sony EX35LP EX35 Headphones – $19.99
These were my back up earbuds, used when I left my Skull Candy pair in the office or in a different gym bag. I used them about 3 times before they shorted out from sweat (twice in the winter and once during the heat wave). They shorted out as soon as they got wet. From the few times I wore them they were comfortable but also slid out of my ears a bit.
Sound: 3, Comfort: 3, Appearance: 4, Sweat Resistance: 1
3) Philips ActionFit Sports in Ear Headphones – $19.99
I really wanted to love these earbuds. They advertised being sweat-sweat proof. They were colorful. They have a nice long cord. But they are so unbearably uncomfortable. They come with 3 different sizes of silicone covers but the actual piece that goes into your ear is huge. No cover could make it smaller and it just hurt to wear. It did stay in my ears really well but the position I had to put it in to keep it from falling out was even more uncomfortable. On the bright side the sound quality is great and they held up find on both sweaty runs. Unfortunately I think these will be my Metro headphones – only wearing them for like 15 minutes at a time.
Sound: 4, Comfort: 1, Appearance: 3, Sweat Resistance: 4
4) Yurbuds White Edition – $30 (on sale from $50)
After 1 run with the Philips, I knew I was going to need a different pair to get me through the summer. Luckily, at the same time Meghann from Meals and Miles was soliciting advice via twitter for a good pair of earbuds. Her feedback was split between Skull Candy and Yurbuds. I, of course, warned her away from the Skull Candy. Thankfully, the nice people at Yurbuds were reading and sent me a coupon for $20 off a pair of their new white earbuds. Score. I ordered a pair and tweeted (half jokingly) that they should send me a pair for giveaway on the blog.
I gave the white pair a test run and was instantly impressed. They send instructions on how to put them in – you twist them so the little piece locks into your ear – and to prove they won’t fall out they tell you to shake your head around like a maniac to see that they stay put. See a video of a guy at an expo trying to get his to fall out:
These suckers have stayed put during 2 outside runs, a treadmill run and a weight lifting session. I didn’t have to adjust them at all. The cord is long. The sound is great – I find I can keep the volume lower than I had it with other pairs since these are staying in my ears and not falling out. And they’re soft. It doesn’t feel like there’s a giant hulking piece of plastic in my ears. I finally found a winner!
Sound: 4, Comfort: 5, Appearance: 4, Sweat Resistance: 5
A few days later I got an email from the nice people at Yurbuds offering to send me 2 pairs – one for me and one for a giveaway. Two days ago I checked the mail and there they were. But they didn’t send the white edition. They sent the awesome black and red IronMan Performance Edition Earbuds. These are sweet. They came in a shiny box with a carrying case, extra pieces, inspirational stories about endurance athletes… I was impressed. And also in love with my white buds. So I’m giving away both pairs.
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Good luck! I will select a winner at 5:00 p.m. Eastern on Friday June 24th.