I love to run with music, though I make time to do without, just so I don’t become overly reliant on it. But there’s a problem. I have yet to find an earbud that stays in my ears – don’t know if it’s a design flaw in the earphones or my ears, but since millions of people seem to have no problems, I’m guessing it’s me. I tend to wear on-ear headphones, which stay in place, keep my ears warm in winter, often have better sound quality, but also usually have incredibly long cords and make my ears sweat profusely (Can ears sweat? Mine do.).
I was really excited to try iRun Earphones, because, hey, they have RUN in their name! Plus, they come with 3 different sizes of soft inserts to fit a variety of ears, so maybe one would work for me.
|iRun Extreme - waterproof earphone design|
"This extreme performance earphone was designed with the most aggressive training in mind! From the specially coated wiring which virtually eliminates chaffing and moisture intrusion to the waterproof in-ear earphones that allow the wearer to train or race with confidence, this earphone does it all. With a wire length of only 28cm, the iRun Extreme was designed with the serious athlete in mind. This design is specifically engineered to allow the user to clip their digital media player on the sweat strap of their visor, hat or shirt collar to provide them with the most enjoyable and worry-free training experience they have ever had using a digital media player." I had high hopes for these earphones and I really appreciated the short cord length, allowing me to clip my Shuffle to my hat brim and take off running. The earphone in my left ear stayed in for perhaps 5 minutes, but on the positive side, I just pushed it under my hat and then ran more safely, able to hear cars and other noises. The right ear stayed in for a good 40 minutes, popping out only when my ear got extremely sweaty. That was a win in my book.
|iRun Advantage - designed for arm mounted media players|
"By introducing the first set of earphones that was specifically engineered with arm mounted digital media players and smart phones in mind, the iRun Advantage shatters the idea that "one size fits all". Through ergonomics and anatomical engineering, iRun has created an earphone that not only shortens the overall wire length by more than 35%, but also realizes that both ears require different length wires to create the most streamlined, efficient and worry-free earphone configuration available in the world." I like the idea of having a set of earphones that are engineered specifically for arm mounted media players, because it's something I carry on occasion. These earphones work well for that, but again, did not work for me. The left one never fit, and the right one popped out pretty quickly as well. I tried all the differing earbud sizes, but to avail.
I'd like to state that all problems associated with wearing these earphones are mine alone. iRun Earphones are clearly well-made and my guess is that they should fit any normal person. While I was hopeful that they would work for me, it didn't quite pan out the way I had wished. Most people will not have this problem. The Extreme was the best result I've ever had with an earphone, so that shows how well they are designed! For a successful expeience, check out Laima's review over at Women's Endurance Gear.
iRun also sent me their Quick-Dry Running Hat to try out. "With cool-mesh technology incorporated into every hat, you will experience the most comfortable, coolest and most enjoyable protection available on the market." This is an awesome hat! So light and comfortable, it has good protection from the sun and wind, and kept most of the sweat out of my eyes.
(Disclaimer: I was sent these items for free to review on my blog, courtesy of iRun Earphones. I did not pay for the items, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)
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