As I've mentioned before, I struggle to keep earbuds in place, yet have not found on-ear headphones that remain comfortable for long runs. Enter RoadNoise.
The story: The mother of all relays (Hood To Coast) is also the mother of invention. The founders’ favorite 24 hour race of the year requires runners to wear a reflective vest from 6:00 pm to 7:00am and, in 2010, banned the use of headphone/earbud type devices. Attempts to run without earphones but still with music were cumbersome, and led to the creation of Roadnoise. The first model was an attempt to find a solution to a specific race issue, but ended up as a pleasant way to enjoy runs, day or night. Roadnoise vests give you the ability to hear your footsteps, your breathing, and your surroundings along with your favorite music.
Simple to use, the vest slides on over your head and is tightened using hook and loop fastener tabs on the sides. The speakers sit in front of your shoulders, with a wire leading to a central pocket, where you can house your smartphone or music player. Keeping the vest tabs tight minimizes bouncing. If you feel the speakers are moving too much, simply add some cloth or other soft material behind them in their pockets--simple solution! I really appreciated that the vest was already made for safe running with reflective material all over, but it also has spots to attach safety lights for further peace of mind. The mylar speaker cones are water resistant but are not made to be submerged in water. Before you wash them simply unplug the speakers and remove them from the pockets.
The longest run I took this on was a 16 miler--the mesh weave allowed plenty of air to flow through, while the speakers delivered reasonable sound. Very lightweight and serving multiple needs, this is a unique and useful addition to your gear closet. Personally, I'd like the vest to be longer, down to near the waist, with padded straps that included pockets, like a good hydration or hiking pack. These changes would increase the comfort level for me and also allow me to carry more stuff. Still in all, a very well-made product that does exactly what it promises!
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Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of RoadNoise. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give it a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.
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