- I’m running with a friend or group. I like to try to avoid being anti social, plus if the group is talking trash about me I want to hear it and fight back.
- On the trails. I would prefer to hear the mountain lion, bear or rattlesnake before they attack me. And, the trails I run on tend to be overflowing with mountain bikers so I need to be aware when they are about to run me down.
- If I’m training for a race where music won’t be allowed. Most trail races don’t allow ear buds. Same with Ironman races. I’m a believer that it is important to train how you will race. So, when training for these races I try to forgo the tunes.
Over the years I’ve gone through quite a few pairs of in-ear headphones. My biggest pet peeve with headphones is when they don’t stay in my freaking ear. Sometimes the get jarred out with the movement of my running. Sometimes my sweaty ear canal makes them slide out. Sometimes the wind grabs and pulls them out. Whatever the cause, it annoys the hell out of me and has often made me simply leave the headphones at home.
Recently, Sol Republic, the makers of Relay Sport headphones asked me to try their product. This request came at a time when I was particularly pissed off at my regular in-ear headphones due to the reasons listed above. So, I agreed.
I’ve now run with these 4 times. Once you figure out how they are meant to sit in your ear (it’s important to note which one is for the left and which is for the right) they really don’t move. After a 6 mile run one day I noticed that I had not messed with them even once. Score. The company says they don’t move because there is a flexible ring around each ear bud, which allows secure placement in the ears.
The sound quality is decent– in my opinion unless you are wearing a full-on huge set of headphones you are not going get the most amazing sound. But, these babies are pretty darn good.
Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever looked at my ear up close. I mean, it’s not like you can see this angle of your ear on a regular basis. Stare at it for a moment and think about how weirdly shaped the ear is. Right? Probably why you don’t hear too much about ear fetishes. See what I mean about how these earphones sit so nicely in my delicate and sweet ear? I think the blue accents my lobe quite nicely.
One big bonus, they are sweat resistant. This means they don’t slide out when I get moist (that must be a TWSS somehow). Also – they come with four different sizes of ear tips so whether you have an XL or an XS hole you should be covered (and ear tips are free for life if you buy a pair of headphones from Relay Sport).
The cost is pretty on par with higher quality ear buds – on sale now for about $59.99 MSRP, plus free shipping.
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