As a runner I seem to get through headphones like nobody’s business. And I think my specific problem is essentially that I buy cheap ones, meaning:
1. They’re not good quality
2. I don’t take care of them
A few weeks ago I had a 13 mile run during which the one functioning earbud of my headphones crackled in and out of life, and that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. And so I took to UKRunchat to ask for recommendations: decent sound quality, but more importantly, durability. I got a large array of suggestions, but I decided to go with Yurbuds, recommended for my by a runner who’s had her current pair for two years. And as a bonus, they were only £25 (although for me, spending even that amount on a pair of headphones induces anxiety).
So here are my thoughts on them.
1. They fit perfectly into your ears. And I mean perfectly- I went for a size small and they do the trick just fine. There is a slight downside to this though; when I pull the headphones out of my ears by the wire (as opposed to by the buds), the rubber bit often stays in my ear, as it’s so well wedged in. This has also meant the rubber buds have gone flying a few times. That’s probably my only gripe with these, but I just need to be more careful!
2. The sound quality is good. Not amazing, but far better than what I’d been used to. You don’t have to crank the volume up full blast to get a good sound experience, and my eardrums are probably thanking me for that.
3. The buds are magnetic, meaning they tangle slightly less than regular headphones. They do still tangle, but it’s more manageable than I was used to.
4. The jack is reinforced, meaning you don’t risk damaging the wire when you plug and unplug them. This is a bonus for me as I’ve ruined so many pairs of headphones just by not treating them well. I’ve had these for a month with no signs of damage or loss of sound quality (which is saying a lot for me!) so I’m very happy with them.
5. They come with a handy little carry case. It’s not a great one, but definitely a nice little bonus, especially considering how cheap Yurbuds are for a fancy set of headphones.
For a middle-of-the-range set of earphones, I’d highly recommend them! (And no, I was not sponsored by Yurbuds to write this post)
So tell me, piece of technology has been most beneficial for your running?
Lots of love,