For years I went around thinking that I suffered from seriously abnormal ears. I got my first iPod and couldn’t wear the headphones that came with it. I would shove them in, wiggle them around, press really hard…and plop they would fall out. I tried ear buds that stuck straight into your ears with foam plugs, only to have them fall at my side. I was certain that I would live a life of wearing 1990’s style over the head headphones.
I felt like a blast from the past at the gym or on the road. Am I the only one not wearing ear buds?! I was stuck to trying style after style of the old school headphones. Most of them were so annoying. They would bounce around on my head or eventually one ear would stop working and I had to decide before a run which ear was lucky enough to hear music that day. I tried the headphones that go around the back of your head and loop over your ears. That solved the problem of them bouncing on top of my head, only to have them bounce around the back of my head.
A few years ago I was doing a North Face Endurance Challenge and they had a booth for Yurbuds. I walked past, too shy to tell them about my “problem.” I figured whatever these were made for, they certainly couldn’t help me with my problem. After we left the race I had major regrets about not going up to them and asking them about their product.
Finally last spring my throwback headphones went on the fritz again and I stopped into Best Buy. They were “out of” the headphones I had been using. Truth be told, I think the salesman had found empathy in my time warp and didn’t have the heart to tell me that they just plain don’t sell them anymore.
I wandered aimlessly through Best Buy and contemplated buying a giant pair of seriously old school giant headphones, knowing full well they wouldn’t make it through a single run. It was at that point that I sucked it up, spent the $30 and bought my first pair of Yurbuds. I honestly had no hope for these guys. My ears certainly weren’t capable of handling these.
And then I did my first run….cue heavens opening up and angelic sounds. I couldn’t believe it. Not only did they stay in my ears but the sound quality was amazing and they were so comfortable. At the end of my run I turned to my husband and announced that my prayers had been answered.
I cannot recommend these headphones more highly. If you can’t wear ear buds you must try wearing Yurbuds. They are designed to go onto your ear and then slightly “twist” to lock into position. Yurbuds are designed by athletes who know all about running and other endurance sports. They guarantee that these will stay in your ears.
Yurbuds also come in several different styles including specific ones for women, ones with a speaker to use with your phone, and several top of the line versions. I go with the Ironman version as I think they are very sturdy and the cord seems to last very well. They also have a new wireless version that is on the higher end of their product line. No matter what pair you go with you are guaranteed to come away with a very quality product.
As for customer service, you will find nothing better than these guys. I had a pair that suddenly stopped sounding great. I contacted them and they immediately set up a way for me to ship my old ones back and in the meantime they sent me a brand new pair. They were prompt and very helpful.
If you have “weird” ears like me, give these guys a shot. If you are ready for a new pair of headphones and just want some quality music on your run look no further!
Disclaimer: I do not work for or receive anything from Yurbuds. I am simply a changed woman 🙂