Music is food for the soul, as they say. But then again, who wants to be judged for secretly having Pitbull and Iggy Azalea on their playlist? Better bust out those headphones than turning the volume up on your audio player in a room full of people. Now, how about that pesky passenger who is about to launch into a three-hour long tirade of her life woes and how her neighbor is most probably a Soviet spy? That’s right, put on those headphones and we won’t judge. These are your normal everyday activities, probably within the confines of an air-conditioned environment.
Thank the gods for innovation, we now have waterproof headphones. It doesn’t matter if you’re at the pool, the gym, a hiking trail, or competing in a triathlon, you can still get pumped with Queen Bey’s beats. You can bake in the sun, with Kristen Bell reading you a romance novel, without the fear of sweat disintegrating your earbuds.
The market for headphones targeting athletes, specifically swimmers, was virtually unheard of in the last couple of decades. When a few companies started focusing on runners and cyclists, it was only a matter of time before water sports enthusiasts would rally for their own. Waterproof headphones have been cropping up everywhere and you don’t necessarily have to be in the water or drenched in sweat to appreciate them. They’ve just become a fact of life, kind of like the internet and smartphones.
To help you with the soundtrack of your life, we’ve compiled some of the most in-demand waterproof, wireless and tangle-proof headphones that you may want to check out, starting now.
Senso Activbuds S-250
If I had to make you choose, what would it be, comfort or clarity? Go on, pick one. Can’t? Good, because we have Senso to answer for both. It’s quite hard to look for slip-proof earbuds that would also provide high fidelity sound. We can’t just live on Instagram-able earbuds alone, damn right we also need Spotify-worthy headphones. We’re HD all the way, baby!
The Senso promises 8 hours of uninterrupted use, and you can bet those 8 hours will be comfortable as goose down pillows. It comes with gel flex silicone buds with flexible ear hooks to conform to your ear and stay in place. With only 0.2 ounces of weight, it “disappears” in place over time. No heat, no fatigue! Its Bluetooth connectivity is an impressive 30 feet, so you can definitely multi-task or leave your gadgets in one place. You can even connect up to two gadgets at once! Need we say more?
The Hussar is a beast when it comes to the juice it carries. A one-time charge of an hour and a half can last you a week or two! With a standby time of 240 hours and more or less 9 hours of use, it doesn’t get any better than that. Hussar has been throwing around letters and numbers in our faces when it comes to specifications, but what are these actually? The Advanced APTX is their exclusive design that gives high definition to trebles and basses. That means no distortions in louder volumes and no loss in lower listening volumes. The CVC 6.0 technology is another Hussar-developed technology of superior noise canceling capabilities, perfect for focusing on calls and audiobooks. You won’t even miss Siri with this model, our favorite PA is supported; besides the added feature of voice prompts notification.
It is IPX7 standard guaranteed, slip-proof and lightweight at only 0.3 ounces. More reason to put on those cute bikinis and gym outfits, yay! You say, what’s up? We say, Hussar!
Ok, before anything else, lifetime warranty! It’s just that good. Treblab just made a top notch headphone, for the fraction of the price of the high-end competition, that they’re willing to guarantee that it’ll last you a lifetime, or your money back! They weren’t even kidding when they said they were the brainchild of people who got sick of overpriced and hyped up earbuds. Users have often compared the Treblab with Beats, Bose, JBL and Sony.
One of its other high selling points is the HD built-in mic. There have been little to no complaints of not being heard clearly during calls. Many headphones have put so much emphasis on the output quality that they neglect the quality of input sound, which should be a big deal because hands-free calls are supposed to add to productivity. So go ahead and chat away with the bae while working on those gains.
At first look, it would seem like it’s a Beats by Dre reproduction, but Otium is so much more than that. It may be a travesty to think they are on the same level. Otium is one more proof that a heavy price tag doesn’t always equate with quality. Customer comments always include the words “affordable”, “resilient”, “rich sounds”, and “unobtrusive”. It also works on Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity but it syncs quickly than most headphones, great to pair with any of your Bluetooth-capable electronics. The LED indicator light isn’t even distracting at all.
Otium is also great for long haul flights and hour-long land travels. It has a cord adjuster to ensure that you are snug as a bug or as loose as a moose. With enough battery power, noise-cancelling capabilities and its lightweight design, you can be guaranteed of a relaxed trip. Not to mention, visible enough for other passengers to notice that you’re preoccupied.
Underwater Audio Swimbuds
Probably the best, and I mean it, the absolute best swimming companion! Swimmers cannot recommend the Swimbuds headphone enough, even sharing tips on how to maximize use out of these little monsters. The earbuds certainly are unique from the usual dome-like silicone. The Christmas tree shape of the earbuds is designed to stay put in the ear during flip turns and rigorous water activities. Anticipating that a product may not always be one-size-fits-all, they’ve still provided 4 pairs of buds (including the familiar dome).
The Swimbuds is IPX8 waterproof standard which means protection during water submersion, as compared to IPX7 standard which is protection only during immersion for 30 minutes under 1 meter of water. What else makes it amazing? All Swimbuds headphones are now equipped with the 2nd generation Hydrobeat Technology that promises crystal clear sound and no deterioration. The cord is kept at just the right amount of length as to not get in the way and with nothing to add to the drag. You don’t have to keep anything tucked inside the swim cap or goggle strap.
What to Look For
With thousands of choices, making a decision is daunting. Going on a solo search for the best waterproof? You don’t have to create a vision board because we’re here to list down the things you should consider before your purchase.
- Convenience – waterproof sports headphones, by the rule, should be lightweight and should not cause any fatigue to the ear. It should be made from non-corroding materials that are IPX7 or IPX8 standard to withstand heat, sweat, humidity and water. Controls should be inline and not complicated to avoid having to disrupt the rhythm of your routine. Wireless models will provide you freedom of movement and location.
- Noise cancellation – depending on the activity and location of the user, this may or may not be a recommended feature. Blocking external noise has always been a big deal for most especially during commutes, listening to audiobooks or while taking calls. You may not want to hear the grunts of the bodybuilder beside you but when out for a run; you would still need to maintain a certain level of awareness of your surroundings to be safe. So, two words: caveat emptor.
- Extra features – microphone, Siri support, and warranties are just some that come to mind. These are the add-ons that you may or may not want to live without. Of course, color, design and ear hooks will also sway favor (because you know, you already have the cake so why not have the cherry to go with it, too).
- Budget – no matter the price point, you will always find a decent pair to work with. The rule of the thumb here is to be prepared to shell out a little more but keep an open mind, at the same time. With so many manufacturers, they all have their own target markets. Not every high priced item delivers, as they are priced according to their target audience.
Hands-free waterproof headphones are now the standard when it comes to in-ear technology. Before jumping blindly to cult products, check out reviews, you may be surprised that the best-kept secret isn’t over $50. You wouldn’t want to go on changing and purchasing headphones every couple of months or so. Keep in mind, convenience, noise cancellation, budget and other add-on features are to be closely considered during your selection process. Now that we’ve given you the top 5 waterproof headphones as rated by consumers, you can go ahead with your purchase.