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While coming with a lot of different option buds, not sure what ears they are supposed to fit. Trying to swim with the buds with reasonable fit, they'll either fall out after 20 m of swimming or water gets in the ear so you can't hear the music. The only workable solution is to use a swim cap to keep the buds in place and the water out of the ears, and that's when you can hear the average sound quality - I didn't expect great sound for swimming...but really should be better than this.
These are great. I never look forward to length swimming, but these pass the time and make it bearable. I tried SWIMp3 bone transducers style but the volume control was poor and didn't like the phasing effect I encountered whenever my face partially titled or lifted out of the water during strokes. The use of an ipod shuffle is inspired and I find that plugging into the Apple eco system is asier and friendlier than using proprietary mp3 interfaces or running Windows media player libraries.
One tip I'd like to share is running the cables through then adjustment hoops on your goggles. Without doing this I found that I was inadvertently tugging on the earpieces, and in one set the cable got so fatigued it internally broke and no longer powered the bud. Underwater Audio replaced the set without any fuss. At the time I thought this was a weakness in the construction of the buds, but since changing my method I haven't had any problems, so I'm willing to give 5 stars.
By the way, some people balk at listenting to music while swimming and think it isn't natural or that you should be in tune with your muscles and your breathing. I agree with this to an extent, particularly for beginners, and I used to take the pure Zen like approach. Now, since I've upped my lengths to about 100 per session, I'm happy to do anything to break the unrelenting, induce-me-into-a-coma monotony.
[this is a revised review] This is a great product with good sound and good comfort. This pair is my 4th pair of waterproof headphones. regardless of the brand, the life expectancy is usually max 3 years while the most fragile part is the buds. With these, I had little malfunction problem on the cord, but the customer support reacted quickly even though my warranty was expired. Can only recommend, will buy again.
I must have unusual ears as I didn't manage to find any of the many provided earpieces worked for me. The size and shape of the hard part of the Swimbuds meant that when I put on a swim cap over them I was in agony after a few minutes. However they are fine for running in the rain, but this was not the main reason for purchase.
These are a solid product and I have ordered these twice now as the first pair came to the end of their life. They are comfortable (I use the tree earpieces) and they do not leak so long as you pick the right size. Sound quality is good and not muffled under water unless water gets in.
My only reason for giving 4 stars not 5 is that this time round the delivered headphones only worked in one ear and had to be returned.
There's a huge array of ear-pieces - wonderful! But the problem is that the sound quality of the headphones themselves is tinny. If you're familiar with £5 Tesco own-brand headphones - that sort of level. Now I get it, they work underwater which most headphones don't. But that's no excuse for such terrible sound quality, especially given how much they cost.
These are brilliant. After two attempts with another brand that uses the conductive technology a work friend lent me his waterproof iPod and I was sold and ordered mine as soon as I got back from the swimming pool! It's worked without a hiccup (except when I forgot to turn it off!) and the headphones are very good and with so much choice I found a comfortable fit easily. The quality is also better than the other brand/style I tried.
Got these headphones to compliment my waterproof iPod shuffle from Underwater Audio. Wasn't expecting great things from listening to music underwater but they work brilliantly. Swim for 1 hour at least 3 times a week and no problems. Come with every conceivable Earpiece to hopefully mould to your ears. Certainly taken the boredome factored out of a swim. Underwater Audio have also provided excellent back up service in the past so recccomended.
I have wanted earphones with an ear piece shaped like the Zoggs Swim ear plugs for ages. These are exactly what I wanted and fit brilliantly. The earphones stay in place whilst swimming and the sound quality is brilliant.