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Decent earbuds for swimming
on March 9, 2014
I have used many, many different MP3 players for swimming. I swim one mile a day and could not get through the boring cadence without the help of music and I have found that these are the best ear buds I have ever used. I have found that the biggest weakness for any underwater MP3 players are the ear pieces. If you are kicking against a wall when making that reverse very few ear buds can take that pressure.
The H20 Sure 2 ear buds are good but pricey, but in the latest version the rubber ear pieces have become thinner and therefore collapse easier against the pressure of the water. My advice is to get some other rubber ear pieces with more durable rubber and substitute that rubber with the rubber that comes with these ear piecese. I have several of the older pairs that had the more durable rubber and have been using them in place of their newer thinner rubber pieces. But it's still a decent for use on your waterproof MP3 especially since many of those ship with even crummier ear pieces that are not very good at keeping water out.. Also the thinner ear buds are probably fine for most people doing light activity in the water but if you do a lot of lap swimming than follow my advice re the rubber portion. A couple of key items to remember when using these:
1. The cord is long so wrap the cord around the connector at the top where you plug it into the player. Use a bread bag tie thingy and wrap it securely. Don't use a rubber band as the pool water rots if fairly quick. You can also wrap the wire around the goggle bands as well. Despite this nit, I still recommend this product wholeheartedly.
2. Start with the larger ear bud rubber ends first then work your way down to the smaller sizes if that doesn't fit. If you use the larger sizes, you get a tighter barrier against the water. But again follow my previous advice on the rubber ear piece
3. You should consider wetting the ear buds lightly in the water before you place them in your ear, it seems to keep them more secure in your ear for some reason.
4. When you insert them in your ear pull back the top of your ear with your opposite hand, that will stretch it and allow the ear canal to gently wrap more snugly around the ear bud.
It is rare when the water enters the ear canal if you take these three steps and you will enjoy the music much better. Once water gets in your ear you are hosed for the rest of the swim and that goes for any ear piece. Happy swimming!