SOL Republic Relays ($79.99)
Okay, I admit it—I’m one of those runners who has to run with music—I guess that I need the likes of Rush, Alanis Morissette, and The Cure to keep me going. However, I’ve always struggled finding headphones that stay in my ears, don’t tangle when I take them off, or die soon after buying them due to sweat and moisture erosion. I’ve never been able to wear in-ear headphones, as they fall out as soon as I put them in, so the over-the-ear headphone style is typically my go-to choice.
While visiting a friend a while ago, she mentioned SOL Republic and told me the Relays are the best headphones she’s ever worn (full disclosure: her husband works for the company). She went on to say that they stay in your ears and the sound quality is great. Hmmm…really? They won’t fall out—I was skeptical. Since she was kind enough to give me hers, I was willing to give them a shot. Later that evening, I went on to SOL Republic’s website to learn more about these miracle headphones. The website claims that the Relay’s FreeFlex™ technology provides a “seamless, adaptable fit that’s easy to put in and won’t fall out.” I was ready to head out for a test run.
From the minute I put them on I was impressed. No mater how much I twisted or turned my head, they didn’t fall out—I’ve never had in-ear headphones that didn’t immediately fall out! They were also very comfortable and the sound quality was amazing. The headphones have a removable clothing clip (which I removed) and a volume control button, which I also don’t use (I prefer to use the sound control button on my Shuffle).
Overall, the Relays are the perfect choice to keep you going during any intense run or workout.
WHAT I LIKE
- The headphones stay in my ears!
- Tangle-free chord (very important)
- Sound quality is impressive – I’m not really a sound or music nerd, but the sound seems better than any previous headphones I’ve worn
- Sweat and water resistant
- Lightweight and comfortable
- They come with four interchangeable ear pieces in varying sizes—can be easily switched out to fit all ears
WHAT NEEDS TWEAKING
- The Relays are a bit pricey ($79.99), but I’d say they’re worth the price!