I’ve gone through a lot of headphones over the past several years. The Apple headphones that came with my ipod hurt my ears, so those immediately went in the trash. I then went through a series of ear buds, from brands like Skull Candy to Panasonic. The ear buds always work, but I’ve never found a pair that I fall in love with. Then comes the summer heat and humidity (don’t be fooled – because of the monsoons, July and August in Phoenix are not “dry heat” months like everyone thinks) and I cannot get any pair of ear buds to stay in my ears for more than a few minutes on a run. The solution I’ve come up with is to use old school over-the-head earphones during the summer so they stay put. But this time I wanted to try something different.
I have known about Yurbuds for a while, but for some reason can never bring myself to spend $30 for two small silicone pieces. I realize this is silly, since I’ve gone through so many pairs of $10 ear buds that I would have saved a lot of money by now if I went with the Yurbuds in the first place. Well, this time I decided to splurge and buy the $30 Yurbuds in hopes that they would be everything I dreamed of. Since Yurbuds come in different sizes and your success with them depends on having the correct size, you need to be fitted for them at a retailer that sells them. You can also upload a picture of your ears to the Yurbuds website and have them help you determine the correct size, but I opted for the in-person method. My local running store carries them, so that’s where I went.
The Yurbuds are simply two silicone earpieces that you fit right over your Apple earphones (or similar). They come in a couple of different models – I went for the basic, lowest priced ones and opted for the bright pink color (my options were pink or blue). I’ve been using them for about a month now.
Besides having the correct size, another factor playing into your success with the Yurbuds is inserting them in your ears in the exact correct position. This is actually harder than it seems. Sometimes I can get it right on the first try and I’m out the door in 30 seconds and don’t have to adjust or touch them at all until I get home and take them out. In these instances, the Yurbuds are a dream. They are snug in your ears and feel secure, and they are so comfortable that you can hardly feel they are there. I would say this scenario happens to me about 50% of the time. The other 50% of the time, I feel like I am stopping every 2 minutes to fix or adjust them, which can get very frustrating on a 15 mile run! For some reason, I’ll have a day where I cannot get them to go in right for the life of me. I’ll spend 5 minutes trying to do it before I head out and then I give up and go anyway, fiddling with them every step of my run – which does not make for a very relaxing run!
So, the jury is still out. If you ask me on a day when I get them to work right, I would say without a doubt, go buy a pair! If you ask me on a day when I have to adjust them every step of my run, I would tell you differently. I am convinced that there is a secret to getting them in correct and fast each and every time, but so far nobody has shared that secret with me. If you know it, please fill me in.