Although it comes as a surprise to most people, I do in fact hit the gym. Back in my high school days, I played varsity volleyball and basketball, so I’ve always liked to think of myself as athletic. Calm down, little brother, we all know you’re the athlete in the family! But anyways, although I enjoy my gym routine, there’s always been something wrong with it — my headphones. I’m an over-ears-aholic and most people aren’t when it comes to gym time. There I am killing myself on the treadmill and my headphones are bouncing all over the place.
So the question is, why don’t I wear in-ear headphones? Well, they don’t fit me. They either hurt or they fall out. So, I’ve always opted to tough it out in 0ver-ears which is gross because they tend to get super sweaty. Yeah, women sweat too! Am I right, ladies? No? Well that’s embarrassing.
Imagine my elation when I heard that Koss has produced headphones designed for women. Although the concept took me off guard at first, the more I started thinking about it the more I realized it was brilliant. Women have their own running shoes, workout gear, and basically everything else, so why not workout headphones? And you could imagine how eager I was to take these headphones out for a spin, or a workout I suppose.
So what’s the verdict? These headphones are awesome. Koss’ female designers teamed up with Olympian Dara Torres to design the product line and clearly the combination worked.
First off, the Koss Fit Series is comprised of two models: the Koss FitClips and the Koss FitBuds. The FitClips use soft flexible clips to keep the headphones in place for those strenuous interval workouts. The Koss FitBuds do not have the clips and instead the earbud is manufactured to fit comfortable in place at 33% of the size of the average Koss earbud.
So let’s start with the FitBuds. They come with three sizes of earbuds, so you can rest assured you’ll find the right level of comfort and fit. They’re extremely lightweight which is awesome when you’re working out because any extra weight can make things that much more difficult. Like when my little sister opts to sit on my back when I do pushups and the workout promptly ends. My favorite part might just be the sweat-resistant coating, although my sweaty t-shirt still blows my cover.
As for the audio, I certainly had low expectations. One of my fundamental issues with in-ear headphones is that the audio is usually lacking. However, the FitBuds were surprisingly good. The bass was powerful and the audio was really clear. I cycled through my running playlist: Rihanna (don’t judge me), Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Flo Rida, Lupe Fiasco and Macklemore and everything was the level I needed to push through. And luckily for those sprints where I need an extra oomph, the volume doesn’t disappoint. Plus, I love the look of these headphones. The extra splash of color ensures your gym outfit is also street-ready.
The FitClips also looked great and came with three cushion sizes. And yes, they were also sweat-resistant. Wahoo! I’d have to admit I prefer the FitClips, but that’s just because I get obsessive about earbuds and I knew the FitClips would definitely stay in place, no matter what fitness activity. Thus, I never felt the need to keep fussing with them. And just like the FitBuds, the audio on the FitClips was really great.
Both designs are available in five colors and retail for $29.99.
So take a tip from Dara and I, and give these headphones a try. I promise they can take the heat.