Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Try it Tues: YurBuds

Recently, I won a pair of YurBuds from Christy over at It Just Looks Like Slow Motion. I say recently, but what I mean is: "I won these about 2 months ago but am just now getting to writing a review." Fail.

But, my tardiness aside, I haven't been running for over a month. So, since this is supposed to be mostly a boring running blog, I figure that I should give them a shot while actually running.

What is a YurBud you ask? If you guessed that it was some sort of slang for talking about pot, then you are close. "Yur Bud is dope, dude! Roll me some more!" Yurbuds are actually custom fit rubber covers that slip over the horrible iPod ear buds that seem to fit no ones ears. In fact, before getting my set shipped to me, I had to take a picture of my ear with a quarter next to it for scale and send it to them.

Here they are attached to my iPod shuffle.

I've used them on a few shorter runs of 5 miles or less and I actually used them on my 70 mile bike ride. They didn't bounce in my ears at all and required no readjustment. Plus, my mom would be excited to hear that I can have the volume down a lot lower because of the snug fit.

In addition to using them on the run, I've actually switched from my noise canceling DJ style headphones in the airplane to these. They don't have near the sound quality, but they do a good job of blocking out the screaming kids and toilet flushes. Unfortunately, I no longer get the head nod of approval from DJs.

Here is (basically) what they look like when I have them on (you're welcome for the nightmares):


Pros:
  • They stay in! Isn't that all that you really need?
  • They come with a set of headphones that don't get as tangled up as regular iPod headphones do (and they are still white for the image conscious.)
  • Because they are custom fit, sweat seems to stay out of my ears - which is a huge problem with most other headphones.

Cons:
  • At $30, they are not cheap
  • I never know how to pronounce them. Is it You're-buds? Uhhr-buds?
  • The rubber is a bit soft, so they seem to collect a lot of lint and stuff. But, I wouldn't want them any harder or else they would hurt my ear holes.

That said, these little buds get my Seal of Approval. While they are a little expensive, I didn't buy them and they really allow me to listen to podcasts while on the run.

14 comments:

Morgan said...

Nightmares indeed...

Tricia said...

ACK!

Seriously creepy.

But thanks for the review. :)

Jamoosh said...

Dude, who does your hair?

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

That is just spooky. Glad I don't see that guy walking around. Yikes!

Pam F. said...

So glad to see this review! I've apparently got deformed earholes, too, because I haven't found anything to fit them yet.

MUST INVEST IN YURBUDS.

Pat said...

I think I'm the only guy in the universe that likes the factory ipod earpiece. I must have ears the exact same size as Steve Jobs.

Psyche said...

I think I heard about these (get it? HEARD about these...?) from Runner Dude. He, too, recommends them.

My non-iPod earphones fit my ear holes OK (man, I just feel dirty saying that!) but others can hear the music just about as clearly as I can. That must be really annoying for them...

Christy said...

Creepy. Seems you have a knack for posting creepy pics of yourself on this blog. A trend? Perhaps. Or maybe you ARE just creepy... ;)

I love my yurbuds, too. Mostly because they don't fall out. That's all I need for a stamp of approval!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i have seen these at expos and wondered about them because I swear earbuds always fall out!

Jameson said...

diggin the seal of approval

inspiREDtorun13 said...

LOL.. Amazing Picture!

I feel weird for not hating the regular old iPod headphones. It seems most people do...

Her Name is Rio said...

I heard of these, but you're the 1st person I know who tried them. Very cool!

And, yeah, I'm about to go to bed, so thanks... :)

Glenn Jones said...

Dammit Adam. Everything was going fine until *that* picture. Instant coffee spew all over my keyboard!

Hilarious! I'm still chuckling...

RunnuRMark said...

Damn...you beat me to the yurbud review. I'm hoping to do mine sometime this week.

I need to find my copy of photoshop so I can make creepy ass images too. It's been too long since I've done that! And yes, that is way creepy.