Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Koss Fit Series: A Review

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Koss.

Ladies, have you ever tried to use the ear buds that come with your smartphone?  I tried once.  Only once.  Want to know why?  (I was planning to tell you anyway.)  Because that giant ball doesn't fit in my ear!  They fall out and if I jam them in, they cause me pain.

You, too?

Lucky for us, the female designers at Koss teamed up with Dara Torres, a former competitive swimmer, world record holder and twelve-time Olympic medalist, to create ear buds that really fit women.

The Koss Fit Series includes two types of headphones: FitBuds and FitClips.

Koss sent me both to test and review.  I tried the FitBuds first.

My former ear buds (and I say "former" because I'll never go back to them) did not have the ball shaped ear cushion.  For some reason, I was under the impression that all ball shaped cushions were noise-cancelling.  (I don't know where I come up with some of the ideas that are in my head.)  When I'm running alone in the dark, I do not want noise-cancelling ear buds.

They're not noise-cancelling.  I'm pleased to say that I could still hear everything going on around me.

This past weekend, I hung out with the FitClips for 8.5 miles.

I'll be perfectly honest, I expected to hate the clips.  I was even planning, in my head, how I could nicely blog about hating them.

Then something crazy happened.

I loved them!

They fit in my ear perfectly, they fit around my ear perfectly and I couldn't even feel the clips while I ran.  I was completely shocked.

There's your lesson for the day, friends: don't make snap-judgments.  You never know what you'll like until you try it.

I had no idea how bad the sound quality was in my former ear buds until I wore the FitBuds and FitClips.  The songs on my playlist sounded very different--for the better.  I also had no idea how uncomfortable my former ear buds were.

My former ear buds were the eight dollar special at the grocery store.  I knew I'd be wearing them in the rain and snow and that I'd be sweating all over them, so why would I pay more?

Um...for comfort and sound quality, that's why!

Both the FitBuds and the FitClips are sweat resistant and come with three sizes of ear cushions for the perfect fit.  I did have to play with the cushions for a bit before I found the perfect fit for me with the FitBuds.

The FitBuds are 33% smaller than any other ear bud that Koss has produced.  I really think they nailed this one.  My ears weren't aching when I wore them.

The FitBuds and the FitClips each retail for $29.99 but Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Kmart, Walgreens and Sears will all have them on sale this holiday season for $19.99 or less.

Wait!  Here's the most important part: they come in a bunch of awesome colors!

Searching for the perfect stocking stuffer for an active woman in your life?  Give the Koss Fit Series a look.

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