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.
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.
Have you ever tried something you thought you'd hate and ended up loving?
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Koss Fit Series: A Review