Putting the "Twist Lock" & Wireless Technologies Through their Paces.
Most of the offerings that Yurbuds—an up-and-coming earbud manufacturer—have to offer are little more than standard audio fare; basic earbuds of the $30 variety, and there's nothing wrong with that. As a matter of fact a good pair in the gym that can take a beating is what most are looking for. In my case however, I was wishing for a bit more freeing componentry, so I decided to test their "Ironman" limited-edition bluetooth earbuds.
Upon initial opening of the package, I found the main earbuds and an extra set of silicone covers of larger size. I must admit they were larger than most earbuds, typically known to be rather small. No matter, I'd try them anyway. First test came at a standstill (or sit-still) as I had coffee in my local Starbucks. It took a bit to get a good fit in my ears. I change the fit to the larger earbuds and got a better seal. The "Twist-Lock"™ that Yurbuds touts works somewhat, but I'm not so sure it's anything more than what most people do to get buds into their ears anyway. After a good bit of twisting though, I got it right. Upon getting it settled, the sound is superb. Deep bass and clear highs were great to hear. Listen, these are not audiophile headphones, but nor do I need them to be, I need banging sound for getting my run in or my lift on. So, on to the gym.
Again, getting the fit was a bit of a chore, but the seal was good once I had it. The silicones are hydro-phobic so they actually get a bit sticky and tactile when damp. A great quality for gym life. The bluetooth is quite easy to pair but I must keep my iPhone on the right arm. No bother. Once I've gotten mobile, keeping the seal was a bit bothersome though. The lack of wires helps, but the movement of my body, gravity and the size of the the entire component caused them to shift in my ears and lose the seal. Perhaps I had given more credit than deserved. I revisit my packaging to see if there is anything more I can do. As a matter of fact there is.
Yurbuds offers a free set of silicone covers if your fit is not as exact as you wish. I placed a simple email and requested a particular style that might work for my ears. A couple days later, a small package arrives, with not just one but rather four sets of the possible earbud tips that might help. And help they did. A set of the tips with a louvered ending and everything about the earbuds came alive. Goes to prove that the customer may be right, but the customer is not exempt from making it work for themselves at times too.