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I just picked up a pair from Costco, $258 and change - taxes in. Only available in black.
Once I have some miles on them I'll post a motorcycle related review.
Official propoganda site .....
Are you using with an android phone? It seems that they only work on android.
well it is samsung... soo yeah android..
who uses an iphone these days anyways.
Yeah, android. A Galaxy S6. For iPhone people there is a company called Bragi that makes a similar product.*
So after a week of use, here are my impressions. These were obtained after several gym days and about 500 km of mixed city/highway/twisty riding.*
They come with 2 types of silicone thingies of 3 sizes each to get a decent fit. One set is for the part that goes into the ear canal. The other set is to get them to fit in the outer ear, where we have those folds of cartilage. It took a few days of mucking about to get a satisfactory fit. I was wearing them to the gym to start and was a bit pissed off the first day. By day 3 I managed to finally be happy. The work fine running with no worries about them falling out. Same with doing weight, they stayed in place.*
I've had custom made, wired earbuds previously. They worked fine until they didn't anymore. The sound of two Samsung product is far better. *They are not high dollar, over the ear, knock you on your backside quality, but are certainly good enough for the blues, classic rock and Italian opera (yeah, seriously) that I like. Strings, horns, spoken word, guitar, drums ..... they all were clear and crisp, regardless of the situation I was in.*
Sufficient. Sufficient enough for hearing loss. *I would estimate sufficient enough to clearly hear any music at speeds that also qualify you to hear sirens.
And then enjoy the quiet solitude of a tow truck drive back to Merrit.
After being impounded.
On the Coquihalla.
For excessive speed.*
EASE OF USE:
Like any new device, it took some getting used to. If you are really pushing weight or cracking along doing cardio and really sweating, I found some problems with it stopping playing. Maybe from the sweat tricking the sensors into thinking they aren't in your ear, maybe from temperatures, I don't know. After fine tuning the fitting the problem lessened but would still pop up occasionally.*
I wear an older Bell full face. It is getting packed out but is still a snug fit. Right now it has a Uclear system on it and I didn't want to take the speakers out so there was a bit of a tightness issue. *
I found the balaclava indispensable to getting the helmet on without knocking out the earpieces. Once on, everything was great. The balaclava held everything tight and there were no problems with music cutting out or dropping off. And as for sound, see above. I found them exemplary for motorcycle use. *
*A few closing notes.
*You can stream music from your phone but expect a serious lack of battery life from the earpieces. They have a 4 Gb capacity (1000 songs) so you can load directly into them and get almost 3 hours of battery life vs the 1 - 1.5 hrs streaming.*
There is an app to control all aspects from your smartphone. So if you wanted to adjust volume or skip tracks, it could be done by that as you ride if you have the phone accessible. I don't particularly care to do that while riding, so I made sure the music was all stuff I enjoyed and the volume set before heading down the road. *
After 45-60 minutes of riding, the pressure in my ear canal was painful. Maybe I would get used to it over time, maybe not. It was not an issue in the gym. But something that minor I'm not too concerned with.**
They are great in the gym. Not worrying about those damn cords getting caught in weights or on equipment is a big relief. Not having to listen to morons chirping away is nice as well. And not having to listen to the crap from a TV or played over the gyms sound system is greatly appreciated. **
They work very well on the motorcycle as well. My Uclear is nice as it lets me listen to music and also accept calls. The Uclear sound quality is nowhere near as good as the Samsung, but I'm not sure about phone calls as I haven't had any while wearing them, either on the bike or in the gym. That is still needed to be tested. *
Are they worth the cost? At this point I'm at a 70/30 level of keeping them. Costcos return policy allows you some flexibility in the keep it or return it decision. But I can say they are worth spending some time with to come to your own conclusions.*
The 30 part won out. I can't justify these and the helmet intercom. They will be returned.*
Your experience may vary. *
Seem like a good idea,as long as they don't catch on fire.
Well, Apple came out with their own version a couple days ago. Apple Airpods.
I'm not an Apple fan, so it's my obligation to post this picture that's been making the rounds this internet day.