Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tired of Earbuds That Don’t Fit?

Do you enjoy listening to music or podcasts while on a run? I sure do, especially if it’s a long solo run. Whether it’s to help pass the time, distract me, or keep me on pace, music sure helps. Problem is I have small ears and as a result, I have a hard time finding earbuds that will fit my ears and not hurt after a short time. I’ve tried the over-the-ear variety and they just usually jostle loose shortly after my run begins.

Well, I can happily report that I no longer have earbud woes. I’ve finally found a product that fits, stays in place, doesn’t irritate my ears, and works. They're called yurbuds™. (No, that’s not a misspelling.) yurbuds™ are custom sized earbud enhancers (produced by yurtopia LLC) that increase comfort, don't fall out, and enhance sound quality. They fit right over your existing earbuds or you can purchase yurtopia’s version of earbuds called yurphones™ that come equipped with the custom yurbuds™.

yurbuds™ come in 6 different sizes, but no worries about having to guess which size is your size. During the online ordering process, you’re prompted to send a digital picture of your ear with your current earbud in place or if you don’t have earbuds, you simply take the picture with a quarter placed near your ear. This helps the yurtopia determine which size is perfect for your ear. Sounds involved, but it’s not. I did it and received my yurphones™ with the fitted yurbuds™ in just a few days. They fit great!

During my first experience with yurbuds™, I wore them just about all day, while listening to my mp3 player. During that time, I took them for a spin on a short 4-miler and later in the day wore them during a workout at the gym. Since then, I’ve worn my yurphones™ and yurbuds™ on several long distance runs. No pain, no slipping, great sound, and due to the great fit, they prevent sweat from getting in my ears.

A single pair of yurbuds™ sell for $19.95 and a pair of yurphones™ equipped with yurbuds™ sell for $29.99. To check out yurbuds™ for yourself go to yurtopia’s website

yurbuds™ get's 5 out of 5 "Dudes" for being such a great product and such an easy solution to a problem for many runners.

Note: yurtopia LLL provided a free pair of yurbuds™ for testing purposes and requested an impartial review in return. I was in no way paid to write this review nor was I encouraged to write a positive review. This review is merely a report on my personal experience with yurbuds™.


Questionably Texan said...

Unfortunately, my experience with Yurbuds was not the same. I won a pair from a blog giveaway, sent them the requested photo for sizing, and they really don't fit well at all, at least not for running. They're fine if I'm stationary, but I can't run with them or they fall out. I have a pair of older Sure E2C's that I'll be sticking with for running.

I like the concept of the product, just didn't work out for me in functionality.

RunnerDude said...

Hey Jesse! If you haven't already, I'd contact them and have them send you a different pair. Mine fit like suction cups. Guess we're all different and what works for one doesn't for another. But, definitley try to get a replacement if you haven't already. Sounds like yours were too small.

Questionably Texan said...

If anything, I feel that my pair were too big. But, since they are "custom-sized", I figured that maybe they just don't work for my ear shape. I may contact them for an exchange, but with items that I've won (and not purchased), I generally don't like to do that.

RunnerDude said...

Hey Jessee,
You're a good guy. Honest. But I bet if you give em a call and let you know you won them, but they don't fit (even though they were customized), I bet they'll be glad to help.

JenLo said...

Just said today that I've GOT to get better fitting earbuds! Thanks!

Derek Hill said...

I have been planning on writing a blog about my Yurbuds as well. I just picked them up at ING Georgia's expo last weekend and am in LOVE! They are amazing, the best ear buds I've ever had. I've run in them and they really stay put. Jesse, I'd echo the sentiment to let them know b/c they make such a profound difference. Its also amazing how much lower you can have the volume level and get the same amount of sound.

RunnerDude said...

Hi JenLo! Let me know if you get them and how you like them! I bet you'll be pleased!

RunnerDude said...

Hi Derek! That's awesome! It really is amazing how much lower you can set the volume. I was surprised at the difference too!

David Maislin said...

Contact us at yurbuds! We would be happy to provide you with a different size to help you achieve the right fit.

David Maislin
Chief Technology Officer, Yurbuds