The best thing about reviews…being able to do a giveaway for a great product, especially one’s that keep you safe.
I have a new pair of headphones that will be traveling with me to all races and all late night runs alone. Auria headphones are specifically designed to sit outside your ear and therefore provide the ability to hear all the noises around you…unlike the one’s I normally wear that block it all out.
In fact if you look like this while putting them in…you are doing it WRONG.. they aren’t meant to be jammed in to your ear and had I read the directions I would have realized this right away.
Crazy because it looks like they could just fall out right??? I’ve worn them up to 7 miles and they didn’t budge, but felt so much lighter than my normal headphones in my ears. The chord itself is heavier because it can be used to change to the next song or turn up volume. Another good thing about these is that without having taken the picture I never would have realized I have a mole behind that ear.
The MAJOR upside to these headphones is that because they site outside your ear you can hear the noise around you. This increases safety by allowing you to be more aware of cars, people and I suppose bears if that’s your kind of run. I also think I could actually bike with these and I never ever considered that a possibility with my other headphones, but it would totally help me ride farther.
That same upside is the reason, I will largely use them for races or when traveling. Unfortunately living in a downtown area it is so loud that I have to blare my iPOD to hear it when using these headphones. If you are one of the brave folks I see running with your iPhone strapped to your arm these will be great because of the control on the headphones.
Being aware of your surroundings is just part of being safe at night. You also need to help drivers see you…realize they are tired in the mornings and cranky after work, so looking for a runner is not on their mind.
If you don’t want to run around in full neon gear, like I did during the Ragnar Relay, I have a much cooler option for you. FlashBright stickers can be worn on your clothing, put on your bike, slapped on your skin I suppose if nude is your thing.
As noted earlier, I am putting together a giveaway that will include both the Auria headphones, the FlashBrite stickers…and soo much more good stuff, so stay tuned.
When running are you concerned that headphones drown out the noise around you? Do you bike with headphones? Do you wear reflective gear when it’s dark?
I am grateful for easy ways to be safe
I am grateful for bright yellow calf sleeves
I am grateful for ponytails
I am grateful for purple dresses
I am grateful for organic cotton