I get giddy over shiny new toys — and especially earphones. What if I could just start a blog where I reviewed earphones, guys? Would that be weird? Cause I’m kind of down with that idea…
Introducing SOL REPUBLIC’s Relays, in-ear earphones that offer the benefits of a sports headphone but have amazing style. The Relays also roll out Sol Republic’s new FreeFlex™ technology, which enables a universal fit and makes them easy to put in your ear and stay there regardless of how intensely you move. (Well we’ll see about that…!)
For sports and outdoor use, it’s marvelous that Relays are water and sweat resistant with a clip-on cable that ensures it won’t ever get caught. And, no need to change headphones when commuting or working because the easily accessible mic and phone control lets you seamlessly stay in touch. I am obsessed with this feature. I listen to music or video almost all day at work and once I got the hang of the control shortcuts, it was awesome to be able to click around with the little cable-attached controller! Loved it. It’s not just play, forward and back. You have access to volume, mute, answering your phone, pausing, stopping. It’s incredibly versatile for something the size of a small paperclip.
Packaging – Sophisticated. It presents well, the cable is prevented from getting tangled and they provide you with a little snappy pouch to transport them in. I find a lot of headphones come with their own cases these days and it’s an accesory I value. Keeping the cable from getting tangled is key to preserving them even longer.
Fit – They do stay put. The Relays come with four ear-tip sizes so they are uber customizable. I started with the biggest ones, assuming that’s what I’d need, but after a little while, felt too much pressure from them and moved down a size. That was perfect. And they’re not bullet-shaped — as you can see they’re kind of like little discs so they look kind of cool on — and they’re not awkward like those horrible earbuds that come with iPhones these days. (I hate those — does anyone like those things? I think they’re horrible.)
Plus, keep in mind that Sol Republic has an “Ear Tips for Life” program so you never have to worry if you lose your ear tips. That means they will replace your ear tips anytime they are lost, misplaced or if you simply want a different size. That’s ppretty cool. They stay on the earphones really well but lord knwos they’re small and things have been known to happen…
Sound – Again, they’re disc shaped and the size of a dime at best, so I was pretty impressed that with the volume just at a resonable level, I heard almost no external sounds, which is how I like it. Especially when I’m working (although this means sometimes people have to literally hit me to get my attention).
Sol Republic Relays are available now in Black for $79.99 at Verizon Wireless.