airdrives – product review

i’m a geek.  i’m also a geek that loves music.  so, when it comes to working out, i’m just nuts about the technology that allows me to take hours worth of my music out on the road or trail with me.  the one ongoing drawback of this technology, though, is how it reduces your ability to be aware of your surroundings.  i refuse to run with music if i’m out on city streets, whether running or cycling, and with recent wilderness issues in southern california, even trails aren’t safe to run on with music.

until now.

AirDrives, interactive stereo headphones, are a new product that successfully addresses the issue of being cut off from your surroundings while wearing earphones.  i tried these bad boys out a couple times over the past few Silver-headphones-1weeks and have been really impressed with how the product works.  the design has the earphone wrapping around the ear and sitting outside the ear.  at first i was somewhat skeptical, thinking that the sound quality would be poor, but i was quite wrong and was immediately impressed with the sound quality AND the ability to hear my surroundings clearly.

i ran with them on busy streets and was able to hear my music very clear as well as approaching cars and ambient noise.  toward the end of one of the longer runs, the sound did start to get a little quieter.  i can’t say if that was a result of more power drain from the earphones or if my ipod was just running low on juice.

i also took them for a spin out on the bike.  again, i was skeptical of the sound quality.  i turned the volume up a little bit more than i have it when i run, and i was pleased to have decent sound.  when i rode into a really strong headwind, the music got a little tough to hear, but was on par with what the earbuds sound like when riding into the wind.

the key thing that i noticed, though, was that in all cases, i was able to hear approaching cars, ambient noise and people’s voices.  i’m very pleased with the product’s performance and excited about what this means for runner and cyclist safety.

get them online or at your local best buy for $99.99.  the sticker price is a little bit higher than what i thought they’d retail at, but, seeing as it’s christmas time, i’d say put them on your list and talk your loved ones into investing in your safety. 

6 thoughts on “airdrives – product review

  1. Thanks for the tip, Jeff! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog as well as the others on the BTT roster. I would like to be added to the BTT blog family. Do you know how i can do that?
    - ag

  2. I just looked at their web site…their “kids version” of the air drive is only $69.99 and the only difference in the spec is a slightly shorter cord. Same freqency response etc etc.
    So how do these fit if you are wearing glasses or sunglasses??? I’m guessing you might have had the latter on while biking??

  3. i was just looking at your stats on the right. how can your best for 1 mile be 34 minutes? was it in a three legged race?

  4. I own a pair of airdrives and they work as advertised. I also use a product called lobie from mylobie.com. Same basic features but lobies only cost $12, come in lots of colors including clear, some with glitter. Lobies work with your ipod earbuds or any other earbud. bass response seems better.

  5. I own a pair of airdrives and they work as advertised. I also use a product called lobie from mylobie.com. Same basic features but lobies only cost $12, come in lots of colors including clear, some with glitter. Lobies work with your ipod earbuds or any other earbud. bass response seems better.

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