SOL Republic Headphones
I hate earbuds.
They never fit right in my ears and since they’re so small, I’m forever losing them. And to top it all off, they’re so close to your eardrums that the insides of my ear canal itch when I’m done.
I bike to work and so it’s natural that I’d want to listen to music on the way there and home as well, but since as I mentioned, I can never seem to find my earbuds, I just do without it or hold my phone in my hand, which I know is ridiculous. I’m a regular guest on a podcast every Monday and oftentimes I’m biking home shortly after the show begins, phone in hand, death no doubt hovering nearby. I’ve been wanting a set of headphones for my phone for a while, but it’s something I never seem to quite get around to researching and buying for myself.
Then I was asked to review the SOL Republic headphones, which have been advertised all over Facebook recently. It seemed like perfect timing, so I happily agreed. They ended up sending me the Tracks HD black. Keep reading and you’ll find out how you can win a pair of these.
Upon opening the box, you’ll find that the headphones come with a carrying sleeve and are disassembled, showing you how you can easily store them in the sleeve by taking them apart. This is actually surprisingly genius as while I’ve complained that earbuds are too small, headphones are incredibly bulky and annoying to carry around. The SOL Republic headphones basically store flat.
When I first put it together I admit being a total dope, because I inserted the headband only to a certain point. I stuck it on my head and discovered my head was way too small and the earmuffs were down on my neck. It took me several minutes to figure out that the band can go all the way through the earmuffs. -_-
With that problem fixed, I inserted the cords into each muff (note more storage flexibility) and plugged it into my Droid. I was afraid it wouldn’t work since the box says they’re made for iPods and iPhones, but it fit perfectly and I started up my Amazon tracks.
The sound is just incredible. They pitch their virtually indestructible band and the storage is sweet, but the sound is by far the best thing about these headphones, delivering a very smooth sound. While there was obviously never any comparison between these and my $12 earbuds, it was still rather shameful to learn what poor quality I was getting whenever I happened to find them and use them.
Used by Michael Phelps during training, these will make great headphones for people exercising, training, or biking. They fit very securely onto my head and since each side has it’s own cord, you can remove one to allow yourself to hear on at least one side, which is important for me when biking, since I need to be able to hear cars coming.
One downside is that the headband is a bit too secure for someone like me who has a fat head and so after wearing them for about 10 minutes I could feel the blood pumping in my ears. It stopped after about 15 minutes, but was rather annoying. Hopefully I just need to find the right height of the band that works for me.
Something cool for college students and alumni: SOL Republic sells special collegiate versions for certain schools.
The SOL Republic headphones are available on Amazon and in my opinion would make a great gift this Christmas. If you haven’t been able to find something just yet, this may be your answer!
For the Christmas season, the nice folks at SOL have agreed to sponsor a giveaway of a pair of these. Should you win, you’ll be able to choose from their line of headphones, picking one of the collegiate versions if you desire. ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE.
These headphones were provided to me for free by SOL Republic. I was not paid to write this review. The opinions expressed above are my own.