Although I heart pool running, I do not heart the loneliness of running by yourself in the pool. So you can imagine my excitement when I had the opportunity to review the H2O Audio Amphibx Armband and Surge 2G Waterproof Sport Headphones. Music for pool running= WINNING! The H2O Audio armband allows you to take your trusty iPhone/iPod/smartphone/mp3 player into the pool, rain, extreme sweat, etc.
I will admit that I was definitely afraid to test this out with my iPhone for fear that I would end up with a waterlogged and unusable smart phone (pretty much my lifeline!). I decided to test the armband out with a piece of paper inside. I submerged it and ran it under the faucet for a while. After removing a dry piece of paper from the armband, I decided to take the plunge and use my iPhone for the day’s pool run. I was still a bit nervous though. So off I went to the pool for a little aqua jogging.
I decided to do a half hour test. I loved being able to listen to music while running in the pool! It definitely made the half hour go by faster. The armband was pretty comfortable and fit snugly enough on my arm (I have thinner arms so it’s sometimes hard to get them to stay in place). I plugged in the water proof head phones and got started with the workout. I did have a little trouble with the audio portion being consistent with the volume.
It reminded me of when you plug your headphones into the treadmill and you have to adjust the headphone jack to get the right volume. Most of the time that volume was the same, but then occasionally it would get a bit louder. This leads me to believe that there was a connection problem somewhere. I didn’t want to tinker with the set up in the water for fear of jeopardizing my airtight seal!
I really like that the front face allowed for easy use of the touch screen. I have another armband that drives me nuts because it is hard to use the touch screen through the clear layer. Not an issue at all with this armband. The headphones were comfortable and have a control like the iPhone headphones for pausing and playing the music.
The H2O Audio Amphibx Armband and Surge 2G Waterproof Sport Headphones would make a great gear addition for any runner that pool runs or swims for cross-training. Additionally, if you have ever left your iPhone/iPod at home because it was raining (or tried to stick it in a Ziploc bag!), this is for you.
Now for the exciting part–if there is enough interest in this combo, H2O Audio will allow me to give a lucky reader an armband/headphone set. So check out their site and leave me a comment letting me know what you think. Let’s show them how interested you are!
H2O Audio provided 30 Something Mother Runner with a complimentary H2O Waterproof Amphibx Armband and Surge 2G Waterproof headphones for this product review. I did not receive any payment for writing this review, and all writing and opinions reflected in this review are my own.
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