Friday, January 17, 2014

Sponsored Post: #Koss Fit Series Headphones (...are awesome)

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential, LLC on behalf of Koss Headphones. As a FitFluential Ambassador, I was given the opportunity to review two products from the Koss Fit Series line. Further compensation was provided, however, all opinions are my own.

When I run indoors on a track or treadmill, I have to be entertained by music. I use my iPhone and crank up Pandora. This works for me...but the ear buds that came with my phone do not. I'm a huge Apple fan, but their ear buds suck. The minute I move and/or sweat, they fall out. And for some reason, they hurt my ears. So when FitFluential offered up the chance to review products in the Koss Fit Series lineup—FitBuds and FitClips—I took this as my chance to try out some ear buds that might actually be awesome.

While they dabble in a variety of different styles, this line of headphones is different because it's championed by women and for women. And, it's done so in partnership with Olympic Gold Medalist Dara Torres (a swimmer, in case you couldn't place her).

Ladies, seriously...if you need new headphones, I urge you to consider these.

I've only had these for a week and I think my Apple ear buds are in the trash already. Not even joking, it was love at first listen. Let's talk about the FitBuds first.

The "for women, by women" comes into play here because these ear buds are 33% smaller than any other buds in the Koss line. I don't know if my ear is smaller than a dude's, but I hate bulky ear buds, earphones and/or headphones. They've gotta be small and bearable, especially if I'm using them on a run—these were definitely bearable, and they didn't come out of my ear once.

Love the mint color, too.

Let's talk about these now:

When I first tried a pair of around-the-ear headphones, I didn't really like them because they sort of dug into the back of my ear. But this style actually grew on me and the last pair I owned (and consequently loved) was a random cheapie I think I got for free at a blog conference or something. But they rocked because they fit my ear so perfectly. And then they died. Which took me back to my (stupid) Apple ear buds. So when I opened the box from Koss and saw the FitClips, I did a little happy dance.

No pinching, and they don't fall out.

They're super lightweight and bendy, and adjust to any ear...I would know because mine are different (for real). Honestly, I could barely feel them when I was running.

Like the FitBuds, they're sweat resistant (clutch), come in five different colors and with three different cushion sizes for the perfect fit. I'm pretty sure I used mine right out of the box, though:

They retail for about $29.99 (worth every penny). You can purchase them online, or at major retailers like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Sears, Kmart and even Walgreens.

Oh, and if you're wondering how the running is going during my pregnancy...I'm easily capable of knocking out three miles without issue. I run twice a week unless my teaching schedule interferes. Last time, I was able to keep it up until just shy of my 8th month, and I'm hoping I'll have the same luck again this time around. Fingers crossed!

Question: What is the newest piece of fitness gear in your collection? Anything you have your eyes set on to support your efforts this year?

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