SASKATOON, SK, May 9, 2014/ Troy Media/ – I used to run every day. While my knees forbid that now, I remember how much I hated using earbuds that were attached to my iPod. I eventually gave running with my iPod altogether.
I wish the BlueAnt Pump HD Sportsbuds were available back then!
The Pump HD Sportsbuds are Bluetooth compatible wireless earbuds that are washable and water resistant, so you can sweat to your heart’s content and not worry about damaging them.
The earbuds have a very secure fit and the controls on the right earpiece are easily negotiated without having to see what you’re doing. There’s a play/pause button that acts as an answer/hang up button for phone calls, and the volume button doubles as controls to et you skip tracks forward and back. There’s also a microphone built into the Pump HS earbuds so you can use it as a stereo headset for sending and receiving calls.
The BlueAnt Pump HD Sportsbuds are designed for iOS devices: that means that if you’re a Samsung user you can still have some of the functionality but not all. The remote may not work, but the microphone will.
The sound is nice and bassy – something I really like in speakers of any kind. Like all earbuds, the quality of the sound and the amount of noise cancellation depends on the tightness of the fit and these earbuds fit my Dumbo ears very well, so there’s not a lot of extraneous noise.
The sound quality is pretty darn good – bright and clear, and even when I cranked my test model up it didn’t distort until my eyeballs started bouncing around.
The earbuds come with lots of different tip sizes and two sets of snap on stabilizers to keep them in your ear canal.
I’d describe these earbuds as perfect for workouts or runs. I really like Bluetooth headphones – whether they’re over ear or on ear, and these earbuds fit right in as far as I’m concerned. I’d worry about using them for running in traffic areas because these earbuds keep sound out very effectively. BlueAnt thought of that though, and supply a pair of Awareness tips so you can hear ambient noise.
For your C$130, you get a set of waterproof earbuds that stay in your ear canals while working out – no matter how hard you go at it. They’re classed as military grade, so they’re tough; really tough. Not only do they protect you from rain or dust or sweat, you can rinse them off under the tap after using them. How many earbuds can you say that about?
They’re also encased in Kevlar – a Canadian invention by the way – and coated with Teflon to repel water. You can even drop these earbuds in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes, but, having said that, I don’t think I’d use them while swimming.
The onboard Lithium-ion battery offers up to eight hours on a full charge. The BlueAnt Pump Sportsbuds come in three colours: Black, Blue and Green Ice – which is kind of see through.
PROS: Bassy sound; easy to clean; great fit; Bluetooth compatible; rugged construction; waterproof; simple, easy to access controls.
CONS: A little bulky; if you play your music loud you may not get the advertised battery life.
TO SUM IT UP: If you like to work out hard and have been looking for a set of earbuds that’ll stay in and be tough enough to take all you can throw at them, then take a look at the BlueAnt Pump HD Sportsbuds. The big bonus is Bluetooth, so no cable from your headset to your iOS device. In Canada, the Pump Sportsbuds are available online through the Apple Store and BlueAnt’s website.
Troy Media columnist Murray Hill reviews products weekly. You can follow Murray on Twitter at @MurrayDHill.
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