It was two summers ago and I was destroying headphones by the handful.
Neither the iconic white earbuds that came with my iPod and iPhone, nor the waterproof earbuds supposedly designed for swimmers could keep up with my daily run, the buckets of sweat it typically produced or the Lowcountry heat and humidity that caused said perspiration.
I had high hopes for another pair I bought, these the result of a collaboration between Adidas and audio giant Sennheiser, but they turned out to be ill-fitting and uncomfortable.
One-by-one, each pair of headphones shorted out and as I watched the mound of faulty earbuds in my trashcan grow and my bank account diminish, I began to run out of hope that there existed a reasonably affordable pair of headphones that could suit my needs.
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And this wasn’t a minor inconvenience or a first-world problem.
It was a major hindrance to my workout as I often relied on music and sometimes podcasts to get me through my workouts; the thud of my feet against the asphalt for 4 or 5 miles was not, for me, a particularly motivational soundtrack.
As a last-ditch effort, I bought a pair of YurBuds.
I figured this, too, was a fool’s errand but I couldn’t have been more wrong. They were durable, fit like a glove and sounded great.
I consider myself to be on the fever-ish end of the sweating spectrum while exercising and I’ve only once had a problem with a pair of YurBuds shorting out.
The right earbud had gone silent and reached out to the brand on Twitter and was pleasantly surprised when they offered to replace my headphones for free.
In a day and age when customer service and engagement is so important but too often neglected, it was great to see a brand treat one of its customers with such consideration.
More than a year later, I’m still using the pair of YurBuds they sent me in return. And they still sound great.
Just to give that year a bit of context, the other headphones I had used barely lasted a month before faltering.
As the weather warms up and you find yourself looking for a new pair of earbuds to wear on your run, bike or walk, YurBuds should be your choice.
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