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Backpacker Magazine – January 2009

AirDrives Interactive Earphones

AirDrives Interactive Earphones stay put on bumpiest trails and helps you rock out safely.

by: The Backpacker Editors & Contributors

AirDrives Interactive Earphones (Courtesy Photos)
AirDrives Interactive Earphones (Courtesy Photos)

No more music interruptus with these ear buds, which won't fall out even during scrambles and trail runs. Bendable "arms" on the low-profile earphones swoop around your ears, locking the buds in place just outside the ear canal. They always stayed put, and also allowed our tester to hear what was going on around him, a key safety factor on busy trails. Sound quality compares to iPod buds, but the AirDrives are more comfortable and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration deems them safer because they're not jammed inside your ear canal. One drawback: Loud background noise and wind interferes with the sound quality (they work fine for mountain biking, but not road biking). $80; 1 oz.; airdrives.com. Reader service #118

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Sandy Mitchell
Mar 13, 2009

Are they sweatproof? My last expensive pair of Shure's turned out not to be sweatproof and died after a few long, sweaty runs.

Bill B.
Mar 08, 2009

Why use earphones and Ipods while hiking, running and riding outside? Aren't the sounds of nature what we are outside for in the first place? With earphones users don't hear sounds that might be a warning for hazards ahead or around such as other trail users, and the like.

Leave your earphones at home. Enjoy and appreciate the sounds of nature and your fellow trail users.

HIKER4LIFE
Feb 11, 2009

These are wonderful. I use them every day for all of my sports activites.

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