01 August 2011

ZippEarz Earbuds Review & Giveaway

Zipears Review & Giveaway

The ZippEarz folks sent me a pair of their earbuds to review and giveaway. They also gave me a hoodie that can be used along with the earbuds, and although it was a nice hoodie it was too big, so I gave it to my brother.

Zipears Review & Giveaway

ZippEarz earbuds feature a 10mm speaker diameter, a conical fit (resting almost inside the ear canal vs resting in your ear like Apple earbuds), 3 sizes of soft ear cones for a perfect fit, detachable and adjustable ear loops to keep your ZippEarz in place during exercise, and a "zipper" feature to manage the cord.

At first, I wasn't sure how well these would work for me. The earbuds I use rest inside the ear instead of going deeper into the ear canal, so I didn't know how I'd like the fit and the fact that the sound would be a little more intense.

To begin, I fitted the earbuds with the smallest ear cones. I don't think my ears are very big, though perhaps the next size up would help keep them in place better.

Zipears Review & Giveaway
Zipears Review & Giveaway
Zipears Review & Giveaway

I attached and adjusted the ear loops, then put them on. This wasn't easy; I needed to look in the mirror to see what I was doing since I had a hard time getting the loops to fit snugly over my ears.

Zipears Review & Giveaway

The cord on the ZippEarz features a zipper to keep the cord from tangling. This is a really nice feature, as sometimes I forget to take my necklace off, resulting in a massive knot with the cord of my regular earbuds that I have to figure out post run. While the cord may seem long, the benefit is that everyone regardless of height can wear it.

Zipears Review & Giveaway

I didn't want to run with excess cord flying around, so I tucked it under the waistband of my shorts and headed out for a run.

Unfortunately, my braid knocked off one of the ear loops. Once it fell off, I couldn't get it back on. For the first half mile it stayed in place, though. The sound was a little intense so I lowered the volume much more than I would with my regular earbuds. Had it not been for the braid incident, I think the earbuds would have stayed in place, but I'd have to try it again to be sure.

The pros for me: Despite the above, inconclusive incident, the sound quality is good. ZippEarz retail for $24.95 a pair and come in 3 colors (they sent me green, which works out nicely as its my favorite color!). For the price, you get good sound and a lot of extras, like the loops. I don't expect inexpensive earbuds or headphones to have the greatest sound, but when they do it's a nice surprise.

Update: After listening to tunes with Zippearz for the past few months, I've come to the conclusion that the sound quality is great. The music sounds deep, I can hear notes I never picked up as deeply with my standard Apple earbuds (cheap piece of crap). So if you're looking for quality with a good price, these are it.

The zipper feature is pretty neat. It keeps the cord near your neck together so it won't tangle or fly around.

I'm still unsure about the fit. I have stayed away from conical style earbuds because they push further into the ear. After listening to music with these for a little bit , the sound became more annoying earlier. In doses, I'd find these to work great, and they aren't uncomfortable to wear.

Second Update: I've been able to wear these earbuds while running without the attachable ear pieces by pushing the conical buds deep into my ear. This means I have to turn the volume down even lower than usual, but that's probably for the best.

Unfortunately, one of the cords somehow is partially sliced in half and that earbud went out. Luckily, my sweetie pie bought me a new pair. That's how much I've come to like these earbuds.



ZippEarz Giveaway

Would you like to win a pair of ZippEarz? Enter for a chance to win! You'll get a pair of ZippEarz, a pouch, 3 sizes of soft ear cones, and ear loops. The value is $24.95.

To enter, follow these steps:
  • Leave a comment. Tell me when you're most likely to listen to music - while you workout, during your commute, cooking in the kitchen?

  • For an additional entry, Tweet the following: Win a pair of @zippearz from @RunningFoodie http://bit.ly/qsSspM. Leave a comment letting me know.

  • Blog about this giveaway, linking back to this post. Include the link in your next comment.

Three ways to enter!

Giveaway ends Friday, August 5, at noon. Good luck!

24 comments:

  1. I listen to my headphones while I walk my dogs.

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  2. I tend to listen to music while chatting

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  3. I am justing starting out & my shuffle earbuds are always falling out so this is a much needed review.
    Thanks, stacey

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  4. I have been looking for a pair of earbuds that I don't have to constantly readjust in my ears while I run, which is the only time I wear them these days -- oh that and on public transit. ;)

    Avriel

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  5. I always wear my headphones if I am at the gym!

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  6. I need to listen to music while I am cooking. It keeps me focused and on target. Great giveaway!

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  7. I have some decent earbuds, but I would like to win something to eat!
    ....haha....just commenting, you do not need to enter me.

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  8. I use my earphones while running for music and during the day to listen to classes and other professional development podcasts.

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  9. I love listening to music on my hard workouts to keep me pumped. I also enjoy it when I clean, cook, or work on my lesson plans(1st grade teacher). :) P.S. My earphones have only one side that works. I think they have a short in them...i could use a new pair. :)

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  10. I listen to music most while on my computer and everyone is asleep!

    shortkakesweety29@yahoo.com

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  11. Tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/#!/shortkakesweety/status/98542598645497856

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  12. Hi, I'm a beginning runner and I am always looking for earbuds that fit right.

    I listen to music while I run and cook.

    Thank you for the great giveaway.

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  13. Just tweeted about this giveaway!

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  14. Thank for the giveaway!!! I mostly listen to music while working out.

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  15. I just tweeted about this giveaway!
    http://twitter.com/#!/Foxblaze/status/98778153597665280

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  16. I blogged about this giveaway!!! (^_^)
    http://mississippiinsomniac.blogspot.com/2011/08/earbuds-giveaway.html

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  17. I love listening to music at the gym

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  18. I listen to music on headphones when working out or doing yardwork, and on the car stereo while driving!

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  19. I blogged your giveaway:
    http://oddfutures.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/free-stuff-its-a-contest-win-a-free-road-id/

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  20. I listen to tunes and audio books in the gym and walk to work.

    Would love to win these. I can never find bud that fit in my ear properly. those iPOD ones, forget it. They don't even stay in while I'm sitting still.

    :APPLE: :)

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  21. I'd use it during my exercising which is also my commute! Love the inspirational blog!

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  22. Wow its really good i want to buy this pair of earbuds and hoodies.Its really awesome.

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  23. I am in the middle of training for a marathon. I had purchased a pair of zippearz and they were fantastic. I came back from my run, set my mp3 player and ear buds down on an end table to take a shower. When I came out I found my dog had decided to find out how they tasted! I was devastated. I only had them for 1 week. I really miss them. The quality of the sound was excellent and they were so comfortable.

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Thanks for taking the time to comment. Your thoughts are appreciated! ^,^

~Christina

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