Six water-resistant earphones for the gym and pool
From sweat-resistant earphones for an intense workout to waterproof earbuds for a swimming session, these will keep you motivated and entertained after a long-haul flight or boring wait in transit
Are you the kind of traveller who books a hotel depending on whether it has a good gym or a big swimming pool? Getting some exercise after a long-haul flight, or a day in transit, can help you get over jet lag and prepare for your trip ahead.
Whether you hit the gym or the pool, there are plenty of choices for waterproof earphones and other devices that can keep you entertained and motivated. From a waterproof Walkman and an all-in-one MP3 player to headphones and “true wireless” earphones designed to cope with sweat or water, most of these devices will also work with a smartphone, so you only need one pair of earphones on your trip.
Sony Walkman NW-WS623
This fully waterproof Walkman (US$152) is designed like most Bluetooth headsets. As well as connecting wirelessly to a smartphone for playing music, the NW-WS623 can hold MP3 files in its 4GB storage (a 16GB version is also available) for when you hit the pool. Weighing 32 grams, it plays for 12 hours on one charge. Available at sony.com.hk
Bragi The Dash Pro
The trend for “true wireless” two-piece earphones has been hampered somewhat by the need to recharge each earpiece every few hours. This new “pro” version of the 26-gram Bragi The Dash earphones (US$332) increases the battery life to five hours, they are water resistant to three metres so you can swim with them. They’re not cheap, but like the Sony they can attach to a smartphone via Bluetooth, and can store 4GB of music. Available at yohohongkong.com
However hard you try, wearing standard earphones underwater does mean a lack of clarity. That’s OK for podcasts and audiobooks, but the two-piece Finis Duo (US$128) stand-alone MP3 player uses bone conduction technology to improve the sound quality.
The fully waterproof headset transmits audio waves into your cheek and jaw bones. Battery life is rated at seven hours, and it stores 4GB of music. Available at kck-shop.com
Jabra Elite Sport
An alternative to Bragi The Dash Pro, these “true wireless” sports earbuds (US$320) are ideal for hotel gyms, but are not designed to be used in swimming pools. With a 4½ hour battery life, they must be connected to a smartphone to play music. Available at hktvmall.com
Sony Walkman NW-WS413
Another effort from Sony, this stand-alone Walkman (US$100) acts as an MP3 player and can store 4GB of music (the 8GB NW-WS414 is also available). Completely waterproof and good for swimming pools, the 32-gram NW-WS413 cannot connect to your smartphone, but it’s a good value addition to a swim kit bag. The battery lasts about seven hours. Available at sony.com.hk
Bose SoundSport Wireless
Great sounding earphones created for the gym, the SoundSport (US$178) are not waterproof enough for the pool. These wireless in-ear headphones either end of a neckband connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth, but also have NFC to make a one-touch link. Lasting for six hours on a single charge (though a US$51 charging case is available that can charge for another 18 hours, which is handy on long trips). They weigh a mere 23 grams. Available at Bose Store, shop 809, Times Square, Matheson St, Causeway Bay, tel: 2836 3181