Swimming is almost everyone’s favorite pastime, and it is also considered as a sport for those with a competitive spirit. While it is fun to do on its own, swimming can be quite boring sometimes if there aren’t any songs playing in the background to get you excited and start dancing in the pool, on the beach, or even on the shore.
Most resorts and beaches usually have large speakers blasting music so that everyone can hear the songs that an attendant is playing in a room. But what if you don’t like the music you’re hearing and want to listen to the songs you love? You can opt to use your regular headphones while you are on the shore or in a cottage, but you cannot bring these with you in the pool or any body of water since they are most likely not waterproof.
However, there are headphones that have special waterproof properties that will let you listen to music if you are floating or submerged in water. Here are some of the best headphones that you can use while swimming.
The Exeze Rider is not just headphones; it is also an MP3 player that can play both MP3 and WMA music file formats. The MP3 player is IPX8 certified, which means that it can be submerged in water for one to three meters.
It has 4GB of maximum storage, so you can put more than 100 songs in it and never run out of music while you’re in the pool. Also, its rechargeable Lithium-ion battery can last for up to 12 hours before you need to charge it, and its USB charger can be plugged into the headphone jack conveniently, but you would have to remove the earphones first.
The MP3 player itself needs to be clipped in a pair of goggles, so you would have to buy a swimming accessory for your eyes before being able to use the Exeze Rider. But aside from goggles, the MP3 can also be attached to an armband or a belt, but the cables for the earphones may hinder your arm or torso movement while in water.
The Exeze Rider is perfect for those who are just looking for a music player that they can use casually, but swimming athletes may find better options that are wireless and doesn’t require the player to be attached to an accessory.
The FINIS Duo is an interesting MP3 player as it uses a technology called bone conduction audio transmission that conducts sound waves through the vibrations it produces on the wearer’s cheekbones. This technology allows the FINIS Duo to not have any earbuds that can be quite cumbersome to plug to your ears, so you don’t have to worry about your earphones coming off your ears whenever you’re underwater.
Like the Exeze Rider, it has 4GB of storage that enables at least 60 hours of playback depending on how many songs you’ve put in the player. However, unlike the Exeze Rider, where its player is separate from the earphones, the FINIS Duo has one earphone where the player is built-in, and this player has an on/off, play/pause, forward, rewind, and shuffle buttons.
Take note that you need to place the MP3 player to your temple bones and not on your ears for the FINIS Duo to produce higher quality sound.
The Swimbuds Flip looks similar to the Exeze Rider, but the MP3 player that it comes packaged with, which is made by SYRYN, has 8GB storage space that can have over 100 hours of playback.
Along with its IPX8 certified build, the Swimbuds Flip also has four earbud sizes so that you can customize the fit of the earphones. The SYRYN player can be attached to the back of goggles like the separated player of the Exeze Rider, but it has a slightly shorter battery life of 10 hours.
If you have previously bought an Exeze Rider and its earphones are broken, you can buy the Swimbuds Flip by itself without the SYRYN player, and you can use it as replacement earphones for the MP3 player.
The Swimbuds Flip’s short cable is specifically designed to prevent it from becoming a distraction when it is attached to your goggles while swimming. But for those who want to use it for hiking or running, the package comes with a cable extension so that you can place the SYRYN player in your bag or your pocket.
The H20 Audio Stream 2 may appear like the standard waterproof MP3 player like the Exeze Rider and the SYRYN player, but the one particular feature that differentiates the Stream 2 to the other players on this list is that it has a built-in Bluetooth receiver that you can utilize to connect your smartphone to the earphones.
Created as an improvement to the Stream 1, H20 Audio’s premier waterproof audio player, the Stream 2 has better buttons for easy control and a seal-tight connector to protect its internal components from damage. In addition, the Stream 2 supports M4A, which is the file format usually seen on iTunes, so you don’t have to convert the songs on your iTunes library to MP3.
The Stream 2’s Lithium-ion battery is rechargeable, and its capacity can last for up to 10 hours if it is fully charged. Its package comes with eight unique earbuds so you can personalize the device’s fit on your ears. Three of the earbuds are designed for use in water, while the five other earbuds are more suitable for land.
Unlike most earphones and players on this list, the Tayogo MP3 player’s main body can be wrapped around the wearer’s neck, which means that you don’t need to buy goggles or other swimming accessories to use this player properly.
Its USB player can be detached from the headset frame by squeezing it out, making it more convenient to add songs in the device because you don’t need cables to plug it in a computer since the player itself looks like a flash drive.
The Tayogo can play MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, WAV, and APE audio file formats, and it has 8GB of storage so you can fit more than 1000 songs in the device.
Since it just wraps around your neck, the Tayogo may not be as securely fitted as the players that are clipped in goggles. Therefore, the MP3 player is not recommended for swimming athletes as it may irritate or distract them while training.
These are just a few of the best headphones to use for swimming, and each of these products has advantages and disadvantages when it comes to its features and functions. Which do you think is the earphones that best suits your style and preference?