Recently I’ve been struggling to re-build my motivation for swimming. Last year in the build up to IronMan Coeur D’Alene I’d put in the effort and built a fairly good swim base. And, it paid off with a PR swim (Imagine that, hard work = results!).
While I like swimming, if I had to choose between swimming, biking, or running, swimming would lose every time. The tedium of staring at that blue line gets to me and makes it hard to do a solid solo workout. So, when AudioFlood asked if I’d like to try out their waterproof ipod shuffle I was all for it.
Contents of the AudioFlood box — the ipod & headphones, the waterproof headphones, & some extras.
When the product first arrived, I was surprised at how “normal” it looked. Other than a small bit of plastic I could see near the on/off switch, it really didn’t look any different from a regular iPod Shuffle. It’s not obvious that it is waterproof.
In the case you get :
- The iPod in its original apple case, including the non-waterproof earbuds.
- A set of waterproof earphones.
- Some alternative earphone plug sizes.
- An Underwater Audio swim cap.
- A small tube of crazy glue to attach your plugs.
- A small nylon bag.
I loaded up some music and set off to my local rec center for only the 3rd time since CDA (I know, so bad!) for a workout. I listen to a lot of podcasts but swimming seems to call for something a little more rhythmic, so Daft Punk it was.
The supplied earphones (their “true short-cord headphones”) at first have a medium sized earplug. I found those to be a little too small for me. I have some kind of freakishly large head and hands, usually wearing large gloves and hats but small/medium shirts/pants. Other than a little water leaking in my one ear the plugs generally stayed in place. I really like the length of the cord, it’s just long enough to reach from your ears, down your back to the ipod on your waist — not too long and not too short. Coils near the ears take up any extra slack.
The audio quality is OK. It’s not not going to be replacing your Beats Audio headphones any time soon, but try taking those in the pool! If water gets in your ear while swimming, obviously the audio stops working in that ear until you re-seat the earplug. I switched to the larger size on a second trip, and they stayed secure.
The iPod itself worked just as advertised. Just put it on and go, you already know how it works. I liked the small size, and it really wasn’t noticeable while you were swimming, which is great. They definitely put some good thought into the cord, it’s really nice the way it stays out of your way. You can buy the ipod alone or with the headphones. Bundled, the headphones are only $15 more than the iPod alone, so probably worth trying them first.
The Verdict: This tool will find a permanent place in my swim bag. With a little practice I can hopefully sing along in my head and accurately count my laps. I might have to start wearing my Garmin for long steady swims — just get in and swim to the rhythm.
Product: Audio Flood Waterproof iPod and Headphones
Price as Reviewed: $140 (iPod only for $125)
Disclaimer: I was provided this product for free, but I’m not receiving any other compensation for my review. If you’d like me to review your product, feel free to contact me.
And now, lose yourself to dance: