Friday, February 13, 2015

EDGE Wireless Headset Review from JillWillRun.com

Do you use bluetooth headphones? I have tried a couple of pairs but most haven’t “stuck” with me. They are decent enough, but they just don’t work for my lifestyle most of the time.
I was recently sent the Red Fox Edge Wireless Headset to test. They were named the “Best Cordless Headphones” by Runner’s World magazine last year and I was pretty impressed with them.
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The wireless headphones are pretty lightweight and they don’t bounce around. Full disclosure, the first time I paired them I ran around my house and bounced up and down trying to see if they would flop around. I run very scientific tests around these parts! They have an “IPX nano coating” which matters because that gives them protection from sweat and moisture.
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They have a 32 foot range, so you can move about a lot with them on. I listened to a conference call with them on and it was nice to be able to pace around my office and not have to worry about carrying my phone every step of the way too, I could just leave it on my desk and “enjoy” my call.
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I did find that if I had my ponytail in the slightly wrong place then it kind of annoyed me against the back of the headset, that caused it to bounce around! And I would recommend it for indoor exercise over outdoors, just because I’m such a stickler about blocking your ears while running outside.
Also, I haven’t gotten really smooth with the buttons on the side. I sometimes skip tracks when I’m trying to turn the volume up or I activate Siri on accident (but at least I know Siri is very responsive via the Edge Headphones!) but I think with more regular use I’d get better! Practice makes perfect or something. But it’s just not intuitive to me, I have to really think if I was supposed to be tapping on the left or right side of my head to accomplish a task.
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Features include:
  • Built in microphone with single button call answering feature
  • SIRI and Google Voice integration
  • Easy-to-use controls on headset for play/pause and track forward/backward
  • The lithium ion battery provides 9 hours of continuous use and requires only 1 hour to recharge.
  • IPX4 Nano Coating provides sweat and moisture protection
  • Includes a custom case for protective storage
Time will tell if these actually become part of my regular routine. I still need to try talking on them in the car. My car has built-in bluetooth phone controls, but I’ve found the road noise makes conversations difficult so perhaps these would be better. But then, I don’t talk on the phone in the car that often anyway.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Red Fox Products are Good for Your Love Life: A Fox News Special

Guys, Valentine's Day doesn't have to be hard. I mean, you can't go wrong with flowers and chocolates, can you? While chocolates are safe, they can also be boring! This year, the team at FOX News Chicago went on a search for some fun gifts that not only could help you stay fit, but also improve your love life. We aren't surprised that Red Fox Wireless made the list!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Wireless Running Headphones – (Where have these been all my life?)

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By Michelle Roos, pawsitivelydelightful.com Blogger

One of the most annoying things on a run is not feeling free. I run for many reasons but one of the biggest is to let go and release built up tension from my day, week, month. But often times I feel like I’m being held back my the gear I’m using or the extra things I need for my run – water bottles, iPhone, Gus/gels, headphone cords, winter attire. This is a big reason why racing is such a nice free feeling – you don’t have any of the “baggage” that weighs you down during training.
Last week I was introduced to a product – RedFox Wireless headphones (courtesy of the lovely ladies at Smack) – and this is clearly a review in exchange for that product, but the initial background I just took you through is pure truth. I hate having to carry things and one of the most annoying things is knowing where to put my iPhone so that my headphone cord reaches but doesn’t annoy or chafe me during a race.
The headphones were sent to me as a trial and I’ve been able to test them now a few times as I’m knees deep in Boston Marathon training!
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Sleek design and cool packaging. It comes with its own specially designed carrying case which is a little bit bigger than I would like if I’m going to travel with it but definitely ensures it won’t get damaged.
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They are designed to be worn in multiple ways – over the ear (which is the way I tried first, seemed most natural) or flipped upside down. Surprisingly I preferred having it upside down to having it over the ear (in between ear and head).
AND you can control the music from the headphones! Whaaaat? Best feature (other than it being wireless ;)). You can answer calls, change volume, change songs, pause/play songs. Amazing. Especially for us NYers who never stop moving.
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I tried these outside and on the treadmill. They bobbed up and down a little for me wearing them over the ear, but had a much smoother feel once I flipped them upside down and wore them inverted. I think this is purely unique to the user; everyone will prefer it one way over the other (or enjoy both). Here’s an example of how they look being worn down:
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One thing you do have to make sure is that you charge the product. It comes with a USB cord that you can plug into your computer or any connector (like your iPhone charger). Since it uses Bluetooth, if its not charged it’ll skip sometimes. But it’s battery life is ~8 hours so I definitely don’t charge it after every single run.
It felt amazzzzing not to have to have a cord dangling or getting caught in my water bottle. I kept my iPhone in my pocket and just ran with my hands free. I know a lot of people prefer not running with anything which is fine, but for me, I love having music so this is amazingly revolutionary for me.
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Conference calls so you can take notes, listening to music while walking (what I do all the time in NYC), calling while cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping (basically anything on the move).
They come in a bunch of fun colors and I think it’s a really good gift idea for anyone who’s either interested in tech or interested in sports (or both obviously!). It’s not purely a running product so there are many uses for those who hate hitting the pavement.
Even just from reading the reviews on the site I can see that everyone really believes in and loves the product. For me, they come in perfect timing as my Yurbuds just died on me (AGAIN, second pair). Will be keeping these babies as essentials for my training for Boston!
Have any questions specifically about the product? I’ll answer everything in the comments below if you have any or feel free to reach out to me personally.
Happy gifting (or self gifting)! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner :)