As much as I waffle on about the benefits of running, I honestly don’t think I could do it if it wasn’t for music. The idea of going out for a 20-minute run listening to myself huffing and puffing is just not as appealing (and believe me, I’ve actually done that once and twice before now and it is hell on earth).
But here’s the problem. Running with bulky headphones is just inconvenient. Running with tiny earbuds in is fine until your ears start to sweat and they fall out (the earbuds, not your ears). And forget listening to music out loud – no-one wants to hear my ’90s playlist blasting out through the park, as amazing as Atomic Kitten and Samantha Mumba are.
So when I was sent a KitSound Audio SportsBand to review, I thought it would be the answer to all my problems. It’s basically a band which fits around your head to keep hair out of your eyes. But it’s also got mini inbuilt headphones which you can connect to your phone/iPod while you’re running, so it has a fabulous dual-purpose. Plus it also comes in a handful of rather sexy colours…
KITSOUND AUDIO SPORTSBAND: LET’S GIVE THIS A GO.
Since receiving my KitSound Audio Sportsband, I’ve been using it every single time I’ve gone out for a run. At first I was a little bit dubious about wearing it because I got a little paranoid I looked like a rugby player who’d lost their way and couldn’t find their way back onto the pitch.
But all of those anxieties melted away when I realised just how gosh darn useful it is. I normally have to rely on clips to push my fringe back (cos it gets sweaty and gross #TMI), but with the sportsband I just shove it on and go. Which is super handy because – if you’re a girl you’ll know this I’m sure – I’ll buy a suitcase-full of hair clips and I’ll have lost them all by the end of the week.
Once you put the sportsband on it takes a few seconds to make sure the headphones are located over your actual ears, but I found once they were in place they were fine for the duration of my run. Maybe a slight tug and a pull here and there to help me hear the dulcet tones of Ricky Martin that much clearer. But otherwise, more than fine.
Now that the weather’s getting colder, I’m enjoying them a lot more. There’s only so many times you can shove hard earphones into your ears when they’re freezing cold and not want to cry with all the hurt.
The band also comes with a choice of two cord lengths to connect to your device, so there’s enough slack there to be able to hold your iPod while you run…if you’re like me and like being in control of your music throughout!
As if being both a headband and headphones wasn’t enough, it also works rather well as a sweatband too. For a £15 retail price, that’s 3 kinds of kit you’re getting!
THE FINAL VERDICT
After using the KitSound Audio Sportsband a dozen or so times, I’m finding it insanely useful. So much so, it’s actually worked its way into my regular running kit and I’m bereft without it now! It’s also great for those who love to run on their travels. I packed it with me during my weekend away in Norwich and what made me sooo happy was the fact the cord didn’t even get tangled up in my bag, hurrah!
P.s. if you want to win one of these for yourself then keep an eye on the blog in the next few days. There’s a BIG giveaway coming your way soon 😉