Do you take these Bose SIE2i Sport Headphones for Ultra-Running in Sweaty Armpit-bubbling Heat? I Scooby Doobie Doo!

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via Bose.com

These shiny green sport headphones complete with that new headphone smell are popular among runners because of the sound quality and the functionality.  As an ultra-runner and former DJ, I’ll hook you up with lots of 411 about these things. Brace yourself. I use lots of fancy former DJ lingo like, “HOW YOU FEELIN' TONIGHT?" while my speakers go, "Un-Stt Un-Stt Un-Stt Un-Stt Un-Stt Un-Stt" and the crowd cheers, "Yeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!"  Then I say, "NOW THATS WHAT I'M TALKIN' 'BOUT!" That's right.  With my new killer sports cans, I got mash ups to make ya envy the deaf, yo!

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I received these as a birthday present this year.  It’s been a rough couple years as a stay-at-home mom after leaving my radio career, but I’m still kicking. My kids are eating all their Scooby snacks, my boobs (which I used to refer to as "sweet and low" because they weren't "equal") --well they've caught up to one another now and aren’t dragging the floor yet.  And now that I'm home more often, I can train for more marathons and 10 hour ultra-races.  And because I received a good birthday present of sport 'phones from Bose and I’m in a good mood, I’ll share these valuable headphones tips with you. Please send cash ’cause I don’t share for free.  Seriously– send money now. There are sparkly Hoka moon boots that need to be purchased (http://www.blogher.com/moon-boots-mad-flavor-review-hoka-one-one-kailua-tarmac).

So here goes a few things I’ve learned about the longest-surviving pair of headphones to date that I've used. Maybe I should have learned a few other things, but I’m super busy doing things like watching Scooby Doo with a 2 year old and trying to understand why Ben Affleck is playing Batman.  First of all, I did my research and learned that in the sports 'phones industry other competitors either have low quality sound but great function or quality sound but horrible function.  Other top competitors make sports 'phones for runners however I don’t think wearing 'Beats by Dre' would the best for running a marathon or ultra.

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Also, why do people say the full title of the headphones, "Beats by Dre?" Why not just "Beats?" It's like calling a person by his first and last name when you address him, every time.  But I guess there is a need to specify. If somebody were to say "Beats by Chris Brown", well that's something else entirely.

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Anyway, I'm glad I scored the pair of Bose.

Cost:

These can go from $119-$150

Yeah.  So I wear expensive headphones to run but I also wear ratty old race shirts to pick up my son from preschool because everyone knows never to trust a mother who has better clothes than her kid.

The Bose SIE2i's are equipped with:

Sport Headphones 3MM
3 Earpieces in sizes S,M,L
Reebok Armband
1 Year warranty

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Fit:

Ever since I used them on the treadmill and out on the beach and trail, they have never fallen off. They mold inside your ear in a Jell-O mold-like fashion which is nice but I've never understood the special reason why Jell-O needs to assume a particular shape.  But even though these Jell-O molded ear buds feel a bit foreign and alien-like in the ear at first, they do become super comfy over time and will not irritate your ear even for long-distance running. They also match well with an iPod shuffle because of the size and the inline mic/remote works with iPhone and iPod controls.

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The armband fits well around my skinny white lady arm and gives it a snug fit. My only complaint about the band is how it only supports iPhones at the moment. I own an iPhone5 now but everyone else does not and they are exceedingly sad for me.  Their GalaxyS5's make my iPhone feel empty on the inside. The Galaxy S5 is what Apple wishes iPhone 5 would grow up to be.  So if I ever decided to go with the flow and trade up to a new Galaxy phone the Reebok armband would NEVER fit. However I did read some reviews where Galaxy S5 owners forced their phones to fit.  Debit cards can also fit (about 2-3 cards) if you’re willing to stretch it to play a game of credit card-roulette.

Sound:

As I mentioned, I’m a former DJ and audio production director/audiophile and even though most of my career was spent in the announcer booth using words like "conducive" and "superfluity" in everyday DJ commentary in attempts to make myself seem less stupid, I do also know a bit about sound engineering.  These phones have a fair amount of bass which sounds really good for a very small speaker.  However if you turn the volume up all the way max, you can’t hear much from the outside. With the average volume, you can hear cars and runners behind you. That’s a good thing because you do NOT want headphones that completely isolate you from a flow of traffic punctuated with a horn every nine seconds or someone who wants to put you in the trunk of his car.  I don’t want that for you.  Especially if he makes his living selling fish feces to trendy closed-loop aquaponic system farmers in North Carolina. That trunk is a thoroughly unsavory place.

Quality:

Unfortunately, I may have to use the warranty because the speaker grill inside the 'phones seems to be coming off. It's making a little bit of buzzing but not noticeable. This happened in about the 3 month mark but Bose will supposedly replace it right away with hardly any questions asked. This makes for a good warranty although it does exclude damage caused by snake bite, bear attack, children or monkeys age 5 and under in the state of Florida.  Still, these are the best 'phones to train with in Florida heat because they are sweat proof and I have every race and training run to prove it in the past three months of wear. I ran when it was pouring and I've fallen into water crossings with them on.  I tend to do things like that during ultra-races.  Sometimes I fall down, or bruise myself, or dance like nobody’s watching only not in a good way.  Yet nothing bad happened to the headphones.

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However since there’s 2 cords with one extension, these 'phones may do very poorly with time. The little connectors are beginning to crack, probably due to all the salt and moisture it has been absorbing.  Please note that I’m an “extreme” user and I have put about 400 miles per month on these for the past 3 months (1200 miles).  My phones need periodic cleaning as they are exposed to sweat, moisture and heat on a daily basis during the warmer months. There's a rubbing alcohol trick to cleaning the connectors when the cracking starts becoming a problem. 

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It's easy to wipe down the connectors a few times and fix the issue but I often put off doing so because I am a procrastinator. I’ll tell you more about that later.

Overall:

With cheap headphones or even the iPhone accessory ones, I would change them faster than I would change out shoes. Those iconic white headphones that come with most apple products (the stock ones) absolutely suck.  They have no bass whatsoever, sound as hollow as the brain of an "emotionally vacant" drummer, are impossible to fit in most people’s ears and earwax shows up on them like soy cheese on organic macaroni. Also, don't ever turn your back on your iPod headphones because they will tie themselves into a friggin' knot, or bundle up like a ball of yarn in my old apartment with my 3 cats.  This wasn’t entirely a bad thing because I never really had to leave because of the stockpile of four tons of cat food and twenty-thousand gallons of milk.  Like me before I left the single DJ/cat lady life, most people don't even bother to shop around for a decent pair and if they switch out they usually only get a crappy cheap pair from Walmart or something along those lines. Anyone reading this that still uses iPhone stock headphones or Walmart cheapies, do yourself a favor and pay for a decent pair.

These Bose headphones actually might last until the warranty expires and even then, I probably won't need to exchange them.  Because the price is on the premium side I did research cheaper headphones online before receiving these as a gift.  I found several sites that said things like, “you buy headphones from here you get good headphones yes” and “we pass savings onto you consumer real good.” I would not buy from those. I also read some reviews saying that "If you truly care about sound, you might have to go with another brand as opposed to Bose.".  I now know to dismiss those people. I've dismissed so hard, I burst a blood vessel in my eye.

Other than that, my advice to other runners is to try these 'phones out for long, sweaty runs.  I use the word "advice" because I don’t know how to spell recommendation. I always have to autocorrect. It feels like someone went a little overboard in the “M” department and also, it seems there should be a silent “Q” in there somewhere.

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I do not recommend this. 

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