Do you do weekend triathlons? I take my hat off to you. For the rest of us, maybe we just want some good running headphones or a set of the best swimming headphones that we know we can trust for being truly, truth waterproof.
And here they are, because H2O (the Californian expert who was the first to market waterproof headphones in 2003) today released its newest invention – waterproof, multi-sport bone conduction headphones that go beyond the IPX8 rating by being submersible to a depth of 12 feet. water for an unlimited time. Yes, you read correctly.
Want to know how you’re going to take your cell phone to the drink with you? Don’t worry. The Tri Multi-Sport Bluetooth and MP3 headphones (yes, a lot, but that’s what they’re called) also have a built-in MP3 player, as well as Bluetooth, surprisingly.
The headphones have 8GB of memory, so you’ll be able to take approximately 2,000 MP3 songs with you. They also offer a claimed nine hours of battery life. Impressive.
Opinion: You don’t have to be an elite athlete to own them – but you can Tri…
These headphones were designed for triathletes, but made for anyone who enjoys listening to music while swimming, surfing, running, biking, skiing or snowboarding. OK, I only do some of those things, but I’d love a set – and let’s be clear, I might never do a triathlon.
Why do I want something designed for elite athletes? Why would an Apple Watch owner want the new Watch Ultra? Because we have suffered many losses, friends. We threw headphones in puddles (my colleague even put his AirPods in the laundry room), dried them religiously, rejoiced when they came to life, and lamented their fate, that is. sounding forever as if they were still underwater.
And now there’s H2O’s Tri headphones, which also offer a refreshing open-ear design with a behind-the-neck headband, so you can listen to traffic on your run or hang out with the yoga teacher in class, say. . For a very low price (specified below), I will absolutely give them a try.
But the biggest draw of the Tri headphones is that concurrent with the 2022 Ironman World Championships and The Underpants Run in Kona, Hawaii (which I didn’t know about, but I’ll research it once I’m done writing this piece) H2O audio (opens in new tab)‘s waterproof technology goes beyond the IPX8 rating.
To clarify, the IPX8 is specified as a device that can be submerged in up to 1.5m of fresh water for up to 30 minutes and still survive. These headphones, however, are advertised as being able to withstand submersion of up to 12 feet underwater (3.6m for us, metric heads) for an unlimited period of time. It’s a huge leap in waterproofing and could mean they’ll head straight to our ultimate bone conduction headphones buying guide.
At a promotional launch price of just $99 (opens in new tab) (around £90, AU$157), in black, blue and pink finishes, the H2O Tri headphones are possibly the most affordable premium waterproof and multisport headphones on the market today too.
Want to know how they fare in terms of sound, features and comfort in review? Watch this space…