You know you are a runner when you get numerous gifts for Christmas that are running related. Not only did I get a new hat and a new armband, but I was also fortunate enough to get some of these bad boys:
They are Sony Walkman 4GB Waterproof MP3 Player headphones. The main feature that appealed to me was that they were waterproof as I have ruined so many headphones in the past due to sweat getting into the headphones.
The other great feature is that they are an MP3 so you do not need to plug them into your phone, iPod etc. It used to really annoy me when I was running and the wires would flap around. I also found that the headphone connection to my iPhone was becoming temperamental due to overuse so I wanted to move away from using it. I had already invested in a Garmin so I didn't have to use my phone as a GPS tracker, these headphones now solve the music issue.
As this is an MP3 you can simply drag and drop your music onto the icon and it will download into your headphones. As all the controls are on the ear piece, it takes a short while to get used to where the buttons are located. It is all very straightforward, the volume control is on the left ear piece and the play/pause, skip buttons are on the right ear piece. Simples!
I tested my Sony headphones out the other day and I have to say I was really impressed with them. Some of the reviews that I had read stated the volume was too quiet, however I found them to be loud enough. I tested out the numerous earbuds that are supplied and found those that suited my ears. After running 10km the headphones were still comfortable and they did not slip or fall out once. The key test will be to try them out when it is raining to see how they perform.
Here is a photo from my early morning run around Windsor Great Park. The clear sunny skies are misleading as it was freezing.