In London, we’re within the midst of a “moist” season. Each few months, extra usually if we’re unfortunate, the heavens open for per week, and the town is bathed in a continuing deluge that washes the dust and dirt away. This is not the form of climate you simply flip up your collar up, and an umbrella is not going to supply a lot safety, both; the downpours clear the streets of individuals as a lot as they do litter.
The place am I?
Column quantity: 15
Date written: 07/10/21
Days in: 221
Present location: Oklahoma Metropolis, OK
Distance traveled: 859.41 miles
Distance left: 1426.51 miles
Present tracker: Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
As you possibly can think about, this type of climate is not precisely ultimate for someone writing a column about running – it is troublesome to jot down about your running-related experiences in the event you’re spending all of your time snuggled up in a dressing robe enjoying Darkish Souls 2.
I do not thoughts the rain, and I do not thoughts getting moist. However the identical cannot be stated for my tech. I attempt to keep away from getting caught in a downpour since there is not sufficient rice on the earth to dry out all of the devices I carry round with me each day (being a tech reporter).
However one thing new lately turned up for me to check: the UA Project Rock Over-Ear Training Headphones. They are a collaboration between JBL and Beneath Armour, and themed round Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, which I am attributable to check out (and to see if they assist me go into Beast mode, come again to my column in two weeks time to seek out out).
These over-ear wi-fi headphones are IPX4-rated, in order that they’re rainproof in addition to sweatproof. Nevertheless, the safety they supply from the weather is not the one cause they’ve helped me proceed working within the wind and rain.
Placing the ‘oof’ in ‘waterproof’
Some tech is acknowledged as being waterproof, and a few is not – and, clearly, I am not setting going to set off on a protracted jog within the rain with any gadget that is prone to malfunction on the first signal of moisture. Nevertheless, whereas some units are technically waterproof (they’re going to simply survive a sprinkle of water), others are extra virtually waterproof, which implies they’re going to proceed to work practically as properly in water as they do when dry.
Take, for instance, a smartwatch. All working fashions will seemingly be water resistant. Nevertheless, whereas some will show no downside in any respect to make use of when the display screen is flecked with water, or in case your palms are sweaty, on others the moisture will trigger the gadget to cease registering your swipes with any diploma of accuracy.
Lots of the devices I personal are ‘technically waterproof’. My pre-Challenge Rock headphones did not let some water get in the way in which of how they carried out, however once they have been moist from rain they may slide round my ears, and since they weren’t very loud, the sound of any music enjoying was usually drowned out over the pitter patter or rain.
I have to take heed to music while working, and these (admittedly, very low-cost) older headphones put me off going out if it was raining. I am wasn’t going to understand that energy-infusing energy track if I could not make it out. However this is not a problem now.
Have you ever ever heard the rain?
What I like most concerning the Challenge Rock Over-Ear Coaching Headphones is that I can really hear the music by the rain pounding down on the pavement.
It’s because the cans have noise-cancellation tech to filter out the worst of the climate, and that is however one of many headphone’s options that has helped me get by these super-wet outings. The opposite key one is the IPX4 score; technically the Challenge Rock Headphones are guarded towards splashes of water, however on a sensible stage, they’ll survive the rain.
There’s a lot extra I like concerning the headphones, although. The match is tight, they’re simple to arrange and the bodily controls are handy to make use of. As well as, the battery life is a formidable 45 hours. I usually overlook to cost my exercise tech till I am about to go off, however given the UA cans final that lengthy between prices, I needn’t fear about them.
No rain, no achieve
I did not initially wish to check out the Challenge Rock Over-Ear Coaching cans within the rain – I might have been completely content material to attend for the soggy season to go. Nevertheless, as I’ve skilled numerous instances in London, you possibly can set out on what seems to be a dry day, solely to seek out your self immediately struggling a soaking just some minutes after.
As an alternative of turning again, although, I discovered the headphones properly suited to the wetness.
One added bonus of utilizing over-ear headphones over my earlier wi-fi pair, is the safety towards “bushy” conditions. Whereas I haven’t got lengthy hair, when it is sodden, it will possibly simply flop in entrance of my eyes; right here, although, I have been capable of tuck it underneath the band of the headphones.
One other function I welcome is the music robotically pausing once I take the headphones off my head. Certain, I will not be doing this a lot on a run, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a good add-on. There are a number of completely different units that include this means, nevertheless it hardly ever works properly.
The Brahma bull brand on the Challenge Rock headphones is impressed by Dwayne Johnson’s tattoo. It would not fairly really feel acceptable for me to have this highly effective mammal on my head – I might assume perhaps a calf or one thing light like a chimpanzee or penguin could be extra acceptable. However, these headphones have helped me to maintain up my working routine by the wet days, turning me a bit extra right into a gazelle.