I don’t necessarily think it’s a guy thing to gush about a pair of headphones or any gadget, really. Women do it, too. It may, however, be a Traveling Dad thing to sing the praises of a particular pair of headphones more than once.
A few months ago fellow Traveling Dad Eric Jay Toll gave five solid reasons why his companion would likely never return his Philips ActionFit sports In-Ear Headphones.
What Eric said about the SHQ1200 version of the headphones, I say ditto about the SHQ2200. I received a complimentary pair in May.
Now before you say with a measure of sarcasm that it’s no surprise that I’d speak positively about free headphones, hang on. I never promised to review them, nor do I ever promise to review any product I may receive for free.
It so happens that I received these headphones a few weeks into training for the New York City Marathon. Up until that time I had been trying to get by with some Sony earbuds, which were fine for walking, but not for my middle-aged jog that at its most sprightly caused the buds to fall out of my ears.
So some earhooks were in order. The hooks on the Phillips are adjustable, which I never remembered until I looked at the manual, because the hooks fit as-is from the moment I put them on. Ditto for the anti-slip rubber ear caps, which come with two other sizes; the default ones that were already fastened in place have always fit fine.
Are the headphones resistant to water, sweat and rain? Yes, they often resist all three during the span of the same workout.
As for the sound, the manufacturer states that the powerful sound is courtesy of the 13.6mm drivers. I don’t especially know what the hell that means, but the sound is well above average.
Another thing I didn’t realize until I looked at the manual – the headphone cable is coated in Kevlar, which means the cord hasn’t come close to cracking and no one to my knowledge has taken a shot at me during a workout, though I almost got into it with a loudmouth race walker this past weekend when we got in each other’s way.
Phillips also gives you a “breathable, protective pouch” to store your headphones, but I prefer to use the pouch as a mini wallet. The headphones are durable enough that I can throw them into my bag without worrying they’ll break.
How committed am I to my Phillips Action Fit Sports In-Ear Headphones? I wouldn’t run the marathon without them. And were the Kelvar or Kryptonite or whatever else fails and the headphones break, or if I lose them, I’d pay to replace them. I really would.