At first look the Yurbuds Explore headphones, part of Yurbuds adventure series of headphones, appear to be a rugged well-designed headphones built for the outdoors. The headphones are geared for the active outdoor enthusiast looking for a comfortable, water resistant headphone that won’t fall out. 2>
Find out more in my Yurbuds review below:
Yurbuds Explore Pro Review
The design of the headphone, although not original, works well and is ruggedly built to withstand the elements. The headphones sport a light and athletic, but the heavy braided cord and rugged plastic microphone can sometimes weigh heavy on the one’s earlobes. Although these earbuds have high-end features that will allow them to survive the most intense and active lifestyle (along with Yurbuds’ lifetime warranty), the headphone’s sound is less than premium and will most likely not be the highlight of your workout.
The earbuds have a twist and lock function that give credit to Yurbuds’ guarantee that they will “never fall out.” The only problem with this twist and lock technology is that they’re difficult to put in with one hand at a time at first, but gets easier to do the longer you use them.
The earbuds should not fall out if they are properly twisted and locked into the ear canal. This only works when the sweat proof, washable, and ergonomic ear inserts are placed properly over the speakers. Yurbuds claims the headphones will “never hurt,” when properly used and for the most part this is true. The headphones fit comfortably in the ear for a long period of time and won’t fall out for general activity (a.k.a. running, skateboarding, lifting weights and other activities).
The headphone cord is composed of a braided Kevlar wrapped in a durable plastic of some kind. This is a heavy duty cord, with emphasis on HEAVY. It’s a good thing that these headphones come with a tiny clamp that one can clasp on to their shirt or jacket because otherwise the cord and mic put excessive weight on a listeners ear lobes. The tiny clamp coupled with the 3.5 mm L jack, which is fairly pliable, yet durable, are more than great compliments to what some may have considered to be a flawed design.
The L jack will plug into pretty much everything from an IPhone to my waterproof mp3 player and never seems to get in the way. The microphone, although it has a small button, which I find difficult to find and use, makes a minimal impact on how I rate these headphones. One can make and accept incoming calls, skip music tracks and pause and play music. There’s nothing to really write home about here.
Yes, the design is rugged and works well. This should make the headphones a premium contender in the active wired headphone market, but how do the headphones sound! Sadly the earbuds sound average to below average and really miss the mark when it comes bass. Bass isn’t everything, but there’s a certain amount needed to make music pleasant.
Yurbuds tries to make up for the lack of pulse-pounding noise by allowing ambient noise. It’s a good feature in theory, but in reality falls short. The high’s and the mid tones are almost always present, but the only way to hear some semblance of bass is to tinker with the equalizer on your device, or turn up the volume. In any case these are inefficient ways to get the bass needed to make up the difference.
The biggest redeeming feature of the headphones is that they are water resistant. I’m an outdoor enthusiast and spend most of my time in the water. I wouldn’t swim with these headphones on, but I’ve taken a shower with them on, and I have spent a few hours in the hot tub with my Yurbuds securely fastened.
Despite the earbuds lackluster sound and interesting ambient noise feature, they are just durable and water resistant enough for me to like them. The Yurbuds Explore earbuds receive high marks for quality of materials, but fall short on that premium sound expected from premium active earbuds.