If you’re finding your regular headphones aren’t sturdy enough to handle your pavement-pounding, leg-flailing fitness regime, these orange-hued headphones might be up your alley.
If you’re wondering why a company primarily concerned with mobile phones has made some headphones, well, you’re right to wonder. In fact all these products are manufactured by Binatone, which owns the right to use the Motorola name on accessory products. In recent years we’ve seen Binatone build Motorola-branded pet trackers, among other things. This new slew of tech, however, is concerned with funnelling music into your ears when you’re working out.
VerveOnes and VerveOnes+
These chunky earbuds are completely wireless, not even attached to each other. Once secured in your ears, they offer Siri and Google Now support, and 3.5 hours of battery life, although the included case can store up to 12 hours of usage and will recharge the earphones from zero to full in around 90 minutes. Arriving in a curious column-shaped storage device, prices for the VerveOnes start at a wallet-bruising £200 and $200 (the US price converts to about AU$270). The VerveOnes+ variant, which costs $50 more in the US, is exactly the same but adds water and sweat resistance — ideal for those summer afternoon laps around the park.
These sweat-protected headphones consist of two earbuds, a connecting cable and an in-line remote. You’ll need to remember to charge them, but the touted 10 hours of battery life should be enough to get you around the track a few times. Prices start at £60 in the UK and $79 for the Loop+ is the US, which converts to about AU$107.
VerveRider and VerveRider+
These earbuds are strapped to an orange collar that rests around the back of your neck. Expect 12 hours of battery life, and a built-in microphone for conducting important business calls on the go — nailing your 10-kilometre personal best is no reason not to win the big Henderson account, after all. As before, the “+” option includes water and sweat protection. Again, expect to pay about £60.
In the US, the VerveRider are available for $69, while the VerveRider+ costs $99. Australian prices weren’t announced, but the US price converts to AU$95 for the VerveRider and AU$135 for the Plus model.
All these headphones are compatible with Android phones and Apple iPhones.