May 26, 2013

yurbuds review and giveaway!

Last night, Jerry and I went to our friends' house for a get-together. It was a lot of fun to see everyone (my friends from high school). We didn't stay too late, because Jerry had to work this morning. It was around 10:00 when we got home, and as I was walking up to the house, I noticed something that made me stop in my tracks.

The screen was pushed from the window and lying in the yard. The house was totally dark, and Jerry and I (stupidly) left the windows open when we left. I was a little worried for a minute that someone had broken in, but when I looked in the house, I could see our computers, so I knew that wasn't the case.

I rounded up the cats, and Chandler was missing. I knew exactly what happened--Chandler pushed the screen out of the window and went on a little excursion outside while we were gone. I told Jerry, "I bet you anything he's sitting at the back door right now, waiting for us to let him in."

We went to the back door, and sure enough, he was sitting there. I'm really surprised that Phoebe and Estelle didn't wander out (or they did, and had the agility to jump back in...). Paolo has no interest in going outside, so he was lying on the couch. I wish I could have been here to see what all the cats did when Chandler broke out.

This morning, I really wanted to do anything other than run. I've put in a lot of miles over the past week. The problem is, it's really hard to earn 14 Activity PointsPlus on the days I don't run. But I really couldn't stand the thought of a run today, so I ended up going for a long walk.

Thankfully, there weren't any wandering dogs today, and everything was great. I walked slowly, and listened to the Jillian Michaels podcast. Yurbuds recently contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in reviewing their earbuds. I've heard really great things about them (I had actually bought a pair for Jerry last year), so I said of course I'll try them out.

I think I'm pretty lucky in that I've never really had big issues with the standard earbuds that came with my iPod. I don't have problems with those falling out like a lot of people do. My only real complaint about those ones is that they are really uncomfortable after a while, especially in the winter when I have a headband covering my ears. They kind of hurt. So I was hoping to find the yurbuds to be more comfortable.

They sent me a cute little package of goodies:

The yurbud earphones, of course, but also a towel, a mini Luna bar, and a Sweaty Band. Fun! The model they sent was the Inspire Talk for Women, which means the buds are made for smaller ears.

When I first read about yurbuds, I was a little intimidated, because they say that you twist them to lock them into place, and they are "guaranteed to never fall out". When I read about the twisting thing, I figured it would involve some fiddling around with them, and ain't nobody got time for that.

Surprisingly (to me, anyway), the yurbuds really are that simple. I didn't have to keep maneuvering it, trying to cram it in my ear; you just set them in gently, give a quarter turn, and that's it.

I wore them on a couple of runs (even though I've stopped using my iPod while running--I wanted to see if they stayed in) and on my long walk today. They didn't fall out at all, and I didn't have to readjust them. They are certainly more comfortable than the regular earbuds I'm used to.

This model also has a little microphone on the cord, so you can use them for phone calls. This was my favorite feature; it was kind of strange to talk to Jerry on the phone while my phone was in my pocket (yes, welcome to the 21st century, Katie!).

So overall, I really like these, and they will definitely replace my regular old earbuds from now on. My only complaint about them is that I think the wind noise is a little more noticeable; it was REALLY windy a couple of days ago when I wore them. I don't know if the wind noise was because of the earbuds themselves or just because it was so windy. But the wind noise wasn't bad enough to make me not use them.

Oh, but speaking of the wind, I did notice one thing that I really liked. The cord on the Yurbuds is slightly stiffer than the earbuds that came with my iPod, which I noticed made the cord move a lot less in the wind. I hate how the wind blows the cord from my iPod all over, and sometimes my arm will rip the earbud out because of that. With the Yurbuds, the cord didn't bother me, even in the strong wind, so I was happy about that.

One of you can win a pair of green yurbuds Inspire for Women, because they generously agreed to let me give away the same package I got! (Note--the model of earbuds is slightly different in that it doesn't have the microphone). Just fill out the form below, and I'll use to choose a winner on Tuesday, May 28th at 9:00 a.m. EST. Good luck! Contest has now ended.

(Disclosure: yurbuds sent me a pair of earphones for free to review, but I was not required to give a favorable opinion. All opinions are honest, as always.


  1. AnonymousMay 26, 2013

    I always have trouble with my ear buds falling out, so I'd love to win these!


  2. I used to use the earbuds from Apple, but I have abnormally small ear holes and would literally have soreness for days when I used them. I have bought a ton of cheapo ones, since I'm cheapo lol, and of course, they all either broke or were too big. These seem cool though.

  3. Ooh! I'd love to win these! I am so glad you did a review on them. I'd read about them a while back and was very curious to know if they were worth the money. I have problems with the ones that came with my phone falling out, and it drives me nuts! It's usually only bad when it's very windy or I am very very sweaty. It starts to really piss me off when I have to pop them back in constantly.

    That was scary about the window. I am glad it was just the kitty and not a prowler. We had someone burglarize us a few years back where we used to live (they climbed in through a window I forgot to shut) and stole a bunch of our stuff. :( It caused all sorts of problems with us. Now we have to pay higher homeowners insurance because of it. So unfair.

  4. Someone was telling me about these earbuds just today at the race I was at. I had never heard of them before. =)

  5. I gave my mom some of these for Christmas so she could wear them at the gym. She likes them!

  6. My earbuds seem to die from all of the pulling out I do when my hands get caught up in the cords!

  7. My headphones fall out constantly, it's horrible! and I feel like I can hear them make a thud sound every time my feet hit the ground (especially if I'm on a treadmill)

  8. I love my yurbuds. They stay put so well. I actually like the fact that you can hear "outside" noises better. I feel I can hear traffic better and it keeps me safer. Someone or something cant sneak up on me.

  9. I'm going to go ahead and enter because 1) I need new ear buds, and 2) I have small ear canals and always have to use the smallest rubber padding thing they provide, so these "for women" ones will probably be perfect. :P

    Also, love the Sweet Brown reference. I got time to appreciate that.

  10. I am constantly putting my earbuds back in place....I might have to give these a shot.

  11. lol ain't nobody got time for that. a meme photo would be appropriate there! too funny.

  12. My husband loves his yurbuds and I've not bought myself a pair old ones just stopped working in one ugh....

  13. I've had a hard time finding earphones that don't hurt. I'm going to check these out! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  14. Thanks for sharing the review--I struggle with earbuds, too, so I appreciate seeing another option! I wonder, do think they would work well for even smaller ears, like kids? My DS#1 has yet to find a pair of earbuds that are small enough for his ears.

    Glad you enjoyed your walk!

  15. Congratulations!

  16. Have you mentioned why you stopped listening to your iPod on runs? I'm curious as to why you changed.

  17. AnonymousMay 27, 2013

    I see these in the running store I frequent! Have a healthy day :)

  18. I know that feeling not wanting to out for a run! But awesome that you ended up going and it's always worth it! Keep up the good work!

  19. Earbuds and I don't really get along. I have tiny ear holes!


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