If you have small ear canals and have had a difficult time finding earbuds that actually fit, the new women’s X-1 headphones powered by H20 Audio may be the right choice for you.
The X-1s come with five different interchangeable ear-tips that range from ultra tiny to large. While four of the five are made of silicone, the medium pair is squishy and spongy, much like the foam earplugs that you roll up and insert, as they expand to fit. This was my favorite tip by far, I only wish it was slightly larger to provide a tighter fit.
Because everyone’s ears are different, you should experiment with each size tip to find the one that fits best. You may find that it’s helpful to use a different tip in each ear. Just remember, with in-ear headphones, the better the fit the better the sound.
The most unique feature of the X-1 is the fabric covered reflective cable that illuminates when you shine a light on it, giving you a bit of extra visibility when you run at night on the roads.
The cords are extremely lightweight, and because of the fabric, they stay tangle free. They’re also weather and sweat proof, and can even be rinsed off after you use them.
I’ve tested numerous running earphones, and these are by far the lightest pair I’ve used. They're also the only set I own that can be rinsed. Some rubber covered cords split after a few months of use. The fabric should make the X-1s more durable in the long run.
There’s a remote and mic on the cord that allows you to control the volume, fast forward, rewind, pause, skip songs and answer calls. All of these work rather intuitively.
I took a call on a run, but like all headphones with a mic on the cord, it bounces around too much to talk unless you slow to a walk.
While the sound quality of the headphones is a little tinny, they were suitable for working out. But if you like big and booming base, you may be a bit disappointed.
The new women’s X-1 retails online for $49.99, comes with a one year warranty and is 100% guaranteed.