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Pump Up The Volume: A Run Oregon Review of Volume Maker RunBud Wireless Headphones

Easy for even the most technologically-challenged runner ...

I’m not tech-savvy.

Many years ago I owned an iPod, but managed to lose my entire library of music when I was reviewing some tunes in my iTunes catalog. That was pretty much the last time I ran with music, because it was too much trouble and it’s not acceptable to run with a Walkman anymore. I’ve always hated dealing with the tangle of cords on headphones or earbuds and when you are a runner, they can get kind of disgusting if you run them through a sleeve or the top of a shirt due to the close proximity to your sweat. Strategic placement is key! So when I had the opportunity to review The RunBud Wireless Bluetooth 4.2 Headphones by Volume Maker, I jumped at the chance.

The Runbud earphones from Volume Maker.

The Runbud earphones from Volume Maker.

The instructions on the earbuds are pretty straight forward. Syncing them to your phone is pretty easy, so there are not a lot of ways to screw up there. The earbuds themselves are slick-looking and come with 3 different tips so you can find the best fit for your ear canal. They also come with a charger; it takes about an hour to charge them. According to the specs, the charge will last 2.5 to 3 hours for the pair and 5 hours if you just use one earbud. They also have a built-in HD microphone and I found that my husband and I could talk on the phone through them.

Once I put the RunBuds in my ears, I was immediately impressed with the hi-definition sound quality. As well as the advanced Bluetooth chipset, they also boast single or dual headphone usage. The earbuds have an active noise-cancelling feature, and you can tell right away. Honestly, they work so well that I probably wouldn’t advise anyone to go running with both of the earbuds in anywhere where traffic could be an issue.

The first time I wore these, I took them with me on a 13-mile run downtown. I started my run without them, but they are nice and small, so they fit easily in my pocket. After I’d been running for about 20 minutes, I took them out and synced them with my phone while I was still running. It was a bit of a juggle, but that was my fault for not starting them before I took off and not wanting to stop long enough to concentrate harder on the task.

I opted to run with only one ear bud in so I could hear all the sounds around me. They provided a lovely soundtrack to my run on the waterfront. They didn’t skip like many headphones do and the music was crystal clear. The fit was also very comfortable and they were never in danger of falling out, which is a real selling point because I’ve had trouble with earbuds not fitting inside my ears in the past. I was very happy with the quality. After I’d gotten to about mile 13, a voice came over the earbud telling me the power was low and the music shut off about 2 minutes later. I had been running for about 2 hours, but it’s possible that both earbuds were on even though one of them was not in my ear. As mentioned above, I’m a bit technically challenged. I also may have not charged them long enough at home. For my next run, I synced only the left earbud and it was easy-peasy. Maybe there is hope for me yet.

If you are looking to get a pair of wireless earbuds, I would recommend these to you. I am looking forward to running to music again now that I have them and maybe even using them for things like cleaning the house or blocking out the sounds of my kids arguing. Just kidding on that last one … maybe.

You can purchase via Amazon for about $105.

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About Nikki Mueller (62 Articles)
I'm a mother of two boys who is a certified group exercise instructor for Baby Bootcamp in SW Portland. I have two young boys and am actively involved in their co-operative preschool. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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