Yurbuds Ironman Inspire Pro Earphones

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Manufacturer Description

The sport earphone that introduces a new level of functionality with the addition of the convenient three button controls and in-line microphone. These features allow easy navigation of music as well as hands-free-calls, even during extended use. The “Dry-Mic” is water-resistant and sweat proof ensuring your music will always keep you going even if moisture comes in contact with your microphone or controls.

Features

  • Patented Twist Lock Technology
  • Dry-Mic and Three Button Controls
  • Ultra-soft Comfort Fit
  • Clinically Proven Acoustics
  • Reliable Performance
  • Soft, zippered carrying case
  • Additional Enhancers to ensure personalized fit
  • High Performance Neodymium Driver
  • Angled Plug
  • 121.9 cm Cord (48 in)
  • Available in Red and White
  • Weight – 17 g (0.6 oz)
  • Retail – $60

YMMV Review

This is the third item I have reviewed from Yurbuds. If you have not heard of Yurbuds, they are an up-and-coming company creating audio solutions for your active adventures. Yurbuds was founded in 2008 by a triathlete and marathoner who left their corporate jobs to create earphones for use while exercising. Yurbuds started by creating personally-sized earphone enhancers that would not fall out when exercising. The company has taken off with many new models coming out recently. I purchased my first pair for review on the site; I have been able to work with Yurbuds to produce the last two reviews.

All that Comes in the Package

Testing

I have used the Inspire Pro Earphone on many of my runs and even a couple of rides this winter and spring. I also have used them on some Alpine Touring and just around the house.

Design ★★★☆☆

Appearance (10%) ★★½☆☆

Construction (60%) ★★★★☆

Sustainability (10%) ☆☆☆☆☆

Weight (20%) ★½☆☆☆

The Yurbuds Inspire Pro Earphone has many of the same features from the Inspire Earphones which I reviewed a while back. They both have high-quality audio. The acoustics are clinically proven but allow ambient noise to be heard for safety. What makes Yurbuds what they are is the ergonomic enhancers which are soft and comfortable. These enhancers are able to be sized according to your ear size. The Inspire Pro comes with a size 5 and size 7 of the enhancers. Just like the all the other Yurbuds earphones, these twistlock into the ears to stay put over longer activities. The earphones are made of medical grade silicone to also be sweat proof.

Mic Clipped to My Shirt

Now on to the things that are different with the Pro model. The main characteristic that sets the Pro apart is the 3-button dry-mic. The “Dry-Mic” is water resistant and sweat proof so it will keep going all workout long. The three buttons are able to start and stop the music, change the volume, and skip ahead or back if you need to change the song. The cord is a higher gage for strength and has plenty of length. The plug is angled to remove strain from the wire. The Earphones also come with a clip for attaching the mic in your preferred location. The Inspire Pro is compatible with the iPod, iPad, and iPhone. While I have not seen it mentioned I am sure it works with other Smartphone’s as well.

As with the previous model tested. I was not able to find any information on sustainable materials or business practices. That does not mean they don’t exist, but rather they are not promoted. For this reason, I am giving these a zero for sustainability.

Angled Jack

Fit ★★★★☆

Adjustability (30%) ★★★☆☆

Comfort (70%) ★★★★½

The most important feature of Yurbuds Earphones it the personalized fit of the enhancers. They are made of silicone for soft feel and high performance. The Inspire Pro comes with a size 5 and 7 of the enhancers. This worked well for me as when I send in my ear picture for the previous review, I was sent the size 5, and they worked great. Once again, they fit my ears well and stayed in place unless the cords got pulled. The twistlock technology really sets them into your ears, but it does take a couple of times to get used to the process. Here is a video from Yurbuds to explain how to do it.

Performance ★★★½☆

Clarity of Sound (40%) ★★★★☆

Durability (25%) ★★★½☆

Ease of Use (20%) ★★★☆☆

Wind Noise (15%) ★★☆☆☆

The Inspire Pro Earphones have good sound quality like the original earphones I tested. Are there better ones on the market? I am sure there are, but I bet they are also very expensive. For the money, the sound quality of these earphones are above average. Couple that with the ergonomic fit enhancers and that makes these a winner. These earphones take a little to get used to. As I mentioned above they are different when you put them in, but that is learned rather easily. The three-button mic seems to have a slightly higher learning curve, or at least it did for me. There are plenty of things you can make the buttons do, and if you are like me and do not use them very often then you may forget some of the features between uses. I found myself mainly using the start/stop and volume buttons nearly exclusively. The microphone worked well when I needed it and with the clip, I could position it in an optimal place to hear my voice. The buttons were a bit more problematic. Not because they are not solid but rather because they are very touchy, and I tested these in the late winter and early spring. When wearing gloves it was more difficult to press the correct button on the first try. Even when wearing thin gloves I always managed to pause my music before turning it up or down. Without gloves on the operation was much easier.

With Them On

The cord is nice and long but does grab a little. The rubber material can grab on clothing, which occasionally will pull down on the earphones. The other thing that pulled the earphones a bit was the microphone itself. The added weigh while small was enough to tug on my ears. Fortunately, Yurbuds has added a clip with the earphones so you can clip up the mic to whatever place works best for you. This definitely helped eliminate this tugging issue but is one more thing you need to do when you start running. The earphones are made to allow you to hear the ambient noise for safety reasons, but I noticed that they are also very susceptible to wind noise. Here in Bend we tend to have a fair amount of wind and on some of my runs, I had to turn my music up quite high in order to hear the music over the wind. I appreciate the ambient noise and wonder if there is a way to keep that but lose the wind. Just an idea.

Earphones and Enhancer

Overall ★★★½☆

I really appreciate being able to stuff my phone away in my pack and still being able to control music and take the occasional call. I would get some interesting comments when I would answer the phone while I was running. =) The sound quality is good but not perfect on these. If you are looking for the top-quality sound, then you will be disappointed. However, the top sound quality earphones will not stand a chance while exercising. The silicone enhancers interface well with my ears and truly stay in place unless they get tugged on hard. Even when sweating a lot they always were secure. The can get a little dirty from time to time. To clean them you just remove them from the earphones and run them under some warm water. I wish the microphone did not pull quite as much but that can be avoided with the added clip. Overall, I like to use the Inspire Pro earphones on my longer runs when I run with my iPhone. They retail for $60 which is reasonable in my opinion. There are lesser options available. As always, your mileage may vary.

Pros [field name=iFrame]

  • Good sound quality
  • Excellent fit with extra size
  • Long cord with angles jack
  • Can control music and volume from the microphone

Cons

  • Noisy in the wind
  • Without added clip they can tug a bit
  • Rubber wire is grabby

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About the Author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

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