Music Infused Headband by i360

February 8, 2009 · 20 comments

ipod headband

Disclaimer: i360 sent me this music infused headband to review, however I am under no obligation to do so nor to make the review positive. This review reflects my personal opinion about this product.

As much as I love my Sansa Clip MP3 player I don’t use it as much as I should because I absolutely hate ear buds. When I am on the treadmill I use these big ugly headphones but nobody can see me so that is OK, but I haven’t used the music player outside this winter because ear buds just don’t work for me. They are always popping out and just causing trouble.

That’s why when I was contacted by i360 to check out their new music infused headband line I jumped at the chance to take a look. I explained however that I did not have the iPod Nano that the headband is designed for, but they said they would send it out anyway so I could see if I could get it to work with my Sansa Clip.

And worked it did! What i360 is selling with their music infused headband is a soft fabric headband with a slot to hold an iPod Nano or other MP3 player and built-in speakers integrated smoothly into the headband. With the music player hooked in you get great sound because these large over the ear speakers are pressed snug against your ears by the comfortable head band and the sound is really great.

And best for me, no ear buds to fall out!

I was a little worried that the headband would be too bulky and/or it would feel uncomfortable, but it feels great. And in this Minnesota winter it warms the ears while delivering great music. The speakers can be removed so that you can wash the headband if needed.

In addition to music infused headbands, i360 will also soon sell music infused beanies and music infused hat beanies - so not matter your personal style preference you should be able to find something that will let you rock out in style while you are getting your exercise groove on.

Want to check out this product for yourself? Well i360 was kind enough to send me two headbands, and of course I am giving one away to a lucky reader! All you need to do for a chance to win this prize with a retail value of $39.95 is to comment on this post and tell me something about running and/or music. Or both at the same time! Contest will end on Wednesday so you don’t have much time. Good luck!

Contest for US readers only.

Congrats MizFit, your number came up and you won! I’ll contact you in email for shipping arrangements. Thanks for playing everyone.

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Steffi February 8, 2009 at 10:23 am

I have the same problem with the earbuds, but I find that I absolutely HAVE to have some music to run/walk to, or I absolutely do not get an effective workout. The headband sounds perfect!

Charles Martin February 8, 2009 at 11:54 am

This sounds awesome… i have a clunky around the back of the head headphones and combine with a sweatband and sunglasses/goggles, the sides of my head tend to hurt after a while. Would love to eliminate one of these.

AndrewE February 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I just can’t see myself wearing that somehow! :)

Come on, you’d look sharp! Certainly for winter running… But alas, as you are in beautiful New Zealand you aren’t eligible to win it anyway, as you know - sorry!

Flo February 8, 2009 at 12:47 pm

I have the same problem with earbuds, they just don’t seem to work for me. I have these headphones now that wrap around your ear, these are better but they still have buds and are highly annoying to me. Since having my podcasts are really what keep me running, I would love something like this. Even if I looked silly running with a headband in Hawaii :)

I know a lot of people wear headbands even when it is hot, to keep the sweat out of their eyes. Plus with the hats and beanies I think those will go over well with the younger, hipper crowd. Younger and hipper than me, of course - I am not making any comments about you!

Lucrecia February 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm

What a great idea! I have small ear buds so I’ve never found a pair that fit without pain or making my outer ear feel bruised when I took them out.

Ria February 8, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I love music and suffer with earbuds so I can listen while working out . . . so I would love to win this!

Greg Hayes February 8, 2009 at 8:59 pm

I have the same problem with earbuds. I also worry about the long-term health ramifications of using earbuds. I’d probably have to agree with AndrewE, though!

jason February 8, 2009 at 10:49 pm

That would work good for running in the cold. I did a marathon today and wish I would have had that. My ears were frozen to my ear buds. HAHAHAHA

Yep, I would say cold weather running is their sweet spot.

Rob February 8, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Since I have started running having something stay in my ear has been a constant problem.. Nothing worse than to be listening to a highly motivational song and then your right ear bud falls out causing the left one to soon follow. I actually ripped my Ipod right out of my pocket by stepping on a fallen ear bud. Was my little embarrassing moment at the gym. When running out doors I actually use a head band to keep my ears warm and keep the ear buds semi pushed in. That’s a ingenious product, wish I would have thought of it!

Yep - the real beauty of it over the solution you have done, where I am assuming you still have wires running from your ears down to your MP3 player, is that because the MP3 player is in the headband it really is more like a wireless solution. Of course you could mimic that with your own headband by clipping the MP3 player to the headband (if you have a clip like I do), but having a slot in the headband to hide the player works really well. Very ingenious, I agree!

MizFit February 9, 2009 at 5:57 am

Id love to try this thingy out
were I to win Id scream and shout.
Id slap the headband on my head
and skip the weights ID RUN INSTEAD!!

HAHA, good one!

Tom Rooney February 9, 2009 at 8:45 am

How washable is that headband? I’m one of those guys that happens to be “hair challenged” (yep bald) and would be sweating all over that thing.

No problem washing it, instructions say to hand wash in cold water. The speakers can be easily removed from the embedded wires so what you would do to wash them is remove the MP3 player. remove the speakers, and then hand wash it with the wires in place. Let it dry and plug everything back in. And from what I can tell the wires aren’t sewn in either so if you really wanted to wash it without them you probably could, although it may be hard to put them back.

Shannon February 9, 2009 at 11:46 am

This sounds too cool. I nearly hung myself at the gym with the cord to my ipod. Plus, I can see how it could help keep the sweat out of my eyes. Neat idea!

asithi February 10, 2009 at 11:06 am

This sounds like a great idea. I hate having all these wires dangling everywhere when I am outdoor exercising. Now if only they make a hairband for indoor use.

Mark February 11, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Hmmm…a very interesting concept! The wires are annoying this could be the solution! :)

Tyson February 11, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Earbuds are the worst if you have small ears like I do. I used to use them with a headband. I then switched to the kind that wrap around the back of the ear but even those tend to move away from the ear. This wrap sounds pretty cool, especially on a cold day!

ish February 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm

having things in my ear like ear buds irritates me, so if i would like to hear some music i just play it on a speaker. but looking to this gadget maybe i would try to use this and see what happens. nice post by the way!

john - from fat to fit February 12, 2009 at 12:10 am

Congrats goes to MizFit for winning!

Levi February 13, 2009 at 8:30 am

That is cool! Good thing we have super tiny mp3 players these days that make something like this a reality.

Tyson February 13, 2009 at 9:45 am

Most of us are commenting how much we like this idea but I wonder how many of us would really be willing to wear something like this in a packed gym?

I don’t think I would wear it indoors - it certainly seems more fitting for outdoor activity, particularly when cooler.

Cynthia February 18, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Thanks for reviewing this! I use earclip style headphones, because I hate having earbuds fall out. But this seems like an even better solution! A bit geeky looking, but I’d be willing to wear it just to get rid of the annoying wires. Only thing I’d worry about is whether it would make my ears feel hot… the reason I don’t like regular headphones either.

I have the same problem with headphones, and the headband will also make your head feel hot but in a different, not so localized way. I like the headband for outdoors running, although for indoors I think it wouldn’t work as well for me. I tried using it on the treadmill and I got really hot and sweaty and had to take it off after awhile.

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