Dear headphones, it’s over. It’s not me; it’s you. You are at times uncomfortably clingy (around my head) and on other occasions leave me hanging (when a wayward hand tugs you straight out of my ears revealing to the world that I warm up to Madonna’s ‘La Isla Bonita’.) So that’s it, I’m cutting the cord.
On the days that I train on the treadmill, I like to run with music. It’s a pleasant distraction, and I know certain soundtracks that can help me push through that wall and keep going. Songs with upbeat tempos (120-150 beats per minute) let me hit my stride. But nothing stops me dead in my tracks quite like that abrupt tug-and-pull of my earbuds.
So needless to say it was love at first sight when I spotted the i360 headband. The lightweight headgear not only wicks away moisture from my face (so I don’t sweat, I glisten!), it eliminates headphone cables altogether. The headband (which also comes in a beanie variety for the winter season) has an internal wiring system with two detachable speakers. A convenient side pocket allows your MP3 player to seamlessly connect to two concealed little amplifiers.
Aaron Phillips, an entrepreneurial 21-year-old, created the i360 after leaving the gym in similar headphone-related frustration. That night he decided to look for a new relationship, no strings attached. Inspired by a girl, who used a pink headband to hold her earbuds in place, he cut the collar off a shirt and fashioned it into the prototype that would become the i360.
At the gym last night, I tuned into my new music-infused headband and found it was incredible not to have two irritating earbuds struggling to stay put. And with that, I was transported to a runner’s paradise, where stuffy gym air and uninspiring walls fell off my radar entirely. I think this could be the start of a long-lasting relationship.