- Adidas has brought its RPD-01 wireless workout earbuds to the US.
- The buds are sweatproof, last for 12 hours on a charge, and cost just $99.
- Theyâ€™re designed by Zound, the company behind Urbanears products.
You wonâ€™t have to spend much to get fitness-friendly wireless earbuds from a major brand. Adidas has just released its RPD-01 workout buds in the US for $99. Theyâ€™re certainly not the most inexpensive Bluetooth earbuds weâ€™ve seen, but they promise good value for runners and anyone else who wants audio that can survive vigorous exercise.
The behind-the-neck design will be familiar if youâ€™re used to designs like BeatsX, but Adidas is touting a more capable design. In addition to IPX4-rated sweat resistance, they last for up to 12 hours on a charge. You might not have to charge them for a few workout sessions, then. The sportswear maker also touts speedy USB-C charging for when you need to soundtrack your routine in a hurry.
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The buds also include ergonomic eartips and wings to remain steady, and thereâ€™s a customizable action button along with two others for controlling playback. Adidas promises a neckband that should stay in place regardless of your activity.
You can buy the RPD-01 now in Green Tint, Light Grey, and Night Grey colors that unsurprisingly coordinate with Adidasâ€™ fitness apparel.
While itâ€™s too soon to say if Adidasâ€™ buds sound any better than the competition, they may be a better choice than BeatsX and others if youâ€™re mainly interested in durability and stability. Theyâ€™re a better choice for some activities than the RPT-01 over-ears, which are better-suited to weight training. Weâ€™d add that the RPD-01 has a good pedigree. The buds are the work of Zound, best known for its work on audio gear from Urbanears and Marshall.