If rugged adventure is music to your ears, make sure your headphones are in tune.
There’s no point having the most cutting-edge mp3 technology at your disposal if your headphones give up the ghost at the mere sniff of a storm. Speaker and earphone specialist Klipsch has addressed this rather niche niggle with Image S4i Rugged, its latest in-ear headphones uniquely engineered to weather the elements.
At the core of its all-weather design are tough, ruggedised rubber mouldings on the exposed surface of each ear bud. This simple, yet effective feature dismisses moisture from whatever the heavens or your activity throws at you.
Crucially, Klipsch has made every effort to safeguard sound quality via an 8.5mm dual magnet micro-speaker, which spans a wide frequency range while retaining a sharpness of detail for realistic sound reproduction.
Image S4i Rugged features the company’s patented oval ear tips, which naturally fit the contours of the ear canal to pipe your extreme sports playlist straight down your lugs with “superior noise isolation”. So you can carry on scaling that rock face uninterrupted by the ambient noise from low-flying eagles or riding your dirt-bike without the fear of fast-approaching storms compromising bass sound quality.
Should your choice of outdoor pursuit leave you without a hand spare to answer calls or skip unwelcome tracks on your iPhone playlist, Image S4i Rugged communicates seamlessly with your Apple mobile via an extra-large three-button remote. A concealed directional mic is ready for hands-free calling too.
These features may favour the iPhone user, but the headphones are compatible with virtually any device with a standard 3.5mm jack. A bold colour selection – yellow, orange, blue and red – mean there’s no risk of this diminutive accessory blending in, but as far as rugged designs go, they may be sturdy-looking, but they essentially retain a sense of style. And they certainly won’t go missing at the bottom of your backpack.
At a suggested retail price of £89.99, they may not sit at the budget end of the market, but if you prefer a musical soundtrack to fuel your outdoor adventures, here’s one solution that promises to match you pace-for-pace.