DIVE IN!

SORT­ING OUT YOUR TUNES BE­FORE THE POOL RE­OPENS? Gareth May DIVES INTO THE WORLD OF WA­TER­PROOF BUDS

Metro (UK) - - CONNECT - Best for sound iso­la­tion £89.99, uk. jbl.com £87.65, h2oau­dio.com £38, ama­zon.co.uk

Seal­ing tunes in with con­sis­tency is the win here thanks to JBL’s patented TwistLock tech­nol­ogy, a mech­a­nism that cre­ates a sound-iso­lat­ing vac­uum once the head­set is turned into po­si­tion – even if the buds them­selves are best fur­ther se­cured with a swim­mer’s cap. The touch con­trols work well enough but Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity is un­re­li­able, although who’s likely to take a call in the wa­ter? Thank good­ness, then, that it has a built-in MP3 player – but with only 1GB stor­age for roughly 200 ran­domised songs, drag-and-dropped from a PC, you do have to restrict your playlist.

Best for

lis­ten­ing ChoiCe

The big sell of H2O Au­dio’s Ap­ple Watch­paired de­vice is on-the-go choice, with mu­sic, au­dio­books and pod­casts all avail­able at the touch of a but­ton. The down­side? A pricey Ap­ple Watch is a must and set-up is a faff, re­quir­ing you to un­clip the watch bands, then at­tach the face to the In­ter­val con­trol sys­tem, which in turn se­curely clips to the back of the gog­gles. With a de­sign fo­cused on re­duc­ing drag, how­ever, the In­ter­val caters for all kinds of swim­mers, from train­ing pro to dog­gy­pad­dler, and with a wa­ter­proof rating of IPX8 it’s ideal for both lido and ocean.

Best for

Ver­sa­til­ity

If ab­so­lute fit is the de­sire, Swim­buds’ short-cord head­phones don’t dis­ap­point. They don’t come with a wa­ter­proof MP3 player but they are de­signed with in­di­vid­ual lis­ten­ing plea­sure in mind – each Swim­bud pack in­cludes a va­ri­ety of head­phone tips for a snug, er­gonomic, wa­ter-free fit for any and all lug­holes. In ad­di­tion, we found the tree-shaped bud de­sign re­ally could en­dure a rig­or­ous aquatic work­out. Swim­buds’ rec­om­mended SYRYN MP3 player is the ob­vi­ous pair­ing choice but while stor­age is great (2,000 songs) the chunky clip makes for an un­com­fort­able fit on the back of the head.

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