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Published on September 4th, 2014 | by Greg


Underwater Audio’s Waterproof Solution: Swimming With Tunes

Swimming is one of the best full-body workouts. Ponds and lakes will do just fine, though a lap pool is certainly easier for exercise. And you don’t need a trainer, nor any fancy machines- it’s not as if someone can offer much encouragement from the side of the pool. But that can feel a bit isolating and lonely, not to mention that it can be harder to keep pace, or keep your energy up without some music.

Which is why we’d suggest picking up Underwater Audio’s All Sport Bundle- a simple and effective setup consisting of a normal 2GB iPod Shuffle that has been treated to be completely waterproof, along with headphones suitable for use while you’re practicing your freestyle, butterfly, or even flip turns. Because it’s a typical iPod Shuffle, you know how to use it, and it’s fully compatible with iTunes and any music you’ve downloaded. It doesn’t look or feel any different than others, but now you can shower, bathe, or take it with you into the ocean without worrying about it (well, unless the waves carry it away).

We’ve seen other waterproof audio solutions for swimmers, but they often are hard to use, relying on custom programs or software that can be frustrating. This one- as you might expect if you’ve ever used an iPod Shuffle- is lightweight, and easy to carry, and clips on easily to take anywhere with you (we suggest attaching to your goggles). As with other waterproof headphones, these are fine in the water- you lose some bass and clarity- but aren’t what you’ll want to wear outside of the pool. We threw some audiobooks on, as well as some workout programs, and liked being able to have some external stimulus while in engaging in the otherwise nearly-solitary laps.

The device itself is said to withstand some serious depth- up to 200 feet- but we wouldn’t recommend going deeper than 10 feet with the headphones- the pressure is tough on your ears and the headphones get uncomfortable quickly. The bundle is handy, but for those with alternate solutions, or who just want to keep their electronics safe in the bathroom or on a boat, Underwater Audio does sell the iPods separately and even offers a service where you can send your own MP3 player to them for treatment. Starting at $149 for the iPod Shuffle itself, the extra $25 for the headphones is quite reasonable, and the $175 total fair for the durability, reliability, and intuitive controls and design of the classic- now with a waterproof twist. Available directly, online.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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