Silicone-Tipped Sports Earphones


Music is quick motivation for untold millions of exercisers running to stay in shape or training for that next big event. With its Ironman Series Earphones, Yurbuds, a company based in St. Louis, Mo., touts “a perfect fit even during the most intense workouts.”

The red, rubbery tips of Yurbuds’ earphones squeeze and “lock” into your ear. I have been testing the tight-fitting buds for a couple months, mainly while running on roads and trails. During my test, they have never fallen out.

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Yurbuds Sports Earphones have medical-grade silicone tips

The company uses a soft medical-grade silicone for the tips, which are removable from the “bud” part of the earphones. The setup is cited as “sweat-proof,” and indeed the silicone does stay pretty tacky even when wet.

There’s a 4-foot cord to let you snake the line to your device stashed in a pocket or pack. The plug-in, a 3.5mm jack, is the standard size to fit MP3 players, iPods and phones.

One caveat: The cord is rubbery and thin. I don’t think durability is an issue, but the cord can tangle up and tie itself in knots if not stored away with care.

Yurbuds touts its product was created “by athletes, audiologists, and engineers to stay in place, avoid pressure points, and provide a pain-free listening experience.” I found this mostly true. But after long runs, when the buds were in for an hour or more, they became slightly uncomfortable, like any bud will, and I was ready to take them out.

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Yurbuds box

To assure the best fit, the company has different size tips. You can take a photo of your ear and send it to the company. Yurbuds scans the ear image and sends the correct size tip. (I went through this “Size yur Ear” process to test, and the company sent me its standard size tip plus a larger replacement tip to switch out in case of a fit issue.)

Audio sound, for a sports-oriented earphone, was great with the Yurbuds. For safety, they are not noise-canceling or sound-isolating earphones, though they do block ambient noise. As with any headphones, be extra careful running around cars or cyclists with these buds in your ears.

For $49.99, Yurbuds’ Ironman Series Earphones are a fair deal and a nice product for runners and exercisers in need of music on the go.

—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of

Posted by rusty shackleford - 04/13/2011 10:00 PM

I got a pair of these a few months back. They sound fine and the silicone tips stay in your ear like a champ. But they are crazy over priced. The actual earphone is pretty similar to apple earphones, just colored red and black instead of white. The little silicone bit is great, but do yourself a favor and buy the tip separately and use it on your existing headphones.

Posted by Jim Butcher - 04/14/2011 09:14 PM

Ran a 10 mile trail race and could not believe the yurbuds did not fall out. I was impressed. Use them daily!

Posted by Joel Gutierrez - 04/15/2011 10:28 AM

They sell “custom” YurBuds to fit right over your existing Apple earphones. There’s even an iPhone app you can use to take a picture of a quarter next to your ear (to get the sizing). I’ve been using them extensively for the past year and they work great. The silicone holding the YurBuds to the earphone has started to stretch a little from pulling them off and on (not everyone can borrow my earphones with the Yurbuds attached), but they keep my Apple earbuds in just fine even after a year. Highly recommended at $19.99!

Posted by justus stull - 04/15/2011 10:46 AM

Have a pair and they work great for running. Wear them for long training runs and some ultras. The only issue I had was flying cross country, they hurt my ears after a while. Work great for activity through. Read the full review from a while ago at:

Posted by Bruce Anderson - 04/15/2011 01:04 PM

I bought Yurbuds to fit over my existing Apple earphones about a year ago. Generally they work fine but the silicone holding the YurBuds the the earphone has stretched quite a bit over time so that every time I take the earphones out of my ears the YurBuds come off the earphone.

Posted by Jean - 01/05/2013 03:24 PM

Loved your comment. Do you know where you can buy just the tips? Thanks!

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