If you haven’t figured it out by now, I am not much of a swimmer. I love to leisurely splash around in the pool, lake, or ocean as much as anyone else, but ask me to swim competitively and likely I don’t want to play anymore. Alas, the downfall of being a triathlete, all that dang swimming.
Lucky for me I had a ton of work to do on my swimming this year, so the pool and I became quite acquainted. And I learned to really love swimming. I got stronger, my endurance in the water skyrocketed, and I really began to look forward to my time in the pool. Until a few months later, when it started to get routine, boring. So.Many.Laps. UGH.
And then the heavens opened up and a pretty little box from my friends over at AudioFlood showed up on my doorstep.
Yes indeed, they sent me a waterproofed ipod shuffle package and I was completely delighted! The whole package comes with all sorts of goodies too.
Waterproof earbuds, tons of earbud sizing options, swim cap, extra cord to make the shortie headphones regular length so you can use them for running in the rain, little mesh bag to keep it all contained, and of course the iPod itself. It also came with a single squeeze tube of crazy glue which I haven’t figured out yet.
It is just a regular old iPod shuffle, so if you’ve used one before than you already are an expert at operating it. There are quite a few options for waterproof music for swimming, but after looking long and hard at those other options, you just can’t beat a good old fashion iPod. If you already have iTunes then just plug in, dump some music on it, and you’re ready to go. A lot of the other swimming MP3 options required alternative music programs and one even required converting file types. Yeah, no thanks. Everyone and their mother knows how to work an iPod and iTunes. It just makes so much sense to just get a waterproof iPod. There’s just no other way around that fact as far as I’m concerned.
AudioFlood has a unique process that they use to waterproof their iPods.
“Our proprietary waterproofing process fills the entire inside of the Shuffle with a continuous layer of soft yet highly corrosion resistant sealant. Unlike multi layer waterproofing, this ensures that the sealant protects against corrosion all the way from the outer housing to the internal electronics.” –AudioFlood website
The headphones are completely water proof too and come with loads of options to make sure you get the right fit, comfortably. And lets chat a minute here. I HATE EARBUDS. I don’t like them, I don’t use them, and I truly believe they were created to spite me. However earbuds are non-negotiable in the water. If water gets in your ear under the bud you will lose sound to that ear since the sound waves won’t permeate through the water layer between the earbuds and your inner ear. This means you not only have to use earbuds, but they need to fit perfectly.
I was insanely sceptical about the earbud situation, not gonna lie. Thankfully they send about six different sizes and type of earbud replacement pieces.
I personally went with the tree shaped ones. I found they created a great seal that kept water out. It did take me a few tries of mixing and matching sizes to get it right, but once I got it they worked well. And I have since learned to
tolerate appreciate using the earbuds. Only in the pool though, I still stick with my Rocketfish Bluetooth Headphones for all my other headphone needs.
So, swimming with this thing?
The sound quality is great and I haven’t had a single issue with any of it. And, AudioFlood’s customer service is amazing. They are so quick to respond and truly are there to ensure you get a product that works exactly as you need it to. Not going to lie, this little thing has completely revolutionized how I look at and think about lap swimming.
And Audio Flood is going to do the same for one of my readers. Below is a rafflecopter giveaway for a FREE iPod Waterproof Shuffle Package that one lucky reader is going to win. And the people at Audio Flood are so awesome they’re even going to let you pick any color you want! So enter today and then make sure you keep coming back everyday to enter again. The giveaway goes until Wednesday July, 16 2014!