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Iem's and exercise. Is it risky? Who does it?

post #1 of 24
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This has been brought up in many threads but I wondered how many people here really do workout with their iem's...be them high dollar or low.
I understand that people worry about sweat...but as mentioned before, musicians sweat profusely on stage. Also..take the westones for example, it sais right on their website they are fine for exercise. So if something happened to them from sweat..I am sure they would be covered under warranty (granted waiting for them while being repaired/replaced would suck!!). I would not use mine if I were doing some form of extreme exercise...but I have always used my iem's with a treadmill or stationary bike etc.
I am old school I guess so I feel that if I'm going to spend hundreds of $ on earphones I should be able to use them for everyday things...even cutting the grass etc. I know I'll get alot of people who think it's crazy and say buy some $20 sony's for that...but I like the comfort and sound of what I have.
What do ya think???
post #2 of 24
I use my ER4P for weight lifting often. I don't sweat a lot because I do low rep stuff and no cardio. How much do your ears sweat inside anyway? The tips remain tight so I don't see how sweat could get in there unless you sweat like a pig and remove and replace them often while working out. Earwax is another thing. I finally had my right side ER6 filter clog after over a year of wearing them to sleep.
post #3 of 24
I have a pair of modded marshmallows for working out. they cost me 2.14 at amazon one day. I wouldnt use expensive iems at the gym. why chance it with the sweat. also, the chord often gets yanked in the process of changing machines and such.
post #4 of 24
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I agree if you are lifting weights and doing things that might yank the cord out etc. But for those things like I mentioned before...treadmill etc... I don't get to listen to my earphones on my job..and I can't listen a ton during a normal day either (takes me a year to put 100 hrs on cans), however the half hr per day that I use my treadmill or the 3 hrs it takes to cut my grass in the summer..those are the only times I have no worries about missing a phone call etc. I guess I want to get the sound I love even during those times.

fyi...I am currently looking on westones website...I thought I saw it there before about using during workouts...maybe it was only on earphonesolutions site I saw that. Forgive me if I made an error.
post #5 of 24
I have brand new Sennheiser CX 380 Sport II IEMs, they are waterproof
post #6 of 24
My Shure E4G's go with me to the gym 3 times a week and get covered in sweat. And they've been getting that punishment for a good 18months that i've had them. I wouldn't have it any other way. If I bought some new IEMs I might even relgate my E530's to the gym.
Why buy them if you're not going to enjoy them?
post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Mors View Post
My Shure E4G's go with me to the gym 3 times a week and get covered in sweat. And they've been getting that punishment for a good 18months that i've had them. I wouldn't have it any other way. If I bought some new IEMs I might even relgate my E530's to the gym.
Why buy them if you're not going to enjoy them?
My point exactly.
post #8 of 24
I do it all the time and have for years with never a problem. Things to consider;

Try to leave them in your ear while working out. If you are sweating profusely and take them out and re-insert them you could get sweat into the nozzle's which you want to avoid. Also, I wear a padded elastic headband to catch most of the sweat coming off my head. It helps quite a bit.
post #9 of 24
Yes, exercise is risky and dangerous. Have another beer, relax.
post #10 of 24
Thread Starter 
I agree Spyro...I never take them out during a workout and always have worn a "sweatcatcher" on my head.
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by Jaawa View Post
I have brand new Sennheiser CX 380 Sport II IEMs, they are waterproof
how do they sound? I was hesitating between those, the cx500's and the etymotic er6i's for exercise.
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post
Yes, exercise is risky and dangerous. Have another beer, relax.


I workout just to counter effect that beer.
post #13 of 24
i bicycle in 35 degree weather in the summer so... i sweat madly. i have taken them on 120km treks many times and had no trouble. however, mine are the really well-made audio technica ck10, not a dainty sleek audio or other brand models.
post #14 of 24
Hmmm - personally picked up a set of CX300s to go with my X10s.

Had two E4Gs/SCL4s die on me - largely because I think of my gym use. Not even so much a sweat concern - but more the abuse the cord was taking after lifting/cardio combination.
post #15 of 24
I use a set of Sleek SA6s when I cycle. I do not think you sweat inside your ears actually so there should not be any problem with it. If the earphones die it is more likely because they get bumped around and stuff like that, or if you yank the cable.
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