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Durable in ear headphones for subway/walking for under 200

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I am looking for a new pair of in ear headphones.  I have about a 15 minute walk to the subway, and about a 25-30 minute subway ride to work, so I need something that can withstand it getting caught on something on the subway or jammed in my pocket.  It probably wouldn't hurt if it could waistband a little bit of weather.  Because I will be on the subway, I need something that will create a good seal and be comfortable so I can't hear anything.  I will probably use them when I fly a couple times a year also.

 

Previous headphones owned:  

 

UE600vi - great fit and ok sound, but I went through 4 of them because they aren't very durable

Apple in ear - Could never get a good seal that would stay in place

UE Triple.Fi -  Great sound, but I really wish the cord had volume control/mic (still own these)

Nuforce 700 - Could never get a good seal that would stay in place, they seamed too heavy

 

Requirements:

 

Full Sound, not too much bass

Durable

Great isolation

Must be able to wear over the ear

Must have headset controls/mic

Weather sealing a plus

Replaceable cord a plus

 

Things I will be listening to:

 

iPhone 5s (no amp) - Talk radio, Podcasts of talk radio, Spotify (extreme quality which I believe is 256 AAC)

iPad mini (no amp) - Movies

 

What I looked at:

 

Shure E215 plus UE900 cable - Seems like it would provide a decent fit.  The reviews for the mix cable are awful, so I I would be getting the UE cable for it instead.  But then I am thinking if it's a replaceable cable, why not upgrade to the E315s.

 

Westone W1 - Seems like it would provide a decent fit but doesn't have headset controls.  Would need to get the UE cable for it too, since I believe it uses the same connection.  

 

Westone Adventure Series ADV ALPHA - Seems to cover durable and weather resistant and has controls, but the reviews of it don't seem super glowing for the price

 

Right now I am leaning toward the Shure E215/E315, but I am totally open to suggestions.  Also, is the E315 worth the upgrade over the E215?

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Looks like I could also preorder the westone w10.
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The new Westone monitors come with an iDevice cable, if I am not mistaken.

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