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Custom molded in-ears for the gym?

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I am an amateur audiophile and I like listening to music at the gym but have had trouble finding in-ear phones that do not get incredibly uncomfortable after 30-45 minutes of use.

 

I've decided to take the plunge and purchase a set of custom molded in-ears for the gym, but I'm not sure what route to go.  I've been reading reviews and have found a lot of units that I'm sure would fit the bill really well, but I'm slightly nervous about buying something higher end and ruining them at the gym.  Is this a well founded concern or am I making something out of nothing?

 

Some that I'm considering are AE CFR3 and UE4 pro.  I also wonder If I should just get a lower end model for the gym in case they get beat up, something like AE C1.

 

I appreciate any input.

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I am an amateur audiophile and I like listening to music at the gym but have had trouble finding in-ear phones that do not get incredibly uncomfortable after 30-45 minutes of use.

 

I've decided to take the plunge and purchase a set of custom molded in-ears for the gym, but I'm not sure what route to go. 

 

Although generic tips, particularly foam tips, tend to itch at some point, an acrylic shell isn't going to be any different when it comes to sweat, and since you're in a gym, well, it's not like you can avoid that (in fact, that's part of why you're there). Notice how some musicians, particularly rockers who perform in outdoor stadiums jumping all over the stage, at some point take out one ear? That's not just for the vocalist to banter with the audience (they have ambient ports for that now) - that's because it's itchy or any other kind of uncomfortable. 

 

As for any other uncomfortable sensation aside from itching, generally a properly made CIEM would do a lot better - the hard acrylic is in the shape of your ears, as opposed to a disposable tip that needs to squeeze in and might actually be compressed enough that you're feeling the hard bore tube that it wraps around. Some companies use softer silicone on the bore/spout or on the entire ear-side of the IEMs though.

 

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