There is nothing like having your favorite tunes with you when you are working out. The problem used to be just getting to the point of taking music with you: Do I use a walkman (remember those?) or CD? Arm band, backpack, or fanny pack? Will I run out of music before my workout is over? Will I need to keep extra batteries in my sock?
With the advent of MP3 music players, the questions have changed a bit – mainly, which player should I use? Go small and light with limited music storage? Go with a larger player and take the risk of the player falling to the pavement? How about a total integrated package like the Oakley Thump 2’s that are sunglasses with a built in MP3 player? But I really don’t want to miss a call so this still makes me take along my cell phone. Decisions, decisions.
After using the Oakley Thump 2’s in a variety of environments – mostly running and on the bike, I was looking forward to Oakley’s next-generation of wearable electronics – not only to get my electronics fix, but I wanted something that was a bit less gaudy to wear in public. Don’t get me wrong, though, on the bicycle you expect to be flashy and I could even convince myself that having bright white shades were safer by making me more “visible”.
But when I was running, I looked more like Soulja Boy and less like Usain Bolt. Really, my ego is not that big. With the O ROKR Pros, however, Oakley made great strides in shrinking their entire package for an almost stealth look – you really can’t tell that the O ROKR’s have earbud on them until you get close to who is wearing them. Motorola did a great job in shrinking the electronics down without sacrificing sound quality.
When put to the scale the Oakley O ROKR Pro Bluetooth Sunglasses proved to weigh 20% less than the Oakley Thump 2’s.