Soul wants you to run free with its Soul Run Free Pro Wireless Earbuds. They have all the important features of good wireless workout buds: super-secure ear inserts, cords that don’t tangle, a water and sweat-proof design, and good battery life. But while these $129 headphones get many things right, I would have liked more bass coming from the otherwise booming buds.
The Soul Run Free Pro wireless earbuds are inoffensively sporty. The buds are torpedo shaped, with interchangeable ear inserts and wings, and are connected by a flat cord. My review unit was red and black, but you can also get a black and bright-blue pair for matching more colorful workout gear or even a solid black pair. The flat cord ensures you’ll have a tangle-free experience with these buds, and the whole device is sweat-proof. The cords are also long enough that you can comfortably drape the buds on your neck when you’re not using them. The standard-issue inline remote works with both iOS and Android, with a volume rocker and a multi-function button that pauses and plays music, as well as turns the device on and off.
Comfort And Fit
Soul made the Run Free Pro pretty customizable, offering three pairs of different-sized ear inserts and three pairs of ear wings. I stuck with the smallest pair of inserts, as I usually do, and these really suctioned into my ears. Once I inserted them, they were not moving for anything.
The ear wings also help prevent the buds from moving. Out of the box, they come with the flat ear-wings installed, which sit flat against the buds and don’t hook into your ears at all. Then there are two other wing sizes, one that’s bigger and more fanned out than the other. I chose the larger size, because it provided that extra grip in my ear that I needed to make the buds completely snag-proof.
Even during my toughest workouts on the elliptical, treadmill and various strength-training machines, the Run Free Pro earbuds stayed in place. They’re slightly more snug and secure than the $129 SMS Audio SYNC by 50 Wireless Sport earbuds, which themselves have a great, sturdy fit.
The Soul Run Free Pro play songs just the way you hope it would, from country to metal to alternative to pop music. The only issue is the lack of bass. While I don’t like an excessive amount of bass, I do like a good amount of bass and this is where the Soul Run Free Pro’s are lacking.
Overall the sound quality is superb. The highs and lows are very important and the Soul Run Free Pro’s definitely excel in this area, which in a way for some people can make up for the lack of bass. I wouldn’t let the lack of bass keep you from purchasing a set of the Soul Run Free Pro’s unless you are just adamant about a lot of good quality bass when you listen to your favorite music tunes.
Update: After talking to the folks over at Soul, they have stated that I needed to try using larger ear pieces as that would help. I thought this wouldn’t work mainly because I have smaller ears and anything larger than the small ear pieces usually bother my ears really bad. I tried the medium sized ear pieces, and while they were slightly more uncomfortable the bass definitely increased. I then switched to the larger sized ones, and unfortunately couldn’t keep them in my ears. Not a downfall to the product, but one on my end unfortunately.
If you purchase these and are having the same issue I was having, make sure you change the ear pieces to one of the larger sizes and see if that helps a bit. Definitely some good information from the folks over at Soul and that’s what I like about their customer service is that it’s top notch and they provide great feedback very quickly. A company definitely worth dealing with.
Soul promises 8 hours of battery life in the Run Free Pro earbuds. That’s about the same as most wireless, Bluetooth earbuds and I have to say they definitely delivered in this department. I managed to get a very consistent use of 8 hours on a regular basis. Though note that this might vary depending on what you listen to and how you listen to it.
In the end, I’m definitely very happy with the Soul Run Free Pro earbuds and would certainly recommend them to anyone who is in the market for a great pair of wireless, Bluetooth, sweat-proof earbuds. The price might be a bit high at $129.99 for a lot of people, but for what you’re getting I feel it’s totally worth it in the end.
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