Lately, I’ve been thinking about my travel Christmas list. I’ve wanted to get my ears a special present with some noise canceling headphones. However, I didn’t take the plunge until I heard about SOL REPUBLIC headphones.
Last month, I got an email from SOL REPUBLIC asking me if I wanted to try them out. Since Michael Phelps wore these headphones at the Olympics, I wanted to find out more. When I discovered SOL REPUBLIC had a Collegiate Colors selection, I knew this would be perfect on my Expedia College Football Travel Tour.
As a sports fan and traveler who loves music, SOL REPUBLIC headphones were joining me on the road for my college football travel series.
So read about me, Michael Phelps, and how you can win a pair of SOL REPUBLIC headphones for Christmas.
Why I have a lot in common with Michael Phelps
However, I was a lifeguard in high school (I could swim a little at least). We both eat at Subway (a lot). Michael Phelps and I partied at the University of South Carolina (but I didn’t inhale). And we also use SOL REPUBLIC headphones.
Unfortunately, I don’t think our common bonds were well known when I was approached by SOL REPUBLIC.
When I travel, I’m always sticking something in my ears – ear plugs, ear buds, fingers. No matter what I use, my ears always hurt when the plane lands. Whether I’ve wanted silence or a good beat, I couldn’t find a good pair of affordable headphones.
I don’t accept many offers to do reviews because I only believe in trying products that I would actually use and that like-minded travelers and readers would enjoy. I’ve wanted some headphones for a while. And with the Tracks Collegiate series, I could wear my Gamecocks proudly on my ears.
My travel gear review of SOL REPUBLIC headphones
In late November, I was on my way to party at Oregon State as Oregon and Oregon State battled in the Civil War. My SOL REPUBLIC headphones joined me on the trip.
For years, I wore standard iPod earbuds. On this flight, I pulled out my SOL REPUBLIC headphones.
I put them to the test. I cranked up the music, testing the headphones on my smart phone and laptop. High quality music, crisp vocals, good bass, and full sound – much better than any headphones or earbuds I’ve had.
While these aren’t noise cancelling headphones, they did reduce sound. I put them to the screaming baby test on the plane and didn’t hear a thing with the music playing. With a row to myself, I couldn’t help but sing quietly serenading other passengers and the crying baby.
Another important factor was the comfort of my SOL REPUBLIC headphones. They never fell off and the padding on the ears and head were still comfortable after hours of use.
If you like the Tracks Collegiate Colors series headbands, you can shop for the high quality V10 HD headphones (without buying new headphones) or the new SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD Anthem with more bass, higher clarity, and crisp vocals. Change out the cables that connect the headphones or get earbuds if that is more your style.
SOL REPUBLIC headphones are interchangeable as well. The headband, ear phones, and cords can be taken apart, changed, purchased, and carried separately.
Losing pieces of your headphones could be frustrating but upgrading ear phones or changing out pieces cuts down on the cost of new headphones. Carry them around your neck or in a backpack and you don’t ever need to take them apart.
I did have one complaint about the earphones. The left earphone occasionally has some static and buzzing. This isn’t consistent and sometimes turning down the volume for a while and turning it back up gets rid of the buzz and static.
I am not a headphones expert. However, if you’re looking for a great sound from comfortable headphones, want to show off your college colors, and have been looking for some new headphones, try SOL REPUBLIC headphones. Unlike more expensive brands, you get quality headphones for a reasonable price.
Pros: low cost ($99 – $179), high quality sound, interchangeable, comfortable, work with any smart phone, Tracks Collegiate series, easy to carry around
Cons: left earphone has a little buzzing and static at times, interchangeable pieces may be lost
Win a free pair of SOL REPUBLIC headphones for Christmas!
If you love travel, music, and want to show your school spirit, you can win a pair of SOL REPUBLIC headphones for yourself or someone else.
Follow the directions on Rafflecopter below to enter and get extra entries for the SOL REPUBLIC headphones giveaway.
- Like Budget Travel Adventures on Facebook
- Leave a comment saying why you want a pair and if you want headphones from a particular school (Please note: you don’t need to pick headphones from a school, there are many designs)
- Tweet this giveaway with the tag #BTASOL for an additional entry
- Share on Facebook and tag the Budget Travel Adventures fanpage to get 3 additional entries.
- Contest begins 12/11 at 12 AM PST and ends 12/18 11:59 PM PST.
- Contest is open to anyone worldwide (please note delivery may not happen by Christmas)
Because of the sound quality and comfort of these headphones, I am so pumped from listening to music I could win an Olympic medal (Michael Phelps, it’s a good thing you’ve retired).
Inspired by the sound of music in my ears, here’s a poem for SOL REPUBLIC and my fellow spokesperson in the style of Dr. Seuss.
I can wear my SOL REPUBLIC headphones on a plane,
I can wear my SOL REPUBLIC headphones on a train.
I can wear my SOL REPUBLIC headphones in a car or enjoy them in a bar.
I can wear my SOL REPUBLIC headphones in an airport or while I’m waiting in port.
I can even wear my SOL REPUBLIC headphones like Michael Phelps.
So thank you SOL REPUBLIC, I really do like my SOL REPUBLIC headphones.
Read this interview with founder Kevin Lee to find out what makes SOL REPUBLIC so different from other headphones.
Check out my other travel gear reviews for items like my GORE-TEX hiking boots (a one-on-one interview with a hiking boot) and Scottevest (why I took my pants off – yes, my travel gear reviews are fun).
While my SOL REPUBLIC headphones with the South Carolina Gamecocks colors were free, know that all my opinions are my own. Seriously. Not even Michael Phelps would write a review like this and not sure SOL REPUBLIC would have given them to me if they knew I was this crazy.