RiderBuds smallest earphones for riders

Riderbuds earphones

RiderBuds earphones claim to be the smallest, softest, toughest, quietest and most secure earphones for riders that won’t come out when you put your helmet on or take it off.

(UPDATE March 2020: This product is still not delivered way past its deadline and the founder is not responding to emails. We have contacted Indiegogo for comment, but warn against supporting this campaign)

Founder Maurice Dziubinski says he has spent hundreds of hours testing the earphones, talked with more than 1000 riders around the world and had a few dozen Beta testers, including in Australia and New Zealand.

The company launched an Indiegogo campaign this week to raise funds to go into production and it was fully subscribed in less than three hours.Riderbuds earphones

Delivery is now expected in May 2019 and they will cost $US199 (about $A275, €175, £150).

Maurice says supporters can still contribute to the crowd-funding campaign and get an earlybird discount of $US129.

“We achieved 100% of our funding goal in less than three hours, and 200% of our funding goal in 12 hours,” he says

“All because of the prep work we’ve put into this and basically nailing our product.

“Our real internal goal is raising over $US100,000.”

As with all crowd-funding campaigns we warn supporters that the product may not go into production and they may not get a refund.

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Maurice says riders have been “putting up with sub-quality audio” for years.

He says the problems are inferior wind-noise cancelling, dislodging when putting on your helmet, discomfort around the ears, or breaking cables.Riderbuds earphones

We agree. It is difficult finding earphones that work well with helmets.

However, he claims RiderBuds will fit under any helmet, never get dislodged, stay comfortable, deliver crisp audio at any speed, protect your hearing and be tough enough to avoid cable breakages.

The earphones look good and come with both silicone and foam tips in various sizes to fit most ears.Riderbuds earphones

We would like to see a lightning connection option for iPhones and a Bluetooth version like SlimBuds.

However, Maurice says although their earphones are all wired, they feature a “very unique modular cable system”.Riderbuds earphones

“We’ve also been pointing our supporters to certain Bluetooth dongles we’ve been testing out and have been very happy with,” he says.

While the testimonials say they are comfortable, we’ve found wires that come straight out of earphones break and hurt your ears. We would expect a 90-degree bend at exit might be better.

However, Maurice says RiderBuds sit deeply inside your ear canal so the cable is already pointing down when it’s exiting your ear. unlike most other earphones.

We will reserve judgement for when a pair of the production earphones arrive here for testing early next year. Stay tuned.

 

6 Comments

  1. Just received my earbuds via the Indiegogo campaign. Worth the wait, and perfect in combination with my Freecom 4 🙂 Sound quality is comparable with normal in ears, not JBL or Sennheiser quality but good enough. They’re just like regular hearing protection but with an integrated audio driver.

  2. This article didn’t have much technical info, so as far as I can see these are just small silicone passive noise-reducing earbuds. Very similar to $19 buds available anywhere. Unless they contain some proprietary superior driver they are hardly worth the asking price.

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