Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Twin Cities, MN, USA
I've ridden with the UM1's a few times now, just on my commute to work. (No countryside travels yet this spring.) The first ride I had the short foam sleeves installed, well, they are on from the factory. For *my ears*, the shorties wouldn't stay put. So I installed one of the included sets of long foamies and that did the trick.
They don't penetrate the ear canal like a regular foam earplug does, but that's to be expected. I wear a Silks helmet liner, too, and the liner covers my ears which assists in putting on the helmet. Carefully pulling on the helmet, the plugs stay in place. They do conform to the shape of the opening of my ear canal, and once set, they do a good job blocking out ambient noise. Not quite like an earplug, but WAY better than nothing.
The proof in the pudding- I'm using these to listen to music on my Ipod. I'm not using any kind of external volume booster at all, and I'm able to keep the volume set at about the 25% volume setting up from mute. That's where I listen to it if I'm sitting in a chair! Music sounds great. Yeah, the noise of the road is in the background, but it's not bothersome at all. Maybe a bit noisier than listening to the car radio at a normal level with the windows up, but nothing like doing the same with windows down.
They are comfortable for me, no irritation or discomfort at all. And I can go for an entire day with a pair of the soft, green Max Lite earplugs in my ears without issue.
I can't speak to other higher-end earbud speakers (such as these, buds that are say $100 and up), but these ones, I think, are going to serve me quite well. Thumbs up from me for the Westone UM1.
Twin Cities, MN, USA
'18 DL650XT, previously '07 DL650 and others
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