THE ONLY SWIMMING HEADSET I RECOMMEND
(AFTER TRYING 5 OF THEM)
IF YOU'RE A REGULAR SWIMMER LIKE ME, YOU CAN RELATE TO THIS:
I love swimming but at some point in the swim it gets monotonous, and many days I lack the motivation to get to the pool.
It's in these moments that I need something to keep me going, and that thing is music.
So I spent a year and $1,500+ on finding the best audio device for swimming, and I'll save you the trouble. Here's the list:
Shokz Xtrainers, Sony Waterproof, Finis Duo, H20 Audio Stream, and Zygo.
The winner is...
Honestly, I regret not trying Zygo before the other ones.
It's not like the other ones are terrible, they do play music, but not streaming. And that makes all the difference.
Here's the full story.
NOT JUST AUDIO, *STREAMING* AUDIO
With all of the other gadgets, you have to pre-download your music.
With Zygo, you stream straight from your phone.
Needless to say, we no longer live in the world of MP3s. The effort to think ahead of time what I want to listen to and then figure out how to get a podcast or audiobook onto the device (if that's even possible?) is simply not worth it.
I can play any audio on Zygo as I do on land.
I recommended Zygo to a friend who loves audiobooks, and he says he's never gotten through so many books as when he's swimming now.
It's safe to assume you don't enjoy your coach yelling at you while swimming.
How about some real-time feedback instead? Live instruction while you're actually doing the strokes?
Zygo unlocks this possibility. The transmitter doubles as a walkie-talkie that fits into your coach's palm just like a stopwatch.
The other 4 products don't have this ability.
A DEDICATED WORKOUT APP
Meet the “Peloton of Swimming.”
Zygo is the only headset that also has a companion app with 400+ on-demand workouts, ranging from short mindful swims to a whole series on triathlon training or learning how to swim in open water.
The app also has other features like the battery status of the headset and transmitter, and - my personal favorite - lap counting (coming soon!).
Music streaming and lap counting from the same device? Yes, please.
WHAT ABOUT THE OTHERS?
To keep it fair, let's consider the others for a minute:
Shokz Xtrainers and Finis Duo have decent bone conduction technology that doesn’t cover your ears, so that's a plus, but the Duo has to strap to goggles which we found really uncomfortable. Between these two, we prefer Shokz for being more lightweight and non-invasive.
And almost all of them have wireless charging.
So yea, those are some pros with the others, and they are a bit cheaper, but not by much and you get what you pay for. Trust me, as someone who (sadly) paid for the other four as well in order to run this thorough comparison!
TRANSFORM YOUR UNDERWATER EXPERIENCE
Stream Straight From Your Phone
A SECURE FIT
Pushing off the wall? Diving in?
Zygo stays firmly on your head, thanks to a design that loops over the ears and provides just the right amount of grip to stay in place without causing you to notice the headset.
STREAM FROM ANY DEVICE
We convert Bluetooth - which doesn't penetrate the water- into a different radio frequency that does. Our patented solution is one of a kind, so you can (finally!) so goodbye to those MP3 players.
LIGHTWEIGHT & COMFORTABLE
We use bone conduction to transmit audio, leaving your ears open for safety and comfort. Wear your Zygo with goggles, a swim cap, and even a snorkel - we designed it to fit alongside all your gear.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
Zygo is one of a kind for several reasons