Ah, January. How many of you have joined a gym or resolved to exercise more than your gaming chair this year? Well, the Skullcandy Method Wireless Sport may well help you through your promised fitness regime.
The Skullcandy Method Wireless Sport earphones are, as you have no doubt already worked out, are Bluetooth earphones designed for sporty types.
The have the now familiar collar design (remember the VerveRider+ earphones?) so that you don’t loose your buds when you take them out of your lugholes.
Reading the copy on the Skullcandy site, these have been designed with getting active in mind. How do they hold up though? It’s that gadgety review time again folks!
Method Wireless Sport design
As mentioned, these earbuds come tethered to a ‘FlexSport’ collar. This collar lightly hugs your neck whilst also sporting all the controls and whatnot.
This is flanked by + and – buttons which takes care of the volume and track skipping duties.
Along the top of the collar is a recess for the earphone cables. This is a pretty neat cable tidy for when you’re not using the Method earbuds. At least this should prevent any nasty tangled messes when you need to wear them again. Not only that, but if you don’t need all the cable for the buds to reach your ears, just take out what you need.
At the business end of the buds you get a choice of some small or medium tips. These sport Skullcandy’s ‘Dual Lock’ fit. This comprises of their special ‘Sticky Gels’, as seen on the XTfree, which are specially shaped to stay put.
The earphone housing is also sweat-resistant. In fact, the whole unit is protected by the ‘Pureclean’ system because who wants to smell their previous workout?
Method Wireless performance
So, the Skullcandy Sport Method Wireless earbuds are water and sweat resistant. The earphones are attached to the ‘Flexsport’ collar by 3 feet of cable.
These will stay paired to your device up to 30-feet away so no need to carry your phone around the gym with you from station-to-station.
Skullcandy claim up to 9 hours playtime from a single charge and I would say I have been getting around that.
Sound quality is pretty much what I have come to expect from Skullcandy now.
At first I thought the bass was distorting on more low-biased tracks but this rectified itself after a few hours of playing. This was either the buds getting settled or I had them pushed in too far.
Whatever the reason, the bass is certainly there and the Methods proved to be equally adept with any genre I threw at them.
Dave Lombardo’s double-kick thumps convincingly in Slayer’s ‘Angel of Death’ whereas the panned toms in ‘Children of the Grave’ by Black Sabbath really do cut through.
Electronic music is handled well too with Boris Blank, Jean-Michel Jarre and Kraftwerk being really enjoyable and immersive to listen to.
These might not be banging enough for you bass-hunters out there though. They offer a more even-handed reproduction.
Comfort and fit
What’s impressive about the Skullcandy Sport Method Wireless earbuds is the fit. Because of that, they also provide a good level of isolation.
The earbuds don’t fall out of your ears and they are nice and soft.
One of the major advantages of these collar-style Bluetooth earphones is that the weight is distributed throughout the device.
This enables them to have a much longer battery life than, say, the XTfree without compromising comfort and the buds staying put.
My only niggle with these collar-style earphones is when I have my hair down. Granted, if I was working out I’d have it tied up so this would not be an issue. However, wearing these on the commute with a collared shirt and long hair to feed it under/around, can be fiddly. Well, more fiddly than simply plonking on a headset or shoving in some buds.
Method Wireless Sport review conclusion
Skullcandy Sport Method Wireless earbuds are great if you’re after earphones to wear in the gym or on the track. They might not satisfy the bassheads out there but they have decent reproduction.
Add in 9 hours of battery life from a 30 minute charge, and buds that won’t fly out when they feel like it, that’s more reasons to check these out.
Method Wireless Sport price and availability
You can buy the Method Wireless Sport direct from Skullcandy’s portal for £45.