Sweating through a workout has its rewards, but one undeniable hindrance is when headphones continually pop out of your ears. Polk Audio’s UltraFit 3000 in-ear canal phones are engineered to stay wrapped around your ears no matter how many ounces of sweat you work up.
Two plastic pieces keep the buds secure. They never fell off my ears during the month I wore them to my gym, including consistent running sessions and one rousing hour of full-court layup drills. (These are the things I do to try to bring you a well-rounded review.) Music sounds great. The bass throbs and pulsates, and nothing sounds strained, even at the higher volume levels.
My favorite design detail: color-coded left and right cables. While each side still has the ‘L’ and ‘R’ near the ear bud to delineate which ear it should go in, the differently-colored cables are smart.
There are two cable choices, a 14-incher that’s too short, and a 41-incher that’s too long. The long one gets caught too easily, like around my knee when I bend down to put a dumbbell on the floor. I could alleviate this by using the shorter cable and attaching my iPod to my shirt with the shirt clip that comes with the 3000s, but that’s not comfortable for me. A modest quibble, considering the performance.