Adidas is literally changing the headphone game with the RPT-02 SOL on-ear headphones. They’re tough enough for any level of workout, produce great audio, and charge using natural AND artificial light sources. More on that later.
Adidas RPT-02 SOL: Review Topics
Adidas Make Headhones?!
Their partnership with Zound Industries is eerily similar to the JBL and Under Armour partnership that created the Project Rock and UA Streak series of headphones.
Zound is known for their Marshall and Urbanears (UE) headphones and speakers, so they’ve been in the audio game for over 50 years. Their partnership with Adidas now marks an impressive entry into the fitness industry.
Shades Of UE
When you look at the Adidas RPT-02 SOL’s, you can easily see the similarities to the Urbanears Plattan headphone series. Specifically the dual-rod frame and extra wide headband, but the rods on the Adidas version are more than triple the thickness.
Fit and Comfort
That brings us to the first great attribute of these headphones Comfort and stability.
Their extra-thick dual-rod lower frame provides exceptional flexibility, and at the same time provides strong clamp strength. This makes them perfect for working out because they stay put no matter what shape your noggin is.
Their mesh headband and ear cushions are fairly comfortable and get softer with usage. Plus, the mesh surfaces allow your head and ears to breathe, so there’s no buildup of moisture and sweat during intense workouts.
It’s rare to see a set of on-ear or over-ear headphones with this level of durability. The IPX4 water resistance will protect the headphones in most sweaty and wet conditions. Plus, the mesh ear cushions and headband are easily removable and washable.
They’re also some of the most eco-friendly headphones on the planet, with 87% of the plastic made from post-consumer recycled plastic and nylon. They actually don’t have leather of any kind on them, so they’re literally vegan, but don’t eat them.
I found the audio quality pretty impressive, especially since I’ve never been a huge fan of UrbanEars speakers and headphones. It looks like they went more toward the audio quality of Zound Industries’ other audio brand, Marshall.
Their 40mm drivers produce pretty good bass and great overall audio range. Plus, the mesh ear pads give the sound more of an open-ear feel, which is probably why the bass isn’t as pronounced as I expected. On the other hand, you can adjust the frequencies in the free Adidas app if you want to pump up the bass.
The Adidas app (iOS) (Android) is an impressive aspect of the overall audio experience. Not only does it have an extremely customizable equalizer, but you can also view detailed real-time solar charging levels.
On top of that, you can customize the headphone’s action buttons, connect your Spotify account, and connect your favorite voice assistant.
The most notable missing features are active noise cancellation (ANC) and transparency modes. As headphones built for fitness and training, Adidas says this was an intentional omission. Like I said in the Audio Quality section, the mesh ear cushions offer an open ear (or passive transparency) feel, so you can still stay safe and aware without using built-in microphones and software algorithms.
When it comes to either passive or active noise cancellation, Adidas says that it’s safer to stay connected to your surroundings during your workouts. Long story short, if you want to be in your own world during workouts, these headphones aren’t for you.
The battery life is the most exciting and groundbreaking feature of these headphones. Making them one of the best sets of on-ear or over-ear headphones in the biz.
First of all, the guaranteed battery life is a best-in-class 80 hours. The special feature that makes these headphones last longer is the unique Powerfoyle headband. (Urbanista offers a set of solar powered heaphones with the same style of solar headband, but the RPT-02 SOL’s are far more durable and versatile.)
They can self-charge with any type of light, like an old-school calculator. Sunlight, moonlight, and even artificial light can keep these headphones juiced up. Adidas is so confident of this feature that even though they have a USB-C charging port, they don’t come with a charging cable.
After just one month of testing them, I can see why you might NEVER need to plug these into a wall charger.
If you’re looking for a set of on-ear or over-ear headphones for working out, the Adidas RPT-02 SOL’s are definitely one of your best choices. If you don’t need or want active noise canceling and you don’t mind the on-ear design, these are your best choice without a doubt.
They sound great, always stay charged, fit snug enough for almost any workout level, and can withstand most sweaty and wet conditions. What more can you want in a set of over-ear or on-ear workout headphones?
- Water/Dust Rating – IPX4
- Battery Life – 80 Hours (to infinity!)
- Driver Size – 40mm
- Weight – 256g
- ANC/Transparency Mode – No (Passive Transparency)
- Bluetooth – 5.2
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