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Sol Republic’s new Relays earbuds promise to stay put, and look good doing it

Check out our review of the Sol Republic Relay headphones.

Sol Republic unveiled a spanking new pair of sports earbuds today at CES 2014, dubbed the Relays. The company’s latest buds are being touted as the earphone version of a cross-trainer shoe, brandishing a stylish design, as well as Sol’s adaptable Free Flex technology to create a pair of headphones equally at home on the treadmill, the bike trail, or your daily commute.

Sol Republic claims the form-fitting Free Flex material makes the Relays easy to put in to create an extremely secure fit, without the need for the complicated entanglements and conspicuous design of the wrap-around earpieces common in many sports earbuds. Apart from their promise to stick like glue, the Relays offer water and sweat resistance, a light-weight and low-profile design to fit under helmets and minimize wind resistance, and an inline microphone for taking calls and controlling music, all for $80. Sound is provided by Sol Republic’s I5 “sound engines.” The buds will be available in an array of colors sometime in February.

We’ve had our ups and downs with Sol Republic’s sound signature in the past, so we’re interested to see if the new buds can bring some clarity and detail to the table for their relatively modest price. If they do, and they also stay in place as well as SR claims, we may just have to pick up a pair for ourselves. We’ll likely be checking them out on the showroom floor of CES, so keep your browsers locked in at Digital Trends to learn the verdict.

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