The Evolution of BudStraps
Bill's inspiration for creating BudStraps grew out of his own struggles with unruly earphone cords. He wanted to solve three basic needs: eliminate tangles, prevent the earbuds from getting accidentally yanked out of the ears, and being able to keep the earbuds nearby if they're removed temporarily. He noticed how the neck strap on his shop safety glasses accomplishes a similar goal and set out to design his own unique version. With valuable input and guidance from Jared Green, BudStraps has evolved into an amazing new product that accomplishes all of Bill's original needs and more!
BudStraps is run out of an office in Montclair, NJ just above LuluLemon.
I was pretty excited when I got a prototype of BudStraps last November (which ultimately became what they're calling Free Flow). I used my BudStraps all the time, so much that I actually broke the clip through normal usage. At the time, I had two key problems with the prototype: 1. I felt maybe it could have been designed better, and 2. I didn't like the idea that the actual strap could soak up sweat.
Since BudStraps successfully launched, they've addressed all my problems with their Flex Sport. The clips are smaller, lighter, and easy to open, and the sports straps are thinner, lighter, and made of a comfortable flexi-fabric (unlike its spongey Free Flow sibling).
I tested out the BudStraps Flex Sport last weekend on a 30 mile bike ride, biking along the Mississippi trail into Loring Park in Minneapolis, and then looping back using the Theodore Wirth Trail. It was about over 80 degrees, and as much as I was sweating, I never felt like BudStraps was retaining it. In fact, it's so feather light that I almost forgot it was on my neck.
When I'm in a heavy traffic area or I need to talk to people, I just let BudStraps hold my earbuds without the fear of it wrapping itself on the crankset.
If you work out and listen to music (using earbuds), the BudStraps Flex Sport is perfect for you. These days, I cannot think of going on a bike ride without my trusty BudStraps.
If you're not going to do any intense exercise, they recommend the Free Flow, which was designed for casual usage. Although it's cheaper, I recommend just spending the extra $5 to get the sports version. I just prefer the flexi fabric over the soft neoprene.
If BudStraps sounds like something you could use, head over to budstraps.com and grab a pair.
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