In the world of Bluetooth headphones expanse: models of different shapes, colors, designs, with a different approach to sound and emotions. And here Adidas got down to business, she launches the Adidas FWD-01 model, created with the participation of Zound Industries. This name may not tell you anything, but you probably heard about the Marshall speakers and headphones. This company is developing another brand – UrbanEars. Now she will also promote headphones under the Adidas brand, I tried them, listened and I want to share my impressions.
Acquaintance with headphones begins with unpacking. A large black box made of environmentally friendly cardboard, and in it the headphones themselves, wrapped in thin paper. Almost like Adidas sneakers in a pack. At the same time, we get a branded fabric cover for storing the headset.
Design and materials
Headphones are distinguished by their massive appearance, they are large by the standards of “plugs” and just stick out from the ear. Design, of course, is a subjective matter, and here is a matter of taste. For example, I do not care how the headphones look from the side, the convenience and comfort during use are more important to me. But if you are extremely careful about your appearance and plan to use headphones as the only and main tool for listening to music, then I advise you to try on headphones and look at yourself in the mirror before buying.
The headphone housing is gray, the material resembles a mixture of plastic and rubber. Perhaps you remember that about five to seven years ago phones with velvety, pleasant to the touch finish of the cases were popular. It was the so-called soft-touch plastic, something similar is also used in the decoration of Adidas FWD-01, only here the case is more rigid and rude. It looks peculiar, somewhat reminiscent of a stone or shabby jeans – there are already some associations.
A surprising discovery was the fabric braid that combines the ear cups. The material is tactilely pleasant, but it's hard to say what will happen to it over time. On the one hand, Adidas developed headphones for several years, consulted and tested them taking into account the wishes of professional athletes.
On the other hand, there is no escape from nature: the fabric will absorb sweat, and you cannot wash or wash the headphones under the tap. Moisture protection is available, compliance with IPX4 standard is declared – this is sweat, spray, fine drizzle, but nothing more.
The convenience of use
In the kit we get a bunch of nozzles: here are silicone ones of all sizes, and special nozzles with a “spacer” so that the Adidas FWD-01 headphones do not fall out during sports activities. I was approached by standard nozzles of the average size.
Ergonomics can only be praised, they sit comfortably. I tried to run – they do not fall out of my ears, and the fabric braid feels nice on my neck.
Everything is standard: under the left earphone there is a button for calling the voice assistant, and under the right – three music control keys. The buttons work the first time, they are large and easily felt blindly.
In addition, if you remove the headphones and attach one cup to another, they will be magnetized, and the music will pause.
In addition, through the headphone application, you can schedule the launch of programs related to audio. It doesn’t work with Yandex.Music, but Apple Music or Spotify are detected without problems.
I tried the headphones Adidas FWD-01 in training: create a mood and work in the background, skipping all the surrounding sounds. At first glance, this can be written in minuses. But wait, these are sports headphones, and while jogging along the street it is better to hear how cars approach or a tractor with watering equipment signals, sneaking up behind.
However, this feature is useful not only for athletes. For example, I go for a walk with my child, my daughter sleeps in a stroller, I listen to YouTube videos in the background (yes, I don’t watch, but listen). If the child suddenly wakes up or cries, I will hear right there. In headphones with more advanced noise isolation, this will not work.
Of course, this scenario is not for everyone, but I’m leading to the fact that now you can pick up convenient things for a variety of use cases, and this is the most important thing.
The Adidas FWD-01 headphones have a decent margin in volume, you can twist the sound above 60–70% of the maximum value, but save your hearing. In any case, I did not do this, with power everything is in order. I liked the sound: a clean center, neatly crafted high frequencies and a smooth, moderate bass.
And if you want to play around with the settings, you can use the equalizer built into the Adidas application. There are ready-made profiles and manual parameters, if you want to work as a sound engineer.
Official data are: up to 16 hours on a single charge. When listening to 70% of the maximum volume, it turned out almost 14 hours – an excellent result. I think that if you decrease the volume, then you can go to the stated indicators.
The headphones are charged via a modern USB Type-C connector, the cable is included, and the charging unit is not included. The quick charge function works when in 10 minutes the headphones are recharged for an hour and a half.
Headphones Adidas FWD-01 have already appeared on sale, in Russia they cost 11,990 rubles. For wireless headphones, the price is normal, especially if you plan to use them during training, walking or just love products with the Adidas logo.
At the same time, you can find other options: with more powerful noise isolation or more compact cases. Here already everyone decides what is more convenient and what is more important.
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