Fitness fanatics everywhere understand the value of motivational music when it comes time to get the blood pumping. Luckily, so do headphone manufacturers, who have been churning out rugged, water-resistant sports models for years now. The key is finding the set that's best suited to your activity, and if that happens to be skiing or snowboarding, the Klipsch Image S5i Rugged headphones are right up your alley. These $130 earphones are compact, durable, and designed with outdoor sports in mind.
In fact, the design of the Image S5i earphones isn't a sharp departure from the popular S4i earphones. The earpieces are supercompact and angled ever so slightly, though the S5i's earpieces are coated in a texturized rubber rather than shiny plastic. The cables are similarly thin but the S5i's is reinforced and water-resistant. In fact, everything from the plug housing to the earpieces to the remote module is designed to withstand a reasonable amount of moisture, a statement we found true when testing the earbuds in the snow.