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Get a Sol Republic Shadow Wireless earphone for $34.97

From the Cheapskate: That's one of the lowest prices I've seen for one of my favorite gym-friendly Bluetooth earphones. Plus: three seriously good bonus deals!

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Watch this: Sol Republic Shadow Wireless: New neckband-style Bluetooth headphone sounds better than the competition

Once upon a time, you bought one pair of headphones and that was pretty much it. You wore them for anything and everything. Today, different situations demand different 'phones.

For example, yesterday I logged three miles in preparation for an upcoming 5K. I wore a set of Aftershokz Trekz Titanium bone-conducting sport headphones because they allow me to hear ambient sounds (like approaching cars).

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Best color combination (out of three choices): black/red.

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When I hit the gym, however, I prefer noise-isolating earphones that block out the sounds of weights clanking and hip-hop blaring. Specifically, the exact noise-isolating earphones on sale today.

For a limited time, and while supplies last, Yugster has the refurbished Sol Republic Shadow Wireless for $34.97 shipped when you apply coupon code SRSHADOW at checkout. These originally sold for $99.99 and now run at least $80 elsewhere. They're available in your choice of three colors: black/gray, black/red and gray/gold.

Refurbished earphones? Yeah, that's my only sticking point; I don't know what kind of condition these might arrive in. At the very least they'll have totally new ear tips, right? Because otherwise: gross. But Yugster's been in the discount-deal game a long time, and I have to imagine these are like new or darn close to it.

And worth the risk, in my humble opinion. As I said, this is what I wear to the gym. Sound quality: fantastic. Comfort: fantastic. (They're not ideal when I lie flat on my back, though, as the neckband does fall off.) Sweatproof-ness: I'm a mess by the end of every workout, and the Shadow Wireless shrugs it off.

Oh, and I'd say battery life is at least as good as the promised eight hours; I typically charge them only once every couple weeks.

The button controls on the neckband are way easier to manipulate than most, as they're slightly spread out so you can more easily identify them by touch. (That's not the case with a lot of the less-expensive sport earphones I've tried.)

CNET's review (3.5 stars out of 5) includes a few reservations about the product, and Amazon buyers likewise rated it 3.5 stars. All I can say is, I've been extremely happy with mine. They're great for walking and gym-going, though definitely not for running. And all those reviews are based on an $80-100 price tag.

At $35 out the door, I think these are a stellar buy.


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