If you’re looking for a new set of headphones to accompany you on your evening run then you should take a look at Parrot’s newly unveiled Zik Sport wireless headphones.
In addition to providing you with high quality audio while you’re pounding the pavement, these Bluetooth-enabled, wireless headphones can also serve as your coach. They’ll track your movement and monitor your heart rate, allowing you to get the best out of your cardio-vascular workout, but that’s not all they have to offer.
In addition to their tracking and cardio-monitoring smarts, the Zik Sports will also keep tabs on your vertical oscillation, or how much you’re bobbing up and down as you run. This information is pretty useful for runners who are looking to improve the efficiency of their gait. The headphones also track your ground contact, telling you how long your feet spend in contact with the earth on each foot fall, another piece of info which can be of great use to serious runners looking to improve their performance.
All the information, which is taken in by the headphones is served up to you via a useful companion app which you can install on your tablet or smartphone, giving you the opportunity to digest and analyse every aspect of your run, and make whatever changes you deem necessary.
As you’d expect coming from Parrot, the Zik Sport headphones are a well-made piece of kit. Designed in collaboration with Philippe Starck. The version on display at CES doesn’t offer the same mirror shine as the press imagery would have you believe and when worn, it doesn’t offer the conventional aesthetic or other Bluetooth headphones, so it might be one to try for fit (and look) before you buy.
They’re light, at just 75 grams, sweatproof, so you won’t have to worry about your secretions screwing with them, and reportedly offer up five hours of battery life on a single charge, with all the features turned on – which is no mean feat when you take into account quite how many they offer.
The Zik Sports also boast eight microphones – six for noise cancelling and two for voice calls, so you can be sure that you’ll be heard if you need to make or take a call whilst you’re running.
Expect them to make an appearance in stores around the summer and and we’ll keep you posted on official pricing as Parrot makes it available.