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Philips Tread Earbuds are Nearly Industructable

by Josh Kirschner on January 12, 2012

Philips The Tread headphonesPhilips has partnered with O'Neill to create an extra-rugged pair of headphones called The Tread. Intended for outdoor sports (or anywhere else you may want to listen to music while taking a beating), The Tread earbuds are made from steel and can withstand an impact of up to 300 pounds. In addition to the steel construction, the cables are reinforced with Kevlar.

I gave these babies a test by stomping on them a half dozen times and wasn't able to make a dent.

Two models are available. The SHO2200 ($39.99) and the SHO2205 ($49.99), which includes a universal mic, volume and track control compatible with Apple, LG, Motorola, Palm, HTC, Blackberry, Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung devices. Color choices include black, white, blue and red.

Philips expects The Tread headphones to be available in April, 2012.


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From Maxim on March 17, 2012 :: 4:12 pm

Where can we buy them?????



From Josh Kirschner on March 18, 2012 :: 10:18 am

These are expected to hit the market in April and then should be widely available.



From Bobbie Jones on July 09, 2013 :: 9:10 pm

I broke mine in six months!
No physical damage I could see, but the sound stopped coming, and I’m assuming I tugged hard enough that a wire inside pulled away.
Still, I hardly exposed them to extreme elements—I’m a student, not an adventurer—and I was definitely not actively trying to break them.

It was just a disappointment, because headphones never last me more than five or six months.


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