Xiaomi Air 2 True Wireless Review

Mi AirDots Pro. Xiaomi wireless headphones review

Xiaomi Air 2 True Wireless Review

Xiaomi always strives to release the best product in any niche of devices it produces. The trend of completely wireless headphones haunts her, and the second version of the fully wireless Mi AirDots Pro (or Air Mi True Wireless Earphones) has already appeared on sale. How successful they are and what problems there may be with them, we will tell in this review.

Equipment

The Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro box feels cheap. It is made of ordinary cardboard with inconspicuous printing. But I am glad that this is not reflected in the headphones.

In addition to the headset, the kit contains: instructions in Chinese and English, a charging case, a USB Type-C cable and several sizes of ear pads.

Possible problems

On the Internet, there have been many complaints that Mi AirDots Pro are losing pairing between the left and right earbuds. The complete instructions do not contain a hint on how to solve this problem, but we found a method to “make friends” again. This is done as follows:

  • Remove headphones from connected Bluetooth devices;
  • Turn off Bluetooth on your smartphone or wherever they were connected;
  • Open the case with headphones and hold down the button on the end of the case for about 30 seconds before the indicator starts flashing;
  • Reconnecting the headphones to the device.

Sound

Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro have smooth, pleasant sound, but with medium details. There is no blockage in the frequency range, the bass is not very deep, but legible. The dimensions of the imaginary scene are slightly above average, which is why there is no complete immersion in the atmosphere of the composition being listened to. Since the headphones are in-ear, they have good sound insulation. The manufacturer thought there was little passive sound insulation and he also added active noise reduction, which personally seems to me superfluous here.

When watching, for example, YouTube, there is a noticeable desynchronization of video and audio tracks.

Controls and sensors

All control of Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro takes place using the touch pads on each of the headphones. I have had difficulties, because they did not always do what I asked of them.

The gestures that are available in the headphones are:

  • Double touch when receiving a call: receive / reject a call;
  • Two touches on the left headphone. Call the voice assistant, on the right. Play / pause.

Also, Mi AirDots Pro has the ability to work as a mono headset, just leave one earphone in the case, and the second will already be connected to the device.

If you look closely at the headphones from the side of the sound guides, you can find two infrared sensors that track the location of the headphones in the ear. If you take out one, the playback will automatically pause.

Appearance

The headphones, along with the case, are made of matte plastic, but the coating of the headphones seems less matte, and they also have glossy inserts on the ends that emphasize the edges of the touch panels. On the one hand, they dilute the appearance, and on the other, the surface is slippery and does not always allow you to grasp the earpiece normally when you remove it from the case. I was pleased with the presence of IPX4 moisture protection, thanks to which you can safely take the headphones to the gym or for jogging in light rain.

The case has a flattened barrel-shaped top and bottom edges. At the bottom is the USB Type-C port. The lid is well fixed. The build quality is good, but the coating is a little confusing. The fact is that, as I said earlier, the body is matte, but dust and dirt gets into the texture, which is difficult to remove. However, there is nothing more to find fault with, otherwise it is good (there are magnets holding the headphones and a modern charging connector).

Autonomy

With autonomy order. The headphones themselves stably reproduce the sound for the promised 3 hours, and the case can fully charge the headphones several more times, in total it will turn out up to 10 hours of work.

Terminating the connection

When you turn off Bluetooth on your device or exceed the Bluetooth signal range, the headphones will automatically enter connection standby mode. If the Bluetooth connection is unsuccessful, the headset will enter sleep mode within 10 minutes. Re-put on the headphones and connect to activate.

Manual for Xiaomi Mi AIR 2 wireless headphones

Connecting to a Xiaomi smartphone

To connect the headset to a Xiaomi smartphone, place the headphones in the case, close the case cover, and then open it. Make sure the Bluetooth function is activated on your smartphone. Follow the prompts on the smartphone display.

Note: make sure you have the latest MIUI 10 software.

Checking the battery level

Checking the headphone charge level

After connecting the headset to the smartphone, the charge level is displayed on the status bar.

Note: The status bar only shows the low battery level of the two earbuds. Some models do not support this function.

Checking the charge level of the case

Press the function button or open the lid of the charging case:
✓ The indicator on the case glows white for 5 seconds, indicating that the battery is fully charged.
✓ Indicator flashes red to indicate low battery.

Checking the charge level using a Xiaomi smartphone

After connecting the headset to the smartphone, place the headphones in the case, close the case cover, and then open it. A window with the charge level of the headphones and case will appear on the smartphone display.

Note: make sure you have the latest MIUI 10 software.

Review of wireless bluetooth headphones TWS Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones AIR 2

Automatic connection

If the headset is in the charging case, open the case cover and the earbuds will automatically connect to the last paired device. If no connection history is found or the headphones cannot connect to any device, they will automatically enter connection standby mode.

Note: If the headphones cannot automatically connect to the device, you need to manually connect them to the device via Bluetooth settings.

Connecting to a new device

✓ Place the earbuds in the charging case, then press and hold the function button for 2 seconds. The charging case indicator light will blink white, indicating that the headphones are waiting to be connected.

✓ Turn on Bluetooth on the source device, search for “Mi True Wireless Earphones 2” in the device list and establish a connection. If a password is required, enter “0000”.

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Audio out of sync

When watching a video, the sound lags slightly behind the image. The difference is literally hundredths of a second and does not particularly spoil the viewing experience. But playing games is impossible, the delay is too critical. However, these are not problems of Mi True Wireless, but of TWS headphones, as such.

Xiaomi Air Mi True Wireless Review. When size matters

In the fall of 2018, Xiaomi decided to push Apple a bit in the wireless headphone market and announced its first Xiaomi AirDots TWS headphones (detailed review).

Despite the very good sound quality, these headphones had a number of disadvantages, the main of which was the very principle of their operation. Only one earphone was connected to the phone, after which the second was connected to this earphone. Thus, in addition to a stable connection between the earphone and the smartphone, it was necessary to maintain communication between the headphones themselves. All this resulted in constant problems with periodic disconnection of one of the headphones.

The company made the right conclusions and launched a new version of the device on the market called Xiaomi Air Mi True Wireless Earphones, which is popularly nicknamed SIMply AriDots Pro.

In this review, we’ll take a closer look at the Air Mi True Wireless and see if the new version is better than the previous one.

Functionality Mi True Wireless Earphones

All music control takes place through touch panels. It is important to note that sensors are used here, and not an accelerometer, as on other headphones, which actually respond to tapping.

The following features are supported:

  • Double tap any earphone. Answer an incoming call
  • Double tap right earbud. Play / pause
  • Double tap the left earphone. Call the voice assistant
  • Touch any earphone and hold for 3 seconds. Enable / disable active noise canceling

Unfortunately, headphones cannot be used to adjust the volume or switch tracks. Alternatively, you can use a head assistant for this. That is, touch the left earphone twice and say the command “next track”.

Also, each earphone is equipped with an IR sensor. Music is automatically paused when you remove the earbud from your ear.

As for the range, the manufacturer claims 10 meters. Communication in the house is excellent. The phone can be left in the same room and the headphones will keep in touch without any problems even through the wall.

There is no official Mi True Wireless smartphone app. Accordingly, you cannot update the firmware or configure gestures yourself.

There is also a slight limitation when using only one earphone. If you insert only the right earphone, then double-tapping you can stop the music, and the call of the voice assistant is not available. It would be logical to assume that using only the left earphone, double tap will call the voice assistant, and the pause / play function will be unavailable. However, it is not. The left earbud will also pause music, and there is no way to call the voice assistant.

Autonomy Xiaomi Air Mi True Wireless

On a full charge, the headphones work for about 3 hours at volume

70%. They are discharged independently of each other and often there is a situation when one earphone has already turned off, and the second continues to play for 10-20 minutes.

The battery capacity of the case is enough to charge the headphones 3 times, thus increasing the total playing time of the headphones up to 10 hours.

Case charging time is 1 hour.

It is impossible to find out the exact charge level of the case. When you press the side button, the light on the case either lights up continuously for 5 seconds or flashes. In the first case, the charge is sufficient, in the second. No. What exactly is meant by “enough” and “not enough” Xiaomi does not specify.

The headphone charge is determined in the same way. When you open the lid of the case, the indicators on the headphones either light up continuously for 5 seconds or blink. Unlike the case battery, the exact percentage of the headphone charge can be seen on the smartphone.

Simultaneous connection to two smartphones

Mi True Wireless Earphones also have a unique opportunity to pair each earphone with its smartphone.

To do this, you need to put only one earphone into the case, hold down the side button of the case for 2 seconds and connect this earphone to the first smartphone. Then we take this earphone out of the case and insert another one there, again hold down the button for 2 seconds and connect it to the second smartphone. Now they can be used SIMultaneously with different phones.

If the headphones do not connect or are malfunctioning, you can reset to factory settings. To do this, you need to insert them into the case and hold down the side button for 10-15 seconds.

Headset

Of course, Mi True Wireless can also be used as a headset. Each earphone has two microphones. Main and additional for noise canceling. But we cannot talk about any exceptional quality of voice transmission. Over, the interlocutor often hears interference and slight distortion of the voice. Call quality is noticeably better than using headphones. On the other hand, you will hear the interlocutor perfectly.

As with all other models, you can use one earphone at a time (the one that was taken out first from the case and will work as a headset).

Design and convenience. Or XL-size headphones

In a small box, we are greeted by headphones with a charging case, a set of interchangeable ear pads and a small USB Type-C charging cable:

And the first thing that catches your eye is the dimensions of the device. The case has angular shapes, which makes it convenient to put it on any surface, but it also makes it difficult to comfortably hide it in the s of tight-fitting clothes.

If we compare the Air Mi True Wireless case with the AirPods, the reference case for convenience, then the dimensions of the first one are almost twice as large:

In the back of jeans, the case looks like this (in the photo on the left. Xiaomi, in the photo on the right. Apple):

And in the front (left. Xiaomi):

The lid of the case is fixed with magnets, however, if you put the case in your with the lid down, it can open when you take it out.

The quality of materials and workmanship is excellent. The case is made of dense matte plastic. There is an LED charge indicator on the front side. On the right side there is a button for putting the headphones into pairing mode and for resetting them to factory settings. The USB Type-C connector for charging is on the bottom:

So what made Xiaomi make a case this big? It would be logical to assume that the company sacrificed design and ergonomics for the sake of functionality, placing inside the case, say, a large battery and a wireless charging coil.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. There is no wireless charging here, and the built-in battery capacity is 410 mAh. The battery is almost half the size of the Apple AirPods case and has a capacity of 400 mAh.

From the case, let’s move on to the design of the Mi True Wireless. These are vacuum headphones that look like Apple AirPods. Each earbud is equipped with a touchpad, LED charge indicator, two microphones and a proximity sensor:

There are no complaints about materials and build quality. The earbuds are made of the same matte plastic as the case. There is waterproof protection according to the IPX4 standard, that is, the headphones are not afraid of light rain or sweat. But you cannot take a shower and, moreover, swim in Mi True Wireless Earphones.

The touchpads look very nice, they are the main design element of the headphones:

Xiaomi Mi True Wireless is noticeably larger than the same Apple AirPods, especially for the “sticks” of headphones:

And if Apple has placed batteries in the AirPods “sticks”, then Xiaomi Mi True Wireless has nothing but a microphone and a board. All the main components (speaker, battery, sensors) are located inside the headphones themselves:

The headphones are held in the case by magnets. And if they are inserted there without any problems, then getting them back out of the case is very inconvenient. There is SIMply nothing to grab onto, the headphones slip out of your fingers.

The set includes 4 pairs of interchangeable ear pads. If you want to replace the complete ear pads with your own, pay attention to their inner diameter, it is 4 mm. The nets that protect the sound guide of the headphones are not made of metal, and therefore may deteriorate over time.

In general, the appearance and quality of the Xiaomi Air Mi True Wireless is noticeably better than the previous model. Airdots. The only design issue is the size of both the case and the headphones themselves.

Active (ENC) and passive noise cancellation

The Xioami Air Mi True Wireless, as mentioned above, are vacuum headphones, which means that passive noise cancellation is already present here. The ear cushions cover the ear canal, creating a vacuum effect. Sound insulation quality is average. If you listen to music not very loudly, then you can hear the sounds of the street and, moreover, the subway. If the volume is set at 70% or higher, the surrounding sounds will be practically inaudible.

But in addition to passive “noise reduction”, we first encounter active noise cancellation in TWS headphones. Pressing and holding the touchpad of one of the earphones for 3 seconds activates ANC (Active Noise Canceling).

Microphones installed on Mi True Wireless pick up external noise, after which the speakers reproduce this signal in antiphase. That is, a “mirror wave” is created, which dampens the surrounding sound:

If you’ve ever heard how this technology works in Sony or Bose full-size headphones, then the Mi True Wireless will disappoint you. There is nothing like it here.

When ANC is turned on, all the surrounding noise seems to lose low frequencies. For example, the sound of a truck engine becomes less deep, rather more humming. Sound localization is also slightly lost. If the “noise reduction” is turned off, you clearly define the position of the sound source, but if you turn on ANC, and this position is “blurred”, it becomes more difficult to determine exactly where the sound is coming from.

In general, there is a function and it even works a little, but it is not at all as interesting and high-quality as on full-size headphones from famous manufacturers or TWS headphones Apple AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM3. If you remove this feature, you won’t notice much difference. That is, buying Mi True Wireless just because of active noise cancellation is definitely not worth it.

Sound quality of Mi True Wireless Earphones

It is practically impossible to talk about the sound quality objectively, since the perception of sound depends on the physiological characteristics of each person. And when it comes to the sound of vacuum headphones, then the task becomes even more difficult. Indeed, in this case, both the correct fit in the ears and correctly selected ear pads are very important.

There is bass in the headphones and it is more than enough. Why, then, do some people claim it is completely absent? This is where the fit and ear cushions play a key role. If the ear pads fit loosely in your ears and do not completely isolate the ear canal, there will be bass problems.

When testing different ear pads (not only complete ones), one interesting feature of these headphones appeared. Perhaps this is due to their shape or the length of the sound guide, but sometimes there was a feeling that the headphones entered the ear canal shallowly. This greatly influenced the quality and quantity of bass. The situation was radically changed by properly matched ear pads, larger in size.

Therefore, do not jump to conclusions until you are sure that you are listening to the headphones correctly. This problem is especially true for many users on YouTube who unpack on camera and share their first impressions. For some, headphones right out of the box will fit perfectly, others will need to choose ear pads and find the right fit.

In general, the sound is fairly smooth. The detail in the mid and high frequencies is good. They sound very much like Apple AirPods. Separately, I would like to note the presence of a “scene”. The sound is quite voluminous and is not felt “inside the head”.

The headphones were tested in conjunction with the Sony Xperia 1 smartphone. The volume is very good, physical discomfort appears already at 80% volume. It’s also important to note the support for the AAC codec. But on some smartphones Mi True Wireless Earphones works only via SBC and it is impossible to choose another codec. What it depends on is hard to say.

Specifications

Type of emittersDynamic, 14.2 mm
Weight of case with headphones48 g
Case dimensions150 × 75 × 35 mm
Battery case410 mAh
ConnectionBluetooth 5.0
Supported codecsSBC / AAC

Design

Against the backdrop of endless clones of AirPods, the headphones stand out with thick cylindrical “legs”. The cases are made of two grades of white plastic: matte outside and glossy around the ears.

Build and materials are great for the class. Nevertheless, the company had to “cut corners” where it is invisible at first glance. For example, there is no protection against moisture and sweat, so headphones are not suitable for workouts.

The casings are very light and hardly felt in the ears. The fit is surprisingly firm, but the earbuds do not isolate in any way from ambient sounds. For listening to music in a noisy environment, it is better to take in-ear models.

In the main part of the body there are speakers and proximity sensors. Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 understand when they are taken out of the ears and pause the music. Below are LEDs that indicate the status of the headphones. In addition to them, two microphones and magnetic connectors for charging are placed on each “leg”.

The charging case is compact, but the sharp edges of the lid make it difficult to fit in your. It is also more difficult to open than the AirPods case. On the back there is a USB Type ‑ C input for charging, in the front there is an LED indicator.

Connection and communication

The easiest way to connect Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic is to a Xiaomi smartphone: when you open the case, a pairing window pops up on the screen. On models from other manufacturers, you must first go to the settings and manually connect the headphones. Subsequent connections will be automatic, just open the case.

I am glad that both channels are connected in parallel and independently of each other. In most cheap models, one of the headphones is the head unit through which the other is connected. This leads to signal delays and timing problems.

The novelty does not catch interference on the street and in transport, however, it loses its connection if an obstacle arises in the signal path. Leaving the smartphone in the next room, we get delays and interruptions. This is strange, because the size of the “legs” allows you to install powerful antennas.

There are no complaints about working in headset mode. The headphones have two microphones on each side: one is directed downward and captures the voice, the second is brought out to the outside and registers background noise. Then the built-in processor processes the signal from both microphones, making the speech clearer. The interlocutors were satisfied with the result.

Control

The model received touch pads for control. Double-tapping on the right stops or resumes playback, and on the left starts the voice assistant. You can answer and end a call by double-tapping any of the earphones.

Unfortunately, the touch-panels are too small and are not highlighted tactilely, it is very easy to miss. It is easier to remove the device from your ear to stop playback. The inability to switch tracks is not very frustrating: given the implementation of touch controls, it would be a real torture.

Dynamic radiators with a diameter of 14.2 mm are installed inside the headphones. Equally large speakers are in Vivo TWS Neo. One of the best wireless headphones of this form factor. Nevertheless, you should not expect a SIMilar sound from the Xiaomi model, since it does not support the aptX Adaptive codec.

The signal is transmitted via SBC / AAC codecs, so listening to FLAC or other lossless audio formats does not make sense. However, most streaming services do not offer this option, which means that headphones will satisfy the needs of their users.

Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic deliver deep bass that can be heard even at low volumes. This is very unusual for earbuds. At the same time, the gadget does not clog the ears, so the low-frequency hum does not tire at all.

Voices sound natural, but fast instrumental parts lose their intelligibility. The model is clearly not tailored for aggressive music. It is best to listen to calm genres in it. For example, SayWeCanFly is a very cool indie pop. For the background listening to such music or podcasts, headphones are ideal.

The high frequencies are relegated to the background, so that their coarseness and SIMplicity do not strike the ears so much. It is very easy to get used to such a presentation, after which the tonality is perceived as even. Considering the price of the device, there is no better waiting for something.

Autonomy

The headphones work up to 5 hours from the built-in rechargeable batteries, and the case provides another 15 hours of playback. During testing, the model lasted four days of use with listening to music and podcasts, watching videos on YouTube and working as a headset. The result is at the level of other models of a SIMilar format. Recharging headphones and case takes 1.5 hours.

Review of Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic. Successful wireless headphones for 3 thousand rubles

The creators had to save on some things, but this does not affect the overall impression of the device.

Four years after the announcement of AirPods, wireless headphones have become mainstream, and the market has been flooded with models from smartphone manufacturers. But if Apple launched a trend, then Xiaomi made it affordable.

At the end of July, the company brought to Russia Mi True Wireless Earphones 2. A new generation of wireless headphones. We find out whether the novelty for 3 thousand rubles will be the best solution for your money.

Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic are definitely the best wireless earphones. They handle all basic tasks. Although the things that were saved are obvious: lack of moisture protection, insufficiently powerful antennas, senseless touch control. If these nuances are not critical, you can safely take a novelty and forget about the model twice as expensive.

The author thanks Xiaomi for the device provided for testing. The company had no opportunity to influence its result.

Review of Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic

First, you need to immediately make it clear that the monitored headphones are a cheaper version of the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2, announced earlier this year. They lack support for the LHDC codec, which is the only difference from the older model. Also, the gadget in question is known under a different name in China. Mi AirDots 2 SE. Actually, now that the main points for distinguishing the novelty from other devices with a SIMilar name and appearance have been announced, we can proceed to the review.

Case and appearance

The Xiaomi Mi TWS 2 Basic charging case is slightly larger than we are used to seeing in devices of this class, it has an unusual shape and an opening mechanism. However, the case is lightweight and fits comfortably in most s. You may be limited only in using the coin on jeans, which they often like to use to store the headphone case.

When you open the case, in front of you are in-ear headphones, they are completely SIMilar in appearance to those in the Mi TWS 2 case. The shape resembles that of Apple AirPods, but the rod itself with the microphone removed is somewhat thicker. If before that you wore the same AirPods, then you will have to get used to these headphones, but the addiction will pass quickly. It is worth remembering that the headphones cost only 40 euros and we will continue to remember this throughout the review.

And yet the perfect news is that these are in-ear headphones, not vacuum plugs, so they will fit most ears. Supports earplug detection. Playback stops automatically.

If you have a suitable Xiaomi smartphone with the latest firmware version, then connecting Mi TWS 2 Basic is as easy as connecting AirPods to an iPhone. In the sense that as soon as you open the lid of the case next to your smartphone, a plate appears on the display with the charge of the case and headphones and a connection proposal. That’s all, no need to go into the settings, select the Bluetooth item and connect the devices each time.

However, there is no place for panic, even if your smartphone is not from Xiaomi. Headphones are easy to connect with another smartphone, unless there is a nice connection plate with animation on the display.

One interesting thing: there is a tiny white LED not only on the case, but also on each earbud. It flashes when pairing or low battery.

Battery and charging

The case has a built-in 410 mAh battery, which is enough for four full charges of both earbuds. The case is charged via the USB Type-C port, there is a cable in the kit. Fully charging the case takes about 90 minutes.

The maximum charging power is 5W (5V / 1A), so charging can be done either from an outlet or from a laptop. Charging will complete successfully even from the old 2.5W ports, but it will take longer.

The charging of the headphones in the case is carried out through the contacts that are located at the ends of the rods of each of the headphones. The headphones in the case are attached to magnets, their “refueling” begins immediately after taking a position. Tests have shown that 5-7 minutes of additional charging will be enough for the headphones to work for another hour. It takes about 30-40 minutes to fully charge each earbud.

Mi TWS 2 Basic supports touch control on both earbuds. Double tapping works like Play / Pause / Answer / End a call or call the voice assistant. Each earbud has three sensory zones (top, middle and bottom). Each one performs its own actions. Gestures with these zones work as expected. The only thing you need to get used to pressing and holding in the right place. We are not talking about weeks of getting used to, a couple of days is enough for many.

Unfortunately, there is no way you can reconfigure the locations of the gestures, you will have to remember how Xiaomi itself implemented it.

Sound quality and signal reception

Sound quality is, of course, one of the most important qualities of a headphone. Well, here Mi TWS 2 Basic is unlikely to surprise and their sound quality is easiest to describe with the last word of their name (Basic. Simple). They sound usually, the depth of the sound is almost not felt, the high ones are also not in shock. However, the vocals seemed great and this is the last thing you expect from the headphones for 40 euros.

Despite the 14.2-mm driver, the headphones sound exactly no better than the same Apple AirPods. No, we’re not saying that they sound terrible, but when compared ear to ear, these headphones from Xiaomi show that they lack sound quality. However, all this is absolutely irrelevant if you are used to using such headphones for watching movies or listening to podcasts.

Well, if you start comparing with other headphones on the market in this price category, it turns out that few people can give the user a better experience. Another important benefit is the cancellation of conversation noise (both microphones work). The interlocutor hears and easily understands what you are talking about in these headphones.

The promised range of the Mi TWS 2 Basic is 10 meters. Xiaomi did not deceive and at a distance of 10 meters without walls, the headphones continued to work as expected. The distance is halved if there are two walls between the smartphone and the headphones.

Working hours

Xiaomi promises 5 hours of battery life for each earbud when playing music at 50% volume. Under some circumstances, the earbuds may even last a little longer. In our test, fully charged headphones played music at 65% volume for exactly 5 hours, after which they had 10% battery left.

Making calls using headphones drains them as expected. If you want to use them as a headset, then the best option is to use them one at a time, first one, and after discharging the other. Then the total usage time will stretch up to 7 hours (3.5 hours for each earphone).

For those 40 euros that these headphones cost, the user will receive moderately good sound, excellent signal quality and good noise reduction during telephone conversations. Audiophiles and bass aficionados are passing by, these headphones won’t be able to meet their needs.

Mi TWS 2 Basic is ideal as a headset or headphones for listening to podcasts / watching YouTube or movies. The relatively low price makes them suitable even for training in the gym.