Updated review: Bluetooth works fine without a belt, good for the gym
Shortly after receiving the Stride iems, I got frustrated with the bluetooth connection and wrote a short review, giving them 2 stars. I was told that the connection might be breaking because I had my phone in a rubber belt around my waist. That is my preferred method of using the phone when running outside, but I can do without the belt easily at the gym. So before sending these iems back for a replacement pair, I decided to give them another chance.
I brought the Stride to the gym and did not use a rubber belt for a week. And all went well. I kept the phone on the floor or on a seat up to 6-8ft away from my head for the most exercises and the iems did not suffer from any interruption. The connection starts breaking when the distance is 12-15ft, I believe, but I was only that far away from the phone when leaving the bench to get a drink a the fountain. So if you intend to use these iems for the gym, and you get a fully-functioning pair like I did, you should be good to go.
The battery life was fully satisfactory. I charged them before bringing them to the gym and used them for 5 days for a 75 minute workout each day. I got a "low battery" signal at the very end of the 5th day. Perfect timing for me.
As for sound, they are good enough for my purposes. I am only going to use these when working out. I am not going to use them at the desk or during a commute. I have other headphones for those occasions. I am not doing critical listening when doing pull ups. Also, I almost always play thrash or death metal (Sepultura, Decapitated, Meshuggah, At the Gates, etc.) when I work out, and these prove adequate to this kind of music. The bass is strong enough and overall it's pretty detailed. I should say that I do have slightly better sounding bluetooth iems than these. I converted MEE Pinnacle PX to wireless iems by connecting them to a FiiO RC-BT bluetooth MMCX cable, but the cost of all that was $115+32. I bought the Stride $10 off, so it came to $65. Taking that into consideration, I don't think I can complain about the sound. Not amazing, but definitely competent for the price.
Overall, I can recommend the Stride to anyone who will use it the way I do.
I really wanted to like this. The sound is decent enough for its price. I would be satisfied with it if I could use it while working out. It has not worked well for this purpose. The bluetooth connection drops out constantly if the phone is on my waist. When I am running, I have to hold the phone in my hand for these iems to play music without interruption. I have several bluetooth iems, one of which is a $30 iem from a no-name brand, and they play without constant drop outs and have longer ranges. This product must be improved.
Would recommend to a friend.