True wireless earbuds are more or less the smallest form factor earphones can get without breaking the laws of physics. This makes them ideal not only for the modern commuter always on the move, but also for gym junkies who will appreciate the true freedom from cables and wires.
The latter demographic is not one that has seen a lot of action. With a few exceptions like the Jabra Elite Active 75t, true wireless earbuds that are engineered (or marketed) specifically for sporty consumers are few and far between.
The ST-XS2 are IPX7 rated, which is a bump up from the IPX4 ratings that we typically see in most of today’s true wireless earbuds. Technically speaking, the IPX7 rating means the ST-XS2 can be submerged up to 1 metre in water for up to 30 minutes. It’s unlikely anyone is going to be wading into a pool with this but it’s good to know that it can withstand sweat and even heavy rain.
The ST-XS2 has a case that doesn’t look particularly out of the ordinary for a pair of true wireless earbuds, but I like the little nylon loop around the edge that lets you clip it easily to a gym bag by way of a carabiner that Soul very kindly included in the box.
The design of the earbuds themselves are also surprisingly well-thought-out. They have a unique boxy look lets it sit flat against your ear, with the silicone tips sticking out at an angle to pump music deeper into your ears.
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