When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson debuted his new Project Rock headphones, they came with the promise of helping you “crush your workouts.”
But I was curious: as someone who isn’t quite as athletically inclined as Johnson is, could they do more than help me crush it at the gym? Could they become my go-to commuting, music, and everything-in-between headphones?
Why? Because for $250, the headphones needed to fit into all facets of my life, not just my workouts.
I tried the Project Rock headphones — officially called the UA Sport Wireless Train headphones, Project Rock edition, which is a mouthful; — for about a week. I used them to work out, but I also wore them on the subway each day, and for making calls and listening to music at home.
After a week, they’re my new favorite headphones.
The Project Rock headphones are sporty, rugged, and relatively lightweight.
I was worried that the Project Rock headphones would feel too rugged and masculine, but that ended up not being the case.
The headphones are certainly sporty, don’t get me wrong — if you’re looking for something sleek and refined, these headphones do not fit the bill. But they manage to look and feel high-end without being too precious. I never worried about sweating on them, or tossing them into my bag without a case.
The headphones are also incredibly comfortable to wear. They’re certainly heavier than a similar-sized pair of wired headphones, but I found that the weight didn’t bother me, even while working out. The ear pads are made of a breathable mesh material, so they didn’t trap in heat, even on days of 90-degree heat with high humidity.
Plus, they don’t slip. I don’t exactly work out to the level that Johnson does — not even close — but they stayed firmly in place, even while running or doing jumping jacks.
The Project Rock headphones have oversized buttons, and now I’m wondering why all wireless headphones don’t do this.
Making the buttons extra-large is one of the smartest decisions Under Armour could have made.
Before using the Project Rock headphones, I never realized how much of a pain point the buttons typically are for me. I’m now realizing that with most other headphones, I’m often fumbling…