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Dóttir Audio is an Icelandic headphone company on a mission. Created by Katrin Davidsdottir and Annie Thorisdottir, the headphones have built-in noise cancelling and over ear hooks. They’re sweat proof and designed for endurance training, something the two dóttirs know plenty about.

“It all started with us wanting to build something around “Dóttir” and build something for our post competition years. A project that we can work on where we have more skin in the game. We have always struggled with finding headphones that work for us. Our main struggle was finding headphones that offered a firm fit and hold as well as being fully sweatproof. We have both sweat through multiple pairs of headphones. Since nothing met our standards, we decided to create something ourselves,” the team wrote.

Their first product is the Dóttir In-Air, a pair of sports earbuds designed for and by women athletes. And these women know sports. Katrin is an Icelandic professional CrossFit athlete with eight appearances at the CrossFit Games while Annie has appeared in the CrossFit games ten times. Their goal was to create headphones they could wear in the gym, while competing, and while training in wet and warm conditions.

The headphones themselves are standard sports headphones with just enough style to make them a great AirPods replacement.

The biggest issue with most earphones is their tendency to slip off while working out. Dóttir has reduced the size of their phones and added ear hooks to them in order to ensure a snug fit. They also include 12 different ear tips for those with oddly-shaped ears. Further, they are waterproof to about 1 meter for thirty minutes, which means they’ll survive your sweat without any issues.

As for Active Noise Cancellation, the Dóttir is fine. This isn’t glowing praise but it’s more than sufficient for workouts and you won’t be putting these in your ears on a noisy plane. The gold standard is the AirPods Pro and these aren’t those.

The In-Ears are $149 and ship for free. Here’s the bottom line: if you’re looking to support a woman-owned Icelandic headphone company, your options are limited. The Dóttir In-Ears are well worth supporting.


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By John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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