The Skullcandy Indy Evo is a super affordable option for runners that want something that delivers quality sound in a low-profile and super comfortable frame.
These buds are small, compact, lightweight, and incredibly comfortable. The battery life is a little limited, but the affordable price point makes frequent charging worth the money saved.
These headphones provide clear and heart-pumping sound quality that will get you pumped to put the miles behind you. Some users found that the treble was a little weak, and found that it sounded a little muddy at higher volumes.
The bass, on the other hand, is a different story. The base levels performed quite well, making it a great choice for those bass-heavy gym tunes.
It’s also important to note that these headphones come with three different EQ settings that include music, podcast, and movie mode. Music mode pumps up the bass sounds for rich and robust sound quality to get you motivated.
Podcast mode amps up the treble that is perfect for podcasts, audiobooks, or talking on the phone (yes, it has a built-in microphone). Movie-mode is great for streaming Netflix, and it dials up the volume so you feel like you are right there in the action.
Sorry, audiophiles, but there is no way to manually adjust the EQ settings in the Skullcandy app. This feature may be coming down the pike in the years to come, but as it stands right now there is no way to adjust these settings.
The only EQ setting adjustments that are available is the ability to switch between music, podcast, and movie modes.
Sure, the Skullcandy Indy Evo has a few disadvantages, but it really excels in the fit and comfort department. These earbuds are incredibly lightweight, and many users even forget that they have them in their ears!
They ship with two different sets of earbud and wingtips that accommodate a wide variety of ear shapes. Simply find the right size for your ears, and give them a little turn inside of your ears until they feel snug and secure.
When engaging in high-impact workouts such as running, HIIT, or CrossFit, these earbuds stay securely in place. What I also appreciate about this design is that they aren’t overly bulky.
They won’t stick out that far, and come in a ton of bright and poppy colorways (as well as neutral shades) to add a pop of color to your workout gear.
Overall, these earbuds are built to tackle high-intensity workouts while fitting comfortably in your ear. Even as you start to work up a sweat, this design will not budge an inch!
I won’t sugar-coat it. The battery life of these earbuds isn’t great. At a full charge, it only provides around 3 hours of continuous listening before they need to be popped back onto a charger. For those that spend more than three hours at the gym or on the trails, these earbuds won’t quite make it to the finish line.
When compared to similar styles of earbuds out there on the market, the battery life of this design is one of the weaker batteries. However, this design does boast a few redeeming features when it comes to the performance of the battery.
The case used to store your headphones also works as a portable charging station. This portable charger stores up to 30 hours of extra juice, which far exceeds the competition that often clocks in at around 20 hours of stored charging. It also has quick charge features that allow users to pop them in the charger for just 15 minutes to generate 2.5 hours of extra juice.
If you forgot to charge your buds the night before, you can charge one up for 15 minutes and use that bud while the other one charges, and then swap between the two until they are both fully charged.
There are a few workarounds to the weak battery life, but it is less than ideal.
Making adjustments to the various settings using the interface of the headphones is a little like a crash course in morse code. To pair, switch on ambient mode, toggle EQ settings, or pause/play requires a series of taps and holds. Either tap, tap, hold for six seconds, or tap, hold, tap, tap, and hold for four seconds.
I appreciate the ability to make all of these adjustments from the sleek design of the headphones, but I can’t imagine ever committing these morse code-like commands to memory. You’d need to make a little cheat sheet to carry in your pocket to use these commands on the go, which I don’t imagine is something that you want to do.
If you want to make adjustments quickly (without accidentally making a call because you held in the button for three seconds rather than six), I highly suggest downloading the Skullcandy app.
Users have the option to download the Skullcandy app to their phone that makes it much easier to make adjustments to their earbuds. This app allows you to switch Ambient Mode on and off, and switch between the three different EQ modes.
The downside to this app is that it doesn’t allow users to make manual adjustments to the equalizer. For series audiophiles, this is a bit of a disappointment.
If you feel that you spend a good portion of most days trying to hunt down your earbuds (or just one missing earbud), these earbuds are also compatible with the Tile app, When you receive your buds, be sure to download Tile to your phone and pair your headphones to the app.
When your buds turn up missing (and they will!), activate the earbuds on the tile app and they will emit a beeping noise that makes it easier to find them. It even shows their location on a map if you accidentally left them at the gym.
Compared to other brands with a feature that allows users to locate missing buds, the Skullcandy and Tile feature is one of the very best.
While these earbuds suffer from a few hiccups, you can’t quite beat that super affordable price point. Of all of the higher-performing earbuds out there on the market, the Skullcandy Indy Evo is one of the more affordable options out there and worth checking out!
So, what’s the difference between these two headphones, and what will work best for your needs? I did a little comparing and contrasting between these two styles of headphones to determine which is the better choice.
I’ll cut right to the chase- I found that the Indy Evo is the far superior choice, even though it doesn’t have the same amount of features as the Fuel. The fuel design has a case that allows for wireless charging which is nice but isn’t quite worth the bump in price.
Plus the Evos boasts a water-resistant shell that is perfect for working out, and it’s something that the Fuel doesn’t support.
The Evos have the exact same performance features as the Fuels and are built to be identical in style and battery life. The Evo is designed for athletes, while the Fuel is more of your daily pair of headphones. If you love wireless charging, I would suggest opting for the Fuel.
If wireless charging isn’t worth the bump in price, the Evo is hands down the better choice. It’s more affordable and earned a higher user rating than the Fuel.
The sounds aren’t quite as crystal clear as brands such as Bose or Jabra, but it offers heart-pumping bass to push you to run just a little bit further given the right running playlist.
Are these earbuds the absolute best option out there on the market? Not necessarily. Other brands such as Jabra or Bose deliver clearer sound quality, and some even allow audiophiles to tinker with the EQ settings in the app. This design only offers 3 EQ settings in the app, and the treble sounds aren’t quite as clear as more expensive models.
While the sound isn’t quite as good as brands such as Bose, it’s still pretty impressive especially when you take into consideration the super affordable price point.
If you are on a tight budget, the Skullcandy Indy Evo is worth a look!