7 / 9
Skinny Dip Crash Headphones, £30
The promise: "Chic headphones with extra padded comfort and sound quality."
We give them: 6/10
Review: “I think the last time I wore headphones with a band, rather than earphones, was when I was about 12 and still using a Walkman (ah, those were the days) - so it took a bit of adjusting to get used to the old style. There’s no doubt these are stylish, and very Instagrammable - who doesn’t have something marble related on their feed? - but I wasn’t so sure about the quality. The band is very thin, which feels quite flimsy, and so it doesn’t grip very well; however what I did enjoy was the very cushioned ear pads (it feels like fake leather) which made them extra comfortable and far better than my old foam-covered plastic ones from my childhood. Sound-wise, I’d say these are average, as you’d expect - if you’re a serious music lover looking for the best way to hear every note, these aren’t for you, though the padding certainly helps keep the music in and external noise out, more so than inner earphones do. More style than substance but if they’re just for occasional use and you want to look good, they tick the box.”