$29.99 each, available at Wal-Mart
The pitch: "The smallest earbuds Koss has ever created . only six millimeters in diameter, making them 33 percent smaller than the average Koss earbud."
The skinny: I struggle to find earbuds that are comfortable enough for my workouts, or even when I'm working at my laptop computer. The buds that come with iPods and iPhones are downright painful when poked into my small - but not freakishly tiny, I swear! - ears.
Both of these Koss earbuds for women are effective and attractive alternatives. Promoted by legendary Olympic swimmer turned spokesmodel Dara Torres, they sound great and the cords are sturdy.
Unfortunately, the smaller size they promote didn't really feel that different from one-size-fits-all models. I still had to adjust and use the smallest rubber covering they offered. And though I was confident the over-the-ear FitClip buds would stay in place, the simpler standard earbuds felt as if they would pop out from time to time.
If you're looking for earbuds with a solid sound - and you're willing to pay $30 - you'll get a decent investment with either product. Those seeking a solution for ill-fitting earbuds, however, may want to look first at the FitClip option.