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Adidas RPT-02 SOL

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The Adidas RPT-02 SOL are headphones with an brisk audio efficiency and a design that harnesses the ability of the solar to cost your train classes. Whereas they’re dearer than their predecessor, the efficiency and expertise powering them is rock-solid.


  • Wealthy, energetic audio
  • Lengthy, lengthy battery life
  • Eco-conscious and sturdy design with washable components


  • Authentic mannequin presents a better-balanced sound
  • Pretty costly for exercise headphones
  • Some might discover on-ear design uncomfortable


  • UKRRP: £200
  • USARRP: $229
  • EuropeRRP: €229
  • CanadaTBC
  • AustraliaTBC

  • Exeger PowerFoyle expertiseBuilt-in photo voltaic panel fees up the battery

  • Sturdy designSplashproof IPX4 score with washable components

  • Bluetooth helpBluetooth 5.2 reference to aptX-HD help


It’s not typically (or certainly ever) {that a} overview of headphone begins with lyrics from a New-age 70s band The fifth Dimensions, however Adidas’ newest headphones seem like a believer within the phrases of letting the sunshine in.

The Adidas RPT-02 SOL, to name them by their barely clunky identify, are the newest headphones to function Exeger’s Powerfoyle expertise that first appeared in Urbanista’s Los Angeles headphones.

Chances are you’ll suppose that headphones powered by ambient gentle is a gimmicky function, however consider these headphones from a sustainable perspective, and cans of the RPT-02 SOL’s ilk may usher in a extra environmentally acutely aware period for headphone design.


  • Comfy sufficient for on-ears
  • Built-in photo voltaic cell for self-charging
  • IPX4 score

Design is the place to start out with the RPT-02 SOL. They’re comparable in look to the RPT-01 (that are nonetheless accessible), constructed out of comparable steel and (recycled) plastic supplies although they’re heavier at 256g (209g for the unique). Regardless of that, I didn’t discover a lot distinction in weight when swapping between the 2.

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The SOL are a light-weight pair however given they’re from the on-ear household, they do endure from points reminiscent of on-ear pinching and out of doors noises filtering via. Nonetheless, you arguably do need exterior sounds filtering via on a run anyway. The pinching didn’t happen too typically and when it did, it was often deep right into a run (round 35-minute mark) and solely a slight shift was required to alleviate the strain.

The distinction between the 2 headphones is the headscarf, which is wider on the RPT-02 to include the photo voltaic cell that absorbs gentle. The distinction within the width of the headscarf is probably going a boon when it comes to distributing that heavier load throughout the top. They’re not as flexible and versatile, however I wouldn’t hesitate in chucking these into bag as soon as a health club session is over as they keep a rugged sensibility.

Adidas RPT-02 SOL washable headband cloth
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The material on the underside of the headscarf and over the ear-cups will be stripped off and chucked into the washer to present them a clear. On condition that they’re sports activities headphones they’re additionally rated to IPX4, which protects them in opposition to splashes of water and perspiration.

The management scheme stays the identical too and intuitive to make use of at that. The multi-function dial covers energy (lengthy maintain), Bluetooth pairing (an excellent longer maintain) playback (a single press), monitor skipping (a flick to the left or proper) and quantity (flick up or down). It’s just like the controls for Marshall headphones, which isn’t any shock given each are made by Zound Industries.

Adidas RPT-02 SOL MFB button
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There’s an Motion button on the left the place a press/maintain checks the sunshine situation (how a lot gentle it’s absorbing at any time), whereas the double or triple press will be custom-made to entry a voice assistant, open Spotify or the Adidas Operating app. Not in an setting the place the headphones can self-charge? Then there’s a USB-C port to take action by conventional means.

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  • Actually lengthy battery life
  • aptX-HD improve over authentic
  • Customisation in Adidas Headphones app

The photo voltaic absorption panel goes to seize the headlines, however its efficiency is diminished relying on the place it’s. The headphones’ absorption price is lowered in overcast and indoor environments, so whereas it’ll nonetheless take in ambient gentle, it received’t accomplish that on the identical price as it could in direct daylight.

The photo voltaic panel is undoubtedly a really cool function, although I wouldn’t say that it tops up the reserves of battery as such, extra that it slows down the speed at which the battery discharges. Having used them for a number of runs over a interval of six weeks (round 40 minutes every time), the RPT-02 SOL dropped from 51% to 43% – I’d say that’s a superb determine for any pair of headphones.

Adidas RPT-02 SOL exeger powerfoyle solar cell
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If, say, you’re operating at night time, Adidas says you’ll have a dependable reserve of 80-hours to rely on when absolutely charged, which is double that of the unique. There’s no fast-charging (it’s not obligatory with the photo voltaic panel) and filling the tank to full over USB-C is a reported two hours.

Bluetooth connectivity is model 5.2 with help as much as aptX-HD. That may point out high-res audio help however of the lossy (and decrease high quality) sort. True lossless playback nonetheless evades Bluetooth streaming at this second in time.

Adidas RPT-02 SOL headphone app charging

There’s not a lot else much less to speak about apart from the Adidas Headphones app. It presents means and methods of customising audio with a number of presets accessible (you possibly can edit any considered one of them or create a customized model). There’s additionally the flexibility to regulate music playback throughout the app in addition to see the speed at which the RPT-02 is charging in real-time with internet drain and acquire (on the high of the app) together with an easier, easy-to-understand model that exhibits whether or not the headphones are charging or discharging.

Adidas RPT-02 SOL headphone app customisation

Sound High quality

  • Wealthy, energetic efficiency
  • Trades heat for some element and readability

The RPT-02 SOL carry a hotter tone than their predecessor that’s most evident with bassy tracks. Busta Rhymes’ basic hip-hop monitor Contact It shows a higher low-end efficiency – the booming membership beats are conveyed with extra depth and extra richness. The beats don’t simply hit with a thud however reverberate with extra extension, larger in dimension and having a higher presence throughout the frequency vary.

It’s not simply the bass that’s supplied with extra oomph, however the midrange is hotter too. The slight crispness and impartial tone for vocals that the unique had is changed by a efficiency that’s richer, smoother however not as detailed.

Adidas RPT-02 SOL earcups washable material
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Bass and vocals tackle a higher presence throughout the soundstage, however the soundstage solely feels barely larger than it did earlier than. The impact shouldn’t be one the place I believe something sounds squashed, however evaluating the 2 headphones, the RPT-02 SOL are extra boisterous and energetic, whereas the RPT-01 take a extra nuanced and balanced strategy to dealing with the frequency vary.

Both strategy is each effective and welcome, tuning headphones for extra bass is a development that appears to be extra fashionable for operating headphones and for listening throughout exercises. Maybe it’s that subliminal sense that bass will get you extra amped for exercises or to get your vitality up for a run. It definitely is the case for me.

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With Tom Morello’s cowl of Voodoo Baby, the RPT-02 explode with extra vitality, energy and dynamic capacity. Neither headphone is packed to the rafters with a forensic sense of element. The RPT-01 takes the win on this specific battle due to their clearer, impartial tone however what’s supplied by the SOL is nice sufficient in a broad sense, and the vitality and bombast of its sound is a compelling various, as is the marginally extra vividly realised stereo picture that tracks Morello’s guitar because it pans throughout the soundstage, etching out extra depth. Of the 2 it’s the RPT-02 that provides the extra thrilling pay attention.

That richness extends to the highest finish of the frequency vary, a smoother strategy taken to the piano in GoGo Penguin’s Atomised. It’s wanting top-end brilliance and shine, and the tonal variation of the piano is much less simple to tell apart. To be clear, I don’t suppose the RPT-02 SOL are a better-sounding headphone than the RPT-01, however don’t let that essentially dissuade you. They’re a enjoyable and energetic experience, and for exercises that appears like an pleasant match.

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Do you have to purchase it?

To avoid wasting on these vitality payments: Although charging headphones through USB-C seemingly received’t take up as a lot energy as different home items, it’s a welcome strategy to design that saves vitality by channeling it.

The value offers you pause: £200 is so much for a pair of headphones designed primarily for operating and exercises. Inventory on the time of overview was going out and in, with demand outstripping provide

Remaining Ideas

I’ve all the time felt I underrated the RPT-01 after I first reviewed it; four-stars would have been appropriate regardless of what I believed was an costly price ticket on the time. It’s an identical feeling I’ve with the RPT-02, the general bundle is deserving of a advice, regardless of the rise in worth.

The rise in worth is a sticking level, particularly because the RPT-01 presents higher balanced and clearer audio however the richness and vitality of the SOL model is enjoyable and never with out its charms.

The built-in photo voltaic panel is a superb function, and when it comes to a extra eco-conscious design it isn’t only a welcome step ahead however a obligatory one. A dear however pleasant headphone for exercises and runs.

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How do you cost the Adidas RPT-02 SOL?

There are two methods of charging the RPT-02 SOL headphones. One is thru the photo voltaic cell embedded within the headband that soaks up daylight to cost the headphones’ inner battery. The opposite is thru the USB-C port.





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