Today, I'm thrilled to introduce you to Kirk Mosna, creator of the SPRNG clip design for Apple earpods*. What is SPRNG, you ask? It is the small, simple, and in my humble opinion, brilliant solution to the earbud fallout problem; an issue that commonly plagues the person who sweats and/or dances while running with music. Kirk works at OHM, a product research and design company based in Ontario, Canada. The earbud fallout problem was one of his own pet peeves, so he proposed the SPRNG concept to his design group and thus the SPRNG CLIP was born. Snap these puppies onto your Apple earbud stems and then adjust the fit by sliding them up or down. The little elastic clip sits comfortably under the concha of the ear, which is the hollow next to the ear canal. In other words, like this:
So cool, right? Not only is Kirk one of the masterminds behind this awesome product, be he is also a runner who rocks. Clearly, he is the perfect fit for the RWR series. So, without further delay, meet Kirk.
Name: Kirk Mosna
Where you're from: Born in North West Territories (Canada) to Italian Immigrant parents who got sick of the freezing weather so moved back to Italy, then got sick of the relatives, they originally moved away from, so moved back to Canada (Hamilton)
Where you reside now: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Age: 52 yrs
Occupation: Industrial Designer
RUNNING & MUSIC
What do you love most about running?
For me, it’s very much like meditation without having to sit still.
What do you love most about music?
Depending on the music you choose, it can be in the background and allow you to continue thinking and working or when you want it can totally absorb you. Both are great.
Band (current, all time or both): So many favorites depending on the genre.
Jazz: Miles Davis / Nu Jazz: Mocean Worker , St. Germain / Classic Rock: Pink Floyd , Beatles / Alternative Rock: Talking Heads, Pearl Jam / Smashing Pumpkins / Reggae: Peter Tosh
Album (current, all time or both):
Jazz: Miles Davis: Kind of Blue & Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
Race venue: Trail
Music venue: Outdoor Festival
Race distance: Short and intense
Show you've seen live? Many but probably most memorable - Peter Tosh at Ontario Place just before he was killed.
Ice cream flavor: French Vanilla
THIS OR THAT:
Sweet or salty? Both, but can survive without sweet
Live or recorded? Live when it’s really live, Recorded when it’s really well produced (but hate live recorded music)
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Summer or winter? Summer
MORE MUSIC INFO:
Which band or artist would you go see tonight if you could? Talking Heads
Which band or artist (wait...but no longer alive or playing together) would you go see tonight if you could? Miles Davis
Which band or artist would you like to have dinner with tonight if you could? Bob Dylan or David Byrne
Which band or artist would you like to be playing alongside you during your next race (or long run)? Janes Addiction
Today, I feel like... my brain isn’t working so I’d like to go for a run or cycling.
Top 5 Songs for running, dancing or both?
Stop - Jane’s Addiction
Block Rockin’ Beat - Chemical Brothers
Right here, Right Now - Fatboy Slim
Buk-In-Hamm Palace - Peter Tosh
Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz
Last 5 Songs you listened to today?
I don’t know the names of the songs but they were super chilled songs streamed on Soma.FM - GROOVE SALAD
*Fits only Apple® Earpods™ that are supplied with iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, iPod Nano (7th Gen.), iPod Touch (5th Gen or newer) or Apple Earpod Model # MD827ZM/A.
**A NOTE FROM RWM: I am a proud YURBUDS ambassador. I run and train exclusively with YURBUDS headphones. That said, I have about 10 pairs of Apple earbuds sitting around and I am thrilled to have SPRNG clips for them, as I use the Apple earbuds for many non-running activities. Yurbuds happily supported my decision to post about SPRNG clips.