Wack reviews or bad luck?
Because my in-ear beats have done Asia with me and I haven't had a problem.
Sound quality is good, but most people are right. For in ear headphones, if they see daily use, just get yourself some cheaper buds. These are great, don't get me wrong, but only if they see light use and not commuter use. The kind of use where you would wrap them up in the case after, instead of winding them up around your ipod and shoving them in your pocket.
One thing, though, is that the bass is stronger and fuller than your average skullcandy/WeSC/other ear buds.