Before I start talking about these headphones let me first tell you about my headphone drama. If you don’t care about this feel free to skip down to the next paragraph. So I found out about Jaybird Bluetooth Headphones a couple years ago and ordered the Jaybird Xs. I had them for almost a year just wearing them in the office and occasionally around the house, mowing the lawn, etc.. In April of 2016 I started to use them for working out. As the intensity of our workouts increased, so did my sweat production. Now, let me tell you the Jaybird Xs claimed they were sweat-proof and they had a lifetime guarantee to back it up. You may see where this is heading… One day after an intense workout my Jaybirds would not turn on. I tried everything and read a bunch of people’s blogs about troubleshooting them. No luck. I filed a claim and 2 weeks later I had a new set. Within a matter of weeks that set went bad. This time they had launched the Jaybird X2s. So I asked Jaybird if the X2s are more waterproof can I can get a set of those. They agreed and sent me a pair of the X2s. I was happy. Until just a few weeks after that, those started going haywire. I was on the stair machine and they began making phone calls, volume would turn up and down, the headphones would lose connection and then connect again immediately after – super strange stuff. Of course, all these times the headphones would go bad was either during or immediately following an intense workout with lots of sweat. Jaybird refused my claim saying the “Lifetime” of the product is 1 year. I fought with them on this saying that was pretty unfair considering I bought these with the impression the lifetime of the product was a bit longer than 1 year… not to mention the fact they claim they are waterproof but are clearly not… anyways, I got over it and decided to find a pair of headphones that are truly waterproof.
For days and days (might have been weeks) I scoured blogs, reviews, videos and anything else I could find on all the top rated bluetooth headphones on the market.
These Plantronics Backbeat Fit came out to be the winner for a few reasons:
They had the best rating (in the low to mid 4s out of 5 on all sites) on most sites I reviewed. I also talked to a couple people at my gym about them and all raved about them.
They are water resistant and all the reviews I read said they are truly water resistant and had personal experiences to back that fact. I personally have jumped in the pool with them on and I’ve had no issues.
They don’t seal your ear hole (yeah – weird phrase right?) completely so you can keep the volume down and still talk to your friends and/or hear traffic when you’re running outside. But, the volume can be turned up loud enough to easily drown out outside noise if that’s what you prefer. And the sound still stays crisp at a higher volume which I was very happy about.
Along the same lines as above, the way they contour and wrap around the top of your ear allow you to pull the speaker out of your ear but still keep the whole headset on your head. I like this because at the end of workout or a run, we tend to talk at the end. I looked at those type of headphones that don’t have wires, but my concern was when I am done with my workout and want/need to talk, where do I put the headphones…
You can do a 15 minute quick charge that will give you an hour of playback. This is handy because I forget to charge my headphones occasionally so I do a mad rush to charge them right before I go to the gym.
I was a bit worried about the more rigid wire that connects the two speakers. It looked like it could get annoying but honestly I don’t notice it one bit. It’s not as rigid as the pictures make it appear to be. They are flexible enough to lay down on a bench and as long as the headphones are actually in your ear (not laying over the top as I sometimes do) they will stay in without issue.
I’ll always give you the downsides that I notice through my daily use. There are not many, but here they are:
There is one caveat about that rigid wire. If you lay down on a bench, or something flat, there is no issues as I mentioned in the paragraph above. However, if you lay on something like a pillow, that your head sinks in to, the slack in the rigid wire doesn’t have any place to go. For example, on a flat bench, the slack can kind of push out to the sides and there is no issue and it’s barely noticeable. But since a pillow swallows your head per se, that extra slack causes a bit of uncomfortableness. For me, I probably listen to music on my headphones with my head on a pillow maybe once a year so this was not a big deal for me.
To jump to the next song you double tap the pause button. To jump back a song or to start the song over, you triple tap the pause button. This is a bit of a nuisance as trying to double and triple tap a small little button on the side of your head (while running or working out) is not the easiest thing to do. With my old headphones you held down a button to perform these actions which is slightly easier that double and triple tapping. However, I’ve been able to “get around” this by simply making better workout and running playlists. Before I would just run through random playlists so I spent a lot of time skipping around to songs that pump me up.
I’ve put these things through some tough conditions. I literally ring my shirt out after our workouts as it’s normally 100% drenched with sweat so you can imagine the sweat that gets on these headphones… The sound quality is great and feel great on my head. I highly recommend these bad boys.
In-ear design –Fits securely and directs music into your ears for full, uninterrupted audio.
Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR interface – Enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device. Supports HFP, HSP, A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles.
Moisture protection – Offers water-resistant* design that meets the IP57 rating plus sweatproof nano-coating.
Rechargeable battery –Offers up to 8 hours of use and lasts up to 336 hours on standby mode.
Built-in microphone – Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible device.
13mm drivers –Deliver powerful sound.
50Hz – 20kHz frequency response –For faithful sound reproduction.
105dB/mW sensitivity –Provides powerful audio.
Stereo design –Delivers crisp tones.
Vehicle charger included –For convenient use and easy portability.
*Water-resistant in fresh water up to 1 meter (3.28 feet) for 30 minutes (IP57). However, Bluetooth® technology does not transmit underwater.