Good gym/sport headphones are hard to find, especially headphones that will stay in your ears during extreme activity and won’t break. Jabra’s new Sport Wireless+ are wireless bluetooth headphones that are military-grade in rain, shock, and dust protection. If you don’t want to bring your phone or music player to the gym, then you can rely on the built-in FM radio. Best of all, Sport Wireless+ has an around-the-ear design and a number of fitting options, so even the most finicky ears will find a perfect match.
The design of the Jabra Sports Wireless+ headphones are ideal if you hate headphones that fall out. Each earpiece has an around-the-ear design. It’s pretty ingenious considering the behind-the-ear portion of the headphones is a good spot to fit some extra technology. Between the two earpieces is a flat cable measuring about a foot and a half long. There’s a cord clip to keep slack to a minimum.
The around-the-ear design ensures the Wireless+’s will stay attached to your ear, and there’s seven different sized ear gels to ensure a great fit. You can choose an in-ear fit, an on-ear fit, or something in between.
The Sports Wireless+ are bluetooth headphones so they’ll play music wirelessly from any app on any bluetooth device. Additionally, (and not surprising from Jabra) they have a built-in microphone so you can make and take phone calls directly from the headphones. The built-in FM radio tuner is great if you don’t like to bring your phone to the gym, or if it runs out of battery. It comes in really clear.
There’s a few buttons on the right headphone that give you complete control over your music, phone calls, and radio. There’s individual volume buttons that also skip tracks or seek through radio stations. There’s a dedicated FM button that can store your 3 favorite stations. Lastly, there’s a power button that also handles bluetooth pairing, playing/pausing music, and answering/rejecting calls. There’s helpful voice prompts that make using the device pretty easy.
Jabra’s Sports Wireless+ almost has it all. For gym headphones they’re excellent and they’re almost everything you could want: sweat-resistant, they stay on, they’re wireless with audio controls, they even have FM, and a microphone too. Where they lack, unfortunately, is in audio quality and battery life. They’re supposed to last 4 hours during music play, mine last a bit over 3 hours. There’s an indicator on iPhone with the Wireless+ battery life and there’s also low-battery voice reminders. With this battery life they’ll have to remain gym headphones, rather than every-day headphones.
There is supposed to be enhanced bass on the Wireless+, but it’s sadly near impossible to hear. There’s a lot of treble and the audio quality is average and sometimes a bit tinny. The music though does sound loud, but lacks warmth. The eartips feel great in-ear too, but they don’t create much of a seal. Lastly, the Bluetooth range is great, but oddly when I’m running with my iPhone it cuts out every so often from my grip and the movement.
Jabra’s Sport Wireless+ Headphones are phenomenal at the gym and during extreme exercise. There’s virtually no set of ears the Wireless+’s won’t stay in, and you don’t have to worry about breaking them from sweat. Unfortunately, the short battery life and lack of bass may keep you from rocking out to these all the time. However, you may find them to be very convenient for making phone calls, as that’s what Jabra excels at. That said, if you’re looking for a pair of bluetooth headphones for use outside of the gym, that sound amazing, check out Jabra’s REVO Wireless headphones. But if you’ve been desperately searching for a pair of affordable wireless headphones for the gym, then the $99.95 price tag for the Sport Wireless+ is priced right for what they offer. The Jabra Sports Wireless+ Headphones are currently available from Amazon.com.
Good: Stay in-ear, Variety of fitting options, Built-in controls and microphone, FM tuner, Wireless Bluetooth, Micro-USB rechargeable, Come with carrying pouch, Easy to use/pair, Built for extreme conditions.
Bad: Battery only lasts a few hours, Audio quality is just okay, No bass