Review: 8 wireless fitness earbuds

These will provide you great sound during workouts

If you are looking for a pair of new workout earbuds, you should check out our comparison review.

Anyone who has been to the local gym can’t help but notice the many people walking around wearing earbuds. Music makes exercise a little easier to get through, and can also provide motivation and pace for a good jog for instance.

With heart rate monitors and other advanced running gear, your headphones can work as a training coach that discreetly motivates you with messages into your ear. It provides just a little extra push when the body otherwise can’t take much more. If you haven’t already invested in a pair of wireless headphones, here is a small sample of the options out there.

A natural question could be: Why not simply use the headphones that came with the mobile phone? There are several answers to that question.

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First of all, the headphones that come with your phone are most often wired. This means having a long wire dangling from the ear, which is neither particularly smart nor practical, while limiting your freedom of movement. Thus, all the models in this test are wireless and connect to the mobile phone via Bluetooth. However, the headphones are no less wireless in that they all still have a wire or a form of hoop that goes behind the neck, connecting the two earbuds.

The next point that is important to consider is the fit. The primary task of fitness earbuds is to remain in your ears, no matter how much you move. The headphones that are part of the standard package for new mobile phones are rarely of good quality, and they have a tendency to fall out of the ears. On fitness earphones, the fit is perhaps the most important focus area. It allows the earbuds to sit firmly in the ear canal and remain there even when you are sweating. The producers have solved the task in different ways and with varying degrees of success. Moreover, common to them all is that they must withstand sweat and humidity somewhat better, and not drown during a session on the spin bike.

However, it is not enough that the earbuds sit securely. They must of course also be able to play well, especially since we are in this particular price range. Again, the results are very different, depending on what manufacturer we test, and naturally it is a matter of taste if you prefer heavy bass when increasing the pace and getting some motivational feedback.

The last point that is worth mentioning pertains to the extra features that start to accompany headphones in this category.

Some manufacturers have put heart rate monitors in the one earbud so that they can also be used as a substitute for a smartwatch or a fitness bracelet. It’s pretty smart, but it also means a significant hike in price, while shortening the battery life. However, it may be worth considering if you are interested in this feature.

The manufacturers were asked to deliver their latest wireless models intended for training. Each model is assessed based on the fit, sound quality, battery life, extra features and price. They have all been tested in terms of daily use as well as for running and strength training. Each test ends with a conclusion and an overall score.

 

Plantronics Backbeat Fit
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Plantronics Backbeat Fit
The headset from Plantronics differs slightly from the others by not having an actual wire between the earbuds, but rather a kind of an integrated hoop. We have previously had the model in our hands, but because Plantronics has put ...
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Monster iSport Victory
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Monster iSport Victory
If you are looking for a couple of cheap and well-playing headphones for workouts, you might want to consider Monster and their iSport Victory, which they have dubbed “the athlete’s headphone”. They're definitely not pretty, but don't judge too harshly ...
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JBL Reflect Contour
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JBL Reflect Contour
JBL has shown up ringside with Reflect Contour that has gone all out on the fit, which is also particularly good. They call it “Dual Lock Technology”, resulting in headphones that hardly move, no matter how hard you pull the ...
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Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition
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Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition
With Jabra, like with Bose, you get a heart rate monitor in the package. It's handy if you don't have one already, and this gives the headset an edge over the other models in the same price range. However, common ...
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Jaybird Freedom F5
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Jaybird Freedom F5
Jaybird has previously received tremendous praise for its Jaybird X1, which had good sound and was comfortable to wear. The new Freedom continues to build on the good aspects of the previous model but does it in a smaller package, ...
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AfterShokz Trekz Titanium
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AfterShokz Trekz Titanium
The headset from Aftershokz stands out from the others in the field on a fairly significant point. Instead of having earbud tips that go into the ears, these are worn on the outside of the head. The sound is transported ...
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Bose SoundSport Pulse
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Bose SoundSport Pulse
Bose is known for making some well-fitting, in-ear headphones that, in particular, perform well. Soundsport Pulse is no exception. The model builds further on the SoundSport Wireless, and has. as its name suggests, a heart rate monitor thrown in on ...
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Panasonic Wings RP-BTS50E
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Panasonic Wings RP-BTS50E
A number of times I have stood with Panasonic’s official "Olympics in Rio"-earbuds in my hands and wondered how they are supposed to sit. The flexible hoops and winged earbuds are more odd than they are pretty. Panasonic should be ...
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