Review: Jabra Elite True Sport Wireless Earbuds

I was in the market for a totally wireless set of earbuds.  I talked to strangers on airplanes and in gyms that had them to get their perspective and landed on the  Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless Waterproof Fitness & Running Earbuds with Heart Rate and Activity Tracker:

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Earbud profile, not totally frankenstein…
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Charging case with indicators, note – mine is low after a full charge the previous weekend

Here’s the backstory if you give a flying F (review @ bottom):

Recently, I purchased a membership to OneLife Fitness, a big box gym chain in Virginia to get in some extra work, stretch and have sauna access.

Imaginary crowd:  (gasp!) (women grabbing children, averting gazes)  How could you?!  Traitor!!!  Get ’em!

Relax, to the credit of OneLife – they’re the best gym I’ve seen these days in regards to accommodating a host of preferences.  I can get olympic lifts in, push a prowler, work on gymnastics without issue.  And, they have a preacher curl machine.  Warms my little heart w/ nostalgia of a worn wool sweater from your grandmother.

BUT, the music is not my taste and drains my energy.  I’ve nearly every iteration of wired and wireless earbuds and most leave me frustrated.  Anyone every going to a bootcamp or something that resembles Crossfit-type intensity knows this:  You move a lot.  Barbells, gymnastics, sprints, rowing – there’s a lot of moving parts and it can be a lot to ask your earbuds to keep up.

So, my review:

Pros:

  • Fit is excellent, have never fallen out in various intense workouts.
  • Music quality is good to great for bluetooth tech.
  • Battery life with charging case is appropriate for about a week.

Cons:

  • $150+ is steep for some buyers.
  • Slight connectivity issues when turned on, but ultimately resolves.
  • Sometimes the get a little warm when struggling with connectivity.

Bottom line narrative:  The sound quality is competitive enough for bluetooth earbuds and I find the low end appropriate.  Great ear seal and that really helps the quality of the audio.  With a full charge of the case / earbuds, these stay charged for at least 1 week and were used for at least 3, 2-hour workouts.  Sometimes, the connectivity is a challenge and you have to power-off, power-on as they “think’.  Using the medium size ear wing, they’ve NEVER fallen out during WODs, olympic lifts, running.  The call quality is a little crazy – people on the other end say they can hear me well which I find hard to believe based on the design.  The surround sound during the call makes my voice almost echo, but not enough that it’s annoying. For $150, I’m happy with the purchase. despite little annoyances.

This is my first pair of truly wireless earbuds and I’ll never go back for gym uses..  I keep wired earbuds for calls at home or to use in a bind, specifically a set of Shure in-ear monitors (which I also love).  I’d love to hear anyone else’s experience with other brands.

 

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