At the start of the year, I was lucky enough to be gifted a set of Jabra wireless headphones through my work. My company has done some branding work for GN/Jabra, and these were a corporate perk-slash-bonus present. And so, I thought I’d give them a review.
Firstly, being wireless, they’re very convenient and get rid of that irritating cord-bounce that gets on my nerves during runs. They come with several different earbuds that lock absolutely perfectly into your ears, so you don’t have to worry about them falling out. They’re sound cancelling, and the music quality is really great- although being sound cancelling, you have to make a really conscious effort to be aware of your surroundings. (The first time I ran with them, I almost ran out in front of a car…my bad).
The main USP of these is that they’re not just headphones designed for working out with, but they can actually enhance your workout, because they track your heartbeat. These headphones are borne out of a great deal of research and expertise into wearable tech (the parent company of Jabra also makes advanced hearing aids). So, when paired with the Jabra Sport app, they can tell you distance run, pace, time and calories burned.
I have to admit, I’ve only tried running with the app a handful of times, since I initially had some issues connecting the headphones via Bluetooth to my old (and very knackered) iPhone. But since getting my new phone I’ve taken these bad boys out for a spin- I’ve had some issues with the accuracy of distance covered and pace (namely, the app overestimates these), but the heartrate and calories burned does seem to match up with my Garmin HRM and my own calculations.
So whilst I’m not 100% convinced about the technological side of things (the GPS), I do think the headphones are absolutely great. The sound quality is fantastic, and the cordless factor makes my runs so much less stressful!
Has anyone tried wireless headphones? What did you think?
Lots of love,