I had been wanting these bluetooth headphones for a while…because, hello Jaybird/J Bird – match made in heaven. I had also heard a lot of great things about them on social media and the interwebs in general.
I would like to start off by saying that Jaybird sport isn’t paying me anything to write this, nor did they give me a discount (in my dreams) on the earbuds. You can check out their website and other products here. They sponsor a lot of pretty badass athletes too (Iron Cowboy, I’m talking to you).
That being said, if Jaybird would like to sponsor me, that would be really super cool and they should contact me here. Just in case you were wondering, Mr. & Mrs. Jaybird, or whoever may be concerned. Or is it whomever? Anyway.
The things that I like about the earbuds:
1. They have eight hours of battery life. My gym time/workouts/runs usually last an hour and half, so the bluetooth ones that have 3 hours of life would be pretty annoying with the constant recharging. Especially during a race day, 3 hours wouldn’t cut it for a full marathon (I mean I would like to be that face one day, but for purposes of a headphone purchase, I used my normal pace time HA!).
2. They actually do fit in my ears and stay put. They have a little wing on them and it slides into your ear and you can orient it forwards or backwards, depending on how you want to wear the earbuds. I was really suspect of this because I am very good at breaking earbuds. They also were not bothered by copious amounts of sweat, not to TMI you – but it is important info, mmmkay?
3. Disclaimer – I am NOT a music buff, or even a music snob. In fact, I prefer it when other people give me music to listen to because I don’t like going and finding it on my own. However, in my humble, pedestrian, opinion – the sound is great. I know you hear people using words like “full” and “rich” in reference to noise makers, and I would say yes to both of those for the Jay Bird earbuds.
4. The cord doesn’t make a swishy swishy noise when it touches things like your dri-fit shirt, braid/pony, or anything. I was using some $10 headphones before and I would ball up the long cord in my hand and hold it while I ran. Every time it touched something the music would be drowned out by swish, swish, swish….you get the point.
5. They come with this really cute little pod that they live in with the charger and all the other sizes of earbuds and wings.
Things I don’t like:
1. The price was a little hefty. It was a commitment at $170. I did buy mine at the SF Marathon expo and got an expo discount, so they were $119, which was a pretty great deal. They do have a less expensive version at $99. However, they don’t have all the bells and whistles, and once you are spending a hundred bucks, its like, “fine, throw in the towel and go for it.” Or maybe that is just me.
2. The only other bad thing I have to say about them is the white part on the outside of the earbud looks large on my pinhead. When I call myself a pinhead, I’m not trying to be mean or negative, but I really do have a teeny noggin. Smallest hat size of anyone I know. So, when I have earbuds in my ears, they tend to look large, and these were no exception. However, they didn’t feel big or bulky, so I can live with the size. And most importantly, they fit inside my ear perfectly!
I hope you all have an amazing weekend ahead!
With love and earbuds,