I realized something recently. I am fairly behind the times with a little something called Bluetooth technology. I thought it was something that only businessmen who did conference calls in their cars needed in their lives. Oh, how wrong.
Over the past month Bluetooth technology has freed me. I may not be having any super important phone calls hands free, but I am tangle free in ways that matter to me – namely running, while doing work in a public place and needing the noise barrier, or while doing things around the house during naptime and not wanting to wake the kiddos with music.
All thanks to a special little set of headphones called JayBird Bluebuds X.
You see, one of the biggest annoyances to me when getting ready for a run was threading the wire of my ear buds from my phone, up through my shirt, looped around my sports bra straps to secure them in place, and then hoping I threaded correctly for just enough slack to reach my ears but not be flapping at my face and neck the entire run. Almost every run. And then, most of the time, that cord would just wind its way around my body, pulling the headphones out of my ears, and basically driving me batty.
I guess you can imagine why wireless headphones appealed to me. No more tangles? No more hassle?
The kind folks at Jay Bird, sent me some headphones to try out and I’ve been giving them a very thorough review over the past 6 weeks or so.
Here are some features of the headphones:
- Quality sound using their special SHIFT audio.
- Secure fit with three different sizes of ear buds and ear cushion.
- 8 hour battery life.
- Easy to access buttons to control volume, song selection, etc.
- Strong signal so no dropping of the sound.
- Multiple options for wear (over or under the ear – on or off the neck).
- Lifetime warranty against sweat.
- Easy to follow set-up guide.
- USA Triathalon official training headphones.
When I received my pair, I loved them right out of the box. Set up was simple and the earbuds felt very comfortable in my ear. I used them the next day in Starbucks to block out background noise while getting work done on my laptop. The sound quality was great and there was no splotchy signal.
Then, I tried them on a run. And felt completely let down! Now, hear me out because a lot of that was based on user error. There was a lot of static as the cord moved with each step and the buds kept popping out of my ear left and right thanks to the longer cord. I got home and figured it was the way I had them fit. I didn’t put them in correctly.
For sports, the suggestion is to wear them over the ear. So, I tried that on my next run.
Fail again. The static sounds stopped now that I didn’t have the cord hitting my neck, but the wire wouldn’t stay put over my ear, so they popped out even more…and then they died. User error again. Someone didn’t think about having to charge up her headphones. Whoops. I worried I would be writing one of my first negative reviews at this point. You see, I’m highly selective in what I review. I only accept those products which I could see myself using naturally and that you all would like to learn about. I worried I had failed my own judgment and you. So, I figured I needed to give the headphones one more try on a run. And they did awesome.
I went through all the different bud and cushion sizes to find the best combo for me instead of what I had just assumed would be my best fit. Finally got them staying in my ears like this…
…instead of that loosey-goosey thing I had going on up above.
I also decided to try the under the ear fit with the cord clipped off my neck. I know the site suggests over the ear for off the neck, but I found this worked best. I no longer had the cord flopping about causing static on my runs and pulling the buds out of my ears as it did when it was unclipped. So they took some getting used to, but I’m glad I stuck with them!
- They are 100% fabulous for non-sport use. I love using them when I do house cleaning or when working in a public place.
- Not having to deal with the hassle of tangles on my runs is so worth the effort of figuring out the best way to use these headphones. It is so freeing!!!
- What I first deemed a not very secure fit is actually better for safety reasons. I don’t have heaphones jammed down my ear canal now so I can hear more surrounding noises. And they DO stay put.
- I like being able to control the volume with the simple push of a button. It also is compatible with phone calls, although it is hard to use that feature when the cord is clipped up.
- There is occasional static from the Bluetooth connection, but not enough to affect the overall quality of sound. It will hit and annoy me for maybe a second or two and then be fine again for a long time.
- I still have to get used to charging headphones. I’m trying to remember to charge them once a week when I regularly charge my Garmin.
At first they were hard to figure out, and there are still some things to get used to, but now I wear them every single day and every single run. In sum, I think they are worth the buy if headphone tangles annoy you when working out or you use headphones a lot when doing other tasks and needing more freedom to move about. Just be prepared for some trial and error at first.
If you’re interested in getting some JayBird Bluebuds X for yourself, you can use the code BBF20 for 20% off your order! Or…you can try to win some in that giveaway I promised you yesterday! Follow the guidelines to get your entries and good luck! Giveaway ends Friday night at 11 pm EST. I will announce the winner on the blog Saturday in the Saturday Shares post.
Disclosure: I received the Bluebuds X headphones free for review. Jay Bird also provided compensation for my time. All opinions expressed are 100% my own, real, honest opinions.