Runner-favorite Jaybird is releasing a new product called RUN — and they’re the best wireless earbuds for working out.
Jaybird, the company that makes my favorite headphones for running, is shipping its first pair of wireless earbuds called RUN later this month.
The RUN is a cable-less, wire-free earbud that can connect to your device (laptop, phone, tablet, etc.) over Bluetooth, and it will be available sometime later this month for $180 (which, I know, is very expensive). Its most compelling feature? It actually sounds great when you're outside, on the move.
What makes this pair exciting is that it's made by Jaybird. The Utah-based company is focused on sound, sweatproof-ness, and fit — so much so, that its headphones are often a hassle to set up. They come with a variety of bud and wingtip sizes, and can be configured in your ear in multiple ways. It takes a while to get it right. Once the buds do fit, though, they sound and feel great, plus they stay in your ear, which is very important for people who run, bike, and bounce around outside.
The RUN, however, required less set-up time than other Jaybird earbuds I've tried. The default bud/wingtip-size ended up being perfect for my ears, and I loved how good they made my workout beats sound. Overall, I think the RUN are the best-sounding pair of wireless earbuds for athletes I've tried so far. They're great for runs and rides under 4 hours, but because of their short battery life, shape, and connectivity quirks, I'd recommend other brands (AirPods and Bragi) for all-day wear.
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I'll start with the bad: Its charging case can hold up 12 hours of battery life, but the battery on the buds themselves isn't great.
The case, which is charged via a micro USB cable, is very small and portable, though it's a little awkward to open with one hand. A light indicator on the outside shows whether or not your earbuds are charged.
The embedded magnets that are supposed to guide the earbuds into their charging ports could be stronger, but doing that would add more weight to the case.
Each bud only holds four hours of battery life. Jaybird did implement a fast charging system into the case — five minutes of charging in the case powers the earbuds with up to one hour of listening — which is fine for long bike rides or runs (I kept the buds in the case while resting). But, with just four hours of power per session, the earbuds aren't really designed for all-day wear at the office or at home. It takes a few hours to charge completely, from 0 to 100%. The Bragi Headphone offers six hours, while AirPods lasts for five (plus, their quick charging time is 15 minutes for three hours of listening).
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They stay in really, really well.
My main issue with the AirPods, was that the little stick that juts out past the ear kept catching onto my hair whenever I tried to tuck my locks behind my ear. They'd also go flying every time I took off my sweater.
Once the RUN are in, they stay put (see: headshake test above).