Wireless sports and fitness earbuds for running and working out at the gym (2018)
Whether you're lifting weights, pounding the pavement, or powering through an intense HIIT session, these wireless earbuds are designed to stay in while you work up a sweat.
Marcus Wong and Liu Hongzuo
Jabra Elite Active 65t Wireless Earbuds
The Jabra Elite Active 65t wireless earbuds are targeted for active sports usage. They come in a compact carrying case that not only keeps it protected but also offers an extra two charges for the earbuds, giving you a total of 15 hours playback on the go. Because they’re specifically built to be used for sport, the Elite Active 65t also features a secure-fitting design to ensure they stay in your ears while you’re working out.
With an integrated accelerometer to help track your workouts more accurately, we’re told that these wireless earbuds are IP56 certified against sweat, water and dust too.
We managed to quickly run a few test tracks on the Elite Active 65t, and felt the earbuds delivered pretty good performance overall, with strengths in the highs and the mids, though the bass could be a little lean. For example, on a recording of Temptation by Diana Krall, we thought the earbuds did a good job of rendering Krall’s sultry vocals and picking out the strings in the piece. There was a good separation between Krall’s vocals and the backing instruments, but we felt the bass was just a little dry.
Overall, it does seem like the Elite 65t is a strong offering from Jabra for the true wireless earbuds space. They’re nicely designed, fit in the ears well, and offer decent passive noise isolation to go with the good sound. – MW
Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Earbuds
It may weigh just under 10g and measuring only 2.8 cm high and 3.0 cm deep, but the SoundSport Free promises plenty of audio performance for your everyday workouts and commutes. A custom miniature acoustic package brings Bose digital signal processing and volume optimised EQ to the tiny headphones.
Meanwhile, a new antennae system helps improve the connection between your player and the headphones, ensuring that you’ll get clear, powerful music without drops through the entire five hour battery life. The headphones are rugged and built-to-last, while being IPX4 rated to resist water and sweat. Speaking of which, the SoundSport Free comes with Bose’s proprietary StayHear+ ear tips for a secure fit to ensure the headphones stay snugly in place no matter your choice of workout.
The SoundSport Free’s charging case magnetically holds each earbud in place, while providing two more full charges so you’ll get a total of 15 hours of playtime on the go. App connectivity means you can also use the handy “Find My Buds” feature in the Bose Connect App to retrieve the time and location of your headphones when they were last used, making it easier to locate them. – MW
Sony WF-SP700N wireless sports earbuds
The candy-coloured Sony WF-SP700N earbuds are true wireless earbuds that come fitted with Sony's Noise Cancelling technology, and Ambient Sound mode when you need awareness of your surroundings. Ideally, they'd be a right fit if you're in a quiet gym, or when you need to listen out for traffic and people. Its audio capabilities are boosted with Sony's proprietary EXTRA BASS, which is a nice touch for deeper, punchier basslines that are suitable for workout tracks. As an added touch, you can store the WF-SP700N audio settings in its proprietary Headphones Connect app too.
The WF-SP700N are fitted with arc supporters, offering a secure fit to keep up with contemporary sports activities. The carrying case doubles as a charging dock with enough juice to fully charge the earbuds twice, extending the three-hour battery life on the WF-SP700N to a total of nine hours. The carrying case can pair with your phone via NFC too.
The Sony WF-SP700N wireless sports earbuds available in pink, yellow, black, and white. – LH