I have been on a quest to find the perfect headphones for treadmill running. Spending lots of time running on the treadmill, to avoid the heat and humidity of the Florida summer, I encountered a dilemma. Running on the treadmill is much more tolerable if I can watch TV but to watch Netflix on my phone, my arm is constantly hitting the wire to my headphones. This was starting to drive me insane plus I kept picturing my arm hitting the wire and my phone flying from its perch on the treadmill. That would be both embarrassing and dangerous, so I started looking for a pair of sport Bluetooth headphones.
The first pair I bought was the Motorola SF600 Wireless Sports Headphones. The price ($99) and sound quality were both excellent but I could not get the headphones to stay on my ears. The part that is supposed to hook around your ear would not fit behind mine. Even trying to pull my ear through the headphones did not work and the headphones never felt sturdy. In defense of the Motorola SF600’s, I do find it difficult to get ear buds to stay in my ears in any capacity, so this may be more about the shape of my ears rather than the shape of the headphones.
Back to the drawing board, I did some research which found tons of glowing reviews for the JayBird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Headphones. At $99, I was able to do an even exchange at Best Buy for the Motorola SF600 and the Jaybird Freedom Headphones.
The JayBird Freedom Headphones have some very cool packaging.
They come with a neat little carrying case which is great to throw in your gym bag. It also has enough room for the USB charger in case you need to charge them while you are out.
The packaging indicates that they last six hours between charges which I have not tested, I do know that I have been able to do a handful of runs ranging from 45 minutes to a little over an hour and have not needed to charge them.
The reason why the JayBird Freedom Headphones worked with my wonky ears is because they are very customizable. They come with assorted ear buds, ear cushions, and even hooks.
The ear cushions are really interesting and I have not seen them on other headphones. They work in tandem with the ear buds to lock the headphones in place inside of your ear. It gives the headphones a very secure fit.
I purchased the headphones to use at the gym but did want to test their effectiveness on an outside run. Running outside with my phone in a pouch of my FuelBelt, I did not have any connectivity issues and the sounds quality was excellent throughout the run.
I am super sweaty and the JayBird Freedom Headphones did not move once on my run.
Another use I found for these headphones is when lifting at the gym I can put my phone down (even a few feet away), listen to music, and have no fear of being caught on a headphone wire. (I may spend more time than most thinking of ways I might harm myself in relation to the objects around me but I am clumsy. Better to be safe than sorry.)
The JayBird Freedom Headphones can also be used with your phone to answer calls. I have not really used that feature much but it could come in handy around the house.
Overall, I highly recommend the JayBird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Headphones if you are looking for a wireless headset that you can sweat on. Also, if you have wonky ears like I do and need lots of customization for ear buds to stay put.