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Also consider: istening to music while exercising can be a tricky endeavour. Anyone who has tried to go running with a standard set of headphones – such as the iconic white things you get with an iPhone – will know that it just doesn’t work. They fall out, for one, and cable management is an issue. Even headphones designed for sport generally rely on wired connections that get in the way and result in tangles. The answer must be wireless. And it is.
Jabra’s Sport Wireless+ headphones, along with the brand’s other products, will soon be easier to find in South Africa thanks to a new distribution arrangement. This is good news, especially for runners looking for the ideal solution to their audio woes.
The Sports Wireless+ set uses Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone, so there are no pesky cables to deal with. You can even have two devices linked at the same time, although I’m not quite sure who would need that. Once connected you can listen to music, podcasts and other audio f rom your phone or take phone calls. Buttons on the device will also let you play and pause music, take calls and even control running apps on your phone. You’ll also have a valid excuse for why you sound out of breath.
Extras in the box include a threemonth subscription code for Premium access to the Endomondo exercise-tracking service that has an app for iPhone and Android that records exercise activity. An armband for carrying your phone is also included, but this didn’t work too well with a 5” Android device during testing. Even the iPhone 5S was a bit of a stretch for the pouch, which seems to have been designed to fit an iPhone 4 snuggly.
The headset comes with a variety of ‘ear gels’ – tiny rubber bits to fit different shapes of ears. I wasn’t sure exactly how to determine the right one for my sound holes and ended up attaching them, one by one, trying the headset on with each until I f inally gave up and just went with the default, round bits that work just fine.
Fine is an under- statement. The Sports Wireless+ is really comfortable to wear. The set is lightweight and I soon forgot I had something on my head. They also don’t block out the outside world, which is important for running, especially if you prefer not to collide with motor vehicles when so doing.
Sound quality is also good, as in-ear headphones go, and battery life is satisfactory, albeit somewhat less than I’m used to from bigger wireless sets that have more space to cram battery stuff in. On that note, the Sports Wireless+ is charged using the same micro-USB adapters as a majority of modern smartphones.
These are certainly the most comfortable headphones I’ve been running with and I like them so much that they’ve started to replace my other headphones for use at the office, too. They’re not great for use on an airplane, however, as they don’t block out the noise. But that’s not what they were designed for. When it comes to running, they do a superb job.