Jump, run and climb without worrying about these JLab Fit Sport earbuds falling out. The memory wire ear hook and lightweight design provide a secure, ergonomic fit, and the Bluetooth connectivity lets you stream music from your smartphone and similar devices. These JLab Fit Sport earbuds have custom EQ3 sound so you can customize your audio experience.
Enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device.
Offers up to 6 hours of use on a charge.
Water- and sweat-resistant
Helps prevent sweat and water from entering the headphones.
Fits securely and directs music into your ears for full, uninterrupted audio.
Include volume, play/pause and next/previous track.
Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible device.
I want to like this earbuds more than I do, and at the same time, they aren't bad enough where I can't say I would not recommend them. They are somewhere in the "your mileage may vary" category for me, and I hate that because it's like a cavern of indecisiveness. What, then, led me to this conclusion?
First, I'll touch on what I like about them.
Upon first opening the box, they appear to be a decently complete and capable kit. It doesn't include a case, which would have been a nice add, but otherwise it's pretty complete. The box has a setup guide that helps you quickly get connected and fitted with them. You can use any mix and match of the 5 different pairs of ear tips to help fit the various sized ears everyone has. A pair of foam tips is included, as is a pair of double-height narrow tips to fit deeper in the ear. Additionally, the JLabs Cush-Fins are supposed to help the body of the earbud fit more comfortably in the ear. Keeping with fitment, the wire at the earbud that fits to your ear is flexible which allows you to bend it to a position that secures the earbuds to your ear and head while keeping it comfortable, to your liking.
A cable clip is included already on the wire, and an apparel clip is included in the bag so you can clip them to the collar of your shirt behind your neck; it snaps onto the cable clip fairly easily. On the wire is the control box that consists of 2 arrow buttons, the middle multi-function button, and the micro USB charging port. The buttons feel good when you press them, the USB port had a solid connection to the included charging cable, and the cover for the USB port was easy to open and close.
Once I got them fitted to my head, they paired up really easily following the instructions. Pairing mode is indicated with a voice prompt, as is the battery level, and it was very clear and easy to understand. Out of the box the battery was "high" but I charged them fully before testing them out. Once charged and paired, I tested the battery life since the package claims 6+ hours of playtime. With them connected to my computer, I started a streaming radio station with the volume at a comfortable level and left them sitting. I started at 10:05am, and they ran until 4:47pm, with Low Battery beeps starting 10 minutes before they died. I was impressed by the 6hr 42m runtime.
Before the runtime test I played 3 different rock, country, and R&B songs through them to test the sound quality and the built-in equalizer modes, and they sounded very good. The preset JLab Signature mode was the most balanced for good lows and highs. The Balanced setting fell a bit flat, and the Bass Boost was too muffled and "bassy". Even during the runtime test with the streaming radio station the audio quality was above average.
With all this, there are still some shortcomings that bothered me with this kit, putting me in the wishy-washy window. For starters, with all the ways to make them fit your comfort level, they take too much work to get comfortable each time I put them on. The wire around your ear has to be re-bent each time because it adjusts when you remove them, and the fitment process for this is annoying due to the shape of the body and the angle of the earbud tip. Once they are in they start to get comfortable, but it's a bit of a pain each time. Additionally, the Cush-Fins are either hit or miss. On one ear they helped with comfort, and on the other ear I could never get it settled just right. The earbud on my left ear would vanish when I got it situated, but my right ear always had a comfort issue no matter how I adjusted or what tip I used.
Leading to comfort issues is one of my biggest complaints with them: the control box. It's heavy. Awkwardly so. I have a bunch of other earbuds with a similar design, and for most of them I forget the controls are there, for better or worse. The downside on those is the buttons aren't as prominent, but with this set, it's the reverse. They are so prominent and heavy that, when moving around actively, or even casually, the box swings, and bangs, or pulls the earbuds on my right ear to where it annoys me when using them. The apparel clip helps, but it doesn't solve the issue. If the clip were used closer to the controls it might help more, but then either the box is behind your neck, or the clip is near your ear pulling oddly.
The final minor issue is the equalizer setting and when it activates after connecting them to a source. There is a noticeable delay when you connect the earbuds and start playback before the equalizer setting takes effect. At first I thought the audio through the computer was messed up, as it sounded super flat and without volume. Then, what seemed like a full minute later, the sound quality just jumped and mids and highs were distinguishable. I tried it through a couple phones as well to confirm the behavior. It's a minor quibble compared to the comfort issues, but one worth pointing out.
I also didn't have a chance to test the sweatproof rating, as I normally wear my earbuds when working out in the yard, or on bike rides, and the temps are too cold currently that I am not working up that sweat to put them through the paces.
Overall, as mentioned, I want to like these more than I do because the sound quality is really good for the cost. I will still use them here and there, but they will not be my primary set, because I can't get past the fitment in my right ear, the comfort of the control box, or the process of fitting them each time. But this is where the YMMV part comes in because these issues of mine might not be yours. Your ears are different, and the controls might not concern you like they do me. Because of that, with the audio quality, solid battery life, and various fitment options, they are still worthy of testing out.
Great value wireless fitness headphones with a couple of options for ear tips. These include the standard small/medium/large gel tips, a double flange gel tip and my favorite style, the cloud foam. These are great for sound isolation and comfort. There are also a pair of fins that can be removed to help with some additional comfort and fit. With the memory wire and shirt cable clip you can make it fit to you. In my case, I found it convenient to run under my beard in front of my head. A little bit easier to access the controls and microphone at that point.
Some other decent features include IP55 rated resistance, which they claim as “Everything-proof” on the packaging. Rinsing them off didn’t seem to have any impact on them. There is also a 30 day satisfaction guarantee and a 2 year warranty. Battery life tends to last 6 hours on the dot with continuous audio. The sound quality is pretty good, I couldn’t tell a different between these and their high priced Epic Sport model. While pushing both the volume + and – you can step through their three EQ sounds depending on your listening style.
There are a few things that separate these from higher priced headphones. The control module is a bit larger than some and in some activities can be irritating, but not too bad. Though the sound quality is good, the microphone sounded muffled. Even with closer placement to the mouth, since it hangs well behind the ear, it didn’t make a difference. However, it was clear enough to handle conversations. Battery life, though good for an average workout, won't last you all day of continuous usage.
These are absolutely worth it though and perfect for an inexpensive gift.
I can't believe how good these headphones work and sound for the money. They sound as good as headphones that cost way more. I don't have to worry about getting my expensive headphones dirty or sweating on them.
-Multiple styles and sizes of ear inserts are included.
-Controls are easy to use.
-In ear design provides decent noise isolation. I use them while mowing and you don't have to turn the volume way up to hear.
-Easily paired with a Samsung S7 and a Bluetooth enabled HP laptop.
Things to consider
-Real battery life is shorter than some more expensive sets at just over 6 hours, but I had no issue with it in practical use.
-Only a USB cord is included.
-The control panel hangs from the right ear bud and while it is lite weight it might bother some.
-The wiring and flex wire that can be bent around the ear are lite weight and could fail if yanked or kinked.
I love these and would recommend them to anyone looking for an affordable pair of Bluetooth headphones.
I have tried quite a few pairs of earbuds and they just never seem to work for me. The sound is never very good and they never seem to want to stay in place. So when I saw that these ones came with hooks to go over your ears I was encouraged but not very optimistic.
When I first tried these headphones on I didn't think they fit very well. But after trying a few of the different ear pieces and tried with and without the ear cushions. After the 3rd or 4th try I found that the smallest set of ear pieces and without the cushions worked the best for me. Once you get the ear pieces really shoved into your ear canal and get a good seal on the headphones you can get a surprising amount of bass from these. The sound is quite good. Of course it isn't as good as a set of on or over the ear headphones with 40mm drivers but they do sound nice. You can customize the sound somewhat with 3 pre-programmed EQ settings that you can try out by pressing the up and down volume arrows to switch between them. I would prefer an app that would allow you greater control over the sound but the 3 selections are pretty good.
After trying them out at the gym I found that although they don't always stay tucked into your ears as much as you would like they do stay in place pretty well. You can bend the wires to mold the headphones to your ears a bit and this helps to hold them in place. Once I had them fitted I didn't really need to mess with them at all. And that is exactly what I want from a pair of gym headphones. I don't like having to constantly fiddle with my headphones.
Some of the drawbacks to these headphones are that to get the best sound you need to get a good seal in your ears. However this can be hard to maintain as moving around and chewing gum while working out, (as I do), can cause the ear pieces to come out of your ears a bit. Also you can hear yourself breathing or even your heartbeat if you are training very hard. But this is a drawback to ANY ear bud type of headphones and not specific to the Jlab's.
The bottom line on these headphones is that they fit well, stay in place and sound pretty good. This is the first set of earbuds that I have come across that I can live with.
Note these aren't truly wireless - they have a cable that connects the 2 ears. They are "wireless" in that they connect via blue tooth to your phone or other audio.
Both my wife and I had a hard time getting these to fit right. I like the idea of the flexible/pliable wrap around ear design, but a bit uncomfortable in the ear and tough to get to stay put.
Wasn't super impressed with the sound quality, but this may be due to not being able to get them to fit right.
Pros: Flexible and wrap around design, bluetooth, inexpensive, lightweight, multiple "equalizer/sound" type adjustments.
Cons: Uncomfortable, tough to put on, tinny sound.
These JLab were purchased on a GSP exchange as my old ones broke and they didn't have any of the original ones in stock. I have been pleasantly surprised. They have a long battery life and very comfortable. The ear loops are adjustable and are comfortable for long workouts. There are a couple of quirks and why I can't give 5 star rating. The controls are a little awkward to use and it takes a considerable amount of time to power on & off the Earbuds. Next there is a sweat guard on the buds that doesn't stay in place very well when you are trying to put them on. So you have to fiddle with them to get them in place. Other than that they have been a good performer. If you want a good set of earbuds that sound good and won't break the bank or feel bad that you broke them then get these. For some peace of mind get the GSP and you can exchange them if you don't like them
- Though not quite as extensive as some higher-priced variants, you still get an impressive array of tip customizations with 3 sizes of gel tips, a pair of Comply-style foam tips, and removable cushion fins to dial in the fit to best suit your anatomy
- Seriously light as a feather--with the weight borne by the ears via the memory wire ear-hooks, the entire assembly feels like you're wearing virtually nothing on the head
- Cable slider at the back helps tidy up the excess cord between the ear pieces to allow a fit across the back of the head as tight or as loose as you need
- 3 EQ settings to pick from; the JLab Signature profile (essentially V-shaped) is the most pleasing of the bunch with a generally weighty low end and slightly bumped highs
- Quick and painless Bluetooth paring...I experienced no skips or dropouts during playback and they re-paired quickly to my phone or Nano at the start of each new workout
- Remained in place and operational during variable workouts (elliptical, running, weights) and post-workout shower with little movement out of the ear canal once seated properly
- Inline "control capsule" was big enough to make the three buttons fairly easy to find when in motion and I appreciated the ability to exercise so much control without having to resort to multiple combinations of quick and long presses of a single button for things like answering calls, activating Siri, or changing tracks
- The memory wire hooks actually held their shape well during a workout; I thought they'd be sharp or uncomfortable but they actually work very well for what they do
- Honestly, the sound was just okay--the JLab Signature sound EQ setting was definitely listenable with just a mild hint of recessed highs but very pleasant mids and bass; the Balanced sound profile (ostensibly "flat") felt hollow with deeply recessed highs but still reasonable bass; the Bass Boost EQ setting was just WAY too over the top on the bass to the point of being intrusive, not just boosted
- Despite the cord slider to tie up the slack, I still felt the remaining "pony tail" of looped cord between the buds flopping up and down behind my head when I ran; some cable clips would have been welcome for an even more secure and less distracting fit
- Okay, so the whole setup is truly light as a feather, but that control capsule is SO large that it feels out of place somehow on the otherwise unsubstantial headphone wire which I was always afraid wouldn't stand up to much repeated use given how thin it is
- The manual talks about downloading the JLab app--don't bother; it's not an EQ or settings manager for the earbuds, it's simply a JLabs shopping app/website wrapper with some FAQs about pairing/troubleshooting thrown in for good measure...the supposed "burn-in" sound file isn't even available in the app (it plays in a browser or via SoundCloud) AND you have to submit your e-mail address to get it (more SPAM...swell!)
- The design of the memory wire hooks kept the buds in place for all but the most demanding movement/exertion; at that point, the buds starting drifting out of my ear canal just a bit--not enough that they were ever at risk of falling out (the hooks really DO a good job of keeping the buds mostly stationary), but it's worth noting that the SQ is likely going to change just a bit the longer your workout runs simply due to the reduced seal in the ear canal as you sweat and move around
I have a lot of earbuds on the shelf and have gone through a lot of buds over the years as well...these certainly don't rank as the best I've ever used, but they aren't the worst either...for the money, they provide serviceable SQ and largely do all that I expected them to as Bluetooth buds should. The memory wire hooks turned out to be far more comfortable in use than I would have thought they every would be. I've traditionally shied away from over-the-ear-hooks precisely for comfort issues--usually the hooks are way too thick, hard, or big, or small--but this is the one case where they actually felt good, allowed a precise fit tailored to my anatomy, and actually did what they were supposed to--they kept me from losing my buds during particularly strenuous exercise.
Sound quality was simply okay--perfectly fine for a workout and they'll play loud enough to cause hearing damage if that's what you're after, but I would personally not use these buds as everyday listeners, especially when I was seriously interested in playback quality. It's been my experience that JLabs simply tends to make decent products at decent prices and these turned out to be no exception. I do have some concerns about longevity given how thin the wires are running between the buds/inline controls, and though it doesn't weigh anything, the inline remote just feels a little too big and out of place on an otherwise thin and diminutive wire. But the nice part is that if I lose these, or they break or go out in a year or two, I wouldn't be out the money otherwise invested in a serious pair of wireless buds. Not necessarily my speed as I tend to favor something that dishes up better sound quality overall (even if I have to pay more to get it), but as a gym-bag set of earbuds or something you won't lose sleep over giving to one of the kids, these do a good job for the money.
A:AnswerMy husband couldn’t either & thought they were broken. But I connected right away. Once you turn it on you have to hold the button until it says “pairing”. It feels like a long time, but it will eventually say it. Make sure your Bluetooth is on your phone as well.
A:AnswerI purchased these headphones about a month ago. Returned them about two days later. They are rechargeable headphones that do not come with a replaceable battery. So again, no battery to replace on these headphones
A:AnswerIf you remember to charge them they last a good while. I know that's not a real clear amount of time, but I only use them at night with the TV when I am going to sleep. If I have forgotten to charge them, sometimes they'll still have a medium battery life, and that is very brief. If they are fully charged, I have gone to sleep and awakened six to eight hours later with them still working. Hope that helps some.