When I work out, I perform better with music. With my power playlist, I can go faster and further, and somehow work through the pain better. Having made do with standard earbud headphones and dangling cords for years, I didn't think wireless headphones would make that much of a difference until I tried them. After testing the Jabra Sport Pace Wireless Headphones, I'm hooked!
The Jabra Sport Pace headphones have eargels (soft earbuds), plastic loops that fits snugly over your ears (one on each side), and a single reflective behind-the-neck cord with control buttons on one side. It took a couple minutes to get the right fit, but once I changed the eargels, the headphones were comfortable and secure and connected quickly and easily to my cell phone. My husband and I have tested these headphones indoors and out while cleaning, cross country skiing, walking, running, and cycling and have enjoyed good sound quality and being wire-free.
What We Liked
Wireless headphones are very convenient. With no dangling cords to get tangled up in, removing layers doesn't mean you have to remove your headphones. You can also use your phone for other applications while listening to music. For example, you can easily take it out of your pocket to take a photo and not have cords in your photo or limiting your reach.
CompatibilityThe Jabra Sport Pace Wireless Headphones connected to all devices in our home. While I was happy at how quickly they connected to my phone, my husband went a little crazy testing these headphones and tested them with every device in our house. I'm happy to report that the Jabra headphones connect well to our Moto X smart phone, Asus laptop, Mini Mac, Samsung Galaxy S3, iPhone 3, and hp Pavilion laptop.
Ease of Use
The multiuse button allows you to turn music on or off, or answer the phone. A double tap allows you to redial the person you spoke to last.
Volume controls are on either side of the multiuse button. Double tapping them allows you to go to the next or last track in your playlist.
The Jabra headphones are light (only 22 grams!) and comfortable despite being bigger than earbuds. I hardly notice them!
The Jabra PACE wireless headphones come with 3 sets of eargels (small, medium and large) so you can get the perfect fit. Since I have tiny ears, the mediums wouldn't stay in my ears, but after changing to size small, the eargels stayed where they were supposed to be. The loops fit comfortably over my ears and held the headphones in place even when I was wearing sports sunglasses and a toque. Sweat and moisture resistant materials prevent slippage for a secure fit throughout your workout.
I love the look of these headphones! The reflective strip across the back is a nice safety feature. Choose red, blue, or yellow for a pop of color!
|Cross Country Skiing with the Jabra Sport Pace Wireless Headphones|
The battery life is listed at 5 hours on a full charge. For my use in moderate temperatures, this sounds about right. My husband, however, listens to music at a higher volume, so he was getting less battery life on one charge. I also found battery life was shortened when I worked out in cold weather (below 0C), but this is typical of any battery in cold temperatures. A micro USB cable is included with the headphones for easy charging.
If you don't have time to fully charge your headphones, a 15 minute charge provides 1 hour of battery life. I like this as I am quite last minute when I decide to go for a run or bike ride!
The box says standby time is 10 days. I cannot confirm this as the headphones have not sat unused for 10 days yet!
The headphones are shock, dust and water resistant, so they can handle sweat and being tossed in a gym bag. I would still recommend putting them in a cloth bag to keep the eargels clean. A bag is not included with the headphones.
I did a sound test of the Jabra Sport Pace Wireless Headphones against the other headphones in my house and was pleased with how they performed. As expected, the Jabra headphones weren't as good as my high end over the ear headphones, but they also cost only half as much. Compared to my Apple and Samsung earbud headphones, I liked the sound of the Jabras more. The sound is fuller and the bass is enhanced, but I like this when working out.
Jabra's Sport Life App
After downloading the app for Android or iPhone and setting it up on your phone, you can activate the app by pressing the button on the left earpiece. Select your workout type and subworkout to receive in-ear coaching, or simply track your movement. You can listen to music concurrently and turn Sport Life App voice prompts off at any time. While it's a pretty cool app, I didn't use it a lot as I already use another fitness app.
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I'd happily recommend these headphones to an active person who requires sturdy but light, wireless headphones that stay on well and have good sound quality.
Please note that this giveaway is open to Canadian residents only.
Where to Buy
In Canada, Jabra products are available at Best Buy, Walmart, and many cell phone retailers.
I received a free pair of Jabra Sport Pace Headphones to test and review, but all words and opinions are my own.