REVIEW: JayBird Bluebuds X Bluetooth Headphones


If you’ve been following me at all on this site or the interwebs, you know I like to stay fit. It’s not because I am some sort of fitness fanatic, but because I like great tasting food, and a lot of it. My preferred method of exercise is not hitting the gym, but hitting the pavement and going for a run. There is one problem. I sweat like there’s no tomorrow.

Jay Bird Bluebuds X Bluetooth HeadphonesThat picture was taken with my iPhone right after a run last week. You can see the sweat beading up on my bald head and it doesn’t stop there. In the summer, my shirt becomes drenched with the smelly liquid to the point I can wring out about 10ml of fluid – if not more. When I sit to cool off after my run, there’s actually a pool created from sweat dripping off my legs. It’s nasty.

So why am I telling you this? Well, over the past two years, this copious sweating has cost me several headphones. I blew through the two standard Apple iPhone cords, three more pairs of the new iPhone Ear Buds, and four other $30-$50 pairs. I’ve probably spent over $250 in two years on head phones for my runs because it’s a vital tool for tracking pace and distance. And you know what? I’m tired of it. It was time to finally make an investment in something that wouldn’t gunk up and break after a few months.

JayBird Bluebuds X Bluetooth Headphones

Jay Bird Bluebuds X Bluetooth HeadphonesOkay, let me begin by saying these are my thoughts on the product. This is not a sponsored post or review. In fact, until last week I had never heard of the company or the headphones. I was reading through my RSS feeds and an article came across listing ten suggestions for headphones for those who run. The JayBird Bluebuds X were one of the few pairs that were not only sweat proof but also bluetooth enabled. So they caught my eye.

So what makes them so great?

One of the reasons I hadn’t purchased a pair of “sports headphones” before was because typically, they are a bit pricy. For me, spending more than $15 on a pair of headphones is a steep investment, since I’m not an audiophile. But after wasting my money for two years, I finally figured it was time to invest in something that would last.

Jay Bird Bluebuds XWhen reading the reviews and product sheets here are the key points that typically drive the sales:

  1. Bluethooth
  2. Sweat proof
  3. 8-hour battery life
  4. Official headphones of the US Triathlon Team

What may kill the sale? The price tag: $170.

But after doing research, I decided to go ahead and make the purchase. I figured it was time and I wanted to get something that would last. The headphones arrived and I quickly put on the correct tips and wings to secure their fit.

JayBird Bluebuds XI’ve had them for a week and this is what I’ll report – I LOVE THEM.

One of the things I hated with my corded headphones was that every once in a while, I’d snag them on something and they’d rip out of my ear. No such problem with the JayBird Bluebuds X. They easily connected to my iPhone and from that moment on, it was music heaven. I’ve also not noticed any additional power drain or heat from my phone while running. While I haven’t expended the battery yet, I have been using it every day and am nearing seven hours of use on the initial charge.

Worth it?

The Bluebuds X work exactly as advertised. Honestly, I can’t tell any acoustic difference between the bluetooth headphones and the one’s I’ve been buying over the years. Those that are particular about sound might nitpick the headphones, but I don’t. They sound fine. To be honest, I usually have them at a low volume as well, since I’m running on the street and I need to be able to hear what’s going on around me. I’m not listening to become immersed in sound, I’m listening to help pass the time and they perform well at that.

I’ve been able to run with them and even perform my travel workout routine with them. That’s something I’d never be able to do with corded headphones, which means that hitting the gym to lift will also be easy. The anti-sweat feature also works (well, I assume it does… and if it doesn’t, it comes with a lifetime warranty against sweat damage). I’ve also used them to listen to a few podcasts on buses. They worked fantastic. While I’m not crazy about the $170 price tag, you get what you pay for: a great piece of technology that works extremely well.

If you’re looking for a set of exercise headphones, especially if you sweat a lot, be sure to consider these. I’m happy with my purchase.

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