It happened to me the other day… one of the most obnoxious and run-killing things that can happen…my playlist got stuck repeating one song over and over and over again. I was in the groove and it happened mid-run. The second time the song played I was annoyed, but I knew I could get through four minutes of frustration. But then it started for the third time. I had to stop, wrangle my phone out of my flip belt, go into my music app and fix the playlist. At this point, I am annoyed, frustrated and totally out of my running groove. That is why I was super excited to try the Jaybird Freedom2 earphones.
Every time I run, I have to tuck the cords into my belt at just the right length to not drive me nuts and to not pull the earphones from my ears. As I run, the chord slowly makes it way out of the belt and starts flapping against me and inevitably my arm snags it and rips the music from my ears. The Jaybird Freedom2 earphone are wireless, so there is no need to worry about the chord tripping you up. This was the biggest thing I was excited about.
My Jaybirds arrived and I anxiously opened the box and was thrilled to find four different ear bud sizes. I appreciate this as I find headphones to have obnoxiously large ear buds. I found the perfect fit for my ears and popped them on to the head chord. I wrapped them in and they fit perfectly. I jumped around in an attempt to knock them loose but they were staying put! From there I opened up my phone and quickly and seamlessly synced it through my
It was super simple and within a few minute I was ready to hit the road. I was completely expecting the earphones to slip from my ears but they never did. Even with sweat and the Oregon rain, they stayed in place and they stayed working, despite being soaking wet. This is necessary for our beautiful weather patterns in Portland.
The great thing about these, probably my favorite part, is that I can change songs and the volume with an easy click on the headphones. That means no repeating songs, no songs that I thought were a good idea to run to but weren’t, and I am able to pump up the music as I conquer beast hills along my runs. Music drives me in my run and this is a really key aspect to me. I don’t ever feel stuck in a song or at a volume. And if I wanted to, I could answer a phone call as I ran, which is pretty neat!
I also worried about the batteries of the headphones running out, as that had happened to me mid-run during a Hood to Coast leg this past year. I took the Jaybirds on several runs, including long ones and they never ran out of batteries. The battery life on these things are 4 hours. What if you are running for more than 4 hours? No worries, there is an extra little tiny battery pack that clicks on to the headphones that adds an extra 4 hours. So, these earphones are perfect for our marathon and ultra distance runners!
Once you go Jaybird Freedom2, you won’t go back. I can’t imagine running with chords attached to me now. I also can’t imagine not having complete control of what I am listening to. You can tell that these headphones were created by runners. They thought of absolutely everything, from comfort to longevity, to accessibility and ease of use.
Product & Price: Jaybird Freedom2 with SpeedFit $149
- Width: 0.92″ (23.4 mm)
- Height: 0.88″ (22.4 mm)
- Depth: 0.24″ (6.2 mm)
- Weight (no fins or tips): 0.53 oz (15.15 g)
- Type: In-Ear Style
- Noise-isolation: Passive
- Impedance: 16 Ohm
- Play Time: 8 Hrs* (4 hrs plus an additional 4 hrs with included charging clip)
- Standby TIme: 110 hrs*
- Charging Time: 2.5 Hrs
- Quick Charge: 20 min = 1 hour Play Time (+ 1 hr of play time via charge clip)
More About Jaybird:
AS PASSIONATE RUNNERS, BIKERS, CLIMBERS, & SNOWBOARDERS As passionate runners, bikers, climbers, and snowboarders. we’re driven to perfect our craft by exploring new territory and by eliminating gear that holds us back. The end result is finding our limits and pushing them, while inspiring others to get outside and do the same thing.