This might be an unwise confession, but wireless earphones make me uncomfortable. Finding the right tips for those loud little pebbles can be annoying, and I'm afraid to tell a manufacturer that my tester has fallen into a noxious puddle on an 8km puddle.
After two or more hours After three hours of listening, my poor ears usually need a break. Nevertheless, I wore the Jaybird Vistas for five hours without any problems. I was scared when I realized how long I had been wearing it. Jaybird's latest wireless sports headphones sound fantastic and weigh a tiny six grams per bud. That's a third less than the Bose SoundSport Frees.
The Vistas are quite comfortable for sports buds. They are also waterproof according to IPX7, which means they are designed for full immersion. Puddles ahoy! If you enjoy long slopes or hikes, the Vistas are a great choice.
Athletes need to find the right fit. Running and weightlifting are hard enough without you having to constantly plug an earphone into your ear. The Vistas come with three sets of silicone gel tips, and the two larger ones have fins that fit in the turns of your ear.
The smallest size has no wings, so I decided to use the middle tips. They fit safely and comfortably, but they also create a soundproof vacuum in my ear. The vistas are technically not buds with noise suppression, but allow no ambient noise at all. They fall silent so well that you should only wear one bud if you want to run outside.
Also, the fit is so tight that I could hear my heartbeat pounding in my ears as I worked hard and provided an off-tempo counterpoint to the Menzingern. (I could not stop hearing this band.)
At first glance, the vistas do not feel like a pair of premium buds weighing a modest $ 1
But this simple exterior obscures Jaybird's earth-clad construction. In each bud is a plastic bubble that protects the components from the weather. You can dip these buds in up to 2 m of water and they will work anyway. I did not do this out of excessive caution, but I went trail-running on 90-degree weather. I got extremely sweaty and felt close to heat stroke, but the buds were in great condition.
The Vistas also have excellent battery life. They are designed to last for six hours a day, but after five hours of uninterrupted listening I did not unload half of the battery. The case is tiny, but provides an extra 10 hours of power. I carried them for four days a day for four days and did not have to recharge the case.
You also have a Bluetooth 5.0 connection in pounds sterling. After some initial connectivity issues – you should put them into pairing mode while they are in – I learned the hard way: the buds were automatically connected to my iPhone 8 when I put them took her out of the case.
I never saw dropouts, and there was no noticeable delay when watching videos on my phone. And finally, I had no problems making or answering calls.
The controls of the Vista are inherently simple, which is a relief since I can never remember what buttons are attached to wireless buds. In Jaybird's app, I set a single key press to play or pause, a double key press to jump to the next song, and hold to volume control.
Jaybird's app is integrated with Spotify. You can choose Jaybird playlists like "Cardio Love" or play podcasts by athletes like ultra runner Rory Bosio.
I understand why a sports headphone company wants to offer their own internal music selection. It's tedious to create your own playlist to keep the cadence constant at 170 paces per minute for one hour, and popular apps like Jog.fm already offer a similar music motivating service. However, as I am not a Spotify Premium subscriber, I was unable to use the curated playlists and did not find the podcast selection appealing. I'm staying with Apple Music for now.
The Vista's have a 6mm audio driver to enhance the sound quality. That's great. You can craft the EQ settings in the app or even create your own by specifying how well you hear different sounds. I found that my personalized EQ correlated mainly with the "heat" setting. You can also check out what EQ athletes like Timothy Olson are using, which is cool, I think, if you're the kind of person who likes the deodorant or snack bar brand of your favorite athlete.
Despite Careful Manufacturing of my When I had my personal EQ, I found that I still preferred Jaybird's signature setting. It's so weighted it's bass-heavy to keep your heart rate high, and so is my workout playlist. Jessie J's voice was good enough for "Domino," which I appreciated. All in all, the Vistas are a worthy sequel to Jaybird's Tarah and the X4, which I'd both like to recommend on our list of best wireless training buds. With their sturdy construction and perfect pocket size, the Vistas are probably the best for those who spend a lot of time outdoors. If you're looking for a pair of puddle-safe buds on the market, then the Vistas are the place for you.
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