When I started running, I didn’t spend much on headphones. I’ve always just used Yurbuds wired headphones and just dealt with the cord getting in my way. But once I got a Flipbelt and started wearing my phone around my waist versus on my arm, I looked into getting a pair of Bluetooth headphones. The ones I ordered were Jabra Sport Pace Bluetooth Earbuds.
That was back in April 2016 and I’m still using the same pair of headphones over two years later. They’ve been through two marathon training cycles and are going strong, no signs of the battery life getting worse at all.
And it’s not like I baby these headphones, they are my go-to headphones for 99% of my workouts. The only time I wear wired headphones while working out is for my winter runs when it’s super cold (because I’m not sure how well they would hold up when it’s that cold and they aren’t as comfortable as my wired headphones under a hat. But, for all my other workouts, they are what I wear.
This means I’ve used them in all different weather conditions. As long as it’s above freezing, I’m wearing them. This means they’ve made it through super sweaty summer runs (including marathon training long runs), cooler weather and lots of rain. It rained for about half of the Twin Cities Marathon (so about 2-2.5 hours) and they are still going strong.
And the battery life is pretty good on them if you aren’t using them for longer than 4.5 hours at a time. I charge my headphones twice a week right now (but I also don’t let them completely die on me). During both of my marathons, they died right around mile 22 but i also had them going for a little bit before the start of the race to get me in the right mindset. The charging time is quick on them (they full charge in less than two hours) and if you forget to charge them before a shorter workout, you can get about an hour worth of use on only a ten minute charge.
Overall, I think the Jabra Sport Pace Bluetooth Earbuds are an awesome choice if you won’t be using them for super long runs on a regular basis (or are fine without music for part of a long run). They make it through all sorts of weather conditions and I don’t feel them at any part of my run.