When testing the training headphones you can not often try over-ear headphones. While over-the-ear headphones are more comfortable, they can be more difficult to put in a bag when you're on the move. They are heavier and can be pushed off the head. They are also completely useless if your exercise routine includes headstand. I'm just saying it.
When I got the JLab Audio Flex Sport, I was skeptical. But in the course of two weeks they converted me. They are extremely lightweight (just 6.3 ounces) and you can adjust the tension on the headband. They stayed safe walking, hiking, lifting weights and climbing, and they kept my ears warm and soaked up the sweat.
The Flex Sport has its inconvenience. Despite the tight fit they still slipped under a rain jacket. I find it hard enough to keep my workout clothes washed so adding washable earpads and a washable headband is even more of a pain.
But I forgot all these problems when I stopped standing in the middle of the race and realized that I heard deep heartbeats under a voice track in a podcast. Or to pump my fist as I realized the downbeat on a Lenny Kravitz song was blown in from my right ear as the intro on the left produced tension. And all for only $ 99! This is a bargain.
Fit and Flex
When opening the box, you can choose between a loose fit without a strap. a normal, with JLab Flex Fit Band; or a tight fit with the Firm Fit band. Without strap, the headband is perforated for greater breathability and comfort. There is also an optional, soft head pad to wick away perspiration.
I opted for a tight fit during training and for the normal, when I walk with my dogs and in my house. Each part, including the soft, washable ear cups, is easy to retract and extend.
The soft ear cushions are padded with polyurethane foam and covered with a soft, absorbent polyester-cotton blend. To wash them, throw them out and into the travel bag and let them run in a gentle cycle. You can dry it on a low heat.
I thought placing a cushioned device on a not insignificant part of the surface of my head would be sweaty and uncomfortable. Strangely enough, it was not. I really do not like in-ear training headphones sweating in my ear canals, and Flex Sport eliminates this problem altogether.
The Flex Sport also solved my problem of how I can keep my ears warm when I'm running outside in a cold fall tomorrow, even though they had a tendency to move when I wore a hood. My ears got a bit hot while exercising in the gym, but it was not uncomfortable.
When the headset warned me that the battery was running low, I found that charging the light took about two hours, indicating a full battery. However, it took only five or ten minutes to replenish long enough for a one-hour run or a dog-hour. JLab points out that the battery life is 20 hours. In two weeks I had to carry several hours a day to run, run, and work around my house, I only had to recharge it once.
The buttons are easy to find and versatile. It was easy to switch the Flex Sport connection from my phone to other music player devices (JLab also recommends using the app to burn the headphones, but I skipped that). You can also use the volume keys to jump or return to different tracks, or to activate Siri with the power button.
The right logo button also activates the ambient sounds of Flex Sport, which JLab calls Be Aware Audio. As an outdoor runner or walker it is extremely important for me to hear outside sounds. Instead of just allowing in ambient noise, the headset uses the microphone to pick up outside sounds and play them for you in real time. It is designed to mimic the volume of sound in real life.
When you turn on Be Aware for the first time, you hear a steady white noise noise. If you wear over-ear headphones, you intuitively expect that the sounds of passing cars or your dog scratching at a filth is a little muffled. The sounds in the headphones were no louder than without them, but I still had to jump out of my skin a bit to hear ambient sounds so clearly.
I appreciated recording this feature and whether I trained regularly In an area where I could be mowed down by a car, I would be grateful for that. However, as it is, I decided that I would rather be drummed into the head next to my house with a frisbee in the park than to hear me hiss between the songs. So I turned off the sound and turned up the volume when I was out
You can also use the right logo button to switch between JLab's signature sound with amplified vocals and bass. a balanced sound; and a big bass boost when you pump up "Paint It Black" and keep your tempo at 1
When testing headphones, I've found that I tend to hear gritty, scrappy, grunge, and punk as shimmering instrumentals. It's much harder to make growls and screams sound like a relative term than to be muddy. I was surprised how clear the guitars were on L7's classic album Bricks Are Heavy .
I know that stereo sound is not an uncommon feature on over-ear headphones. But as I said, training headphones are usually not over-ear headphones. Enjoying music on multiple channels as you walk in the woods is like a picnic for me, and you'll find your dining companion has packed real china. In an unusual context, ordinary things may seem unusual.
While I was out there, I often stopped listening to the guitar intro of "Daughter" on my left while Eddie Vedder started to my right. You will not expect to enjoy the depth of a well-designed stereo mix when you are far from home and running single tracks. I'm just happy that no one except my dogs was there to listen to me pause "Highway to the Danger Zone". It is annoying to trace the various straps and the travel, laundry, bag. Besides, I hate washing, really everything. So the ear cushions will probably stay on until they are disgusting and caked.
They are rated IPX4 and protect against splashes in all directions. As someone who regularly runs outside in pouring rain, there are sturdy, durable headphones with much higher levels of waterproofing.
However, when it came time to go outside, I surveyed these inconveniences and resorted to the flex sport over and over again. They were so comfortable and the sound was so good. In any case, it does not hurt to recommend headphones that are available for under $ 100.