The Plantronics BackBeat Fit Wireless Headphones are my favorite headphones for running. In this post I’ll review and compare them to wired headphones I have used in the past.
Wired Headphones for Running
The above setup worked but it wasn’t ideal. There wasn’t a run where I didn’t yank the headphones out of my ears because I accidentally pulled on the cable. The Bose headphones have ear-tips (Bose calls it StayHear) that offer a more comfortable and secure fit. But even that didn’t prevent them from coming lose every so often.
Wireless Headphones for Running
When I upgraded to the iPhone 6S Plus, I realized that Nike didn’t make an armband for the larger phone. With the Apple Watch I also have the option of not bringing my iPhone for running at all. Those two factors prompted me to look for wireless headphones for running that I could connect via Bluetooth to either the iPhone or the Apple Watch.
After extensive research I decided to give the Plantronics BackBeat Fit Wireless Headphones a shot. I made a good experience with Plantronics at work, so I had high hopes for their wireless running headphones.
Plantronics BackBeat Fit
I chose the Plantronics BackBeat Fit because they are water-proof, light-weight and they stay put. As an added bonus, they have a microphone, so I could even answer calls while running, if I had to.
Comfortable, stable, and built for action, BackBeat FIT features a flexible design that fits comfortably and stays put for all levels of exercise. Great for working out at the gym, BackBeat FIT also makes an excellent partner for outdoor training – day or night. The safety-oriented eartip design lets you hear some of your surroundings and the reflective finish helps you be seen at night.
Key Features According to Vendor
- Water-proof: IP57 rating to withstand fresh water up to one meter for 30 minutes.
- 8-HR Battery: Powers a week of workouts with up to 8 hours of listening per charge.
- Smart Apps: Locate your lost headphones with Find MyHeadset or update to latest firmware with BackBeat FIT Updater.
- Safety: Eartip design directs audio into ear but lets you hear a bit of your surroundings.
What I Like About Them
- Comfortable to wear: Even in combination with sunglasses.
- Water-proof: I can sweat on them and then just rinse them off afterwards.
- Sound: They offer good sound quality and they don’t block out ambient noise, so I can still hear what’s going on around me. Needless to say, they are definitely not noise-cancelling.
What I Don’t Like About Them
- Controls: There is no tactile difference between the controls on either side of the headphones. So I always have to guess on what side the play/pause button and volume controls are while running. Maybe that’s just a sign that I don’t use them often enough, but I wish I could more easily “feel” what button to push.
- Audio Quality & Apple Watch: When paired and connected to the Apple Watch, I noticed that audio was cutting out sometimes. Plantronics must have noticed this issue as well because they released a firmware update that is supposed to fix this issue. I haven’t had a chance to test it yet but if the issue is fixed, I will take this bullet point off the list.
Overall, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit are the best headphones for running I have used so far. They are comfortable to wear, I don’t have to worry about getting them wet and the offer great sound while still allowing me to keep an ear on traffic.
What are your favorite headphones for running? Let me know by leaving a comment below!