During our fitness technology product tests we see many other runners holding their phones in a hand or strapped to an arm while they listen to music. There are many sport headphones on the market, but wireless Bluetooth sets have been aimed largely at business users and those willing to spend a fair bit.
Jabra has taken its background in headset technology and produced a hardwearing, comfortable pair of Bluetooth earphones that allow you to listen to your music wirelessly take calls should anyone interrupt your workout.
The Jabra Sport stereo headset, finished in black with reflective detailing, sits snugly over the top of each ear, the buds resting by the ear canal opening. We like this approach, as noise isolating in-ear headphones that block out the sound of traffic can lead to terrifying results. Running in front of an articulated lorry - never a good idea. In addition, while in-ear monitors produce a secure fit, they amplify footfalls and can lead to your ear canals filling with sweat, producing a nasty sloshing noise for the listener.
The Jabra Sport avoids these ill-effects, yet fit comfortably. They earpieces are relatively discreet too, with playback controls and the microphone on the back of an earpiece. The right one features volume controls that double up as forward and back track buttons when held for longer than a second. There is also an FM button that switches the headset into radio mode, transforming the track buttons into search controls to jump between stations. There is a pause button too, which when held turns the headset off and on.
The buttons on the earpiece are both weatherproof and well positioned on the back, and are different shapes, letting the runner identify them without resorting to trial and error prods. Buttons are covered in the same silicon layer that coats the earpiece, which means you can rinse them off without worrying about water getting under the switches and into the electronics. Finally, there is a micro USB socket under a flap, through which you can charge the headset. The Jabra Sport headet provides three hours of music playback.
Size, weight and durability are prime factors in all sport headphones and the Jabra Sport headset weighs a mere 25g, and the earpieces are unobtrusive yet secure on the ears. The also put up with the rigours of sweat, rain and wind without bouncing around.
The two earpieces are joined by a flat tangle-resistant cable. We would have preferred a fabric cord, but the rubberised wire has enough rigidity to keep the cord off the wearer's neck, and is the perfect length to avoid flapping around and getting caught on a collar while allowing one ear to be taken off without garrotting the wearer.