This may be a foolish confession, but my wireless headset is not comfortable for me. Finding the right tips for these noisy little pebbles can be frustrating, and I'm afraid to inform the manufacturer that my inspection unit has fallen into a puddle while I was out on a 5-mile trail.
After two or three hours of listening, my bad ear canals usually need rest. Still, I wore Jaybird Vistas for five straight hours without a problem. I was shocked to find out how long I had been wearing them. Jaybird's latest wireless sports headphones sound fantastic and weighing minus six grams per bud. That's one-third less than Bose SoundSport Frees.
Vistas are quite comfortable for sport buds. They also have an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means they are rated for full immersion. Puddle of hell! If you like to go for long walks or hiking trails, Vistas are a great choice.
With sport pimples, determining the right fit is key. Running and lifting weights are difficult enough, without the annoyance of having to constantly push your ear piece back into your ear. Vistas come with three sets of silicone gel nozzles, and the two larger sizes have fins that fit into the edges of your ear.
The smallest size has no wings, so I went with the middle tips. They fit in safely and comfortably, but they also created a sound-proof vacuum in my ear. Vistas are not technically noise-suppressing buds, but they make no noise at all. They are silent so well that you only need to wear one bud if you want to run outside.
Also, the fit is so tight that I could hear my heartbeat beating in my ears when working hard, providing a counterpoint beyond the pace to Menzingers. (I couldn't stop listening to this band.)
At first touch, Vista doesn't feel like a pair of premium buds that weigh a moderately expensive $ 1
But this simple exterior conceals the encapsulated JayPird EarthProof construction. Each bud has a plastic bubble in it to protect the components from the elements – you can drop these buds in up to three feet of water and they will still work. I did not do this with extreme caution, but still walked the path at 90 degrees. I was extremely sweaty and felt close to a heat stroke, but the buds were in excellent shape.
Vistas also have excellent battery life. It was rated for six hours of navel use, but after five hours of straight listening, I only drained the battery halfway. Although tiny, the case provides an extra 10 hours of power. I wear them for several hours a day for four days and I didn't have to reload the case.
They also have a sterling Bluetooth 5.0 connection. After some initial connection failures – you have to put them in pairing mode while they are in the case, I learned the hard way – the buds automatically connected to my iPhone 8 when I picked up
I never experienced dropping out and there was no noticeably slow time watching videos on my phone. Finally, I had no problem making or receiving calls.
Vista controls are simple in design, which comes as a relief as I can never remember what the buttons of all the wireless buds do. In the Jaybird app, I pointed out a single press to play or pause, double-tap to move to the next song and press and hold to control the volume.
Jaybird App integrates with Spotify. You can choose Jaybird playlists like "Cardio Love" or play podcast selections from athletes like ultra-runner Rory Bosio.
I understood why a sports headset company wanted to offer their own music selections. Building your own playlist to keep your speed at a steady 170 steps per minute for one hour is annoying, and popular apps like Jog.fm already offer a similar music motivation service. However, I am not a subscriber to Premium Spotify, so I could not take advantage of their curated playlists and did not find the selected podcasts attractive. For now, I'll stick with Apple Music.
Vistas have a 6mm audio driver to improve audio quality, which is pretty great. You can ponder their EQ settings in the app, or even build your own by marking how well you hear different tones. I found that my custom EQ mostly correlated with the "heat" setting. You can also check out what EQ athletes like Timothy Olson use, which is cool, I suppose, if you're the type of guy who also likes to know the deodorant of his favorite athlete or the snack bar brand.
Despite carefully crafting my own custom EQ, I found that I still preferred the Jaybird signature setup. This is weighted against you being a bass to maintain your heart rate, as well as my workout list. Jesse J.'s voice was also bright enough for Dominoes, which I appreciated.
Overall, Vista's are a worthy extension of Jabird's Tara and X4, both of which I liked enough to recommend in our list of the best wireless training pimples. With its durable construction and perfect pocket size, the Vistas are probably the best for anyone who spends a lot of time outside. If you're in the market for a pair of puddle-resistant pimples, Vistas are the ones.
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