The headphone wires that get in the way of my runs have got to go.
Many people enjoy listening to music while working out – it is a great way to tune out your surroundings and stay focused. I am no exception. I enjoy customising my own playlists to keep myself motivated when I do simple floor exercises at home. I would blast music through my speakers to help me stay in the zone and make my workouts less dreary.
Despite this, I never listen to music when I run. While I would love for music to take away my breathlessness or the lactic acid in my legs during my runs, I really can’t deal with the wire from my headphones getting in the way. They sway with every step I take and the conscious effort I have to make to keep it away from my face ruins my momentum every single time. The ear tips that fall out occasionally just adds to the list of reasons why I hated running with music.
On the brink of conceding to the fact that I may never run with music, JBL launched a collection of wireless headphones made for workouts. I decided to put the JBL Reflect Fit, a wireless sports headphones with a heart rate monitoring function, to the test.
I was eager to try the Reflect Fit as it seemed like the perfect solution to my qualms about running with music. These headphones are wireless and connect to your devices via bluetooth. And an added bonus for fitness junkies – the in-ear heart rate tracker.
Upon unboxing the headphones, I was pleasantly surprised by its simple interface, which was ideal for the not-so-tech-savvy peeps like myself. It comes with a power-up button, heart rate monitor button and volume controls. I only had to refer to the user manual to calibrate the heart rate monitor. I gave it a quick 15-minute charge and it was good enough to last an hour. Impressively, a full charge will last up to 10 hours.
The headphones come with a neckband made from a soft rubber material that rested comfortably on my neck. I could also choose from three ear tip sizes to find the best fit. I stuck with the medium sized ones and they fitted seamlessly. The ear tips also come with flaps, which were probably what made them feel so secure. By then I was already pretty sold by the fact that there were no dangly wires to get in the way of my run. But I was still doubtful about how well the ear tips were going to hold up when it came to high-intensity runs.
I connected the headphones to my phone through bluetooth and started playing music. The sound was great, with a deep bass and crisp clarity. Before I knew it, I was jamming to my favourite hits as I ran. Picking up my pace, the ear tips barely budged. I even jumped around to see how well they could stay on. Unless you shake your head vigorously, those ear tips are there to stay. Located on the right end of the neckband, the heart rate monitor button was easily accessible for me to check my heart rate whenever I wanted. This allowed me to regulate the intensity of my run. I haven’t tried it out myself but the headphones are also compatible with most popular fitness apps like MapMyRun for you to sync up your pulse readings to your phone.
For those who fear missing important calls during your workouts, these headphones also come with call vibration alerts.
After the run, I left the headphones out to air dry for around 10 minutes. The rubber material all around made it sweat-resistant and it was able to dry quickly – perfect for all my sweaty workouts.
I felt like I had one of the best runs with the Reflect Fit headphones and I look forward to running even more now that I can do so with music. I’d recommend them to people who can’t do without music in their high-intensity workouts. The built-in-heart rate monitor and high audio performance are sure to enhance your workout routine.
JBL Reflect Fit headphones are now available at Harvey Norman, Challenger, Courts and leading retailers at $199.