We’ve reviewed several Jaybird releases over the past year, and the Bluetooth-versions we tested were a big hit with readers and users. This week the company announced the new Jaybird RUN True Wireless Sport Headphones, which the company states were designed from insights gained from top runners around the world. Sweat-proof, water resistant, and skip-free, the Jaybird RUN aim to deliver a secure, run-specific comfort-fit. As you can probably tell by the name, the device is wire-free, and they provide 12 hours of portable battery life with the included charging case.
“Jaybird RUN is inspired by our athletes, and tested and built with the runner in mind who listens to music or podcasts and wants to feel as free as possible,” said Jeff Taylor, Jaybird athlete and partnership manager. “Being runners ourselves, we understand how bulky headphones can get in the way. The Jaybird RUN compact form factor fits securely and delivers music without a single wire. We’ve perfected the Jaybird RUN experience, so you’ll forget you’re wearing them, and we’re excited to share them with runners everywhere.”
Jaybird RUN features the latest in true wireless Bluetooth technology, offering rich sound with drop-free connectivity in a stylish, low-profile design. Jaybird RUN comes with a selection of interchangeable tips and fins for different ear sizes, so users will be able to get the perfect secure and comfortable fit. The double hydrophobic nano coating protects your headphones from sweat and water damage, so your headset works as hard as you do.
One intuitive control-button takes calls, starts and stops music, skips tracks and activates Siri or Google Assistant. It’s even designed for one-ear use, so runners can listen while staying aware of their surroundings.
“Music fuels my run,” saids Timothy Olsen, Jaybird athlete and two-time winner and record holder of the Western States 100 Mile race. “I have my race playlists and they power me on the trail. In the past, cords have always gotten in my way or snagged on bushes and trees. Jaybird RUN headphones are the perfect way to bring music with me. It’s amazing to run with complete freedom and no wires, and the fit is so comfortable and secure that I never worry about losing them.”
Users will also be able to customize the sound signature with the free Jaybird App by adjusting the lows, mids and highs for a truly personalized music experience. The Jaybird App can also help you locate your headphones with the Find My Buds feature, in case they go missing. The app even allows you to share Spotify running-themed playlists with the Jaybird community.
Jaybird RUN headphones come in two colors: Drift (white with silver metal accents) and Jet (black with silver metal accents). Both deliver four hours of music on a single charge, and the pocket-sized charging case provides an additional eight hours, for a total of 12 hours of portable battery life. A quick, five-minute charge gives you one hour of play time, so you never have to hit the trail or pavement without your music.
The company also announced a redesign of its award-winning, ultra-small Freedom headphones for greater comfort and an improved fit. FREEDOM 2 with SpeedFit features the same customizable sound you’ve come to expect from Jaybird, but with an even better fit thanks to softer and more flexible combined tips and fins and SpeedFit, an integrated cord management system. Responding to input from our athletes and fans, it’s now easier than ever to switch from the under- to over-ear configuration, lifting the cord off the back of your neck to deliver a secure fit with complete freedom. The combined tips and fins also make it quicker to get a customized fit.
With the smallest form factor on the market, FREEDOM 2 is perfect for those with smaller ears or anyone looking for low profile, lightweight, sweat-proof and water resistant headphones with up to eight hours of on-the-go playtime.
Jaybird RUN True Wireless Sport Headphones and Jaybird FREEDOM 2 Wireless Sport Headphones are expected to be available worldwide in October and can be pre-ordered beginning today ($179 at Amazon). The Freedom 2 are also available starting today ($149 at Amazon).