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For a great pair of true wireless earbuds, you can’t go wrong with the Jabra Elite Sport earbuds. These have loads of great features, including an IP67 water-resistance rating, a heart rate sensor, a step and rep counter, and other fitness-friendly tools in the Jabra Sport Life app. And they're tougher than your average wireless earbuds, too. The Jabra Elite Sport can withstand submersion in up to a meter of freshwater for 30 minutes, and they even come with a three-year warranty against damage from sweat. For those who like to run or train outdoors, these earbuds feature an audio pass-through mode so you can stay aware of your surroundings.
As an added convenience, the Jabra Elite Sport include microphones so you can take calls on them. The built-in battery offers up to 4.5 hours of playback, while the case holds an extra two full charges. They come at a price, but for both sports and day-to-day use, these are a true winner while offering some of the best waterproofing in their class.
The JBuds Air from JLab is an incredibly affordable pair of true wireless earbuds that still offer some level of water-resistance. They use a Bluetooth 5.0 connection and can hold up to four hours of battery (extendable up to a whopping fourteen hours with the charging case). The case has a USB charging cable built-in if you need to power up on the go. In a pinch, the JBuds' quick-charging feature can get you an hour of playtime in just 15 minutes.
The JBuds Air offers JLab’s EQ options to optimize the sound of your audio. Modes include JLab Signature, Balanced, and Bass Boost so you can choose the sound profile that suits your preferences. A built-in microphone on the right earbud will let you make calls or interact with your mobile device's virtual assistant. Multiple ear tips and optional Cush Fins allow you to get a custom fit. And, with an IP55 rating, they can stand up to a bit of water and sweat. They even come backed by a two-year warranty.
If the "true wireless" design isn't your first choice, the Bose SoundSport Pulse headphones are a great option that, for some, may be a bit easier to keep track of. And it has one especially advanced fitness feature — as the name suggestions, the Bose SoundSport Pulse earbuds actually include a built-in heart-rate sensor, so you can biometrically track your workout in real-time. We're recommending these as our best pick for the gym because they aren't as waterproof as the other earbuds on our list, which makes them less suited to outdoor workouts and a definite no for swimmers. The SoundSport Pulse has an IPX4 rating, which is fine for sweat but should not be submerged or doused in rain.
The Bose SoundSport Pulse have a five-hour battery life, so they'll last you through a few trips to the gym (these do not come with a charging case, so you'll have to plug them in every time you want to recharge). They can also connect to your mobile device using both Bluetooth and NFC. Inside the box, Bose has included multiple sizes of ear tips, a carrying case, and a charging cable.
The Jabra Elite 85h headphones hope they’re doing more than just canceling out noise — they want to cancel out the competition, too. Priced a bit lower than other comparable models, the wireless headphones have a lot to brag about: up to 36 hours of battery life, the ability to gain five hours of charge within 15 minutes, and water- and rain-resistant technology, so no rain or storm will stop the beat. They are also protected against sweat and dust.
The headphones have 40mm speakers that offer sharp, distinct music experiences, and contain eight microphones for crystal-clear calling. It doesn’t hurt that they’re willing to do the heavy lifting for you: With SmartSound, the Jabra Elite 85h evaluates the noise around you to adjust your audio to match your preferences, which you can set via the Jabra Sound+ app. Smart, active noise cancellation activates when it senses background noise, and the headphones work with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant voice command.
If you don't necessarily need fitness-oriented headphones, the Jabra Elite Active 65t have a premium design that you can wear every day without looking like you're always en route to the gym. The Elite Active 65t earbuds are true wireless Bluetooth headphones, so there are no dangling cables to fuss with. They offer a five-hour battery life in the earbuds themselves and an extra 10 hours from the included charging case. Just 15 minutes of rapid charging can give you a full 1.5 hours of playback time. In terms of water resistance, the Elite Active 65t offer an IP56 rating, which means they'll keep working even if you get caught in the rain.
Like many of the other earbuds on the list, the Elite Active 65t connect to your device using Bluetooth 5.0. They also have a few great fitness features including an integrated motion sensor to help you track your steps and "Hear-through" technology that lets you stay aware of your surroundings if you're wearing these while our for a walk or a jog on the road. If you regularly take calls on your headphones, the Elite Active 65t also include four built-in microphones that reduce background noise and deliver exceptional clarity.