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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 2019-02-10, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Post Recommendations for reliable "over-the-ear" bluetooth headphones for sports

Hello! About a year ago I purchased a pair of Sony bluetooth headphones (https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product...10423278.aspx?) for running/jogging. They just died. Not sure what happened but yesterday I went to use them and the left speaker was not working at all. I use them to run outside (summer & winter) so I think the temperature variations and humidity (sweat) slowly killed them.

Some requirements:
  • Wireless (Bluetooth)
  • Can endure lots of humidity. I sweat a lot so anything not designed for this will likely not last much longer than my previous ones.
  • Preferably "over-the-ear". I cant use ear buds unless they are really "special". I tried pretty much all sorts and shapes out there but I have small ear canals (if that whats its called!) and earbuds are always falling off.
  • Can be used in cold temperatures (down to -30C)

Anybody has a good recommendation?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 2019-02-10, 10:50 PM
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Have heard good things about Aftershokz. https://aftershokz.com/products/trekz-air
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You might want to look at products that are actually WATERPROOF....mostly Earbuds:
https://www.amazon.com/slp/swimming-...a7g6bjz7t466eq
https://www.amazon.com/slp/swimming-...a7g6bjz7t466eq

Incl this interesting multi-function hybrid product:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078MCNRV3
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FYI: Various Sports Headphone Review Articles:
https://www.google.com/search?client...rts+headphones
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First of all thanks guys for the replies, I meant to have an open conversation with you folks and do a follow up earlier but that didnt happen...

I heard about the bone conductive technologies. I tried them before (although not the Aftershockz) and didnt like the feeling, plus, I want isolation from ambiant noise as much as possible (enough of those loud heavy lifters....)

Looks like bluetooth earbuds might be the way to go. I also have a home office so having bluetooth connectivity would allow to use for running / going to the gym, and also to pair with my work laptop and use as headphones/micro. Same for phone pairing for hands free.

I dont mind spending a fair amount of $$ as long as its worth it! I managed to find the Bose wireless soundsports (https://www.bose.ca/en_ca/products/h...-wireless.html) but they're CRAZY expensive and knowing my limited success with earbuds I'm not 100% convinced they would hold up in my ears although people say they're pretty secure... And they're pretty large.

Reviews are also not so great on Bose's website (3/5)
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Don't know if these will work but they look like they might. They are not expensive and get good customer reviews.

Soundcore Spirit X Sports Earphones
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 2019-03-04, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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Just a Follow up for others searching for a similar solution in the future, I ended up buying a pair of Jaybird Tarah pro's for $140 which I guess isn't too bad.

They're not "100%" wireless as they have a thin wire running from one pod to the other, but I actually prefer this as I can swivel the pods from the wire and have the wire go above my ears and to the back of my head.

So far, with 4-5 runs, they hold in place, the sound quality is all right (probably not close to Bose's but the price tag is much lower and who cares for sound quality when you work out..). Only issue is with bluetooth reception.

My Garmin F645 has to be on the same side as the earphone's receiver otherwise I experience intermittent lags. Thank God the pods can be fully reversed by rotating the pod VS the wire, and inverting the silicon ear pieces. No more issues with reception.

So far I'm happy!

Thanks guys for your suggestions!
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