BibRave Product Review: Plantronics Wireless Headphones

Disclaimer: I received Plantronics BackBeat FIT wireless headphones to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Headphones. Oh headphones. I have small ears [I blame my Lebanese-ness!] so I have issues finding headphones that actually fit well. I have my standard headphones that I’ve used for years and then had the opportunity to try the Plantronics BackBeat Fit. In short, these things are AWESOME!!!

Every other set of headphones I’ve had have had obnoxious wires that I feel like I can never get straight when I run. With the Plantronics FIT earphones being wireless, that takes any cord issues out of the way. They arrived at my doorstep in some fun packaging with a little note from their people

Mine are lime green [other pros have gotten teal ones in the past].  I proceeded to charge mine up so I could try them out on my next run. They take ~ 2.5 hrs to charge if they are completely out of battery and last up to eight hours. There’s also the Hub app for your iPhone to assist with anything funky while syncing the headphones to your phone. On one ear piece, there’s a play/stop button for your music, the other ear piece has a phone button so if you receive a phone call while running, you can answer it. I had 2 or 3 phone calls while running and was able to switch over and hear the caller perfectly clear! Since the headphones go through the blue tooth, you have to set up your headphones. Absolutely no issues doing that what so ever, very clear instructions.

Another fun little thing you get is an arm band. It’s very weather protective in terms of rain, etc- no phone damage issues there! and is big enough to fit my iPhone 6 with room. It’s also magical and flips inside out to act as a carrier. I ran the Akron 1/2 Marathon with it and had no issues with losing my phone or arm band.

The headphones are very flexible, which is always a good thing. Volume adjusting can be done either on your phone or with your headphones [fancy!!!]. One of the big things to remember with the headphones is to turn them on before your run and off afterwards. Battery life is about 8 hrs of just music, 6 ish if you’re dealing with phone calls, which isn’t too bad. If you’re in stand by mode, they last about 2 weeks. I ran the Akron Half Marathon with the Plantronics BeatBack head phones and by the end of the race, they headphones were at about 40% battery life and that was after about 30 min of pre race listening and 2.5 hrs of running (I hadn’t charged them the day or two prior to running).

Overall, these headphones are awesome. Definitely a must have for runners I think. The only issue I have is trying to get them into my ears initially, but that’s an operator issue. Definitely are weather friendly, especially in the rain. I can’t wait to try them in some snowy weather. If you’re a biker, no issue with them getting in your helmet with the way they sit!

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8 time marathoner, 65 ish time 1/2 marathoner with a bucket list item to hit all 50 states. BibRave Pro, Doctor and a mix of insanity

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