How to choose the perfect sports earbuds for workouts and more

How to choose the perfect sports earbuds for workouts and more
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Staying motivated to exercise in winter can be a struggle, which is why the right headphones are key to achieving your fitness goals.  Jabra’s Elite 4 Active (opens in new tab) and Elite 7 Active (opens in new tab) earbuds are the perfect way to workout this winter, as well as an ideal present for those with an active lifestyle. But how do you choose the right pair – and what should you be looking out for?

1. Find the perfect fit

When it comes to workouts, few things are more frustrating than being pulled out of your mental zone by an earbud falling out of your ear. That’s why the Elite 7 Actives offer industry-leading grip thanks to their unique Jabra ShakeGripTM technology. This special Liquid Silicone Rubber compound holds each earbud securely in the ear, maintaining an incredibly soft feel despite its firm grip. As Jabra’s smallest and best-fitting design, weighing in at just 5.5g per bud, they’re perfect for long periods of active use, so you don’t need to worry about comfort on a long-distance run or cycle.

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2. Ready for any weather

A decent waterproof rating is a crucial characteristic for any sporty earbuds, but not all models offer decent protection. Thankfully, the Elite 4 and Elite 7 Actives carry an impressive IP57 rating, meaning that they are water- and sweat-proof. The only downside? You can no longer duck out of a 5K run because it’s tipping it down.

3. All about the audio

Practical features are great but it’s the sound quality that makes or breaks a pair of headphones. Jabra has re-engineered the Active range’s 6mm custom speakers to deliver a rich, powerful music experience, helping you stay motivated during the toughest of workouts.

Deep, balanced bass, layered with radiating mid-ranges and nuanced treble make for a supreme sound experience. And MySound, a handy feature in the Jabra Sound+ app, lets your buds automatically adjust to your personal hearing profile. You even get a customisable equaliser to further fine-tune the sound to your liking.

Staying focused on your workout can be tricky when you’ve got car horns honking and weightlifters grunting in the background. Jabra’s active noise cancellation (ANC) kicks in with a simple press of a button on the Elite 4 (opens in new tab)and Elite 7 Actives, tuning out the distractions.

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4.  Crisp voice calls

Chances are you’ll be using the Jabra active range to smash your PBs – but these buds are also perfectly-suited for daily life. When it comes to taking calls, the Elite 7 Active offers serious clarity. Four carefully placed microphones (plus an extra 2 for personalisation), covered with a fine SAATI Acoustex® mesh for wind protection, ensure crisp calls. That way, you know you’re prepared for any conversations, whether you’re working out or working on that big deadline.

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5. Powerful playback

Second only to a loose-fitting earbud, a big fitness pet peeve is audio tech that conks out before you do. That’s why the Elite 7 Actives boast 8 hours battery life, bumped up to 30 hours with the charging case, with only 5 minutes of charge required to give you your first hour of playback time. The similarly powerful Elite 4 Actives offer 7 hours of playback, 28 with the case and only 10 minutes for your first hour of charge. You don’t need to worry about your Jabra’s keeping up with your pace, that’s for sure.

Speaking of keeping up, it can be difficult to stay on top of all the new sporty tech coming out nowadays. Thankfully, the Jabra Elite 7 Active have Bluetooth Multipoint technology which allows you to connect to multiple devices simultaneously and switch between them – be that a smartphone, smartwatch or any other new devices you may want to invest in.

So, if you’re looking for a Christmas present for a fitness fanatic family member, or as a treat for your own workouts, then the Jabra Elite 4 (opens in new tab) and Elite 7 (opens in new tab) Actives are the perfect gift. And with your Jabra's securely-fitting earbuds, the only thing moving around will be you.

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