Bluetooth sports headphones usually focus around being wireless, simple to use and designed to be hardy and avoid trouble with the weather. Jabra’s SPORT COACH WIRELESS Earphones does all that and more — so let’s start with the simple stuff first. The COACH is lightweight and works through a control inline Tab: here you can pair the ‘buds with the iPhone via Bluetooth (or knock against it with NFC), raise/lower the volume and use the multi-functional center Tab as a single- or double-push for accessing audio features like play and forward/reverse. None of this is new, but it frankly works cleanly which is important to note.
Part of that comes from the physical design Jabra uses — consisting of a removable ear-tip (varying sizes) and a ear ridge plastic insert (again varying sizes) that wedges successfully into the ear with ease. The combination makes the earpieces fit into the ear for a tight and non-moving seal that can handle movements and block out extraneous sounds. This makes it suitable for not just normal everyday uses, but for the more active actions that occur in a sports environment. Add the free included Dolby enhanced audio app and you have one quality headset for listening to music on-the-go or during active situations. Plus the fact that the cords connecting to each earbud is reinforced means the COACH will be lasting for a long time without having to be babied.
Now for the second phase that really ups the Jabra’s game. To check out how active a person is wearing it, you’d think it would be some kind of hookup to an app on the phone. That’s true — but mostly that’s a result of there being sensors inside the earpieces. These sensors “read” information from the ear which translates into blood pressure how the person’s heart is putting up with being active. To validate all this, the app in use with the Jabra is the free Sports app for the iPhone that Jabra provides. The uses for the app include such things as some 40 exercises are jibed with a voice coach — the sensor measuring distance, pace, steps and calories burned. Plus the working for cross-training and other indoor workouts. And it gets better, because there’s a push button on the COACH which brings up the app without having to select it from the iPhone and which enables control over the choices being made. Additionally, the earbuds work just as well with the majority of similar fitness apps also out on the market.
The Jabra’s internal battery lasts for up to 6 hours and in use 4+ hours was a realistic number to work from. The 2 hours or so needed to charge it (causing a tiny LED to go from red to green) plugs into a micro USB port that one of the ear ridges covers up. There’s also a female “voice” that tells you when the power comes on and off and that you need to select the earbuds from the Bluetooth menu (and yes when it’s connected too and how much power there is, besides sounding off during workouts). That’s a lot of power, functionality and sports athleticism serviceability in a single pair of Bluetooth earbuds, bud. Add the semi-hard pouch and the magnetic locked box it comes in (which makes a handy knick-knack container), and the retail of $149.00 for the JABRA SPORT COACH WIRELESS Earphones won’t make you catch your breath or clutch at your heart in groaning disbelief.