~ good, quality sound
~ perfect fit (I have child sized ears and struggle with earbuds falling out)
~ long battery life (over four hours)
~ wireless (it was time)
STOP THE MADNESS
I explained that I'd reached max level of frustration with my current headphones; that I'd tried multiple brands and styles and that too often I was dealing with stupid issues including:
~ constant tangles
~ earbuds falling out (particularly in the summer when sweat is a bigger factor)
~ losing the earbud covers completely
~ accidentally ripping them out of my ears while on the treadmill because I was tired and my arms were flailing out of control (this has happened on more than one occasion)
I told them that I was running two marathons this spring, training like a madwoman and that I was desperate to find a product that would improve my running/music experience. They patiently heard me out, agreed that I could use an upgrade and let me know that they were starting an ambassador program and that I could potentially work with them if the headphones worked for me. To which I responded, I'LL MAKE THEM WORK FOR ME. No, but really, that is the kicker here. Jaybird Sport headphones are unique in the fact that you can't take them out of the box, throw them in your ears and go. They are specifically designed for the individual user and require quite a bit of time and effort up front in regards to getting the perfect fit. I started by trying out the Freedoms. Each pair comes with two different styles of ear tips in three sizes and four pairs of silicone ear fins in four sizes.
When you take it all out, it's a bit overwhelming. And I'm not gonna lie, it took me a ridiculous amount of time to find the style and size that worked for me. But true to their word, after trying multiple combos of tips and wings I landed on the fit that works perfectly for my mini-ears (smallest sizes of both). After that, the setup was cake. You just connect to Bluetooth on your music listening device and pair the headphones up. Once their connected you're good to go. Rather than give them a test drive with a shorter run, I opted to jump right in at full tilt and hope for the best. The day after my Jaybirds arrived we were smacked with a blizzard (the second in 5 days) here in Boston and running outside was not an option. So, I cruised to the gym, threw them on and settled in for an an 18 miler on the dreadmill.
I brought my old headphones as a backup but I never used them. From that first run, the Jaybirds were a dream. They sit comfortably in my ears and the sound is phenomenal. There is chord that wraps around the back of my head to attach the buds but it can be cinched up and I found that it was basically non-existent. For the first time, I was running without a wire between my body and the treadmill and it was awesome. I could jump back and forth between the TV and my iPod without missing a beat. I could change the speed and grab water without worrying about ripping the chord out of the machine. I was totally free. And that, my friends, is all she wrote. I have worn them every day since. I'm a die hard fan. And while I'll admit that they are an investment financially (the Freedoms retail for $149.99), they are worth every cent and then some. Oh, how I wish I was like Oprah and could give all of you who are reading this post a pair of Jaybirds. But, alas, this is not the case. I can, however, give you an opportunity to win this fantastic prize pack from the folks at Jaybird. Because they want you to try them as much as I do. And you might as well look cool while you're doing it. Here's the details.
JAYBIRD SPORT SWAG GIVEAWAY
The Jaybird crew sent me four prize packages to giveaway, two here on the RWM blog as well as two over at RWM on Instagram (@runningwmusic). Feel free to enter on both. Each has a unique Jaybird "RUN LIKE YOU STOLE IT" shirt, a water bottle and a spike bag. To enter here, just comment below. Tell us what your favorite running song is. Tell us what your favorite dance move is. Or just give us your name and tell us you want the Jaybird swag. Though that's not nearly as fun. Two readers will be picked via random.org both here and on Instagram on Monday, March 6th. Thanks to the Jaybird Sport team for spreading the love with RWM. Have fun and good luck!*
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*note:contest is only available to US residents. Sorry Sasha!