Jaybird Vista Review: Sporty Earbuds Worth a Listen

This could be an unwise confession, however wirefree earbuds should not comfy to me. Finding the proper suggestions for these noisy little pebbles generally is a trouble, and I reside in dread of informing a producer that my evaluate unit fell right into a noxious puddle whereas I used to be out on a 5-mile path run.

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After two or three hours of listening, my poor ear canals often want a break. Yet, I wore the Jaybird Vistas for 5 straight hours with no downside. I used to be startled after I realized how lengthy I had worn them. Jaybird’s newest wi-fi sport headphones sound improbable and weigh a minuscule six grams per bud. That’s a 3rd smaller than the Bose SoundSport Frees.

The Vistas are fairly comfy for sport buds. They even have an IPX7 waterproof score, that means they’re rated for full immersion. Puddles ahoy! If you wish to go on lengthy path runs or hikes, the Vistas are an excellent choose.

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With sport buds, discovering the proper match is vital. Running and weightlifting are exhausting sufficient with out the irritation of having to continuously poke an earbud again into your ear. The Vistas include three units of silicone gel suggestions, and the 2 greater sizes have fins that match into the whorls of your ear.

The smallest measurement don’t have wings, so I went with the medium suggestions. They match securely and comfortably, however additionally they created a soundproof vacuum in my ear. The Vistas aren’t technically noise-canceling buds, however they don’t let in ambient noise in any respect. They silence so effectively that it is best to solely put on one bud should you wish to run exterior.

Also, the match is so cosy that I might hear my heartbeat pounding in my ears when was working exhausting, offering an off-tempo counterpoint to the Menzingers. (I could not cease listening to this band.)

At first contact, the Vistas don’t really feel like a pair of premium buds that weigh in at a reasonably expensive $180. They have a nondescript plastic exterior, with one button per bud. The case is absurdly tiny. It’s flat and matches within the stash pocket of my working shorts, which usually solely matches a single home key.


But that straightforward exterior disguises Jaybird’s EarthProof encapsulated development. Each bud has a plastic bubble inside it to guard the parts from the weather—you possibly can drop these buds in as much as three ft of water and so they’ll nonetheless work. I did not do that out of extreme warning, however I did go path working in 90-degree climate. I got extraordinarily sweaty and felt like I used to be near warmth stroke, however the buds have been in nice form.

The Vistas even have wonderful battery life. They’re rated for six hours of use per bud, however after 5 hours of straight listening, I had solely drained the battery about midway. Though tiny, the case offers an extra 10 hours of energy. I’ve worn them for just a few hours a day for 4 days, and haven’t needed to recharge the case.

They even have a sterling Bluetooth 5.zero connection. After some preliminary fumbles with establishing a connection—you’re supposed to place them in pairing mode whereas they’re in the case, I realized the exhausting method—the buds mechanically linked to my iPhone eight after I took them out of the case.

I by no means skilled dropouts, and there was no noticeable lag time after I watched movies on my telephone. And lastly, I didn’t have issues making or taking calls.

Button It Up

The Vista’s controls are easy by design, which comes as a aid since I can by no means, ever keep in mind what the buttons on any wi-fi buds do. In Jaybird’s app, I designated a single press to play or pause, a double press to go to the subsequent monitor, and a press-and-hold for quantity management.

Jaybird’s app integrates with Spotify. You can choose Jaybird playlists, like “Cardio Love,” or play podcast alternatives from athletes like ultra-runner Rory Bosio.

I perceive why a sport headphone firm desires to supply its personal in-house music alternatives. Building your personal playlist to maintain your run cadence at a gentle 170 steps per minute for an hour-long run is tedious, and well-liked apps like Jog.fm already supply the same music motivational service. However, I’m not a Spotify premium subscriber, so I couldn’t take benefit of their curated playlists, and I didn’t discover the podcast alternatives interesting. I’ll stick with Apple Music for now.

The Vistas have a 6-mm audio driver to enhance sound high quality, which is fairly nice. You can tinker with their EQ settings within the app, and even construct your personal by marking how effectively you hear completely different tones. I discovered that my customized EQ principally correlated with the “warmth” setting. You may also verify what EQ athletes like Timothy Olson are utilizing, which is cool, I suppose, should you’re the sort of one that additionally likes to know your favourite athlete’s deodorant or model of snack bar.

Despite painstakingly crafting my very own customized EQ, I discovered that I nonetheless most well-liked Jaybird’s signature setting. It’s weighted towards being bass-heavy to maintain your coronary heart charge up, and so is my exercise playlist. Jessie J’s voice was additionally sufficiently vibrant on “Domino,” which I appreciated.

All in all, the Vistas are a worthy follow-up to Jaybird’s Tarah and the X4, each of which I preferred sufficient to suggest on our checklist of finest wi-fi exercise buds. With their sturdy development and ideal pocket measurement, the Vistas are in all probability the most effective for anybody who spends so much of time exterior. If you are out there for a pair of puddle-proof buds, the Vistas are it.

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