Jaybird is back with a second generation of its truly wireless Run headphones, the Run XT. They offer an improvement over the originals by adding full IPX7 waterproofing and some new colors options. While, Jaybird is one of the trusted names for wireless workout headphones. The company missed the mark with the first generation Run headphones. And they suffered from unreliable Bluetooth connectivity problems that ultimately left the company’s first try a uninspiring option compared to more capable competitors.
It says that the true wireless headphone market busted last year. With the popularity of Apple’s AirPods, and reasonable alternatives popping up from the likes of Anker and TaoTronics, tech-forward people were leaving the wires in droves.
Jaybird Run XT
The original Jaybird Run XT headphones used a second Bluetooth connection to communicate between the headphones, instead of the Near Field Magnetic Induction technology that most other truly wireless buds work with. But assuming they do work better, the addition of waterproofing is nice, even with an IPX7 rating.
Jeremy Saxton, head of industrial design at Jaybird, said, “We’re excited to build on the success of RUN by making RUN XT even better with full IPX7 waterproofness, increasing its durability in all conditions. Now the entire lineups of Jaybird headphones are waterproof and sweatproof. At the same time, we took the opportunity to update the colors and finishing creating a more rugged yet sophisticated design.”
The rest of the Run XT buds are more or less unchanged from the original. It has the same design, with same Siri and Google Assistant buttons, same option to just the right earbud “Mono Mode”. There is also no change in the battery life as well. These earbuds are four hours off a charge, with two additional full charges in the case for a total of 12 hours.