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Jaybird goes totally wireless with new Run earphonesA sportier version of Apple's AirPods, the sweatproof Jaybird Run buds fit securely and comfortable in your ears and deliver good sound.
This is the Jaybird Run, a set of totally wireless earphones that are Jaybird's sports-oriented answer to Apple's AirPods. They retail for $180 and come in two color options. They're noise isolating earphones, which means they're designed to fit snuggly in your ears and seal out sound. To that end, Jaybird provides a few different size sports fins and ear tips, including two larger size tips with an oval shape. I was able to get a secure comfortable fit with the largest tips and the earphones were relatively easy to pair with both an iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. Each sweat proof bud has a single button that's used to pause, play, and skip tracks, answered, end calls, and access Siri or Google's voice assistant. There's also an app that allows you to customize your sound settings You can use a single button for making calls and runners who want to be in the outside world for safety reasons may also want to use a single bud for music listening. I tested both a black and white pair of these in New York City, and encountered some occasional bluetooth hiccups when I was walking in the busy streets filled with people and cars, however on my runs in the park, and using them at home the wireless connection was rock solid. Sound quality was quite good for this type of headphone. They're pretty open and there's plenty of bass and a decent amount of clarity. I thought they sounded better than the Airpods, particularly in noisier environments. Battery life is rated at four hours and the earphones come with Not only a carrying pouch but a charging case that delivers two additional charges to bring the total up to 12 hours of battery life. It's also worth mentioning that a five minute charge in the case will give you an hour's worth of battery life thanks to the quick charge feature. Overall, except for the minor New York City interference problems I encountered, I really like these run earphones and think most people will be able to get a snug. Comfortable fit that's crucial to delivering maximum sound quality. Truth be told, it's hard to go back to Jaybird's corded wireless headphones after using these. I'm David Carnoy for cnet.com. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]