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Take Jaybird's new true wireless earbuds for a swim

Run or swim without worrying about wires.

Published onJanuary 30, 2019

A man running on a track with the Jaybird Run XT.
The Jaybird Run XT is currently available for $179.99.

Jaybird announced its Run XT true wireless earbuds. As the name implies these are made for runners. Unlike the previous Run model, however, the Run XT earbuds feature IPX7 certification, meaning they can be submerged to depths of one meter for up to 30 minutes.

Battery life is unchanged at 12 hours with the provided charging case. The build remains similar as well; though, the Jaybird Run XT is outfitted with two new colorways: black flash and storm-gray.

Listeners can take full advantage of the Jaybird app, which allows for granular EQ adjustments. It also saves the user’s profile to the earbuds, so it can be used across multiple devices without having to reconfigure EQ preferences. What’s more, the exercise-friendly company announced that the app will support podcast playback, and functionality will be available in the next few weeks.

The Jaybird Run XT is currently available for $179.99.

Will the Jaybird Run XT give others a run for their money?

JLab  Epic Air Elite: The earbuds surrounded by water on a black table.
The IP55 JLab Epic Air Elite earbuds can withstand both dust and water.

Unlike USB-C headphones, true-wireless earbuds have improved tremendously over the past year. While connectivity remains a persistent issue, it’s becoming more reliable. A year ago, the Jaybird Run XT would have been a marked leap forward; however, with the advent of more affordable truly wireless earbuds, some athletes may find the price difficult to justify.

Listeners on the fence may benefit from looking at the Poly BackBeat Fit 3100 or the JLab Epic Air Elite, both of which are markedly less expensive than the Run XT.

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