Make Your Workouts Better with the Best Bluetooth Headphones from Plantronics Backbeat Fit Review

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What Is It
Multiple studies have shown that people tend to work out harder and put forth more effort if they’re listening to music. For a lot of people, though, that presents its own, unique problems. How do you keep the headphones on your head while working out? And if you’re clumsy, like me, how to do you keep the wires from accidentally yanking your MP3 player or headphones out of their spot?

The solution is a Bluetooth Headset – and honestly, the best version of that is the Plantronics Backbeat Fit. Using only Bluetooth, this headset is entirely wireless, so there aren’t any wires to get caught up in. Designed especially for working out, this headset is waterproof and sweatproof, so you can focus on your workout instead of focusing on keeping your headset in your ears. Have a phone call coming in? Don’t worry; the Backbeat Fit can answer and allow you to take your phone call as well.

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Using Bluetooth v 3.0, these headphones can work up to 33 feet away from their originating source. They can “remember” 8 different devices to easily work with multiple devices. When fully charged, it can play music for 8 hours or provide 6 hours of talk time. When you’re ready to charge it, it charges via Micro USB, so I don’t even have to plug in a new cable; it just charges with my cell phone charger!

The Backbeat Fit has its own control system on the headphones itself. This means you don’t have to pull out your cell phone, MP3 player, etc. in order to change music. Control buttons are located on each earbud. You can adjust the volume, play/pause music, answer phone calls, and go to the next/previous music track. This is pretty much everything you could want to do while listening to music, so I’ve never had any reason to pull out my MP3 player after turning on the headphones to work.

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These Bluetooth workout headphones come with their own carrying case. This carrying case is a small zipper pouch. However, the zipper pouch can be turned inside out, and it turns into an armband to hold your music device while running. The case isn’t huge; it’ll fit most iPhone or iPods without much of an issue (as long as they don’t have a huge case on them), but it definitely wouldn’t fit my Samsung Galaxy S2 or S4. So it depends on what you’re trying to keep in the armband as to whether it will work for you. Regardless, it still functions as a regular case to keep your headset safe when you aren’t using it.

Despite the appearance in official product pictures, these headphones are “wiggly” – and in a good way! They aren’t made from stiff plastic. They’re made from a flexible material that moves with your body in a way that’s really unnoticable during use. The earbuds go into your ears and the headphones go over the ears to keep the earbuds in place during hardcore exercise. The strap that wraps around the head is extremely flexible, so I never even notice it resting on the back of my neck. It’s perfect.

The Backbeat Fit is available in a bright green or a bright blue. The bright colors might provide a bit of night visibility, but I definitely wouldn’t count on it as you primary source of being seen at night.

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My Opinion
I love working out – which includes running, walking, swimming, and biking (well, it did include biking until my bike was stolen 🙁 ), but I find that everything is SO much better when I get to do it with music. However, wires never have worked too well for me. I end up getting tangled in them, or worse: I’ve dropped my iPod on regular occasions by accidentally getting something caught in the wire and tugging on it. It happens much, much more often than I’d like to admit.

That’s why I’m in the market for Bluetooth headphones that are designed to hold up to working out. I did have some requirements, though, about what would really work best for me. I wanted it to:

  • Be able to change volume and tracks from the headphones themselves so I can put my iPod away without worrying about it
  • Stay comfortably on my head without falling off during vigorous exercises
  • Hold up just fine under vigorous exercise and sweating
  • Be simple to charge
  • Wirefree

It sounds like a short list, but you’d be surprised that most workout headphones don’t meet that. Some headphones are great in some areas while they don’t hold up in other areas. It’s the reason that I’ve stuck with many workout headphones for very long – they end up causing an issue in one way or another.

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Lucky for me, I’ve been singing the praises of the Backbeat Fit headphones to anyone who will listen. Really, anyone. I participated in 2 5Ks this past month, and people kept asking about it, and I swear, I wouldn’t shut up about my headphones. These are really the first pair that seem to fit every aspect of my “needs” list – and I’m sure my needs are similar to those of other people who workout while listening to music. (Though some people like to answer calls while working out; the Backbeat Fit can do that as well, but as I don’t, I haven’t tested that ability.)

Purely by its design, the Backbeat Fit is entirely wire-free. Setting it up to work with my iPod Touch 5th Generation was absolutely no issue. Same with setting it up for my phone. It pretty much just requires holding down a button then pairing the two. It’s very easy. The range on the Bluetooth is pretty impressive. With previous headphones, I’ve had to keep the iPod on my upper arm or the Bluetooth would cut out. I can hold my iPod Touch or place it in my pocket, and the Backbeat Fit headphones still keep the music playing just fine. I love that I’m not limited to an armband if I don’t want to be.

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These bluetooth workout headphones are also simple to charge. They charge via Micro USB, and it charges via the same cable that both of my Samsung devices (tablet and phone) charge by. I don’t have to keep an extra cable on me at all times; I can use the cables I already have lying around. The charging port is the only “open” area of the headphones, and it’s securely covered by a silicone stopper to keep sweat and other things out of the port. It’s a bit tricky to remove the silicone stopper, but once you get the hang of it, it’s no big deal. I’d much rather it be secure than not be secure. It charges great, and for those who are always worried about battery power, the headphones announce to you how much power they have every time you turn them on. Yeah, I know. Features to die for.

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The Backbeat Fit headphones do a fantastic job of staying in my ears. I’ve had headphones that liked to slip out, but these haven’t caused any issue. They can get slightly awkward-feeling if you wear them for 3+ hours at once, but I’ve never once had one of them pop out of the ears. Even if I did, the over-the-ear design keeps the headphones on your head, so you don’t have to worry. I’ve done lots of running, walking, and cycling with these, and it’s never been an issue. They’re super comfortable, too. The first time I put them on, it required a bit of adjusting of the inner ear pieces to get them to be perfect “for me”, but once that’s been done, I haven’t had problems since. The sides are even labeled “Right” and “Left”, so you can put them on without any confusion. The cable that connects the two sides is really flexible, so it’s never a problem to have it lying against my neck. I honestly have never even noticed it there – even when jumping around. It’s never caught on my ponytail or anything.

And of course, it has to be able to change the volume and song from the headphones. The control structure for the headphones is placed on each ear, and it does a pretty good job. There’s a large button on one side that lets you play/pause the music in case I need to talk or something else. Holding down a small button will decrease the volume while a single press increases it. A double-press on the play-pause button will skip to the next track. Two long single presses will go to the previous track. The control structure seems a bit convoluted at first, but just read the instruction manual. I had it all mastered within 10 minutes of putting them on.

I’ve never accidentally pressed a button, and the buttons don’t take a lot of pressure to activate. Since the buttons are right on my ear, I appreciate this. I can use light touches and still get everything done.

Pretty much, the Backbeat Fit hits every point that I needed, and it does it amazingly. They are so comfortable to use. They work perfectly. The sound quality is good. They stay put, and they last a long, long time on a single charge. I’m pretty much in love.

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Pros
The Backbeat Fit headphones can do everything you’d need your athletic headphones to do. You can control your music tracks, music volume, and answer calls with buttons on the headphones. You’ll always know how much battery is left, and when you need to charge, it uses a standard Micro USB cable. It’s protected from sweat to hold up to to vigorous workouts, and the flexible and comfortable design means you’ll barely notice that you’re wearing it. I can’t think of a single improvement to these headphones. Not one.

Cons
You might want to plan a slight amount of extra time for the first use to get the inner earbuds situated correctly. After that, though, putting on the headphones will be an absolute breeze.

Recommended
I can’t recommend this enough, and I mean that. It has all of the features that a workout headset should have, and it’s so simple to control your music while you work out. If you’re someone that likes to take calls or listen to music while you work out, the Backbeat Fit is pretty much a must-have. Stop fussing with wires and start focusing on your workout.

Buy It
You can purchase the Backbeat Fit directly from the Plantronics website. It also can be purchased at most major retailers including Amazon.

Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing such a comprehensive review! I’ve been unsure about headphones that are wireless and ones that go behind the head; I’ve been afraid they’d fall out/off.

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