Tested and now can’t run without the ‘world’s toughest earbuds

Tested and now can't run without the 'world's toughest earbuds

Jabra Elite 8 Active

I’ve always been an avid listener of music while running and exercising, so finding wireless earbuds that not only sound great but can also withstand my extreme level of sweating is crucial to my lifestyle. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of trying out many earbuds, and Jabra has consistently stood out thanks to its reasonable pricing, solid performance, great call quality support, and overall comfort.

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of working out with the new Jabra Elite 8 Active, which is proudly claimed by the company as the “world’s toughest earbuds.” Naturally, I had to put them to the test to see if they lived up to the hype. And boy, did they deliver!

One of the standout features of the Elite 8 Active is the Jabra ShakeGrip design element. This innovative design includes a soft-touch coating that covers the entire earbud and a contoured shape optimized to securely fit in your ear. This means that no matter how intense your workout gets, these earbuds will stay firmly in place.

I took my first run with the Elite 8 Active on a sunny and hot day. As someone who sweats profusely, I was thrilled to find that these earbuds stayed put throughout my entire run while flawlessly playing my classic rock playlist. Impressive, to say the least.

But it’s not just about the performance. Jabra proudly advertises the Elite 8 Active’s compatibility with smartwatches, and it’s not just empty marketing talk. I tested these earbuds with a Garmin watch, Apple Watch Ultra, and a COROS Apex 2 Pro, and the playback performance was flawless every time. Finally, a pair of earbuds that seamlessly integrate with your smartwatch.

The Elite 8 Active also incorporates adaptive hybrid active-noise cancellation (ANC). This advanced ANC technology allows you to enjoy your music without completely drowning out the surrounding noise. It strikes the perfect balance, making it safe and comfortable to use these earbuds even when running in the city. Plus, with Dolby Audio providing spatial sound, the music truly comes to life.

To get the best audio experience, I highly recommend downloading and utilizing the Jabra Sound Plus app. This app provides a plethora of features, including battery status monitoring, sound mode toggles, equalizer settings, button control customization, firmware updates, and much more. It’s your one-stop-shop to fine-tune your audio experience to perfection.

Control-wise, the Elite 8 Active features a flat surface on the outside that acts as a button. With a single press, double press, or triple press, you can easily control various functions. These buttons are conveniently positioned and effortless to use, even during more intense exercises.

When it comes to comfort, the Elite 8 Active excels. These earbuds weigh in at just 5 grams each, making them incredibly lightweight. You can choose to use them together or in single earbud mode, depending on your preference. And with battery life lasting up to eight hours with ANC on and 14 hours with ANC off, you’ll have no trouble getting through your workouts. The charging case provides three additional full charges and supports fast charging (five minutes of charging provides up to an hour of listening) and wireless charging options.

Phone calls are still an essential part of my life, both personally and professionally. Fortunately, the Jabra Elite 8 Active handles calls with ease. With three microphones in each earbud and clever sound algorithms working behind the scenes, the call quality is superb, even when you’re in the middle of a workout.

To top it all off, these earbuds utilize Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity, which supports multipoint connections. This means you can easily pair the Elite 8 Active with up to 10 devices, perfect for those who have a multitude of tech gadgets.

In conclusion, if you’re in the market for a pair of earbuds tailored to an active lifestyle, look no further than the Jabra Elite 8 Active. With impressive features, outstanding comfort, and seamless integration with smartwatches, these earbuds have it all. Whether you’re sweating it out in the gym or braving inclement weather, the Elite 8 Active is the perfect companion for every workout. Don’t settle for less when it comes to your audio experience. Get your hands on the Jabra Elite 8 Active today!