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Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones - Blue
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- SPORTS AND WORKOUT EARBUDS: Specifically constructed with a flexible design so earbuds remain stable in your ear throughout all levels of exercise.
- WATERPROOF AND SWEATPROOF: Designed with invisible nano-coating technology to protect earbuds against water and sweat during running and workouts.
- LONG LASTING BATTERY LIFE: Impressive 8 hours of wireless listening time per charge allows you to spend more time working out with these sport headphones.
- WORKOUT FUNCTIONALITY: Easily accessible on-ear controls let you control music and calls through our Bluetooth technology while running, biking, and other forms of exercise.
- SPORTS EARBUDS SAFETY: Headphones features a safety-oriented eartip design that allows you to hear your surroundings during outdoor exercise and activities.
- Sports and Workout Earbuds: Specifically Constructed with a Flexible Design so Earbuds Remain Stable in Your Ear Throughout All Levels of Exercise
- Water-proof: Ip57rating to Withstand Fresh Water up to One Meter for 30 Minutes
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Whatever your workout, the flexible, sweat-proof, Plantronics BackBeat FIT wireless stereo headphones keep pace with you. Its powerful audio lets you clearly hear your music, while its safety-oriented design lets you hear your surroundings and be seen at night. The reversible armband secures your smartphone while you're moving and stores your headphones when you're done - making it your perfect workout partner.
It's Time to Get Moving and Get FIT
Wherever you reach for your personal best, the flexible, sweat-proof Plantronics BackBeat FIT wireless stereo headphones keep pace with you. BackBeat FIT delivers powerful audio but lets you hear your surroundings when you take it outside and has bright, reflective colors to add a measure of safety when you're out for that nighttime jog or walk.
Made For Your Workout
Comfortable, stable, and built for action, BackBeat FIT features an active design that fits comfortably and stays put for all levels of exercise. The easily accessible on-ear controls let you keep moving while you control your music or calls, while the included neoprene armband comfortably secures your smartphone. When you've finished your workout, the BackBeat FIT folds up and can be stored in the armband.
Sweat-Proof, Durable Design
You can rely on the BackBeat FIT to work as hard as you do through rain, sweat, and even the splash of a sports drink. BackBeat FIT headphones are protected against sweat and moisture damage by its design and technology. Then, an invisible, protective nano-coating is applied during the manufacturing process, resulting in invisible liquid repellent properties that also make the earbuds more reliable, wherever your busy life takes you.
Stay Moving Longer
You'll enjoy a week of workouts with up to 8 hours of listening time. When the BackBeat FIT is out of range from your phone or tablet, the DeepSleep power-saving hibernation mode kicks in to keep the headphones charged for up to six months.
Track Battery Levels
Keep track of the battery life of your BackBeat FIT earbuds with a handy headset battery meter that automatically displays onscreen for iPhone and iPad. For Android smartphones and tablets, the free Plantronics Battery Meter app displays a headset battery meter and can provide on-screen alerts when your battery is low or fully charged.
Gets Better with Time
Wirelessly update your BackBeat FIT using a free smartphone app no connection to a PC or Mac is needed. You will be automatically notified when new firmware is released, and both iOS and Android platforms are supported.
What's in the Box
Plantronics BackBeat FIT headphones, smartphone armband, micro USB charging cable, quick start guide
BackBeat FIT Bluetooth Fitness Headphones
At a Glance
- Flexible design fits comfortably and stays put for all levels of exercise
- Sweat-proof design and P2i coating
- On-ear controls for calls and music
- Included neoprene armband secures your smartphone
- Powerful speakers deliver the heart-pumping bass and crisp highs of your music
- Up to 6 hours of talk time, up to 8 hours of listening time, up to 14 days of standby time
- DeepSleep mode puts earbuds into hibernation when away from phone to extend battery life
- Free app keeps headphones updated with latest firmware
Top customer reviews
Fit - Great, stays in ears, don't notice bouncing around, behind the head wire is flexible and not distracting. I've used these during squats and benchpressing, and have not had an issue with the wire behind my head.
Range - I walked all around my gym and left these in my bag, probably at least 40 to 50 feet and never had it cut out once(paired with Samsung Galaxy S4)
Sound - The sound is much better than expected. Higher quality than I noticed on the others I've tried(The Audio 66 BTS were great, but they were over the ear headphones and cumbersome). Two minor things though. Because there isn't a perfect seal and the port is a little short, the bass is a little washed out, and the trebel is a little tinny. Also the volume is a little less than what I wished for, but it's not that bad(I like it LOUD). BUT WAIT! I FOUND A FIX FOR IT!
So, I loved the Yurbuds Inspire earbud covers so much; how it ported the audio right into my ear canal, and made for a perfect secure fit, that I decided to take those covers, make a small slit in them for the support piece to pull through, and put them on the BackBeat Fits(see attached photo)... It really kicked these up a notch! The fit got even better, the volume increased, the bass was much more thumping. NOW I think I have the perfect bluetooth earbuds.
So, that brings me to my quest for an alternative. Enter the Plantronics Backbeat Fit. Let's get right down to it....
The entire headset (note, they are not earphones) is molded from a very flexible, rubbery material. It looks exceedingly durable and is nicely accented with reflective blue to aid visibility while running while dark out. The Backbeats are a little tricky to put on, though, because the ear supports are somewhat snug and I found it difficult to get them on around my ears. Who knows, perhaps I have bigger ears. However, after doing it a few times, it got easier and I can now throw them on and off without thinking about it. Moreover, the headset stays comfortably in place while exercising (running, lifting, etc). The individual earpieces also have a small rubber wire that's used to help keep the speaker snug next to the auditory canal. It's not sealed as with earphones but it keeps the speaker close. Plantronics indicates that the design was chosen in order to allow some outside noise (sirens, people yelling, horns, etc) to be heard while listening to music, thus reducing the risks of an accident while out and about. All in all, it's a very handsome design and I like
As noted above, the headset stays in place well and has been very comfortable for the several times that I've worn them. The previously mentioned over-the-ear supports and canal wire stays definitely help to keep them in place while running around. It's something that I could not say about the Jaybird earphones. Moreover, because there is no loose support cord bouncing around, I really felt completely free while listening to my music. It's a cool experience and I like that I don't have to constantly adjust the headset while on the go.
Here's the million dollar question: how do they sound? I guess they are alright. But first, let me preface that after years of listening to in-earphones, I'm pretty spoiled by what headphones should sound like. The key, though, is that earphones only sound excellent when a solid seal is maintained. In all my years of using them while exercising, I've never been able to achieve that because of either sweat or poor fit despite trying numerous earbuds. Also, I will admit that a fully sealed earphone leaves one pretty isolated from traffic and people around me. The Plantronics take a different approach. They have gone with a headset that lets some sound in for safety. In the process, the sound is somewhat diminished. To compensate, the highs and very lows have been boosted pretty aggressively (almost obscenely, candidly). Since it's a headset, however, it's not too bad unless the earpiece sits very close to the canal. At that point, the harsh treble and overly explosive bass become annoying. Curiously, the upper bass and midrange suffer a bit. They sound a hint flat and quite lackluster since they are overshadowed by low bass and treble. While the Backbeats are NOT what I'd want for my walk-around or at-home listening pleasure, they are perfectly adequate for exercise. First, they stay in place exactly where I put them. It's a relief to go for a run or lift weights and not have to constantly adjust the headset for a better fit and accordingly, better sound. The Plantronics just stay consistently average and acceptable...which is MORE than fine for their purpose. So, while the sound isn't the best, it's works well for its state use...and for that I'm greatly and finally relieved.
While I don't use the telephone functions much, I'll state that they work very well. Calls from my wife never resulted in any complaints other than that fact that she said I sounded like I was breathing heavily. I indicated that I was breathing heavily since I was running. So, the mic quality is clearly good enough to pick that up. For my part, call quality on my end was quite good and without any major or minor complaints.
The controls, on the other hand, are a bit tricky. While calls and music are easily operated (calls are easily answered and ended by tapping on the right earpiece; music play and pause is controled by tapping on the left earpiece). Nevertheless, it turns out that Plantronics made a quirky design decision with the volume, skip and power buttons. On the top of the round central buttons used for calls and music are much smaller 'ledges' that are used. This was not intuitive out of the box; indeed, I struggled for quite a bit trying to find out how to power the headset on. The right upper button 'ledge' is tilted/pressed down in order to power them on and off. Trying to describe it better, it's not the round button center that is pressed, but the top 'edge' or 'ledge' of the button that is pressed/tilted to activate these other features. It's simple after you do it once (indeed, I felt like an idiot for not noticing it sooner), but I thought to highlight it for people who have had similar issues. Meanwhile, the left 'ledge' is used to control volume (click once for louder, hold down for quieter). And that's it, you should be good to go.
So, are these the greatest headphones? No. But, for exercise, they sure come close. would I like them to sound better? Yes. But, if it comes at the cost of having to constantly adjust and insert/reinsert earbuds, then No. While I started off thinking I wouldn't really love the Backbeat Fit because it wasn't an earphone design, I've been pleasantly surprised because of how well they do what they are supposed to do (once you figure out the interface). And for that, I'm giving them 4 stars. I know some will criticize because of the sound quality, but for what I use them for and for how well they stay snugly in place, the music is good enough for what I need them to do.
Up until now, my experience with wireless earbuds/headphones/etc. were mainly bargain bin deals that Amazon threw my way (thank you, Amazon!), but they never lasted too long, nor were they that comfortable. I'd also tried a Jaybirds set, but those things sealed my ears and flopped all over the place, and were also uncomfortable.
One day while talking with my supervisor, he recommended these to me since they were pretty inexpensive, and he had had no complaints with them. I'll be honest: When he threw out the brand "Plantronics", I was pretty surprised. My only experience with them to this point had been their Bluetooth ear pieces back in the day when that craze had just started.
Long story short, I took the plunge and next-day shipped these bad boys.
Bad boys they are, because for the past few months, they've been with me on each of my runs. Their battery typically takes them through an entire eight-hour charge, and there's only a little dropping of the signal here and there (I wear my iPhone in a waistband, and I've got a bit of a belly). When synced with my Apple Watch and nothing in the way, though, they work without any drops whatsoever.
Their audio quality is great for me (though admittedly, I'm no audiophile), and they fit comfortably while allowing ambient noise (e.g., cars, yelling, children screaming) to come through in the event any one (or all) of those things are relevant.
Most recent customer reviews
I so much wanted this to work out, but it did not. For one thing, the sound is awful and that is a deal breaker. The other thing was, it irritated back of my ears.Read more