Under Armour Sport Wireless Flex by JBL hands-on


Around-the-neck styled Bluetooth headphones are in abundance, evident by how nearly every manufacturer offers its own kind. You could say that the market for this is quite saturated, making it really tough to stand out from the crowd, but the Under Armour Sport Wireless Flex by JBL is catering to a specific audience – fitness fanatics that love to run!

Without question, it appeals to fitness users, mainly because of its styling and IPX5 certification. Specifically, its frame is comprised out of this advanced nano-coating material, which provides for its sweat-proof protection. We especially like the flex-zones on the band that allows us to tighten or loosen its grip while it's around our neck. On top of that, the fitting of the earbuds is excellent for heavy movements – thanks in part to how the winged tips ensure it's snug in place.

As for some of its other features, it's notable for offering extended battery life from a single charge. In fact, it's rated for 11+ hours to really get users through their day. The coolest part about the Under Armour Sport Wireless Flex by JBL has to be the RunSafe LED strip that runs across the back-end portion of the frame. By pressing a button on the frame, you can cycle through a number of LED patterns – a nice touch if you're the kind to run outside, when it's late and dark out.

When you're not listening to music, it's nice that the earbuds magnetically come together, but we wish that the wires could somehow retract. It doesn't come included with a case, which means that you'll need to store it elsewhere when it's not being used. Lastly, its audio performance is rich with deep bass, but it does tend to skew narrower in tone overall.

If running is your kind of activity, the Under Armour Sport Wireless Flex by JBL is something worth thinking about. At around $130, it seems like a reasonable offering for fitness users. Even though its audio performance will suffice most people, those who are a little bit more nit-picky might want to consider checking out something else.

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