excellent earbuds for exercise
one minute review
The Jaybird Vista 2 is the true wireless successor to the Jaybird Vista, which launched back in 2020 and rapidly took a spot on our guide to the best running headphones you can buy today. Here the goal remains the same; To offer workout-friendly buds that promise a secure fit, deliver strong audio quality, and give you little in the way of battery life, too.
With Vista 2, Jaybird has made some changes to the earbuds and case design to bolster their ‘Earth Proof’ credentials, improve audio quality, and help you unwind the world around you. Noise cancellation is added. This also gives a boost to the battery.
This has led to a slight jump in price compared to the original Jaybird Vista, though the vast improvements make the Vista 2 a strong choice for anyone looking for some great true wireless earbuds to break through a sweat Whether it’s for running, completing some HIIT training, or making a beeline for the weight section at the gym.
While the active noise cancellation isn’t as good as that offered by models like the Sony WF-1000XM3, the combination of fit, low profile design, sound quality, and solid battery life still make the Vista 2 some of the best wireless earbuds out there. To listen as well as work at home or in the office.
jaybird vista 2 price and release date
- Available now
- $199.99 / £189.99 (about AU$260)
Jaybird Vista 2 was launched on 8 June 2021, and was priced at $199.99 / £189.99 (about AU$260). That’s up from the $179.99 / £159.99 / AU$299 price that Jaybird Vista launched, and puts them in competition with the likes of the Jabra Elite Active 75t, Sony WF-SP800N and Bose Sport earbuds.
These are available in Black, Nimbus Gray and Alloy Blue color options.
- comfortable fit
- IP68 water and dust resistance
- touch sensitive controls
Go back to Jaybird’s early years, before Vista was on the scene and its wireless sports headphones had great appeal because they offered a good, secure fit. The original Jaybird Vista earbuds continued that trend with their wing and ear tips combo, offering an unobtrusive design along with a reliable fit.
With Vista 2, the Jaybird has largely stayed on the same look, making a few small design tweaks that make them better suited for exercise. You get similarly sized earbuds with a set of ear tips and wing tips included in the box to ensure they can fit a wide range of ears. We were lucky that the guys already attached directly to the box gave us that secure fit.
For steady-paced jogging, brisk running, and home HIIT workouts, these buds won’t budge. Jaybird also offers Find My Fit mode in its companion phone app to help you make sure they do the best job of living.
When you take the buds out of the charging case, they feel a bit bulky compared to the original Vista, possibly due to the additional new in-ear motion sensor along with the microphone seen on the first Vista. It’s not the kind of extra weight you really feel once in the ears, though.
One noticeable change compared to the original Vista is a more textured finish on the outside of each bud. Jaybird calls this the WindDefense fabric, which is essentially what’s included to help prevent wind from interfering with taking phone calls. We didn’t particularly have the opportunity to fight windy conditions as we were hit with a mini heatwave during our tests, but any help in keeping the wind at bay without compromising the gusset design is just a good thing in our book. It could be a matter.
The outside of the Buds also host a range of tap and touch sensitive controls, so you can pause your music, decline calls, skip tracks, or double-tap to turn on ambient mode. We always favor physical controls for interacting during exercise but these touch controls were well responsive and didn’t require an extra tap or press to do their job.
Jaybird made a great deal about dubbing its first Vista buds as ‘earthproof,’ a little over the top way of saying it should be good for running in the rain, and even if they meet Will work a little dusty. Compared to the original Vista, Vista 2 has been changed from an IPX7 water resistant rating to IP68. This means that they can technically be submerged in water 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes. That’s a higher rating than other sporty buds like the Jabra Elite Active 75t and Sony’s WF-SP800N buds.
While they’re not a pair you’ll want to swim with (simply because without built-in storage, Bluetooth isn’t going to work very well in water), you can give the Jaybird Vista 2 a quick rinse under one There are tap and they’re fitted to block out some sweat and rain.
They also come with military-grade durability credentials, with a MIL-STD-810G rating to make them drop proof, crush proof and dust proof.
Another small design worth highlighting is the raised surface around the L and R to help identify the additional buds – a nice touch, especially for visually impaired users.
That extra weatherproofing also extends to the case, which feels like it’s grown a bit in size compared to the case that came with the original Vista, though it’s slapped with an IP54 rating to give it some extra protection from dust. get security. Jaybird has also added a small series of LED lights to act as a battery status indicator and let you know when it’s in Bluetooth pairing mode. Importantly, it’s still a pocket-friendly case or one that you can throw in the back pocket of your shorts, and it won’t feel like a heavy burden to carry.
- powerful, warm sound
- EQ can be adjusted
- ANC could be better
The original Vista earbuds sounded great during indoor and outdoor workouts, though we felt like they could do with a kick in the power and loudness department, especially if you like listening to bassier, more uptempo music for runs and workouts . While the Jaybird Vista 2 still sticks with the same 6mm drivers as its predecessors, there does seem to be an improvement in overall sound quality based on our time with them.
Out of the box, they felt noticeably louder than the original Vista, and the soundstage has evolved into a really satisfying way. There’s a decent level of detail and decent clarity for calls and podcasts—but it’s the pickup in power and warmth that really stands out here.
Jaybird offers an EQ and presets to achieve a more tailored sound profile, along with the ability to create individual EQ settings, so you can toggle sliders to adjust elements like bass, bass range, and low midrange . It pays to spend some time playing around with the EQ options to get a more rewarding sound profile suited to your ears.
That performance during practice is what really matters and there is certainly no shortage on that front. We used them for indoor and outdoor workouts, and overall audio quality was great, sounding like a slight step up compared to the original Vista earbuds. We’d like to say that the similarly priced Jabra Elite Active 75t offers a bit more in terms of power and detail but the Vista 2 are still really great sounding earbuds for exercise.
There are a few extras that make the Jaybird Vista 2 a better fit, especially for outdoor workouts. There is now active noise cancellation, which was not available on the original pair. A double tap on the Buds can switch you from that ANC mode to SurroundSense ambient mode that lets your world back inside. From the app, you can adjust how much of that ambient noise you want to let in.
The ANC isn’t the best in class and it doesn’t completely block traffic on outdoor runs, but it does a decent job of canceling out that extraneous noise to help you zone out your music. Ambient mode also works well for bringing back those mundane sounds too, and there’s a clear difference between the two modes.
You still have the ability to use the buds independently if you feel safe not completely blocking your ears while you exercise. Once you take out a bud, the audio will stop and you’ll tap the bud in your ear to make it work automatically. Its as simple as that.
Battery life and connectivity
- eight hours from earbuds
- 24 hours from the charging case
- easy to set up
In terms of battery life, Jaybird is promising 33% more than the original Vista earbuds. With the Jaybird Vista 2, you get up to eight hours on a single charge and 24 hours on a full charge. Compared to similarly priced sporty earbuds, the battery life is pretty decent. Sony’s WF-SP800N delivers nine hours of playback on a single charge, while the Bose Sport earbuds give you up to five hours of playback.
After an hour of workouts, the battery drop-off was 15% with ANC enabled throughout, so it looks like those numbers are based on the amount of time ANC and surroundsense modes aren’t in use. When it comes time to charge them you can just leave them in the charging case and a five-minute charge is enough to give you an hour of play time. The case also supports wireless charging, and it worked perfectly on our IKEA wireless charging lamp.
It’s very easy to set up Vista 2 via Bluetooth, with or without the app. Do it without the app, and you can press the button on the inside of the case and wait for the lights on the outside of the case to blink to begin the pairing process. We paired that with a range of devices, including a phone (Android and iPhone), a laptop, a Hydro Connected rowing machine, a Garmin Watch, and an Apple Watch. We had no problems pairing and never encountered any sort of Bluetooth dropout.
If you take root to set up the app, you’ll have access to some additional features you may want to play around with. The Jaybird app is available on Android and iOS and it will ask you to connect the Buds before getting into the app. inside…