Many brands claim that their headphones are designed for consumers who are “on the go”, but usually this kind of language is compared to going to a coffee shop on a trek through the Andes for a latte. refers more. Jaybird, however, is more interested in the latter, and its latest pair of true wireless earbuds are designed to be your companion through even the most extreme of travel.
When Jaybird says vista 2 true wireless sport earbuds Made for athletes and adventurers, they are meant to be. To begin with, the company claims to have pioneered the “Signature Fit” to help the earbuds stay in your ears while climbing, running, biking, and more. They also come with three sizes of interchangeable “eargels,” which Jaybird claims, will make you forget they’re in your ears, too. Fit is very important with active headphones, and when we reviewed the Vista 2’s predecessors — the Jaybird Vista — we found they delivered in that department.
Another feature that can be helpful when taking an adventure is surroundsense, which is essentially the opposite of active noise cancellation (ANC). These headphones are also equipped with the latter, but the former allows the user to amplify rather than reduce ambient sounds. This is an important safety feature if you’re running down a busy street or have out of sight a bear that’s angrily yelling at you. You can switch between SurroundSense, ANC and Standard modes with the touch of a button.
Any headphones designed to withstand the great outdoors should be rugged enough to lick and play… Jaybird markets this pair as “earthproof” and claims they’re waterproof ( IP68 certified), sweatproof, crushproof and drop-proof. It seems pure advertising speak were it not for the fact that these buds actually meet US military standards for durability.
Virtual indestructibility is all well and good, but with a pair of headphones the first and foremost consideration is, well, how do they sound! Once we’ve completed our review (which is in progress), we’ll be able to let you know how they stack up in that department. In the meantime, it’s worth noting that the Vista 2 True Wireless Sport earbuds are powered by a pair of 6mm milled drivers, and the Jaybird app (available on Android and iOS) offers customizable EQ settings, allowing listeners to customize their sound. Allows to create profiles and share them with other users.
Another important consideration for outdoor-oriented earbuds is battery life. Jaybird says its Vista 2 headphones can last up to eight hours on a full charge, and they come with a charging case that will provide an additional 16 hours of life. The case can be charged with a USB-C cable or wirelessly and, if your smartphone has Qi wireless charging technology, you can steal some extra juice if you can’t find an outlet.
The Bluetooth-enabled Vista 2 is compatible with Siri and Google Assistant for hands-free assistance when you’re on the go and will automatically pause when you remove a bud. Assuming you’re not reaching for your next handhold on a rock face or steering your mountain bike around a hairpin bend, you can control volume, skip track and so on with the on-bud controls. You can choose, and many more.
The Vista 2 True Wireless Sport earbuds are available now on the company’s website and at major retailers. They come in three colors – Black, Nimbus Grey, Midnight Blue – and retail for $200.