Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless
The Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless are a pair of in-ear headphones that’ll help motivate you during exercise. How? While it’ll provide you with music during your workout, it also measures your heart rate and offers regular updates on your progress without having to get your phone out of your pocket.
While at first glance the headphones may look uncomfortable to wear, the extra portion that houses the heart-rate tracker actually helps to keep the headphones in place, with the small rubber wing offering additional support. They’re very comfortable to wear and should stay in your ears in even the most intense workouts if you find the right size wings and buds (three wing sizes and four bud sizes to choose from).
The Jabra Sport app offers fitness tests (Rockport test, Orthostatic Heart Rate test and Resting HR test) as well as workout tracking. You can track running, cycling, walking, hiking, skating or even skiing as well as gym-based activities such as running on a treadmill so it’s quite diverse in terms of tracking.
It doesn’t however track steps, but you’ll be able to find other key information including duration, distance travelled, average heart rate and an estimate of calories burned. It also uses your heart rate to calculate whether you’re in the light training zone, fat burn, cardio, intense or maximum, which is pretty interesting to look at post-workout.
The sound quality isn’t the best ever, but it’s easily good enough for working out. There’s just enough bass to motivate you during your workout, but not so much that it becomes a distraction. There’s also slight distortion at maximum volume, but as it’s rare to find people that listen to headphones on maximum volume while exercising, this isn’t something to worry about. The sound isolation is excellent and leakage is minimal, but again that’s partly down to finding the perfect size wings and buds.
If you’re particularly concerned about sound quality, you can use the Jabra Sound app, which comes free when you buy the headphones. It’ll let you play music from your library but with tailored acoustic tuning specifically for Jabra headphones, as well as optimised Dolby high-definition sound, bass enhancement and high frequency enhancement, amongst other things.