Bose is an American-based company that has been around since 1964. They are known around the world for their home audio systems as well as their speakers, car stereos and more. When it comes to their offering for headphones, Bose is often head of the curve when it comes to incorporating the newest technology into their products. They manufacture noise canceling options as well as wireless and sports headphones and even aviation headsets. Today we’re going to take a look at the Bose SoundSport Pulse Bluetooth headphones. These are designed to be a sports headphone, made to be worn during long and grueling workouts. The Bose SoundSport Pulse provides users with sweat and weather resistance, making them a great choice for runners or athletes who like to take their workouts outside in all different types of inclement weather. Perhaps the most interesting feature is that they provide users with live heart rate readings. This is an interesting development in the world of headphones and Bose hits a home run with how they tackled this technology. The heart rate sensor is surprisingly accurate and is definitely a bonus for the serious exerciser. Let’s take a bit of a deeper dive and see what else the SoundSport Pulse has to offer users and if they’re worth the hefty price tag.
-Cord clip keeps headphones from swaying
-Crisp sound quality
-Heart rate tracking
-Some issues with the Bose app
Another basic feature offered with these headphones is the inline microphone and remote. Now users will not need to find their device to pause or begin playback, adjust the volume of their music or even to answer or end their phone calls.
The SoundSport Pulse consistently performs well when it comes to the sound quality provided. They give users a rich listening experience with powerful bass and full tones. These qualities are especially helpful when you’re running outside in a noisy environment or need to drown out the sounds of grunting gym bros or thudding weights in the gym.
Users of Android and iOS smartphones are able to download the Bose Connect app to use alongside their headphones. This app allows them to access their real-time heart rate statistics as well as track their workouts to see how their fitness levels are progressing over time. Other popular fitness apps like Strava and MapMyRun are also compatible with the SoundSport Pulse. Though the Bose app is only capable of reading your heart rate information live and not able to record the changes during your workouts, pairing these with one of the aforementioned fitness apps will provide more meaningful data over time.
-Connection to the Boss Connect app which will provide real-time heart rate data
-Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC pairing
-Compatible with other popular fitness apps like RunKeeper, Runtastic, and Strava
-30-foot wireless range
-5 hours of battery life
-Sweat-resistant and weather-proof
-Great, clear sound quality
We loved the amazing sound quality they provide and that they are compatible with some of our favorite fitness apps we already use on the daily. What we think sets these apart from other similarly priced headphones on the market is that heart rate reading function. Although we love our wrist-based fitness tracker, we find that the heart rate readings with those to be wildly inaccurate sometimes, especially when we compare them to the readings we get from our chest strap monitors. With these Bose SoundSport Pulse headphones, the accuracy of the heart rate readings is nearly bang-on, something that thoroughly impressed us. So, yes, you’re going to pay a hefty price for these but the value and outstanding durability that they provide makes them more than worth the price tag.