As more and more people have begun to understand the importance of fitness, new and more impressive accessories have been developed to accommodate this growing demographic. These products vary from different models of footwear designed for running, cross-training, or hiking, to special athletic apparel that improves the wearer’s range of motion or breathability, to cutting-edge technological accessories such as smartwatches, fitness trackers, and wireless listening devices.
Fitbit is one of the most prominent manufacturers of products that fall into the latter category mentioned above. They initially rose to prominence with their fitness trackers, which began as simplistic digital watches but has improved over subsequent releases to mimic smartwatches in terms of features and build quality. One of their most recent forays into modern fitness technology is the Fitbit Flyer, a set of earbuds with wireless functionality. Although these portable listening devices aren’t as impressive as similar models on the market manufactured by other companies, they do offer a decent array of helpful features at an appealing price point.
With all of these features in mind, the list of potential activities that can be performed while wearing the Fitbit Flyer is numerous. As with most headphones and earbuds, many different forms of running can be performed with this product, ranging in intensity from casual jogging to intense sprinting and even hardcore trail running. Additionally, these wireless earbuds are an excellent choice for most forms of gym-based training, such as weightlifting, gymnastics, and calisthenics. However, these earbuds aren’t going to work for swimming or other water-based exercises since they are only sweat-proof and not fully waterproof.
Something that is conspicuously absent for this product considering that it was created by Fitbit is any sort of fitness tracking or health monitoring feature. Many modern headphones and earbuds, wireless or otherwise, will include the ability to track the wearer’s heart rate among other health-related functions. Unfortunately, the Fitbit Flyer has no such functionality, although it can be connected to Fitbit Ionic devices to accommodate any users who already own this particular form of fitness tracker.
Aside from this unfortunate caveat, the Fitbit Flyer is a fairly comfortable portable listening accessory. They weigh very little due to the minimal amount of material used for their construction and they only have one cord that connects each bud and contains the inline remote. This means that there is no risk of having excessively long cables becoming tangled or wrapped around the wearer’s neck, freeing up a considerable amount of space for a plethora of physical activities. This is the benefit held by earbuds over headphones: the fact that they are almost always less heavy due to the lack of large ear cups or headbands.
In all honesty, there isn’t much that can be said about this product’s sense of style since its entire layout is so rudimentary. However, what can be said is that the Fitbit Flyer is subtle and won’t draw any attention to the wearer. Anyone looking to make a fashion statement with their music listening accessories should consider something from Beats instead.
For starters, these earbuds still have one cable that connects each bud despite not necessarily requiring them. In addition to allowing these Bluetooth-enabled earbuds to place an inline remote within reach of the wearer, this cable makes it impossible for these two buds to separate, eliminating any possibility of misplacing one of the buds. The second major durability feature found in the Flyer’s design is its sweat-proofing. Although it doesn’t provide enough moisture resistance to accommodate activities that involve partial or complete submergence in water, it does provide enough protection to ensure that they will work to their fullest ability for a long time, no matter how sweaty the person wearing it becomes. As a result, customers should expect this product to last for a few years before needing to be replaced at the very least.
On the other hand, many of these features which improve the Flyer’s utility can also impede it. Some individuals dislike Bluetooth functionality because it can be difficult to pair with some listening devices, it won’t work at all with legacy hardware, and it will cause the paired device’s battery to drain at an accelerated rate. Furthermore, the lack of a companion app makes it next to impossible for users to adjust features such as EQ or power consumption. At the end of the day, whether or not this product is easy to use will boil down to personal preference.
On a full charge, these wireless earbuds can be used for around 5 hours before needing to be recharged. This is decent and will suffice for most active individuals who want to use them for regular exercises, but there are many other headphones and earbuds on the market that have much better charge times. The good news is that this Fitbit product comes with a Fast Charging feature, meaning that it can reach a functional level of charge in a very short period of time. The bad news is that because these earbuds use Bluetooth to connect to a listening device, it will increase the drain on said device and shorten its battery life.
- Multiple ear tips for a customizable fit
- Average battery life of five to six hours
- Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity
- Two different colorways
- Two different EQ settings