This summer, I have been running free with JLab Epic 2 Wireless Earbuds, and though I was skeptical at first, I am now a believer. See how these wireless headphones have transformed my running and fitness experience, and link up with Running Coaches Corner!
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I won’t lie, I am slow to take on new technology, by and large. This hesitation is quite a change from how I was when I was younger and always had the latest phone, etc. But now? I’ve been burned a few too many times (HTC M8 One, I’m looking at you). I’ve chosen the path of least resistance, by and large: I have a lower grade Garmin (that I barely use); I like pen and paper for myself. I miss the days of playing I Spy endlessly on car rides rather than just plopping kids in front of technology (they need to learn to entertain themselves, for real, you guys).
Consequently, I’ve been slow to jump on certain tech trends, and then wondering what the heck I was doing with my life. Such as the Moto 360 Sport Watch that I reviewed in the late winter/early spring. Apparently, I didn’t think it would be helpful to have a watch that could receive my texts or control my music. And my Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. Oh, how I love thee. Spotify was something else that took me a little while (I was a Pandora loyalist). Remember how long before I jumped on the Podcast train (even though I used to love audiobooks?)
My next stubborn stance? I was not going to get any of the high-falutin’ wireless headphones. Even though tons of people have them and love them. Why?
Because they were new and shiny and people had them on EVERYWHERE. And wouldn’t the Bluetooth wear out my battery? Did they have a microphone? What use were they with regards to keeping my phone put away if I couldn’t control the volume and answer calls?
JLab Epic 2 Wireless Earbuds Review
JLad provided me with a pair of Epic 2 Wireless Earbuds for review. All opinions are my own.
When JLab reached out to me to see if I would like to try out their JLab Epic 2 Wireless Earbuds, I thought to myself, “Well, fine, but I’ll probably only use them a few times for review purposes.” In fact, they sat in their little case for at least a week.
Finally, begrudgingly, I decided to try them out. For my race with Alex. And then didn’t use them because we ran together. but at least they were out of the box. And I decided that I would use them the next day.
Well, let’s just say that my (previously) beloved Yurbuds have been relegated to the shoe rack of Susie’s running and fitness nonsense. And I’ve had the Epic 2 wireless headphones glued to said head, sans wires, since. For runs, typing this very post while listening to podcasts and music, organizing my new project, going for walks in the neighborhood during the day, and something that I LOVE: working out in the gym. Do you know how lovely it is not to have to hold my headphone cords in my teeth during bent over bench row? Or doing yoga? I can just stash my phone and move about my business. Even from across the room!
But let’s talk about running, because that is why I am here. I LOVE these headphones for running. They are comfortable (and if they weren’t, the buds come with 6 different gel cushion tips to fit your ears), and though I don’t sweat that much, when the sweat jets are turned on, the SWEAT POURS. Luckily, the JLab Epic 2 earbuds are water and sweat resistance and even have a cover at the charging port to ensure that they stay that way. Now, sound quality. No, they are not as good as over the ear headphones. But with the right fitting gel cushion, you can have excellent sound quality.
I love the fact that I can put my phone in my Flipbelt for the duration of my run–the Epic 2 earbuds allow me to adjust volume, start and stop playback, and even track forward or back, something I’ve not seen in headphones with remotes for a long time.
I never liked the look of those headphones that stick out from behind your head, or look like a lanyard, so I love that the Epic 2 headphones have “cable management clips” that you can adjust so that the cable fits nicely around your head. And yes, it is easy to put together–even I can do it.
Charging takes about 4 hours (for a full charge) and a full charge lasts up to 12 hours! I used them for 2 days of nonstop listening before they were out. When you turn the headphones on, they tell you “hello” but they tell when you are connected as well as the battery status (they update you periodically). A little light is red during charge and then turns of when done. Pairing the earbuds to my phone via Bluetooth was effortless, connection is crystal clear, and no, the Bluetooth doesn’t suck the life of my battery! Sure, my phone battery went down a little faster, but nothing major (and I was using them for hours on end as I did my work at cafes).
The JLab Epic 2 Earbuds are bit more (around $100) than I would normally spend on such a piece of technology, but so far, I can already avow that they are worth the investment. We spend $$$ on GPS watches, $$$ on pair after pair of running shoes–why should be we cheap and stingy when it comes to headphones? I use my headphones now like I used to watch Netflix–all day, every day. If you are an audiophile and podcast addict like myself (Denny, you don’t want to know how many episodes of DizRuns I’ve listened to in the past few weeks!! Oh, and have you listened to my episode yet?These @JLabAudio earbuds are truly epic--perfect for #fitness! #giveaway #fitfluential Click To Tweet
I was asked a few weeks ago by a reader/Instagram follower about what type of headphones I liked, and at the time, I had just received these and was still using my Yurbuds. I told her to hold on, that I was trying a new type out.
Readers, these are worth the money. You won’t look back!
JLab Epic 2 Earbuds Giveaway!
Now, because I love these so much, I convinced JLabs to give away a pair of their Epic 2 Wireless Earbuds to a lucky Suzlyfe reader! US only (sorry, I love you all). Giveaway ends midnight August 17. Enter via the RaffleCopter below!
FOR ALL: Use code SUZLYFE for 10% off your order now through August 31!
What is a trend that you stubbornly refused to join in with, and now that you have, you would never turn back?
What do you use headphones for? Running? Life?
What is your greatest concern when purchasing earbuds?
And now it is time to link up with Rachel, Lora, and Debbie for Running Coaches Corner! I am also linking up with Patty, Erika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run, Nicole, Annmarie, Michelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday, and Ilka and Angela for Food and Fitness Sunday.