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Jabra Elite Active 65t vs Jaybird Run XT vs Apple AirPods (Version 1 and 2)


Looking for a good pair of headphones for working out? The Jabra Elite Active 65t’s are going to be a great choice. During our test workouts, they never fell out once (and we did some crazy workouts with them).

If you spend a lot of time with stationary/isolation exercises, you could get away with using the Apple AirPods. The AirPods are going to be your best bet for office use as well.

In general, there’s almost no reason to get the Jaybird Run XT’s. They are more expensive than the Jabra’s and AirPod’s and perform poorly in and out of the gym.

Headphone Design

  • Headphone Battery Life
    5 Hours 4 Hours 5 Hours
  • Charge Case Battery
    10 hours 12 hours 24 hours
  • Quick Charge
    15 min charge -> 1.5 hours 5 min charge -> 1 hours 15 min charge -> 3 hours
  • Fit
    - In-ear
    - Length of usage depends on shape of ear
    - In-ear
    - Lots of different sized fins and plugs
    Regular fit
  • Charge Case Use
    - Hard to use
    - Buds easily fall out
    Bulky - Easy to use
    - Buds are secure in case
  • Ease of connecting
    Connect 2 devices easily
    Connect 2 devices easily
    Extremely easy to connect with multiple devices
  • Connection Type
    Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 4.2 - Apple H1/W1 custom chips
    - Better than BT 5.0

Headphone Functionality

  • Noise Cancelling
    Yes No No
  • Music Control
    Yes Yes No physical buttons
  • Sound Quality
    - Depends on how they fit in your ear
    - AirPods sound better
    - Sound with a tight fit is great (but can't wear for extended periods)
    - AirPods sound better
    Great (AirPods 2 sound even better)
  • Sweat Protection
    iP56 iPX7 None
  • Extras?
    HearThrough allows the user to hear external sounds while using (this is more of a safety feature) None

Working Out

  • Working Out Features
    HearThrough provides better awareness of your surroundings at the gym None None
  • Test Workout
    Didn't fall out once Failed Failed multiple times
  • Vertical Movements
    No issues Falls out constantly on jumping movements Falls out constantly
  • Horizontal Movements
    No issues No issues Stays in (barely)
  • General Gym Use
    No issues Not recommended unless all you do is walk/run - Might be ok
    - Great for stationary exercises

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