Hey everyone, Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom. Jabra now has a full-line up of Sport earbuds that are water and dust resistant. I’ve reviewed their Jabra Sport Pulse which measures your heart rate, the Jabra Sport Pace which is the budget friendly version of their sport line-up, and in this review, we’re looking at the mid-range Sport Coach model, priced at $149 retail as of this review. This is the second half of a 2-part series. Part 1 goes over in detail the Sport Pace model that Jabra supplied me, which could be a better alternative as it’s cheaper, and offers a different design that you might prefer.
Going over the physical features first, these are built well. Despite being mostly hard plastic, they don’t feel cheap or poorly made. Looking at the right earphone and under the silicone earwings is a micro-USB port for charging the device. Jabra claims up to 5.5 hours of use, and from my testing of leaving this on from a full battery to dead at 50% volume with two 15 minute runs in between, just like I did on the Jabra Sport Pace, I was able to achieve 4 hours and 52 minutes of use. When comparing to other wireless sport Bluetooth earphones, the up to 5.5 hours, or my actual results I got are a bit on the low side.
Staying on the right side, moving down, there’s your volume controls and pairing buttons offering nice feedback and clicky buttons. Testing this on both Apple and Android devices worked fine with offering pause and play, volume up and down, and confirming phone calls do work as well.
Moving onto the left earbud, like all of the Sport models features the Sport Button, used to answer phone calls and when pressed during a workout, gives you information on your current performance.
Regarding overall durability and simply using these from day-to-day, they’re, not the lay-flat tangle free cords you see on the Sport Pace model, but if they do tangle, it’s not a pain to quickly unravel them. In addition, when comparing to the Sport Pace, the wires on these are much more flexible so I didn’t notice the wire on the back of my neck as much as I did with the sport pace, but both models were still fine to wear.
Last as I stated earlier, these are water and dust resistant. Jabra states this is IP55 certified, with the 1st number, number 5 out of 6 indicating this is, of course… dust resistant, and the second number, number 5 out of 9 indicating this can resist a sustained, low pressure water jet spray. The Jabra Sport Pace model is just a hair lower rated at IP54. Essentially with both models, you can sweat with this on or be caught in the rain and have no problems. After my testing, spraying water on my earbuds, they’re still working fine.
FITMENT AND COMFORT
And right before getting into comfort, Jabra does provide a nice compact carrying case to help keep all of your eartips, ear wings and of course your earbuds protected while traveling. Regarding those eartips, there’s three in total. They’re very soft and comfortable in my ear, easy to fit from my personal experience and more importantly, provides a secure hold. One thing to be aware, these are in-ear earbuds. The Sport Pace model sat somewhat in the ear canal, but the Sport Coach model that I’m reviewing here, are for sure considered as in-ear. I like in-ears because they do provide a more immersive sound presence, but for some runners and especially cyclists, because the outside world is muffled down a good bit, it may be dangerous say when you’re running by yourself or cycling on the side of a road. Just take that into consideration. Regarding overall wear comfort, for me, and everyone’s ears are different, but because of the USB port and sensor on either earbud, the silicone protrusion sits on the earlobe and provides a good bit of stability versus earphones that just use ear wings. Testing this with running stayed in my ear perfectly fine, something more vigorous like jumping jacks, push-ups, or also running up an oddly shaped hill, the earbuds never fell out of my ear nor did I lose audio isolation.
FITNESS, HEALTH, AND THE APP
But before getting into the sound test, Jabra and their sport line-up of earphones differentiate from other sport earphones that just play audio, by offering a very comprehensive app to help supplement your workouts. If you have watched Part 1, this will look very similar, but, there are some minor differences that make the Sport Coach different. On the main page, any of the metrics can be customized and have it show different bits of information. On this page, the first thing I noticed that is different is Cadence is an available real-time metric you can monitor… this wasn’t on the Sport Pace. But tapping on this, you can select either Split Speed, Pace, Avg. Speed, Duration, Distance, Calories Burned, Avg. pace, Speed, Pace (split), and last is battery information which comes in very helpful.
Moving down, you can segment your workouts, and label it as any of the following you see on screen. and if you need to, feel free to rewind the video or pause if I’m going too fast. You can choose Free mode which will measure most of the basics for you, or… you can set goals before you start any activity. There are two additional goals that you don’t get on the Sport Pace model, and that’s Cross-Training and Cadence Goal. Opening up Cross-Training real quick since this is one of the Coach’s selling points, they’re 3 to 6-minute workouts each, with a list of exercises to perform as you can see on your screen. When you start the circuit, there are some exercises that are based on time, and others where you perform a disclosed amount of reps. After you personally finish each rep set, you tap the checkmark to the right and move onto the next exercise. Most exercises are bodyweight exercises like push-ups, burpees, lunges, squats, and the very few involves using the suggested kettle-bell. From my assessment, the coaching is there with audio cues indicating how much time is left and what the next exercise is coming up.
But, I was under the impression the earphones would count these movements with wording from their website. Unfortunately, the Coach doesn’t count these movements. As stated earlier, you would have to manually tap that check mark to move on.
But getting back to what other goals you can attempt to achieve, Distance, Time, Calories, Cadence, Target Pace which is my personal favorite, and last is interval training.
Last, you can select your music source, either locally stored on your phone or stream music from the likes of Pandora, Slacker Radio, iHeartradio, etc. But let’s start a running segment and see how it looks.
When you initiate a run, your phone’s GPS will kick in to track your distance and help with calculating your pace, speed, and other various data. Not to mention, Jabra has their Trackfit Motion Sensor technology built into this that does offer a bit more detail over the Jabra Pace. Starting a run, you have Cadence and Duration that displays on default, but keep in mind you can tap this to customize the display with everything I disclosed earlier. If you want more information on one screen, the next page is just that. The very last page will be a map of your run that tracks where you are in real-time. Once you stop the workout session, a summary is provided detailing some of your metrics, the map once again, and last are linear line graphs which works great as you can visually see and compare how changing one area of performance, like Cadence may have either improved or decreased your speed, in-turn, affecting your pace.
For those who already use popular apps like Endomondo, Runkeeper, Strava, MyfitnessPal, and Runtastic, this app does feed data to those apps for you.
Before going into audio next, let me discuss really quickly what other features are on here. In the menu icon, you have History to see all of your runs, but better, achievements are viewable to see and compare, your best week, best month, and you can even compare what your best record was for the year. There’s also a Fitness test which you can perform when you first get this to baseline your performance. Last, in Settings, as I stated earlier, during any of your workouts, the earphones will periodically come on, lowering the music if it has to, and inform you of the following information on screen. What’s also important, you can select when the audio-prompts comes on. Every minute or every hour, or a read-out at certain markets, like every half a mile or every mile.
And for those who will be at the gym, some folks leave their phone down while reracking or leaving the phone out of your pocket while doing squats and leg presses, the furthest distance I walked away from my phone in my field test was between 30 to 35 linear feet. Just a few feet shorter than the Sport Pace.
Finally, let’s talk about Jabra’s sound signature. Although, this model does offer Dolby Audio, I’m going to discuss what this sounds like from the factory first. Starting with bass, these are slightly lower in bass for some songs than the Jabra Sport Pace. It hits, but it’s not overdone and it’s not underpowered either. If you’re not a bass lover and desire something more balanced , this is the way to go. For the rest, the sound signature is very similar to the pace with an accompany mid-range that’s not boxy, recessed yet not bright either. The high notes are kept in check without being tingy or ear ringing, having me use these earphones in general for 2 hours straight with no listening fatigue.
There’s a little bit more audio separation and just an ever slightly bigger soundstage from the factory, but it’s not dramatic or as open as say the Jaybird X2 or Power Beats 2.
Going back to Dolby Audio, when you do buy the Sport Coach or the Sport Pulse models, you get a Dolby Audio code in the retail box to install and use the app. Things to know about Dolby Audio, this only works for locally stored music. Jabra does confirm this does not work for online music streaming services. But, if you are listening locally, the Dolby does provide a noticeable difference, not drastic, but the audio characteristics and soundstage are improved. There’s also an equalizer built-into the app to supplement the Dolby Audio Processing, in which you can indeed increase the bass just a bit to your liking, or make the mid-range stand out a bit more. Overall, with Dolby the audio works well, and if you won’t be using this feature, downloading your own 3rd party equalizer helps a very good sounding balanced pair of sport earphones, sound even better and immersive from my experience.
So that’s it for this review. Remember to check out the links in the video description if you want to check for updated prices or to watch Part 1 and compare with the more budget friendly model, the Jabra Sport Pace. Remember to show your support by Liking and Subscribing, and if you can’t do that, make sure you add me on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Again, I’m Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom and my channel is here to help YOU make a purchase decision. You guys take care, I’ll see you on the next one.
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