As a runner, I’ve found I need some noise in my ears to keep the voices in my head from bringing me down. I wanted to check out the Fitbit Flyer to see if it was a viable option as part of my running kit and here’s what happened…
Fitbit Flyer: The Techy Stuff
Before I tell you the “after”, I’m going to share the “before”. Because I’d already tried the JBL Free headphones from Verizon, I decided I wanted to compare them to a set that had some different features. On the sports and fitness page of Verizon, I found the Fitbit Flyer.
What I loved/Why I Picked the Fitbit Flyer
- I already am in the Fitbit family (my must have is the Fitbit Versa)
- There is a cord that connects the two earbuds (I won’t worry about losing one while only wearing one)
- That rose gold (it is a new obsession for me, I’m late to the game I think)
- Offers 6 hours of playtime on a charge + you get a one-hour playtime quick charge in ~15 minutes
Fitbit Flyer: My Experience
My first day with the Fitbit Flyer was a rest day, so I charged it up and called Greg over a lunchtime walk. First, I was super bugged out – I could hear everything around me like it was in stereo! I hadn’t dialed him yet, just plugged them in my ears, but I was hearing things like the traffic on the street, people walking near me, and leaves blowing on the trees like it was right in my face.
Once I dialed, those stereo sounds of the outside world went away and I was able to hear him super clear – and he could hear me just fine, too. When we were done chatting, I let them fall around my neck and finished my walk in silence (I think I was on noise sensory overload!).
When I would run with the buds in my ears, I often found myself keeping one in at a time. Frankly, the noise it would pick up during silence was almost too much for me and I was a little scared at how little I could hear when the music was playing. It was almost “I can’t win”, so I’d wear one bud and tuck the other under my tank-top strap.
To be honest, I had the life scared out of me when I was wearing them in that photo above. You’ll notice both are out – one tucked and one flapping in the wind. I had just heard the growling on my 10k and decided to pull them for fear of what I’d heard. Eek!
But the logistics!!!
They stayed in nicely, my ears must have been a perfect match so I didn’t mess with the wingtips or fins that come with the option to customize the size. I also like that when I was in the office I could pair to my computer to listen to my Spotify but keep the phone linked for accepting calls. That was super LEAN and a huge perk of these headphones.
So, what’s my final verdict?
There were things that I liked but things I didn’t. For the price (originally listed with a $129.99 MSRP on Verizon but no longer available; now available on Amazon for under $60), I’m not sure I would. They were nice to try and compare, but I’d say I give them a 4.0 out of 5 stars.
This post was originally a collaboration with Verizon but as of May 2020 they are no longer offering these headphones . You can shop on Verizon’s online store if you would like to see what else they have to offer.
What is your go-to running headphone?