The popularity of wireless headphones for running has exploded within the last couple of years, but up until now, they all came with drawbacks including connectivity issues, excessive weight, and short battery life. This has all changed with today’s release of the VISTA. Jaybird VISTA wireless headphones have an extended battery life of 32 hours, are IPX7 waterproof, crushproof, and are the lightest, most comfortable true wireless headphones we have ever tested. Jaybird VISTA has other unique design features that improve their usability far beyond the RUN XT, their last true wireless earbuds which I’m going to talk about in this review. Now that you know what sets the Jaybird VISTA apart, let’s get into the finer details, and why I have awarded them an Editor’s Choice Award for best wireless headphones for running, and ultrarunning.
Hopefully, this review answers any questions that you may have about the Jaybird VISTA but if not, please feel free to ask me anything in the comments down below. Scroll to the bottom of this page for my video review.
What’s the sound quality like?
The sound quality of the Jaybird VISTA is impressive, to say the least. In my opinion, the VISTA has the best audio quality of all Jaybird wireless headphones to date. The tips of the buds create a secure and well-sealed fit that allows improved audio precision, and less harmonic distortion, leading to a wonderful balance of great sound and warm bass. In the box, you’ll find different tips to choose from depending on your ear shape and size, this will ensure the best quality seal for your ear shape and the most immersive experience possible.
The audio is so crisp and immersive right out the box, but what makes Jaybird headphones extra special is that you can quickly apply customized equalizer presets using the Jaybird App. The preset I use is called “The Perfect Balance”, which gives me an enhanced, well-rounded bass which makes electronic and dance music sound awesome. The Jaybird App also offers a quick hearing test which plays some tones to you, asking you to turn them up until you hear them. Once complete, you get your own personalized base preset applied, which you can then tweak to further enhance your listening. You can tweak the earbud button assignments within the app too, for things like a ‘double-tap’ for next song or ‘right tap’ to answer calls, for example.
The connection strength/quality between the VISTA earbuds and my phone has been rock solid. I believe this is down to Jaybird’s latest JBS1 wireless technology which gives these earbuds best-in-class RF connectivity. I also noticed during the initial setup process that pairing the VISTA to my iPhone was much faster than previous generation Jaybird headphones. To pair the VISTA to your phone, place the earbuds in the charging case and tap the small button inside. This process is so much easier and faster than it used to be.
Audio and connection quality for phone calls with Jaybird VISTA is very clear, responsive and also in stereo. I have experienced no lag at all while using these earbuds for phone calls. I know this because I received a rather annoying telemarketing call while out on a run! haha.
Is the Jaybird VISTA good for running?
They have been designed with outdoor sports in mind so yes, and in my experience using them, they are hands down the best true wireless headphones for running. Here are 5 reasons why Jaybird VISTA is great for running:
1. Lightweight and secure fit
VISTA only weighs 6 grams (0.2 oz.) and the shape of the earbuds all for a really secure in-ear fit. You’ll probably never worry about an earbud dropping out while running ever again. That was a problem for me while running with other true wireless buds.
2. Jaybird VISTA is very Comfortable
Because VISTA is extra lightweight and fits so well, they are really comfortable to wear for long periods of time. This is a feature that marathon runners, ultrarunners, and fastpackers are going to love about these earbuds.
3. VISTA has a 32-hour battery life
By using the earbuds independently (i.e. one bud at a time), you can extend battery life up to 32 hours, which is music to my ears as an ultrarunner! Jaybird VISTA will last 6 hours on one charge, plus an extra 10 hours via the charging case, which is small and light enough to stash away during a run (see photo below).
4. IPX7 waterproof, sweat-proof and crush-proof
With this kind of durability, there’s no need to worry about getting caught in a storm, accidentally washing an earbud with your sports gear, or accidentally standing on one. I haven’t personally tested the ‘crush-proof’ feature, though.
5. VISTA uses JBS1 connectivity
A stable connection means that your music won’t drop out, which was a problem with the older generation, Jaybird RUN.
Jaybird VISTA Battery Life
For true wireless earbuds, being able to get 32 hours of use is pretty incredible. To get a full 32 hours of use you are required to use the earbuds independently, charging the one not in use while the other one is in your ear. As standard, while using both buds at the same time, VISTA can run for 6 hours on one charge.
To get an extra 10 hours you’ll need to have the charging case with you, which is small and light enough to conveniently stash in your pocket or hydration pack during a fastpacking adventure or ultramarathon. There’s also a quick-charge feature that provides 1 hour of battery life for only 5 minutes of charge time. Useful if you forget to charge your headphones before a run. The case is easily charged using the included USB-C cable.
Can you use the Jaybird VISTA in the rain?
Yes, VISTA has an IPX7 waterproof rating, so the should survive even in the worst weather conditions. This is a pretty essential feature for trail runners because mountain weather can be so unpredictable. VISTA’s impressive durability makes them a great investment.
How much does Jaybird VISTA cost?
Jaybird VISTA is priced at $179.99 from Jaybirdsport.com and will be shipping in August. In my opinion, this is great value for money for premium wireless earbuds with long-lasting durability.
Jaybird VISTA Specs
Earbud Dimensions: 22 mm x 24mm x 18 mm
Charging Case Dimensions: 74 mm x 36.5 mm x 24 mm
Weight of headphone (without Eargels): 6 g
Weight of Charging Case + buds: 45 g
Jaybird VISTA Full User Guide/Manual
You can download the Jaybird VISTA user guide/manual HERE.