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Plantronics BackBeat Fit review

The Good Plantronics BackBeat Fit is a lightweight wireless stereo headset (with integrated microphone) that features a sweatproof design and decent sound. It stays in your ears and most people should find it comfortable to wear. It also includes a reflective armband case for smartphones that doubles as a storage case for the headphones.

The Bad When you’re running, the cord (around the back of your neck) does flop around a bit, which may bother some people. Would ideally cost closer to $100.

The Bottom Line That Plantronics BackBeat Fit may not be perfect, but it’s one of the best wireless sports headphones available.

Over the years I’ve tried a fair number of wireless Bluetooth sports headphones and I’ve yet to come across one that’s truly outstanding. Whether it’s their performance or design, each model, even the best ones, tend to have some sort of niggling issue that keeps them from being universally appealing (with a product that involves the shape of your ears, it’s hard to please everyone).

Plantronics BackBeat Fit, which comes in blue or lime green, may fall short of being outstanding, but it is better than most wireless sports headphones on the market. Also, it’s pretty well priced so long as you find some added value in the inclusion of a reversible and reflective armband that secures your smartphone and doubles as a case for the headphones.

Plantronics BackBeat Fit
The BackBeat Fit comes in lime green or blue.Sarah Tew/CNET

Design and Features
In contrast to Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 Bluetooth and Jaybird Gear BlueBuds X in-ear wireless sports headphones, the Fit’s eartips aren’t designed to be jammed all they way into your ears, sealing off the outside world. Rather, these are designed to let some ambient noise in so you can hear traffic if you’re running or biking with them outside. Look closely and you’ll see they resemble standard hard buds with a firm silicon covering that’s that has a little loop on it that helps keep the earphone in your ear. While they’re not quite as comfortable as Bose’s SIE2 sports headphone (it’s a wired model), the Fit is built around a similar concept of having a loser fit earbud with a silicon tip that keeps the bud locked in your ear.

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