I love my Jaybird Vista earbuds, they are my go-to for running. And even though they’re still going strong, the release of the Jaybird Vista 2 makes me want to upgrade! I will refrain, for now… But here are the main reasons I want the new version:
This would have been really handy these past several months as I’ve been getting my backyard landscaped and I had to listen to the sounds of construction as I worked all day. Some earbuds to help block all of that out would have been really appreciated.
On the flipside of the before feature… when I’m outside running I want to hear my surroundings. I always run with only one earbud anyway, but the Vista 2 allows you to adjust the settings to let external noise pass through so you can hear the world around you. Safety first!
Other features too:
I haven’t dropped my earbuds in sand, as this picture shows, but I did drop one on a trail once. I picked it up and blew the dust off. But the updated version is supposed to be even tougher.
There are more options to customize your experience with them. I will admit, I rarely use the Jaybird app with my Vista because it isn’t super intuitive to me, but the new version is supposed to be easier to customize too.
The Vista 2 is supposed to have a 24-hour battery life… with an asterisk. I have yet to run for 24 hours straight. Or even listen to ear buds for 24 hours straight. The asterisk: the reality of this claim is that it is 8 hours of battery life plus 16 in the case. 5 minutes of charging the buds in the cases will restore 1 hour of playback time. (Honestly, I think I would get tired of having an earbud in way before that battery gave up, even at 8 hours.)
The Vista 2 are retailing for $199, which also means the Vista first gen is now retailing for only $149. But they’re worth it… I have a couple of pairs of cheap wireless earbuds which I will be reviewing soon too. I reach for my Jaybirds over those all the time.
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