Jaybird Freedom Sprint Shrinks And Standardizes Charging Port (review)

A couple years ago I was introduced to JayBird’s earphone products with the Endorphin and Tiger Eyes models[1]. They were solid workout earphones, but I was much more pleased with the JayBird Freedom[2] model that brought Bluetooth wireless connectivity. I didn’t like the unique charging cable and had to make efforts to never misplace it and thankfully the new JayBird Freedom Sprint[3] model uses a standard microUSB port to charge.

Check out my image gallery[4] with several pictures of the new JayBird Freedom Sprint.

In addition to the standard microUSB port for charging, you will find the JayBird Freedom Sprint earphones are 40% smaller and have the small indicator light on the inside (facing your head rather than out towards others). While the headset is much smaller, JayBird states you will see 25% less play time. This results in about 4.5 hours of play time (Freedom model is 6 hours) and with all of my runs being less than 2 hours this is not a concern for me. I also like that the outside now has a soft touch matte finish rather than a glossy black finish.

Inside the attractive black and neon green retail package you will find the JayBird Freedom Sprint earphones, a carrying case, three pairs of sound isolating earbud tips, three pairs of secure fit ear cushion fins, two ear hooks (I never used these), a user manual, and a microUSB cable. You will also find a coupon code to use the MapMyFitness service[5] for three months, a $59.95 value. I use Nike+, my MOTOACTV, and Sports Tracker for fitness tracking, but may give this trial a chance. The large size earbud tips and ear cushion fins fits me well. You will find L and R on each fin and earphone so you know which side fits in which ear. I LOVE the secure fit ear cushion fins and find they ALWAYS keep the earphones secure in my ear as I run for miles and miles. I have tried a lot of earphones while running and these ones stay the most secure. The size of JayBird Freedom has never been much of an issue for me, but I do like the smaller size of the Freedom Sprint.

All the controls are found on the right earphone to make it easy to control your media and calls. I like that JayBird put the main multi-function button on the top since I wasn’t a huge fan of the outside button on the Freedoms. I understand this required a specialized gasket to keep the earphones sweat proof. The multi-function button is used for answering and ending calls and playing/pausing media. On the back side of the right earphone you will find the volume up and down buttons that also act to skip forward and back in your media.

The left earphone houses the microphone and the microUSB port. The microUSB port is secured under a gasket cover as well. The two earphones are attached by a soft, flat cord that fits perfectly without too much slack or being too tight.

I completed my longest run in years, 7.5 miles, with the JayBird Freedom Sprint the other day and they performed flawlessly. I used my MOTOACTV to play music during my run and audio was loud with good quality. I actually had to turn down the headphones at first because they were too loud. I did find when I walked the sound from my MOTOACTV cut in and out since the MOTOACTV was on my left wrist. I placed it on my right wrist and sound was flawless. The manual recommends placing your media player on the right side of your body too.

You can pair up to two devices with the Freedom Sprint. It uses Bluetooth 2.1+EDR with a range of 33 feet in the 2.4 GHz frequency band. A 4mm omni-directional microphone is integrated into the left earphone and I just wish my MOTOACTV allowed me to make audio recordings since I often have ideas I want to remember while running.

If you listen to music while you run or need to be able to take and make calls while working out, then you should seriously consider the JayBird Freedom Sprint. The headset is available now for $129. If you workout for more than 4 hours then you might want to consider the JayBird Freedom, good for 6 hours, since that is still an excellent headset as well.

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  1. ^ Endorphin and Tiger Eyes models (www.zdnet.com)
  2. ^ JayBird Freedom (www.zdnet.com)
  3. ^ JayBird Freedom Sprint (www.jaybirdgear.com)
  4. ^ image gallery (www.zdnet.com)
  5. ^ MapMyFitness service (www.mapmyfitness.com)

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    • J
    • September 4, 2012

    Workout Tips? I need some tips on how to maximize my workout. I’m 15, stand 6ft 1in, and weigh 172. I’ve got a curlbar, 60 lbs worth of weight in 10 lb ingriments, 2 15 lb dumbells, 1 35 lb dumbell, and a machine that supposedly goes up to 200 lbs to work with. What should I eat, what supplements should I drink (I’m on some whey protein that you pick up at vitamin shoppe), what execises should I do to maximize results and gain muscle and lose some weight. I’m pretty active, especially at running and weightlifting, so I’m not a beginning exerciser. I’d just like to see some better abs, bulkier biceps/triceps, a nicer back and shoulders, and most of all, a good looking chest. I really need to work on my chest and abs. It’s hard for me to get good results in those areas. So if you don’t mind, give a little help. By the way, is it okay to weightlift every week day, or should I switch between running and weightlifting daily? Been wandering about that.

      • HealthNut
      • September 4, 2012

      Alternate between running and weightlifting everyday. It’ll help your muscles and give your workout some variety. For your chest and shoulders: benchpress, benchpress, benchpress.

      Squats. Hold your arms in front of you and put your hands together. Squat down, back straight and keep your feet shoulder width apart. Start with 2 sets of 20.

      Crunches. Do 3 sets of 33 and a different kind of crunch for every set. Start by laying on the floor and propping your legs up on the mattress (cross your ankles). Do a set of 33 crunches that way. Scoot back and hold up your legs in the same position as before. Do a set of 33 that way. Now do bicycle crunches (a set of 33).

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    Is There An Online Site That Gives Free Workout Tips? I’m looking for a site that gives free workout tips and tips on getting abs. I don’t need a so-called “quick trick” that will supposedly get me a six-pack in 2 days. I just want tips on how to work out and what to eat to get in shape.

      • HealthNut
      • September 4, 2012

      If you want to stay in shape, you need to adopt healthy eating habits and make exercise a part of your daily life.

      How to start?

      Choose exercises you enjoy according to your fitness level. Aerobics exercises move the muscles fairly continuously and strengthen the heart and lungs. Examples of such activities are brisk walking, jogging, aerobic dancing, swimming, badminton, cycling and football.

      If you have not exercised for a long time or just started, start slowly and increase gradually over a period of 3 to 6 weeks.

      For those who are above 35 years old, overweight, or have medical problems, you need to check with a medical doctor before you embark on an exercise programme.

      Frequency or How often?

      Exercise for at least 20 minutes, 3 times a week or more

      Intensity and duration?

      Do exercise until you perspire and breathe deeply without getting breathless. You should be able to talk or whistle while exercising.

      Do warm up and stretch for at least 5 minutes before exercise. Also not to forget to cool down and stretch after exercise.

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    Can You Give Me Some Workout Tips On Buns? I have a big butt and I don’t know how to lose the waight. Can someone help me out? Can you name some workout tips that might work for me?

      • HealthNut
      • September 4, 2012

      Squats….work a treat, trust me!

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    What Diet/workout Tips Do You Have To Become Thinner, More Lean? I don’t want to gain muscle, I have huge thighs. I am just trying to slim down. What workout/diet tips do you reccomend?

      • HealthNut
      • September 4, 2012

      Aerobics + diet.

    • XP
    • September 4, 2012

    Can I Have Some Good Workout Tips? Hey could I get some good workout tips. I’m medium built but i want to be lean and fit. I also want to tone and shape my legs a lot. Please tell me if you have any good tips!

      • HealthNut
      • September 4, 2012

      Yes,visit the following sites for fitness.You may not need a full-fledged diet right now, but you can still incorporate some slim-down strategies into your daily life.

      Eat breakfast. Studies show that eating breakfast is associated with keeping weight off once you’ve lost it.

      Fill up on low-cal foods. Start every meal with the items on your plate that are lowest in calories. By the time you get to the other foods, you won’t be so hungry, possibly decreasing your total intake.

      Begin with soup. Starting lunch or dinner with a broth-based, vegetable-filled soup will curb hunger so you’ll be less tempted to eat higher-calorie foods.

      Arrive fashionably late. Without as much time near the buffet table at parties, you’ll eat less.

      Divide your lunch. Afternoon snacker? Cut your lunch in half: have part at mealtime and the other half later in the afternoon.

      Swap mustard for mayo. A tablespoon of mayonnaise has 100 calories, compared with 10 calories for a tablespoon of yellow mustard.

      Duration of Exercise
      You may not be exercising long enough. The rule of thumb is cardio for 30 minutes, three times per week. If you really want to reach your goal, try five 45-minute cardio workouts per week. That sounds like a lot of exercise, but remember this is in order to meet your goal, not necessarily maintain it.

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    Can You Guys Suggest Me Some Workout Tips? I dont want bulky. Just a skinny type. With chest, arms and abs. Please suggest some diet tips and workout as well. I am 20 years old 66 kg hight 5ft 6inch.

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    What Are Some Good Teen Workout Tips? I live in a small town with no gym. And my don’t have a soccer team. Im trying to workout. Get more muscule and lose weight. I do that every once and awhile but i don’t know if im doing it right. Anyone have any tips what to do?
    About the soccer team i meant that there isnt one this year!!

      • HealthNut
      • September 4, 2012

      This website has good things to help you lose weight and tone up your body, it helps me lose 2 pounds per week.



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