Running... Again?

  If you know me you know there was a time about 10 years ago or so where I was running. A lot. At least 5 days a week and at least 5 miles a run. I wasn’t training, I wasn’t preparing for a race or a marathon. I just found myself enjoying the time spent running. I wasn’t obsessed with numbers, but I kept track of them all and liked seeing improvements in time and distances. It was good physical health and mental health. Then I tweaked my knee. Not bad enough that I couldn’t walk on it, just a tweak that told me I needed to back off of running for a little bit. So I decided on 2 weeks. At the end of 2 weeks I aborted a run very early as the pain was still there. 2 weeks became 3, became a month, became 5 years. 

Plantronics BackBeat GO

BackBeat GO
So these just came in. Platronics BackBeat GOs. Initial thoughts are they are far more comfortable than the Jarv earphones, and feel more stable in the ear. Surprisingly these buds aren't that much smaller than the Jarv. Maybe the fact that they're more sculpted than the Jarv makes them seem smaller.

Jarv on the left, Platronics on the right
Where things are more noticeable is in the wire of these wireless earbuds and the controller.

Jarv on top, Platronics on bottom
As you can see the cord of the Jarv looks to be twice as thick (though a little shorter) than the Platronics BackBeat GO. The controller is also quite a bit smaller. Nice thing with the BackBeats are the buttons are raised +, ▪︎ and - signs making them more distinct when using the fingers to figure out which button is which. The Jarv has three of the same sized and shaped buttons.

These are Bluetooth 2.1 models, so not the leading edge in Bluetooth tech. Sound while sitting in front of the Mac while writing this is decent to good. Bass seems to be an issue in general with Bluetooth earphones, and these are no exception. It's not bad, but it could be better. Sound is clear though. And, more important to me, once I got them in I've not had to fuss with them, which hopefully rolls over tomorrow when I try them for a run.


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