Overview: Jabra has pushed the envelope for running headphones. In 2014, it launched the Jabra Sport Pulse, its first pair of wireless sport headphones with a built-in heart-rate monitor; in fall 2016, we got the updated Jabra Sport Pulse ($160) and the Sport Coach Special Edition ($120). The former, and more expensive of the two, features a heart-rate monitor and continuous VO2 Max testing, a measure of the rate at which you consume oxygen during a workout. The more affordable Jabra Sport Coach SE doesn’t have a heart-rate monitor, but it does have a TrackFit motion sensor that automatically counts activities like push-ups and sit-ups.

Fit: Despite the differing appearances, both headphones have the same exact fit. Each pair comes with a variety of silicone earbud cushions and earwings in various sizes, so you can mix and max to get the right fit. For me, the fit was hit or miss — on some runs they would stay put and on other runs they felt loose. It’s obviously a matter of getting the right combination for your ears, but they didn’t hold as steady for me as others on here.

Sound Quality: Sound quality — which Jabra hasn’t been particularly known for — was strong on both headphones. The bass wasn’t super heavy. In terms of loudness, it was on par with the Bose SoundSport Wireless. It’s solid.

Who Should Buy These: The Jabra Sport Pulse SE is designed for endurance athletes doing VO2 max training. The Sport Coach SE is ideal for HIIT workouts. Both headphones will give you updates how you’re doing throughout the workout, updating you on distance, cadence or how close you are to reaching your workout goal. To get any of these features, in either headphone, you’ll need to use the Jabra Sports Life app.

Admittedly, both headphones pack a lot of features that might be overkill if you’re just running and not training for something specific. And the battery life isn’t great — expect less than five hours. However, the sound quality is comparatively very good and the price doesn’t come near the $200 mark of the Powerbeats3 Wireless.

Other Recommended Reviews:
• “We’re highly impressed with the Jabra Sport Pulse, both from the perspective of accurate and useable heart rate tracking and the breadth and variety of workouts. It’s one of the best heart rate monitors we’ve tried, with a rich array of clever metrics to boot.” — Wareable
• “If you’d rather your fitness wearable live in your ear than on your wrist, the Sport Pulse SE are the premiere choice.” — Digital Trends

Key Specs
Jabra Sport Pulse SE
Driver: 6mm dynamic
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
Water Resistance: IP55
Charge: micro-USB
Battery Life: 5 hours

Jabra Sport Coach SE
Driver: 6mm dynamic
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
Water Resistance: IP55
Charge: micro-USB
Battery Life: 5.5 hours

Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless

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