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Plantronics BackBeat Fit 2100

(2 customer reviews)

The best headphones for running

This pair lets in environmental noise to keep you safe and sounds better than the competition. The BackBeat Fit 2100 earbuds are tough, comfortable, and resistant to water and sweat, and they have a battery life of seven-plus hours.

$59.99 $99.99

Who this is for: If you run outside frequently (as opposed to on a treadmill), you need headphones that not only stay in place comfortably, are sweat resistant, and are easy to use, but also allow you to hear your surroundings so you can stay safe from cars and other hazards.

They’re comfortable and easy to use while you’re moving, and they’re resistant to sweat, rain, and dust. The BackBeat Fit 2100 offers great sound quality.

The earbuds feel lightweight and stable—you can just pop them onto your head and go. A hook over the ear and a small wing just inside the outer ear keep each earbud in place. The BackBeat Fit 2100 has a claimed battery life of seven hours. If you run out of juice and are in a hurry, the pair’s quick-charge feature will give you one hour of use after only a 15-minute charge.

 

Flaws but not dealbreakers: For the most part, the BackBeat Fit 2100 is fantastic, but we have a minor quibble. If you run with a scarf in cold weather or have a high collar on your jacket, the thick, rubberized cable that connects the earbuds may occasionally brush against it, but we never felt as though the earbuds were tugging or at risk of falling out.

Battery life: Seven hours
Protected against: Water, sweat, dust; IP57
Warranty: One year

 

 

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  • SAFETY: Stay visible in the dark with the reflective finish and train safer with Always Aware eartips that are designed to let in ambient sound, allowing you to simultaneously listen to music and hear your surroundings.
  • COMFORTABLE DESIGN: BackBeat FIT wireless headphones have a soft, flexible and secure-fit earloop design that provides a comfortable fit and remains stable during your most rigorous workouts.
  • LONG LASTING BATTERY: Bluetooth headphones have up to seven hours of wireless power so you can move more and charge less.
  • WATERPROOF AND SWEATPROOF: IP57-rated durable, sweatproof and waterproof design protects the earphones from sweat, rain, and spills and can withstand your most rigorous workouts.
  • MY TAP: New My Tap offers feature customization through the Plantronics BackBeat app. Set a timer, start a stopwatch or select your favorite playlist directly from your earbuds without ever interrupting your workout.backbeat fit 2100, plantronics backbeat fit, bluetooth earbuds, bluetooth running

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  1. Brennan L Gantner

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    I’ve owned the original Backbeat Fit headphones for years and LOVE them. I often used them for 3-4 hours a day, they stay comfortable and just keep trucking. After many many abuses they are finally starting to break down and I decided to give the new version a try. I saw many of the lukewarm reviews of them, but they generally seemed similar to the reviews of the original, most of which I thought were unfair or just wrong. As is stated before, but always seems to be missed, these are not the headphones for hardcore audiophiles. They are 1/2 open ear headphones that allow you to hear traffic, bikers, etc while running or generally being in an outdoor environment. Therefore the sound is never going to be perfect. It’s good, even great for what they are, but they are designed to let noise in from the outside, that is not a flaw. It also seems that a lot of people are like me and upgrading from the original version, let’s cover the differences really fast.

    Generally everything is the same or slightly better. The ear buds are the same, fit and feel the same (which is great). The over the ear loops are a slightly softer/rubber-ier material, little thinner. I would say slightly more comfortable, but hardly a big change. The buttons are down to one on each side (from two). It’s fine. The old way worked, but I can see the appeal of dropping buttons and the new combos just take a sec to learn and work just as well. The new buttons are fine, little less tactile feedback, but again just different, not better or worse. One nice improvement is that there is no longer a seam between the ear loop and connecting band. That is what broke down on my original one (after years of shoving into pockets and backpacks) and that seam is gone, its one piece of material from end to end. So they should last longer. Oddly the electronic voice seems to have taken a step back. I don’t really care what they sound like since I really only hear it when I turn them on, but it’s an odd thing to have it be noticeably worse, just more electronic-y and slightly harder to understand. Not a big deal at all, just really weird.

    And that is pretty much it. EXCEPT for the hissing noise. I saw a few people mention it in other reviews but figured that they got unlucky or just weren’t used to the open ear sound. NOPE. I have had three pairs now (after returns) and all three have sounded terrible. They work, the music/podcasts play, but in the background is a white noise static that is 1/4-1/2 the volume of the podcast voices. The worst of the three was loud enough that it occasionally would completely drown out the people talking if they get slightly quiet. Tried updating each one to the latest firmware, no change. After three tries, this is obviously a flaw in design, software or manufacturing.

    Basically, you should not buy these at this time (Nov 2018). If they can fix the hissing sound issue and reliably deliver a working headphone, I have no reservation giving these a 5 star review and will buy them in a heartbeat. Until then, buy the originals (which I will do shortly). Also at this time the originals are about $25 less anyway. While the new ones are better in a couple of little ways, really not worth an extra $25. Buy the originals. And plantronics, get it together. You made a great device in the originals, don’t throw away that good will with these new ones. GET THEM FIXED!

    Brennan L Gantner

  2. Knapp Family

    Awful sound quality–huge step down from previous Backbeat FIT

    Knapp Family