Jabra Elite Active 75t Review: Great for Your Next Hot and Sweaty Session

Evaluation:
9/10
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1 – Absolute Hot Garbage
2 – Lukewarm garbage from Sorta
3 – Highly imperfect design
4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
5 – Acceptably imperfect
6 – Good enough to buy on sale
7 – Great, but not the best in its class
8 – Fantastic, with a few footnotes
9 – Shut up and take my money
10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Price: $ 199

Jabra Elite Active 75t with case in backgroundCameron Summerson

When I reviewed the Jabra Elite 75, I called them the healthiest real wireless headphones you could buy. I had the Elite Active 75t, which adds water and sweat protection to the package, for several weeks, and guess what? It’s the same story here. But now you can sweat everywhere.

Here’s what we like

Excellent sound quality
Long battery life
Good fit most of the time
HearThrough lets you hear what’s going on around you

And what we don’t do

They can slip if you are a thick sweater
Missing high-end features like ANC

So here’s the problem: these headphones are almost identical to the Elite 75t. Everything I said about these – from the case, to the fit, to the sound quality – can be applied to them. They are literally the same headphones when it comes to all these things. So instead of writing the same thing again, I’m going to direct you to this exam for meat and potatoes.

Instead, I’m going to focus on the one thing that is different about the Elite Active 75t: using them for training. The Elite 75t has IP55 protection, which makes it resistant to dust and water against water jets. The Elite Active 75t, on the other hand, increases the protection up to IP57, which offers the same level of dust resistance but increases the water resistance up to complete immersion at one meter.

The Jabra Elite Active 75t showing the ear tipsI am currently using two different sized tips for a more secure fit in each ear. Cameron Summerson

All in all, it’s not a huge difference. Both helmets are even covered by a full two-year warranty against dust and water. Really, if you are only looking for a set of “buds that will work well during occasional thunderstorms, then either pair should be fine. But if you want to wear something while you exercise, the Active model is for you. The superior resistance to water should also keep perspiration at bay, which is what you want because your salty and nasty human excretion can really spoil a set of headphones.

Speaking of salty and unpleasant human excretion, I am an active cyclist and I have been wearing the Elite Active 75ts during my training sessions for several weeks (all indoor training however – no headphones outside !). The best part is that these looked good when I increased my training load, which means I was just starting out with harder and longer workouts. It also means more sweat. So much more. Honestly, it’s pretty disgusting.

Jabra Elite Active 75t in caseCameron Summerson

But I’m going astray. The point is, I’ve been sweating all over these badboys during some of the most intense workouts I’ve done in a long time. When I reviewed the Elite 75ts, I applauded the fit, and although I didn’t test them while I was training (because I wanted to wait for the Active model for this), I said, ” I can’t see them coming out even in an intense way. workouts. “

Now that I’ve spent a lot of time with the Actives, I think that’s mostly true. On my hour-long workouts (which are usually on the easiest end of the scale), they’re doing well. But when I push in the 90 and 120 minute workouts (which are usually much more intense), they start to slip when I sweat more. (Note: I am a fairly heavy sweater, although it is not particularly salty.)

Now I find that this adjustment is very subjective because everyone’s ears are different (and most people’s ears are even different from each other), but I tried the three different sets of advice and I always had problems with the left bud. The more I sweated, the more she would want to slide out of my ear. It never fell directly, but there were times when I thought it was going to happen.

Do you know what I really want? That the Elite Active 75ts had ear wings. You know, the little hooks that attach to the end of the ear and fix the bud inside your ear? Like on the excellent Jaybird Vista. These are still the “safest training buds I have ever worn. If I could combine the fit of the Vista with literally everything else from the Elite Active 75t, oh boy. Perhaps this is the perfect set of real wireless headphones.

Jabra Elite Active 75tCameron Summerson

But I’m just dreaming. If I had to deposit the Elite Active 75t in the most simplistic way possible, here it is: exceptional sound, excellent autonomy and a good fit most of the time. If you sweat like me, they can slip. But also, they may not be because you might find a better fit. Your ears are your ears, man.

If you’re trying to choose between active and non-active Elite 75t models, just throw the extra $ 20 on Active. The additional water resistance is easily worth it. Consider this as an insurance policy if you drop them up to a meter of water.

Here’s what we like

Excellent sound quality
Long battery life
Good fit most of the time
HearThrough lets you hear what’s going on around you

And what we don’t do

They can slip if you are a thick sweater
Missing high-end features like ANC

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