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Jabra Sport Pulse

Jabra Sport Pulse Heart Rate Headphones
  • Editor Rating
  • Rated 4 stars
£89 to £129
  • 80%

  • Heart Rate Monitor functions
    Editor: 85%
  • Heart Rate Accuracy
    Editor: 95%
  • Sound Quality
    Editor: 95%
  • Running functions
    Editor: 80%
  • Fitness monitoring features
    Editor: 80%
  • Ease of Use
    Editor: 95%
  • Battery Life
    Editor: 90%

As well as providing excellent audio quality these Jabra Sport Pulse headphones cleverly acquire accurate heart rate data from an infrared sensor in one of the ear tips.  The Jabra Sport Pulse Bluetooth headphones have been reviewed by Tristan Haskins

 

Release Date (UK) > Oct 2014

Product it replaced > None – these are their first Bluetooth headphones with Heart Rate sensor

Suggested Retail Price (when new) > £129 – now approx £40 / $60

Who are they for?

If you generally listen to music from your iPhone/ Android phone when training these Jabra Sport Pulse headphones could be for you. A pair of good quality Bluetooth headphones can be bought from less than £25 … but what makes these different is the heart rate sensor built-in to one of the ear-pieces. While you train receive audio feedback on heart rate, training load, heart rate zone and much more.

Price Check

What makes these Jabra HRM headphones  special is their high level of training load feedback. You get everything including time in training zones, calories, distance etc. It even has a VO2 Max test built-in to the app. The Jabra Sport app is very good and comes highly recommended. However, if you wish, you can pair these Bluetooth headphones with many popular sports apps. I have tested them with Strava, Polar Beat & Endomondo – receiving accurate HR feedback throughout.

Perfect Fit

The Jabra Sport Pulse comes in attractive packaging with everything you need to get a perfect fit. We don’t all have the same size ears. Jabra have been kind enough to provide 3 x different sizes of both silicon and foam (COMPLY™) ear plugs to get a secure and comfortable fit.

Sound Quality

My range of musical taste is quite wide and varied. I have listened to everything from Rammstein, Metallica and Slaves to Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky with even a little bit of Die Antword thrown in. I have also listened to several Radio 4 plays on the BBC iPlayer Radio app while walking the dogs. Whatever style of audio listened to these headphones have performed admirably. Great clarity, a wide range of frequency responses and even a solid (but safe) bass. I tried both the silicon and the COMPLY ear tips. For me the silicon was the most comfortable, but the COMPLY ones were great on a noisy train to cut out the background chatter.

Main Features

  • Superior quality wireless sound with 5 hours play time
  • In-ear heart rate monitor – accurately acquires HR from inside the ear
  • Automatic Fitness Test – Jabra Sport app tracks your Aerobic VO2 Max level
  • Perfect Fit – 3 x different ear tips give secure and comfortable fit
  • COMPLY foam ear tips – provide passive noise cancellation and enhanced bass
  • Integrated Training app – the Jabra Sport app helps you plan, monitor and evaluate your fitness progress and performance.
  • 3 Year Warranty against sweat
  • Supported by many popular sport apps – compatible with Strava, Endomondo, MapMyFitness, RunKeeper, RunTastic and more …

Measure your fitness level

Test and track your overall fitness through three sophisticated fitness tests that provide a deep insight into your true fitness level.

  • The Rockport Test is designed to measure your VO2 max level, which gives you a precise measurement of the volume of oxygen you can consume while exercising at your maximum capacity and guidance on how well it rates against your age, weight, and gender.
  • The Orthostatic Heart Rate Test monitors your current state and helps you understand if you’re overtraining or under stress.
  • The Resting Heart Rate Test is a great way to understand your base fitness level. Over time you can see how your resting heart level is trending.

Pros

  • Built-in Heart Rate sensor
  • Comes with 3 x size ear tips
  • Great sound reproduction
  • Secure and comfortable fit
  • Up to 5 hours battery
  • In-line volume control and quick start button
  • Feedback after training including VO2 max test score
  • Competent Jabra Sport app
  • Can be paired with Strava, Endomondo, MayMyRide, Polar Beat etc
  • Cons

  • Heart Rate a little erratic at time
  • Heart Rate Accuracy

    I will be adding a few graphs comparing the heart rate acquired from these headphones to that acquired with a Polar H7 heart rate belt. So far I have had good levels of accuracy, but NOT the gold standard mentioned on their website. I’d currently put it somewhere around 95% accuracy, about the same as a GOOD wrist based monitor like the Forerunner 35 or Polar M200.

    Jabra Sport App

    The Jabra Sports app is a very competent training aid. I would suggest most people who buy these headphones will benefit from using it. However, if you have another favourite app you can pair your headphones with that e.g. Strava, Endomondo, MapMyRide or Polar Beat. Whichever APP you choose, your music can still be played from your preferred music app. I have tested these headphones with Strava, Jabra Sport and Polar Beat whilst listening to music via the Google Play app.

    Configure Voice prompts

    One of the best things about the Jabra Sport Pulse is their ability to provide audio feedback throughout the session. Rather than present the user with irrelevant or unwanted metrics, you can configure the app to hear what’s relevant to you. You can even select how frequently the audio announcements will be made.

    Multisport Support

    Whether you run, bike ,walk, hike, ski or skate the Jabra App can track multisport profiles.

       

    Post Training Feedback

    The Jabra Sport App provides a range of detailed graphs showing everything from heart rate, training effect, time in HR zones, pace (min/mile), speed (mph), running cadence and elevation.

    Summary Data

    At the end of the session get a detailed summary including distance and duration, plus a Google map of your route with an indication of heart rate zones (coloured) throughout.

     

    Jabra Pulse Sport with Polar Beat

    I have tested these headphones with the Polar Beat App paired with both iPhone (6) and a Huawei P9 Android phone. Easy to pair and accurate and reliable heart rate throughout.

    Jabra Pulse Sport paired with Strava

    For those who use Strava, these Bluetooth headphones will connect to your smartphone. Once connected they provide accurate heart rate data throughout your training.

    Polar Alternative – Heart Rate for your Phone

    If you simply want to record heart rate on your iOs or Android device with your favourite fitness app (Polar Beat, Endomondo, Strava, MapMyRun etc) the Polar OH1 (Optical Heart Rate) – an armband style HRM sensor – could be just what you’ve been looking for. As well as communicating with your smartphone it can also broadcast HR data to other compatible Bluetooth devices eg. Polar M460, Polar V800, Garmin Edge 1030, Suunto Spartan (range) etc. Or simply strap it on your arm, turn it on, press the button twice to enter STANDALONE mode and go train. All your heart rate data is conveniently stored for download to the  brllliant Polar Flow when you’ve finished …

    Polar OH1  Armband Heart Rate Sensor

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