Perhaps one of the most exciting, but least talked about releases of CES 2018 was the launch of JBL’s Endurance Series which include, what I think will be one of the best 2018 waterproof headphones for swimming.
JBL Endurance DIVE to be Best 2018 Waterproof Headphones for Swimming
With presentations revolving around truly wireless earbuds and Google Assistant integration, the new line of active style in-ears fell under the radar. But here’s why you should get privy to the new fitness collection. It includes the unveil of swimming earbuds from a reliable and trusted brand in the industry. I’ve seen a number of wireless underwater earbuds touted by Chinese companies on Amazon, but those break in no time. Also, wouldn’t you want to feel confident and comfortable in the brand you choose to support your wireless audio playback while underwater? JBL is a trusted and well-established company in the market with a pretty great track record and affordable prices.
JBL Endurance DIVE is a wireless earbud specially designed for underwater swimming and surfing. Woohoo! DIVE contains a built in MP3 player with 1GB of storage (200 songs) that can provide up to 8 hours of playback, though with an IP rating of IPX7, these buds can only withstand up to 30 minutes of immersion in up to 1 meter of water. This goes for other IPX7 earbuds. DIVE is also built with a speed charge so you can keep the music going after exceeding 8 hours. What makes these in-ears truly impressive is their affordable price point of $89.95. These headphones will be ready just in time for summer, June 2018.
While I have yet to try Endurance DIVE, I strongly believe those earbuds will be one of the best 2018 waterproof headphones for swimming.
Other active-style headphones released by JBL were included in the Endurance Series: RUN, SPRINT, and JUMP
Endurance RUN is sweat proof and designed to stay put. So much so, the ends are magnetic so you can seamlessly lock the headphones around your neck when you aren’t using them. The earbud housings are created in a special FlipHook fashion so users can wear then in one of two ways, either in-ear or behind the ear. This wired, workout headphone is available in 4 colors for only $19.95, March 2018.
Endurance SPRINT is a Bluetooth-based bud that supports an 8 hour battery life, which is great for this type of model. It is water proof with an IPX7 rating – perfect for taking a short dip. It also features touch controls which is amazing for someone on-the-go, let alone a sprinter. SPRINT hits the market in May 2018 retailing for $49.95.
Endurance JUMP wireless earbuds provide 8 hours of playback. They are also waterproof and speed charge-equipped. Thanks to PowerHook technology the earbuds turn on and instantly connect when users wear them and turn off when users take them off. Endurance JUMP will be available in May 2018 for $69.95.