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With the Tarah Pro, Jaybird Sport has created perhaps the best pair of bluetooth headphones on the market for endurance athletes. But they are not without flaws.

14 hours of battery life.  And both sweatproof and waterproof.  With this combination alone, there are no bluetooth headphones on the market that are parallel.

Any flaws that I came across were covered by a company that truly stands behind their product.  More on that later.

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Jaybird Tarah Pro

$159

Battery Life |  14hrs

Quick Charge | 5min/2hrs

Sweatproof | Waterproof (IPX7)

Bluetooth | 5.0

IOS/Android

Warranty | 1yr

Charger Cable | Proprietary

Powerbeats3 Wireless

$199.95

Battery Life | 12hrs

Quick Charge | 5min/1hr

Sweat Resistant | Water Resistant

Bluetooth | 5.0

IOS/Android

Warranty | 1yr

Charger Cable | Micro USB

Bose Soundsport Wireless

$149.95

Battery Life | 6hrs

Quick Charge | 15min/1hr

Sweat Resistant | Water Resistant

Bluetooth 4.2

IOS/Android

Warranty | 1yr

Charger Cable | Micro USB

Image Source | Jaybird Sports

In the box

  • Tarah Pro Wireless Sports Headphones
  • Silicon Eargels 1/2/3/4
  • Charge Cradle with Cable
  • Shirt Clip
  • Speed Cinch
  • Carry Pouch

Pros

  • Battery life (up to 14hrs)
  • Waterproof/Sweatproof (IPX7)
  • Fit/Size
  • Customer service
  • Cloth cord
  • Jaybird app
  • Sound
  • Magnetic Snap Lock
  • Program buttons via Jaybird App

Cons

Battery Life/Charging

Where else can you get  up to 14hrs of battery life combined with a 5 minute quick charge to replenish your empty headphones with up to 2hrs of battery life?  If there are a pair currently on the market, they certainly don’t match the other features that an athlete needs.

If you need a quick fix from 0% battery life, it takes just 5 minutes to charge up to 2hrs of battery life.

The charging cradle is magnetic.  Making it just a little bit easier to attach the Tarah Pro’s to the charging cradle to charge.

It may be wise to purchase an additional charging cradle for backup.  For that one moment when you need a charge, and you may not know anyone else using this proprietary charging cradle.

Durability

What good are they if they are not durable?  What good are they if they are only sweat and water resistant?

The first pair that I had, the rubber began to peel that is layered over the buttons.  but since with replacement this has not been an issue.

The Tarah Pro’s  are both sweatproof and waterproof with a rating of IXP7.  Why would you settle for anything less?  You do plan to endure the elements?  With companies like Bose and  Beats (Apple) amongst many others selling headphones that are marketed for use by athletes, yet are only sweat resistant and water resistant.

The cloth cord is a plus with both durability and keeping the cord tangle-free.  Certainly a nice touch, as most are still using some form of rubber housing.  We all know how durable those are.

Fit/Sizing

Whether you have petite or large ears, the silicon eargel sizes will fit anyone.

Zero issues with headphones coming out of ears.  Even under extreme duress of running trails.  Although I do find that with long hair the cord needs to be adjusted to not get snagged.  But that isn’t something that can’t be alleviated.

These fit about as minimal as you can get.  I know I don’t want to have any extra heft hanging on my head.  On the other side of the spectrum, the Bose Soundsport Wireless are the bulkiest pair that I have ever tested.

The “magnetic snap lock” is convenient.  The backside of the earbud portion is magnetic.  Making it easy to take out of ears, yet keep wrapped around neck in place.  This also allows you to pause music momentarily when connecting the two earbuds back to back.  It’s all about the little details isn’t it.

Sound

I have to say that the Jaybird Tarah Pro’s surprised me.

Why?

First I read a handful of feedback from from people that had purchased them.  Not a lot.  But a few.  They mentioned that it lacked lows that they wanted.  Or the volume that they wanted.  I actually see zero merit what they said.

I’m no audiophile, but I found that they had more than enough deep lows, great midrange, and highs.  All without distortion and feedback even at the highest volume.  Although the best lows I’ve heard from a pair of headphones are from Beats.  The Tarah Pro’s were not that far off.  And with the Jaybird app, you can adjust to the sound that you are looking for, as well as create multiple presets depending on mood.  Among the presets from Jaybird.

Calls were also crisp.  If you use them for calls as well.

Customer Service

From my experience, the customer service is about as good as you can expect from a company.  As long as you make the phone call or email.  If you think you can resolve your issues by communicating via forums indirectly with a company, you only have yourself to blame.  Forums aren’t meant for communication with a company to resolve your individual issue(s).  However forums are a great place to find quick answers and feedback to your questions from users and sometimes the company.

With no hesitation, after a phone call my problems were resolved.  And in my case, a new pair of Jaybird Tarah Pros shipped to replace the flawed ones that I had.  Make sure you have your documentation including a serial # and receipt that you can forward to them.

Issues

The first pair that I owned, the rubber buttons began to peel.  It’s one piece of rubber that lays over the buttons.  The pairs subsequent to these have not had this issue.  In the Jaybird forums, I did see some limited mention of this.  But doesn’t seem to be too widespread.

The second pair that I had (replacement for the 1st), immediately out of the box would only charge to 90%.  Via the Jaybird App, it actually said 93%.  After looking around in the forum, I did see this mentioned a few times.  The fix seemed to be just draining it to 0%, and then charging it.  It would then charge to 100%.  Although this could be fixed (or replaced without question as they have for me), you shouldn’t have to go thorough this process for a pair of $159 headphones.  But at least it’s an easy fix, or return.  The third pair (replacement for the 2nd that charged only to 90%) also had this issue after about 2 weeks of usage.  But as I said, this is an easy fix.

Any time I purchase an item like this that could be prone to accidental damage, I’ve always purchased an additional warranty.  I like to use Best Buy with the headphones.  It’s an additional $40, but it gos way beyond warranty from manufacturer.  Also it makes for an easy exchange as you can go to any brick and mortar location for the exchange.  It’s good for 2 years.  And they just hand over a new box.  An additional $40 is required for new pair.  Please be aware that cost for this additional warranty is dependent on cost of item you are protecting.  It is also transferable if sold down the road.

Extras

  • If you need a quick fix from 0% battery life, it takes just 5 minutes to charge up to 2hrs of battery life.
  • Buttons are programmable via Jaybird App
  • Auto-off can be adjusted via Jaybird App.
  • Magnetic Snap Lock:  The backside of the earbud portion is magnetic.  Making it easy to take out of ears, yet keep wrapped around neck in place.  This also allows you to pause music momentarily when connecting the two earbuds back to back.  It’s all about the little details isn’t it?

Conclusion

There are simply no better pair of bluetooth headphones on the market currently for endurance athletes.

The combination of fit, unparalleled battery life, and being sweatproof/waterproof (as opposed to resistant like most everyone) is unmatched by any current bluetooth headphones available that are marketed towards endurance athletes.  The most fragile pair I’ve owned came from Beats.  Often just one moment of sweat was enough to defeat the buttons, while the headphones continued to work.

And although they stumbled with the 90% charge flaw, it is an easy fix on your own or through Jaybird Customer Service.  In my case, the shipping from warehouse to my doorstep was about 7 days.  Could be faster if I am to nick pick.  Especially if they are your only pair of headphones.

I do think that the proprietary charging cord they give you could be an issue if you lose it.  At only $8.99 on their website, it’s cheap.  However without it, you would not easily be able to charge you headphones.  If it was a mico usb, at least you could borrow a cord from someone to replenish it’s charge.  Or hope that someone nearby is using the Jaybird Tarah Pro and just so happens to have their charger cord.  Buy an extra one.

Note: A tip I would like to add for any bluetooth headphones.  Use a low amp/volt charger.  Not a “fast charger” like you would use for most newer phones etc.  I have a graveyard of old bluetooth headphones that were fried from using high amp/volt adaptors.  On longer adventures, I carry a low amp/volt power bank such as the Goal Zero Flip 10.

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