So first, I am one of those people who will tirelessly research products before I buy them. I’ll look up reviews, product photos, I’ll go see them in person, I’ll spend weeks on it. I don’t take buying gear (especially for running) lightly. This was once again the case when I found the Jaybird Tarah Pro headphones. I was looking for a good pair of headphones that I could take on my runs, that had good battery life, and that would last.
What I look for in running headphones:
- Battery Life
- Sound Quality/ Isolation
I’ve been using the Tarah Pros for 4 months now, and I can definitively say they are comfortable. I’ve worn them for runs anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours. I prefer to wear them over my ear because they just feel more secure that way. I typically wear them with a hat and sunglasses, and I rarely feel them. If my hat is on too tight, or I’m wearing certain sunglasses they can apply pressure to the headphones, and this can make them uncomfortable after a while. This could be fixed by wearing them in the under the ear style. They are more comfortable than my previous pair of running headphones, the Jaybird X3’s, as well as, my Powerbeats.
I give them 4/5 for comfort.
Since I’ve only had the headphones for 4 months or so, I can’t speak to the durability too much. They do have a very solid build and are designed for endurance athletes. So far I’ve had no issues with them working or breaking at all. One of my favorite things about these headphones is the cord. It is made of nylon and not rubber so I know it’s going to last long, and virtually never gets tangled. According to Jaybird’s website the headphones are “fully weatherproof”. They are definitely ready for anything.
I give them a 5/5 for durability
Over the years I’ve worn many styles of headphones. I’ve had the Jaybird X2’s, X3’s, Powerbeats, Bose Sport, and several others. In a sport/running headphone I’m looking for a clean non obtrusive style. I want them to look sporty, but nothing flashy. I think the Tarah Pro’s are perfect in this category. The powerbeats were always too clunky for me. I hated how far the X2’s and X3’s stuck out of your ears, and I just couldn’t deal with the cord on the Bose Sport’s. These headphones look good and feel good. My only issue was that when I ordered mine, they only had one color option. They said they would release more options, but it took them several months and I was definitely disappointed about that.
I give them a 4/5 for style.
There’s nothing worse than packing all your gear for a long run, getting ready to start and realizing you didn’t charge your headphones. I have had this happen to me so many times. That has never happened with these headphones. They are designed for ultra runners and need to have that really long battery life. According to the Jaybird website, they have “an unparalleled 14 hour battery life”. In my personal experience I definitely haven’t used them for 14 continuous hours so I can’t attest to that. I can however attest to the fact that I rarely charge them. They last me roughly 2-3 weeks of runs on one charge. As far as I know these are the headphones with the longest lasting battery on the market. This has truly been an awesome feature for me. I was always forgetting to charge my headphones, and it would really put a damper on some of my runs (yes I am one of those people that needs a good playlist to get pumped!). These headphones can’t be beat in the battery department!
I give them 5/5 for battery life.
As a runner I want good sound isolation, but not so good that I’m completely unaware of my surroundings. In my experience these headphones are very good at isolating sound, maybe too good. I have had bikers rush by and not know it until they almost hit me, or a runner pass me and scare me because I hadn’t heard them coming. I do enjoy really getting into my music when I run, and it definitely helps my workouts. The Tarah Pro’s come with the Jaybird app that allows you to customize your sound. This is a really cool feature, but I’ve really only used it when I set up my headphones. They have different profiles for types of music, and even presets for elite athletes that use Jaybird headphones.
I give them a 3.5/5 for Sound Quality/Isolation.
These headphones are great, and I definitely recommend them. The battery life is great, they are comfortable, have good sound, and they seem durable. Anyone who runs long distance, and is looking for a pair of headphones that will last, check out the Jaybird Tarah Pro’s. I purchased these myself for my own use, and this review is purely to help others decide if they want to purchase these headphones.
Overall score is 4/5