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Published on December 3rd, 2017 | by Greg


Fitbit Flyer: Lovely, Wireless Fitness Headphones

It’s almost time for New Year’s resolutions- and there’s really no reason to wait. If the holidays lead to a natural increase in calorie consumption, that also means that it’s a perfect time to spend a little extra effort at the gym (or the track, the pool, the ring, the streets, or wherever you work out). Perhaps you just need something light and reasonably priced for a gift idea under the tree, or want to treat yourself to something nice and give your exercise routine a little boost. No matter the reason, we’ve got a personal audio solution that’s sweatproof, wireless, and looks nice enough to be wearable anywhere, anytime.

The Fitbit Flyer Wireless Fitness Headphones are a step in an interesting direction for the company, and a natural brand extension from their line of fitness trackers. They have a fairly unique look and feel, though the feature set doesn’t offer much new- in fact, there aren’t even fitness tracking capabilities and these won’t track your steps or heart rate. It’s a crowded market out there, with lots of options for just about any personal taste or budget, and these are aimed at filling the most middle-of-the-road group (which is probably the largest). They include some of the usual accessories- a protective pouch, the typical micro USB charging cable, but also a quite wide array of eartips, fins, and even wings that all help keep them secure and stable even when you’re running at a sprint.

We liked the six hours of battery life (as rated, and we found it to be over that in most conditions), and the hydrophobic nanocoating and an IP67 rating meaning they can get wet (but should not be immersed in water, so don’t take them swimming). Sound quality is impressive- and it has to be, considering the competition- and we tried these with a pretty wide array of different genres and styles. Rock and pop sounded natural, electronic tracks never dipped into flatness or became too cold, and hip-hop basslines sounded pretty good with their Power Boost mode enabled (which modifies the EQ settings  “with a setting enhanced by Waves technologies”). Switching between the modes is easy, with buttons right on the control pod (along with normal remote functions). The control pod is a bit large though, and slightly bulkier than we would have liked.

Available in two color schemes- a darker silver-and-blue option they call Nightfall and a lighter, off-white and gold they named Lunar Gray. For anyone looking for crisp, clean audio in a sleek build, it’s hard to go wrong with these. As fitness headphones, they are solid- trading better audio clarity and build quality for some advanced features that you might not need.  Expect to spend around $129.95 online and in stores for the Fitbit Flyer.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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