New Vista 2: Many brands claim that their headphones are designed for consumers who are “on the move,” but usually such words refer more to going to a coffee shop for a latte than, say, hiking across the Andes. Jaybird, however, is more interested in the latter, and its newest pair of true wireless headphones are designed to be your companion on even the most extreme trips.
When Jaybird says the Vista 2 True Wireless Sport Earbuds are designed for athletes and adventurers, they mean exactly that. First, the company claims to have first developed a “proprietary fit” that helps the earbuds stay in your ears while climbing, running, biking, etc. They also come with interchangeable “ear cushions” in three sizes, which Jaybird claims will make you forget they’re in your ears at all. Fit is extremely important for active headphones, and when we reviewed the Vista 2’s predecessors, the Jaybird Vista, we found that they do a great job of that.
Another feature that could prove useful when traveling is SurroundSense, which is essentially the opposite of active noise cancellation (ANC). These headphones have the latter feature as well, but the former allows the user to amplify ambient sounds rather than dampen them. This is an important safety feature if you happen to be running down a busy road or if there’s a bear in sight snarling viciously at you. You can switch between SurroundSense, ANC and standard push-button modes.
Any headphones designed for outdoor use should be rugged enough to withstand licking and keep play. Jaybird advertises this pair as “Earthproof” and claims they are waterproof (IP68 certified), sweat, crush and drop resistant. That might seem like pure advertising if it weren’t for the fact that these headphones actually meet U.S. military standards for durability.
Virtual indestructibility is all well and good, but the first and most important consideration when choosing headphones is their sound! Once we complete our review (which is in progress), we’ll be able to let you know how they sound in that regard. For now, it’s worth noting that the Vista 2 True Wireless Sport Earbuds feature a pair of 6mm milled speakers, and the Jaybird app (available on Android and iOS) provides customizable EQ settings, allowing listeners to create their own sound profiles and share them with others.
Another important aspect for outdoor-oriented headphones is battery life. Jaybird claims that the Vista 2 headphones can last up to eight hours on a full charge, and it comes with a charging case that will provide another 16 hours of use. The case can be charged using a USB-C cable or wirelessly, and if your smartphone is equipped with Qi wireless charging technology, you can get an extra charge if you can’t find an outlet.
The Vista 2 with Bluetooth support is compatible with Siri and Google Assistant for hands-free communication on the go and automatically pauses when you remove the bud. When you’re not reaching for the next prop on a cliff or steering a mountain bike around a steep curve, you can adjust volume, skip and select tracks and more using the controls on the headphones.
The Vista 2 True Wireless Sport headphones are available now on the company’s website and at major retailers. They come in three colors-black, nimbus gray and midnight blue-and retail for $200.