Bose’s SoundSport Wireless, the company’s first Bluetooth sports headphone. isn’t perfect either, but it may just be the best Bluetooth sports headphone currently out there.
What makes it the best? Well, it’s very comfortable to wear, sounds good, seems well built, and — at $150, £140 or AU$249 — it isn’t outrageously priced.
Like the original SoundSport wired, which remains in the line and gets a price chop from $130 to $100, this new SoundSport Wireless has an open design. By open, I mean you don’t jam the earbud into your ear and completely seal off your ear canal (that type of headphone is referred to as a “noise-isolating” in-ear headphone). Thanks to Bose’s StayHear+ eartips, which come in three sizes — small, medium, large — the bud sits loosely in your ear yet remains securely in place.
This model is equipped with a special sport version of the StayHear tips that’s different from the StayHear tips included with Bose’s earlier in-ear headphones, so they aren’t interchangeable. I should also point out that because the earpieces extend out from your ears you’ll probably have some trouble wearing these under certain helmets.
The ear pieces are somewhat bulky, but not so bulky to feel heavy on your ears. However, if there’s a criticism of this headphone’s design, it’s that the ear pieces could protrude out a little less and be more discrete-looking. Easier said then done, of course — today’s battery technology is holding back miniaturization efforts.