Does anyone still need a round the neck earphones? JBL certainly thinks so. The new JBL Reflect Fit ($149.95) is an update of the Reflect series; one which doesn’t have heart rate monitoring capabilities.
Designed with fitness enthusiasts in mind, the Reflect Fit will weather the sweatiest workout sessions with its IPX5 rating. According to Valencell, in ear heart rate monitoring is touted as one of the most accurate locations an optical heart rate sensor can be placed at and that’s what the JBL Reflect Fit is offering. The pair of earphones will also transmit heart rate readings to compatible 3rd party fitness apps.
“JBL Reflect Fit is designed to take workouts to the next level by combining JBL’s Signature Sound with an innovative way to provide heart rate tracking and best-in-class ergonomics,” said Jessica Garvey, Vice President, Headphones and Wearables, Lifestyle Audio Division at HARMAN. “We created these headphones to give athletes a better user experience, not only during workouts by providing continuous and accurate heart rate information, but also pre- and post-workouts with extended music playback and convenient phone calls on-the-go.”
You can be assured the Reflect Fit earphones will deliver up to 10 hours (8 hours with heart rate monitoring) top-notch audio to athletes during their most rigorous with JBL’s legendary Signature Sound.
JBL Reflect Fit features
- Heart rate monitoring
- Voice updates of heart rate on-demand
- Bluetooth 4.1 technology
- JBL Signature Sound
- Compatible with most fitness apps with BLE open platform
- Ergonomic enhancers earbud tips
- Up to 10 hours of battery life with music only. Up to 8 hours usage with heart rate monitoring turned on
- 15 minutes quick charge for 1 hour of usage
- Built-in remote and microphone for crystal clear calls
- Sweat proof IPX-5
- 3 sizes of ergonomic sport ear tips (S, M, L)
- Reflective cable design
According to BusinessWire, JBL Reflect Fit ($149.95) will be available in Black, Teal, Blue and Red online and at select retailers starting September 2017. I did check the JBL website and apparently it ships in October if you pre-order now.