With a range of sizes, getting a fit you forget about is easy. Photo: Jaybird

With a range of sizes, getting a fit you forget about is easy. Photo: Jaybird

When I first started trail running, the distances were so short (owing to unsure lungs and legs) that the only motivation I needed to log a basic couple miles was the glorious distraction of an alpine meadow. I’ve never needed music to “get through” a hike or take some laps on the hill; I was even, for a time, able to tolerate the background music at the gym rather than plugging into a playlist.

As my passion bloomed, however, so increased my mileage. Soon I found myself race training, which meant routine and frequency and a hell of a lot more than a half hour with shoes on. Music became my pace car and my dig-deep, so into a labyrinth of headphone wires I went.

Which sucked, of course. The tangle and twist of insurmountable cord management was frustrating at best. Trying to measure and wrap just enough of the excess around the strap of my tank top so that I could swing an arm, yet not pull the earbuds out, was … we’ll just call it “unnecessary.”

The author, an under-ear girl, gleeful after the X2s let her take D'Angelo into the Sierra with her. Photo: Kim Stravers

The author, an under-ear girl, gleeful after the X2s let her take D’Angelo into the Sierra with her. Photo: Kim Stravers

You see where I’m going with this? Yeah: Wireless. All day, every day. Jaybird’s first-gen Bluetooth-enabled setup was a game-changer for me; you basically take 10 minutes to fit one of three sizes of grippy, perforated “ear fins” into your ears, pick an earbud size appropriate for your anatomy, pair it up with your phone and off you go.

Frankly, I couldn’t have asked for more than an extra set of fins, since I managed to lose one with my first pair and have had to unevenly bumble through the last few months. For that reason alone I was thankful to get my hands on the newest iteration, the Jaybird X2, but as it turns out, the update comes correct in some unexpected ways that have me guarding these headphones like gold.

First off, battery life: a whopping legit eight hours. It’ll last through a week’s worth of normal workouts, a handful of long runs or even a serious all-day hike or ride epic without crapping out when your energy levels do. I swear I charge these less often than the previous version even though the battery life was supposed to be equivalent.

So snug, there's no way you're gonna drop these things down the wall. Photo: Jaybird

So snug, there’s no way you’re gonna drop these things down the wall. Photo: Jaybird

Secondly, the X2 comes with two choices for earbuds: the silicone version standard with the first generation and a new Comply Foam ear tip that molds to the shape of your ear canal. While I didn’t mind the silicone version, and while they are lifetime sweat-proof, I did experience some movement (and therefore lost some sound quality) after about 15 minutes of trotting along. The foam ones, though, stay put, feel super comfortable and indulge my bass addiction with ease.

Only thing I’m not a real fan of with the X2 is the carrying case; while the texture is all grippy and good, it’s got a squeezable pop-out lid that just kind of activates my “IS IT CLOSED?! I CAN’T TELL!” gene. Because man, am I gonnna be mad if I lose these things. Seriously.

Jaybird X2 Wireless Buds ($179.95)

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