Plantronics has long been a favourite headphone maker of mine. The company always punches above its weight when it comes to audio quality, comfort and reliability; its headphones often outperform better known brands that charge much more for the same technology.
The latest headphones from Plantronics are the Backbeat Fit 6100. They’re over ear headphones designed with exercise in mind, a product category I confess I didn’t know existed until now. On the very rare occasions when I exercise I’ve generally used small, light earbuds — I’ve never considered over ear headphones — but if you work out in a gym with blaring music you can’t stand, I can begin to see the appeal.
So what exactly makes these headphones suitable for the gym? Well, after adjusting them to fit as you normally would you have one extra adjustment you can make before a workout; a clever little clip on the headband with two locked positions. The first position is for everyday wear, the second tightens the fit drastically, so the headphones lock in place during even the most strenuous workouts.
This works better than expected; the cups really hug your ears when clipped on in exercise mode. Once your workout is over, clip back to the standard position and there’s no other adjustments to be made. It’s such a simple, analogue solution.