Is simple better? A closer look at the Jaybird Vista 2 wireless headphones

Are high-tech headphones better with low-tech sound isolation?

Jaybird Vista 2
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Cyclingnews Verdict

There are tons of good true wireless earbuds around the same price point as the Jaybird Vista 2. The Vista 2 stands apart by being incredibly secure in the ear and providing help finding a misplaced earbud.

Pros

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    Super secure fit in the ear

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    Find my Buds will alarm the earbuds to help find them

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    Excellent seal with the ear canal

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    Long battery life

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    cord on charge case makes it easier to secure

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    IP68 water resistance is good enough to rinse the earbuds

Cons

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    ANC is barely noticeable

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    Using the winged eargels can leave the ear sore

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    lacks aptX and LDAC

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The market for headphones has shifted strongly over the last few years. If you check our list of the best headphones for cycling you will see there are still some options for alternatives like headband or neckband style headphones but not many. At this point almost every new headphone release is for a new pair of true wireless headphones and that's true no matter the user focus. 

In many ways true wireless headphones are perfect for cycling but they do seem to inspire worry. The concern is that a true wireless earbud may fall out and leave an expensive set of headphones unusable. The Jaybird Vista 2 headphones are specifically designed for workouts and as such have some features to help with this. After spending time with them, we are ready to discuss what works and what doesn't in terms of not only security but also all the experience of day-to-day use. If you have been looking for a new pair of headphones to use while riding your bike, keep reading. 

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Testing scorecard and notes
Sound qualityGood but also very immersive because of the excellent ear seal. Lots of adjustability is a big help also.6/10
ComfortThe wings can make for a sore ear after a few hours. There are options but you may choose security over comfort depending on your level of concern.7/10
Companion AppExcellent and useful.10/10
FeaturesExcellent battery life for true wireless but ANC isn’t very good.7/10
ValueThe most competitive price point and you can get more features at the same price. The reason to choose these is the secure fit. 7/10
OverallRow 5 - Cell 1 74%

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