The Plantronics BackBeat FIT line is very popular in the active lifestyle world & there have been some much-needed changes with the BackBeat FIT 305. Of course, I’ve taken them for a spin and here’s the scoop on them.
The first thing you’ll notice, in comparison to the original BackBeat FIT wireless, is that the 305 series has a weave cable with the control center on the right side. It’s very lightweight and great for running. It has a clip so you can clip it down to your shirt/bra if needed. The ear tips are also different, and you can change them as needed. This was my main issue with the first version of the fit series.
The new ear tips also have a loop that allows the buds to stay inside your ear. They’re a bit softer than the original fit and won’t have your ears sore if they’re in for a while. This is a major difference because running with the original version became a bit difficult once I started to sweat. Instead of them slipping out of my ears, the 305’s stay snug inside the lobe so you don’t have to fuss with them at all during your workout.
The control bar is also handy but the flat buttons are annoying to figure out at first. Once you get the feel of them you know what command you are pressing but it’s better than the original functionality right on the ear tip making it difficult to toggle while working out.
These bad boys actually allow for about 7 hours of playtime on a full charge. I drained the battery then recharged them to test that theory and was able to work out the whole week without having to charge them. The IPX 5 rating is most accurate as they have tolerated sweat with no issue. They’re not to be dipped in water but they are definitely sweat resistant so if you were worried about that you’re in the clear.
When it comes to making phone calls, they connect seamlessly and I can hear people on the other end very clearly. They won’t really notice you have headphones on unless the wind is blowing directly in your face into the mic.
Since the ear tips are much more fitted to the ear it allows the music to stay locked in. I’d say that on max volume you can’t hear outside noise and it’s loud enough to enjoy, but not loud enough that you feel like you’re going deaf. The bass levels are just right and that’s usually my issue with a lot of these wireless earbuds. I have a lot of bass heavy tracks on my workout playlists and these fit the bill perfectly. Even if not listening to bass heavy music, the crisp vocals will make you feel like you’re at a live show.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The BackBeat FIT 305 is a refreshing upgrade to the FIT series. The upgraded earbud system and lightweight weave cable are great additions and make these a perfect workout companion. The sound also does not disappoint and has great bass levels. Although the clip is a great idea, it’s flimsy and broke soon after getting the pair with not much use.
For a fabulous price point of $79.99, you can make the BackBeat FIT 305 your workout companion HERE. The 305 model comes with the sport mesh pouch vs the 300 which does not.