JLab Go Air Sport True headphones review: Cheap running headphones with a surprising punch

While you have to make a couple of sacrifices, the Go Air Sport True headphones from JLab perform far better than you would expect at this price.
Pros: – Very cheap
– Good sound for price
– Comfortable and light
– Water- and dust-resistant
Cons: – Frustrating charging system
– Fiddly touch controls
– Feel very cheap
Running can quickly become boring, the gym is a melting pot of bassy music, grunts and weights smacking the ground, and even when you’re squeezing in a quick home workout, the sound of your own breathing can be something you’d rather not have to deal with.

With this in mind, a pair of headphones for your workouts can be an essential purchase. But if you’re looking to keep the costs low, your options become limited with most of the best earbuds and headphones for exercise exceeding £100.

How do they look and feel?
It won’t come as any surprise to hear that, at this price point, you’re not exactly getting a luxury product. Both the charging case and headphones are made of a cheap-feeling, but very sturdy, plastic.

However, when you actually put the headphones in, this isn’t a problem. In fact, these headphones feel great when you’re wearing them. They are lightweight, and thanks to the hooked design, they stay secure throughout your workout.

I have frequently had headphones come out when I’ve been running, requiring an adjustment every so often, but the Go Air Sport True stayed in without any issues.

However, because of the shape of these headphones, the sound can often dampen as the earbud comes out a little bit during exercise. A quick tap back into place solves this issue though and is a common experience when using running headphones.

Thanks to the lightweight design, these headphones stayed comfortable for long periods of time. It took a bit over an hour of exercise to notice any discomfort with them in.

Do they sound good?
The most important question: can headphones that only cost £29.99 produce a good sound? Surprisingly, yes. Of course, these are by no means going to blow you away, and they certainly aren’t going to compete with more expensive headphones, but for the price tag we were thoroughly impressed.

You get three different equalisation (EQ) settings: JLab Signature, Balanced and Bass Boost. There is a noticeable switch between these, especially on certain songs.

How do they look and feel?
It won’t come as any surprise to hear that, at this price point, you’re not exactly getting a luxury product. Both the charging case and headphones are made of a cheap-feeling, but very sturdy, plastic.

However, when you actually put the headphones in, this isn’t a problem. In fact, these headphones feel great when you’re wearing them. They are lightweight, and thanks to the hooked design, they stay secure throughout your workout.

I have frequently had headphones come out when I’ve been running, requiring an adjustment every so often, but the Go Air Sport True stayed in without any issues.

However, because of the shape of these headphones, the sound can often dampen as the earbud comes out a little bit during exercise. A quick tap back into place solves this issue though and is a common experience when using running headphones.

Thanks to the lightweight design, these headphones stayed comfortable for long periods of time. It took a bit over an hour of exercise to notice any discomfort with them in.

Do they sound good?
The most important question: can headphones that only cost £29.99 produce a good sound? Surprisingly, yes. Of course, these are by no means going to blow you away, and they certainly aren’t going to compete with more expensive headphones, but for the price tag we were thoroughly impressed.

You get three different equalisation (EQ) settings: JLab Signature, Balanced and Bass Boost. There is a noticeable switch between these, especially on certain songs.

This problem is slightly alleviated thanks to the playtime of the headphones. You can get over 32 hours from one charge. If you’re only using these when you exercise, you won’t find yourself having to awkwardly dangle them from your wall to charge all too often.

While these earbuds aren’t waterproof, they are water- and dust-resistant. This means some light rain, sweat and general splashes will be absolutely fine – just make sure you don’t drop them in puddles or tubs of water.

Should you buy the JLab Go Air True?
It feels hard to massively fault the JLab Go Air True headphones. The company labels themselves as an affordable audio company, and with these running headphones, that’s exactly what you’re getting.

If you are after an impressive audio performance, or headphones that offer a premium look and feel, these are not the headphones for you. But for something cheap and decent for the occasional bit of exercise, these are a great choice.

They are affordable, offer a long battery life, fit comfortably, and while the audio is by no means incredible, it will provide you with the quality you need for podcasts, audio books or that quick shot of bass-heavy music to get you through your run.

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