The Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones have been out for quite some time right now and chances are that you have probably come across a bunch of other reviews on it already. In the course of this Fitbit flyer review, I will share everything you need to know (perhaps even more) about this wonderful audio tech from the legendary Fitbit. Lend me your ears! Your eyes too if you could spare it. (I am not Rocket Raccoon, I swear!) Let’s all get this Fitbit flyer review party started.
After a long, long while, Fitbit certainly enjoyed a truly stellar year this time around, not only they introduced their first ever smartwatch, the Fitbit Ionic, they also made a rather under the radar debut in to the audio market with their awesome new Fitbit Flyer – A wireless headphone aimed squarely at hard-core fitness enthusiasts. Made with enough oomph and persona to even rival the Jay Bird X3 – the king of the mountain right now, the Fitbit Flyer earphones are simple, chic, sweat proof and deliver a surprisingly amazing audio experience for a device that belongs to a company’s first foray.
Truth be told, the whole introduction of a hot new pair of headphones from Fitbit really surprised me because since the past few years have been somewhat of troubling times for their company, what with the heavy drop in their sales and the sudden emergence of tougher new competitors. I didn’t really expect them to make much headway on to the innovative side but rather envisioned them sticking to their current line-up more and improving them to fit the new season. But, oh surprise, oh surprise, they threw caution and risk right out of the back door with the introduction of a dedicated new fitness wireless headphone unit. In our opinion, it’s a bit late in the game for Fitbit. However, a good move nonetheless for a company trying to better its swaying long-term prospects.
- Fitbit Flyer Wireless Headphones, Nightfall Blue
- Fitbit Flyer Video Review
- Here is my quick impressions on Fitbit Flyer Review
- Here is my Fitbit flyer review on its Design and construction
- Connectivity options – My Fitbit flyer review has it all!
- My brief Fitbit flyer review on its wearable comfort
- My quick Fitbit flyer review on its Audio performance and quality
- My non-biased Fitbit flyer review on Battery life and backup
- Want a briefer Fitbit Flyer review? Here is everything in a nutshell
- Fitbit Flyer: Getting Started And Charging Tips
We love the Fitbit flyer for
- Durable premium design
- Sweatproof, waterproof and dustproof
- Excellent Bass with quality audio performance
- Quick charge with a decent battery backup
- Adjustable and can be customized
- Multi-device Bluetooth compatibility (up to 2 devices simultaneously)
- Can access digital assistants
We don’t love the fit bit Flyer for
- The ear-wings are a bit of a hassle
- No tracking capabilities
- No inbuilt-storage
- Need to have a paired device to work
- Too much bass sometimes
The Fitbit Flyer and Fitbit Ionic – Match made in heaven?
Obviously, the Ionic Smartwatch and the Flyer are complementary to each other, meaning they work best when put together. Offering seamless connectivity in between, the Ionic offer native music storage and the earphone is specifically designed to tap better into it. If you are someone who hates working out with a phone or tablet by your side, the convenient combo of Ionic and Flyer is definitely made just right for you.
I can clearly see a wife, purchasing a brand new Fitbit Ionic for her husband also purchasing a new Flyer as well. Moreover, I can easily imagine people making a beeline for these headphones simply because it bores the trusty Fitbit legacy and can easily work as a rather good standalone unit. Either way, I really think it was a good move by Fitbit for getting into such a demanding market where varieties are ever fading and are in clear need of replenishing at this hour. Any case Here is your “all you want to know” buffet about the stunning new Fitbit flyer headphones.
Fitbit Flyer Video Review
Here is my quick impressions on Fitbit Flyer Review
With a design that adheres more to the general norms, the Fitbit Flyer does not really break new ground with its looks. In fact, some would even say it bears an uncanny semblance with the popular Bose wireless offering, the Sound sports headphones (they too are worth a look, really!).
The Flyer comes with a squire/circle earbud design that is paired well with a medium sized cord line remote, the device further adds to its sturdy frame a set of three ear-tips, two ear-fins and two ear-wings designed to make super sure you get the right in-ear fit and the perfect comfort to boot.
If you are familiar with the freedom-2 headphones from the house of Jaybird, you will immediately notice that the remote in Flyer is a bit lighter than the former and is also a lot smaller in form. Again sticking with the common norms, the remote features a three button set that pretty much works as you expect it would – dabbling with it, you could adjust volume, play/pause music, access digital assistants, skip tracks and attend calls.
When picked up, we were quite enthralled by the whole lightness of it. despite offering a bit more puffed up premium look than what the Jaybird catalogue is putting out there, it is fairly lighter than many of its main competitors and we found it to be easily wieldable all the same. While not entirely without the regular issues a typical pair of in-ear headphones comes packing with, the fit and feel that we got when we tried it on were fairly good, to say the least. Then again, we will get into that a more deeply as the review goes on.
The rubber coated headphone cord comes with an adequate length and the pushy feel of it was not too bothersome either. Not too flabby and never too stiff, the band stays exactly where it is placed and has a slight sticky hold to prevent it from running amok when the going gets tough.
The Fitbit Flyer is a fitness headphone done right!
A far cry from what you would normally expect from a Fitbit product, the Flyer is not designed to keep track of your heart rates or the steps you have taken. More or less, like what the Jabra Elite Sport and Samsung Gear IconX do, the Flyer plays just music and is pretty good at it too. Deliberately made just so to be paired with the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch, but with no special features to speak of, the Fitbit Flyer although certainly has all that takes to be an earphone designed to fit the need of a fitness enthusiast like me to a T.
Here is my Fitbit flyer review on its Design and construction
From the first glance itself, you could easily know that Fitbit has taken the design process pretty seriously with the Flyer. The earbuds are mostly relying on plastic and silicone for their build, however; the aerospace grade aluminum accents are what that gives these the premium edge.
Even though I liked the Nightfall color more, I did find the lunar grey with Rose accents to be a bit on the classier side. At the end of the day, however, the color options should be well considered seconded because whatever the tonal options be, the Flyer is built to look good in pretty much all of them.
The rubbery exterior that is covering up everything looks and feels a lot like the other conventional ones out there like the Jabra sports coach and the rest. Truth be told, I am not that fond of the way ear tips poke into my ear, however, with the Flyer I found the experience to be quite wearable and somewhat bearable. As I mentioned before, each pair comes with its own set of swappable earbuds, fins, and wings that can aid in you getting a better fit. while many other headphones too come with these regular add-ones in tow, rarely they are as extensive and good as the one we have here with the flyer. That is saying something, all right.
While the moniker might give off a vibe that this a wireless headphone like the Apple’s AirPods, Samsung Gear IconX or the stunning Bragi Dash Pro. The Flyer to clear come with a rubber-encased cable running between the two ear heads and the cord-line remote. While not exactly the longest one out there, the cable does come with enough length to rest and encircle a normal sized neck (not the big Mama’s though).
The power button is placed rather conveniently on the top right bud and the remote packing the controls also sits on that side of the cable. The remote box contains three buttons for adjusting the volume, playing, skipping or pausing tracks. While it worked like a charm when we tested on it, the placement is a bit doubtful to be convenient in the long run.
The earbuds are sweat proof however, we don’t really think they are genuinely waterproofed to withstand submersion (swimmers-lookout!) while they are being rather coy about the IP rating and what it entails, Fitbit is quite vocal about the hydrophobic nano-coating on the inside and outside that makes its product supposedly rain, shower, splash and sweat proof. While it’s true that I had no hitches regarding its resistance viability throughout my testing period, I certainly would have appreciated a proper IP rating – for my piece of mind at least and especially for the price it retails in.
Connectivity options – My Fitbit flyer review has it all!
Even though it is designed to work better with the Ionic, the Flyer can be paired and used with any devices that are running Bluetooth 4.2 Protocol. To ensure great multi-platform compatibility, Fitbit has loaded this earbud with support for 32 feet range and a plethora of profiles such as A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, and HFP. Pairable with two devices simultaneously, the device can hold up to eight separate connectivity credentials at a time. while it might not sound as a big deal, it could certainly come in handy if you want your Ionic and your smartphone connected with it simultaneously so that you could playback songs as well as answer to calls when they come.
Aside from the Fitbit Ionic that runs on Fitbit’s own proprietary OS, the Flyer is pairable with Android, iOS and Windows devices. What this cross-platform connectivity also entitles is that you can also call upon digital assistants like SIRI, Cortana and google assistant depending on the OS ecosystem you are thriving with. A long press on the central remote button is enough to trigger the digital assistant and I have to say, I just love the convenience of it, big time.
My brief Fitbit flyer review on its wearable comfort
For far too long, the earbuds don’t matter how good or expensive they were, have been following a one size fits all concept that had a habit of falling out every time you hit a bump or ditch during your morning run. even though many other headphones like Bose quiet comfort 35 and Sony MDR-1000X came with a range of interchangeable tips in tow to rectify this problem, they often somehow come up to be too small or too big and never the size one needs it to be.
Ditching the abhorrent rubber tips to their early grave, the Flyer comes with a set of swappable gel silicone made ear-tips that are designed to fit anyone and create a secure, sweat proof seal that actively reduces outside noises. As I mentioned earlier, I am not a fan of ear tips that poke in with their ends however, I did found the experience with flyer earbuds to be quite pleasurable and minimally bothersome to my taste. As with general comfort, the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC is still the one to beat however, I have to admit that the Flyer is the only one I have ever seen that came any closer to the level of the former of convenience and comfort.
Fitbit, like many, many other players in this competitive field knows that a comfortable, easy and secure fit is very essential for the success of an in-ear sports headphone. Therefore, they have equipped the Flyer with a number of accessories that aims to improve on its wearable comfort. I found the set of two ear-fins and ear-wings that came with the flyer quite easy to use, especially the ear-fins were a real pleasure to wield. It’s a rather tight fit, and it needs some experiment to get it right the first time. After that though, it’s rather easy to put on and get going.
The ear-wings, on the other hand, was a bit of a disappointment, we tried, tried and really tried, but we really couldn’t get the comfort we wanted from rocking it. Even more so, wearing the Flyer with the ear wings attached actually fatigued my ears, so I would definitely recommend against wasting time on trying to get it work. It’s really not worth the effort at the end of the day, so better skip it.
The Fitbit Flyer headphones are rather breathable since they don’t cover up the ears as much as many others do. Therefore, it doesn’t make you sweat more than usual. While we did experience a slight heating effect when the ear-fins were in place, it is not that much noticeable when things get going.
My quick Fitbit flyer review on its Audio performance and quality
I have to give this one to Fitbit, for a company that has no prior experience when it comes to making audio devices; they did a very wonderful job with the Fitbit Flyer. When I was putting it through its paces, I was constantly being impressed by how good it sounded and how well balanced it was. Sure, there were some stutters and slight cut-offs when we played it back for long hours, but that is far and few in between to be taken up as a serious issue.
The playback of the Flyer can be toggled between two settings: the signature mode is for general usage and everyday action while the power boost is reserved for situations that require a thumping beat to boot.
Pretty much all the way through my Fitbit Flyer review testing, I preferred the power boost mode through and through, however, putting down such a great performance did come at a good cost. I found that active usage with the power boost mode on had a very negative impact on its battery, it chewed through its minimum backup so much so that I got only half of what it promises to provide. Still, for the amazing sound quality I got, I consider it bearable and worth its hefty downfalls.
The first thing that you will notice the power boost turned on will be the ramped up bass effect. Built specifically for the Flyer in partnership with Waves Audio – known for providing audio equipment’s for films, shows, records and video games, the power boost mode can really make an impression with songs that are rich in bass quotient. While the low and mid-toned songs might sound a bit unnatural with this mode turned on, it is still rather good and you can always head back to the signature mode if needed.
As an added bonus, Fitbit has equipped the Flyer with passive noises cancellation technology. While it is still not good as the Jlab Epic Air in eliminating the pesky background noise, it can get the job done pretty adequately with the power boost turned on.
To be super detailed about its performance as being called for by our Fitbit Flyer review, here is a deep rundown about how I felt about its various sound notes ranges – I really found the bass to be deep, consistent and well extended even when the boost mode is not turned on. The mid-range notes, however, was a real treat. The vocals were quite balanced and aside from the slight recess I got with the BG instruments, I don’t really have anything to complain about.
My non-biased Fitbit flyer review on Battery life and backup
With enough battery life to get you through two-four sessions per week, the Flyer is equipped with fast charging to keep you on your toes all day. Again the Jaybird X3 and the Plantronics offerings beat out the Flyer when it comes to its power back-up with the formers mammoth 8 hours and 18 hours juiced up states respectively, however, the lithium ion one Flyer rocking on should still be more than enough for even the most intense workouts you can think of. Though with plenty of extra listening, time to spare.
Despite being from a company that is known for churning out devices with superb battery life, the fact that the Flyer couldn’t hold out more than a mere 6 hours is a bit disappointing especially when considering that it has no tracking or monitoring features on it. Still, the provided backup could be more than enough to satiate a regular gym goer but not a marathon runner who needs to have it topped up daylong.
Fortunately, the Flyer does extend a support for fast charging. A plugged-in time of an hour or two is more than enough to fully fill its on board battery and the company claims that a 15-minute charging session is more than enough to get it singing for a full one hour.
Want a briefer Fitbit Flyer review? Here is everything in a nutshell
I have to admit that the Fitbit Flyer certainly left me quite impressed. In fact, I have been losing interest on wireless headphones because the last few years have been something of a stale when concerned them. Innovations were there aplenty, but the excitement sort of just ended for me with the last hurrah of the brilliant Jaybird X3.
Then came the Fitbit Flyer, and to put it poetically, it soared into my hand like Icarus and rekindled my love for them techno headphones. For the brief time, I had my share of fun with it, I was largely satisfied by it, sure, there were some hiccups along the way but even so, I found the flyer to be more worth the penny than many half-hearted attempts now in the market.
Fitbit Flyer: Getting Started And Charging Tips
Here is a quick rundown about all the things that I found about the flyer in the last few weeks that spend testing it out.
1) It sounds awesome
The moment that I got them around my neck, I was hooked on it. The quality of the music was simply awesome; it was crisp, clear and had that nuanced vibe that I had been missing out on for a while. I can even go and dare to say that the audio quality of the Flyer is more good than the Beats solo 3 I got in my Gym bag.
I found the audio it churns out to be richer and more complete, not to mention its almost perfect rendering of Bass. The noise cancellation works quite well and when coupled with the power boost feature, it’s more than enough to block out even the perils of the morning commute.
2) The picture-perfect fit
Unlike many in-ear headphones out there, the Fitbit flyer was a quite pleasurable one to wear. ditching the normal rubber tips for more soft and secure swappable gel ones, the designers have ensured that the quality of comfort is not get lost on anywhere.
Proving my well-observed point, the Fitbit Flyer comes with a well-designed set of ear pads, fins, and wings that are made to fit over even the oddest shaped ears. While I was quite impressed by the ear fin enabled snugness and comfort, I have to admit that I wasn’t all that impressed by the gripping ear wings that made my ear aching and tired. Still, it’s a very good experience, which is worth looking forward to.
3) The picture-perfect fit
Adorned with a pristine frame that is elegantly decked out with aluminum accents, the Fitbit Flyer certainly has a charm that helps you look sophisticated and elegant when you bench your biceps or trailing past push-ups. They kept things quite simple with the design and I think it paid off in more ways than one, not only is it one of the lightest ones around, it also scores big on the stylish index. Perfect for a sweaty Gym session or a valiant commute to work, the Flyer looks and feels like everything that you need to compliment your outfit and play to your style.
1) Lackluster battery life
While the 6-hour battery claim is more or less true, it is still far, behind what many of its competitors like beats, jaybird and Plantronics are offering right now. Whileit’s true that for a workout headphone, you don’t need a day’s backup since even the ludicrous ones tend to last only for 3-4 hours. Then again, not all of the Flyers are ever going to be fitness freaks, so I would have made more sense if the Flyer had an 8+ hour’s backup time.
Since it is not the case here, I can only hope, even with the fast charging, that I don’t forget to bring the cable and charger.
Retailing at around 130$ on Amazon and Fitbit .com, the Fitbit flyer certainly is not the cheap cut. Being priced at this level is more or less a risk itself because a mere 10$-15$ is what the difference that separates heavy hitters like the freedom-2 and Jaybird X3 from eating into the Fitbit Flyers potential customer base. Had it been priced a bit lower and more competitively, the story would have been totally different and the Flyer certainly would have made its well-deserved place shine in your Christmas shopping list. Alas! It’s not the case at all, at least until the next iteration comes along that is.
Conclusion about Fitbit Flyer Review
Well, that is it! This s the end of my Fitbit flyer review. With an amazing sound quality, decent battery life and a good amount of style to boot, the real question that is hanging around the Fitbit Flyer headphone is “why?” why should you be interested in buying this one when there are millions of other just as good options are swirling out there.
Unfortunately, it is not something that I could tell you so, it is something you would have to decide for yourself.
Sure, owning a pair of Flyers isn’t going to leave you disappointed in any way. Then again, what do I know? Everyone is different, even the Tele tubbies are quite different, so again it falls to your discretion and choice at the end of the day. The Fitbit flyer review posted here is designed to give you a clear-cut picture about Fitbits newest audio adventures, it is made to offer you an inch-by-inch rundown of this awesome piece of Fitbit tech. and it’s your one-stop guide to all things Fitbit Flyer.