Fitbit is jumping headfirst into the smartwatch market with the newly announced Ionic. But alongside its new wearable, the fitness tracker company is also entering another new field today: headphones, with the new Fitbit Flyer.
The Flyers are a fairly ordinary pair of fitness-focused Bluetooth headphones. They’re designed to be sweat-proof and water resistant, so they’ll survive a serious workout or a sudden rain shower. Fitbit claims they’ll last around six hours of use off a single charge, with a 15-minute quick charge to get another hour of battery life. And despite being a device released in late 2017, they charge over Micro USB instead of the newer USB-C standard.
Fitbit intends for the Flyer to go hand in hand with the Ionic — the headphones are able to connect to two devices at once, so you can keep it linked to both your phone and your smartwatch. There’s a quick pairing feature for the Ionic that lets the Flyer connect more easily.
I’ve been trying out the Flyer for a few days, and they’re more or less what they say on the can. Sound quality is ok — they’re certainly not the worst headphones I’ve ever used, but they’re nothing to write home about either. Fitbit includes a variety of fins and eartips to help make sure the Flyer fits properly, and I will commend them for being remarkably good at staying in my ears (something that I personally struggle with with most wireless headphones).
The Fitbit Flyer will release sometime in October for $129.95 in a gold / grey or black / blue color combinations.