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Jaybird Vista 2 review

The Jaybird Vista 2 are excellent earbuds for exercise

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TechRadar Verdict

The Jaybird Vista 2 sound better than the original Vista true wireless earbuds and now give you ANC, a longer battery life, and an even more durable design to make them a standout option for fitness fans.

Pros

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    Great sound

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    Secure and comfortable fit

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    Useful companion app

Cons

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    ANC not best in class

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    Not cheap

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    Need to EQ tinker to get best sound

One-minute review

The Jaybird Vista 2 are a solid pair of all-rounder earbuds that launched in 2021 and are designed with exercise in mind. 

They're the successors of the popular Jaybird Vista earbuds. The goal here remains the same; to offer workout-friendly buds that promise a secure fit, deliver strong audio quality, and give you plenty in the way of battery life too.

With the Vista 2, Jaybird has made some changes to the earbuds and the case design to bolster its ‘earth proof’ credentials, improved the audio quality, and added active noise cancellation to help drown out the world around you. It’s also given the battery a boost too.

Jaybird Vista 2 Specs

Battery: 8 hours (24 hours with case)
Charging time: 2 hours
Impedance: 23 Ohm +-15% at 1KHz
Speaker sensitivity: 103.5 +-1.5dB at 1KHz
Output: 12 mW RMS (with level limit)
Codec: Bluetooth SBC Implementation & AAC
Response: Bandwidth 20Hz - 20kHz
Driver Size: 6 mm
Wireless Range: Class 2 standard range 10m/33ft
Earbud dimensions: 15.7mm X 16.2mm X 20.3mm (W X H X D)
Case dimensions: 74.6mm X 38.5mm X 25mm (W X H X D)

These changes have led to a bump up in price compared to the original Jaybird Vista, though the vast improvements do make the Vista 2 an even stronger option for anyone looking for some of the best true wireless earbuds to get sweaty with—whether that’s for running, smashing out some HIIT training, or making a beeline for the weights section at the gym.

While the active noise cancellation isn’t as good as that offered by models like the Sony WF-1000XM4, the combination of fit, low profile design, sound quality, and solid battery life still make the Vista 2 some of the top wireless earbuds for working out as well as listening at home or in the office. That's why the Jaybird Vista 2 feature in our best true wireless earbuds guide.

They're no longer one of our top picks in our best running headphones guide or best workout headphones guide, but we think these Jaybird buds are still well worth your time. Read on for our full Jaybird Vista 2 review.

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Jaybird Vista 2 review: price and availability

  • $149.99 / £189.99 
  • Available in black, gray and blue 

The Jaybird Vista 2 launched in June 2021, and cost $149.99 / £189.99. They haven't arrived in all regions, with no Australia release.

This original RRP is up from the $179.99 / £159.99 / AU$299 price that the original Vista buds launched at, which you can read more about in our Jaybird Vista review. However, the price of the Vista 2 buds now varies depending on the retailer, you can find them for $50 / £50 cheaper in some stores and on the Jaybird website.

This price point puts the Jaybird Vista 2 in competition with the likes of the Bose Sport Earbuds. Read our Jabra Elite Active 75t review and Sony’s WF-SP800N review for other similarly-priced rivals.

For a cheaper true wireless alternative that's also designed for running, take a look at our Amazfit Powerbuds Pro review, which also offer in-ear fitness tracking. 

For a similar price but a different listening experience, read our Sony LinkBuds review, which have an open-ring design that leaves your ear canals totally free to hear your environment while you workout.

The Jaybird Vista 2 are available in Black, Nimbus Gray, and Alloy Blue color options.

The Jaybird Vista 2 in their charging case (left) compared to their predecessors.

The Jaybird Vista 2 (left) compared to their predecessors. (Image credit: TechRadar)

Jaybird Vista 2 review: design

  • Comfy fit
  • IP68 water and dust resistance
  • Touch sensitive controls

Go back to the early Jaybird years, before the Vista was on the scene, and its wireless sports headphones had big appeal because they offered a good, secure fit. The original Jaybird Vista earbuds continued that trend with its wing and ear tips combo offering that reliable fit as well as an unobtrusive design.

With the Vista 2, Jaybird has largely stuck to the same look, making some small design tweaks that make them better suited for exercise. You get similarly sized earbuds with the set of ear tips and wing tips included in the box to make sure they can fit a wide range of ears. We were fortunate that the ones already plugged on straight out of the box gave us that secure fit.

For steady paced jogs, fast runs, and home HIIT workouts, these buds simply don’t budge. Jaybird also offers a Find My Fit mode in its companion phone app to help you find the right tips to make sure they do the best job of staying put.

When you lift the buds out of the charging case, they do feel a little heavier than the original Vista, likely due to the additional new in-ear motion sensors along with the microphones that appeared on the first Vista. It’s not the kind of added weight you really feel once they’re in the ears, though.

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One noticeable change compared to the original Vista is a more textured finish on the outside of each bud. Jaybird calls this WindDefense fabric, which is essentially included to help stop wind from interfering with taking phone calls. 

We didn’t get the opportunity to battle particularly windy conditions as we were hit with a mini heatwave during our tests, but any help to keep the wind at bay without compromising the bud design can only be a good thing in our book.

The outside of the buds also host a series of tap and touch sensitive controls, letting you pause your music, reject calls, skip tracks, or double tap to turn on the ambient mode. We’d always favor physical controls to interact with during exercise but these touch controls were nicely responsive and didn’t need an extra tap or press to get them to do their job.

Jaybird made a big deal about dubbing its first Vista buds as ‘Earthproof,’ in a slightly over the top way of saying they’re built for rugged use, should be good for a run in the rain, and will still function if they get a bit dusty. 

Compared to the original Vista, the Vista 2 have been changed from an IPX7 water resistant rating to IP68. That means they can technically be submerged in water up to 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes. That’s a higher rating than other sporty buds like the Jabra Elite Active 75t and Sony’s WF-SP800N buds. 

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While they’re not a pair you’d want to go swimming with (simply because without built-in storage, Bluetooth isn’t going to work very well in the water), you could give the Jaybird Vista 2 a quick rinse under a tap and they’re fit to fend off some sweat and rain.

They also come with military-grade durability credentials, with a MIL-STD-810G rating also deeming them drop proof, crush proof and dust proof.

Another small design addition worth highlighting is the raised surface around the L and R to help identify the buds—it’s a nice touch for visually impaired users in particular.

That extra weatherproofing also extends to the case, which does feel like it’s slightly grown in size compared to the case that came with the original Vista, though it’s been slapped with an IP54 rating to give it some added protection against dust. Jaybird has also added a small series of LED lights to act as a battery status indicator and let you know when it’s in Bluetooth pairing mode. Crucially, it’s still a pocket-friendly case or one you can throw into the back pocket of your shorts, and it won’t feel like a heavy burden to carry.

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Jaybird Vista 2 review: audio performance

  • Powerful, warm sound
  • EQ can be adjusted
  • ANC could be better

The original Vista earbuds sounded pretty good during indoor and outdoor workouts, though we felt like they could do with a kick in the power and loudness department, particularly if you like listening to bassier, more uptempo music for runs and workouts. While  the Jaybird Vista 2 still stick with the same 6mm drivers as their predecessors, there does seem to be an improvement in overall sound quality based on our time with them.

Out of the box, they felt noticeably louder than the original Vista, and the soundstage has grown in a really satisfying way. There's a nice level of detail and good clarity for calls and for podcasts—but it’s the pick up in power and warmth that really stands out here. 

Jaybird does offer an EQ and presets to get a more tailored sound profile, along with the ability to create personal EQ settings, letting you toggle sliders to adjust elements like bass, bass range, and low midrange. It pays off to spend some time playing around with the EQ options to get a more rewarding sound profile that suits your ears.

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During exercise is where that performance really matters and there’s certainly no let up on that front. We used them for indoor and outdoor workouts, and the audio quality overall was great, feeling like a bit of a step up compared to  the original Vista earbuds. We’d be inclined to say the similarly priced Jabra Elite Active 75t offer a little more in terms of power and detail but the Vista 2 are still really great sounding earbuds for exercise.

There are some extras that make the Jaybird Vista 2 a better fit for outdoor workouts in particular. There’s now active noise cancellation, which wasn’t available on the original pair. A double tap on the buds can switch you from that ANC mode to a SurroundSense ambient mode that lets your world back in. From the app, you can adjust just how much of that ambient noise you want to let in.

The ANC isn’t best in class and on outdoor runs it didn’t entirely block out the traffic, but it does a good enough job of cancelling some of that exterior noise to help you zone out to your music. The ambient mode also works well to bring those worldly sounds back in too, and there’s a clear difference between the two modes.

You still have the ability to use the buds independently if you feel safer not entirely blocking out your ears while exercising. Once you take a bud out, the audio will stop and you tap on the bud that’s remained in your ears to get it working on its own. It’s as simple as that.

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Jaybird Vista 2 review: battery life and connectivity

  • Eight hours from earbuds
  • 24 hours from charging case
  • Easy to set up

In terms of battery life, Jaybird is promising 33% more than the original Vista earbuds. With the Jaybird Vista 2, you’re getting up to eight hours from a single charge and 24 hours with a fully charged case. Compared to similarly priced sporty earbuds, that battery life fares pretty well. Sony’s WF-SP800N offer nine hours of playback from a single charge, while the Bose Sport Earbuds give you up to five hours.

After an hour of working out, the battery drop-off was 15%, with ANC enabled throughout,  so it seems those numbers are based on when ANC and the SurroundSense modes are not in use. When it’s time to charge them up you can drop them in the charging case and a five-minute charge is good enough to give you an hour of play time. The case also supports wireless charging, and it worked perfectly on our IKEA wireless charging lamp.

The jaybird vista 2 true wireless earbuds pictured on top of a trainer

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The Vista 2 are very easy to set up via Bluetooth, with or without the app. Do it without the app, and you can press the button inside of the case and wait for the lights on the outside of the case to start blinking to start the pairing process. We paired with a range of devices including phones (Android and iPhone), a laptop, the Hydrow connected rowing machine, a Garmin watch, and the Apple Watch. We had no issues with pairing and never suffered any kind of Bluetooth dropout.

If you take the app route to setting up, you’ll have access to some additional features you may want to have a play around with. The Jaybird app is available on Android and iOS and it’ll prompt you to connect the buds before letting you into the app. Inside you’ll find battery status for each bud and the case. 

The app allows you to toggle through sound profile presets as well as creating your own and adjust the button controls. There’s also a useful Find My Buds feature to help locate the last place they were connected to your phone. It works for each bud individually, and can launch Google Maps to help you hunt them out. To set things up, you’ll need to remove the earbuds from the case and turn on the location tracking on your phone.

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Conclusion

The Jaybird Vista 2 are great true wireless earbuds for all kinds of purposes, whether you're at the gym, commuting, or sat in the office. But they're definitely designed with movement in mind. 

They come with an IP68 water and dust resistance rating, so you can be sure even a sweaty workout won’t break them. And you get a range of eartips and wings with the Jaybird Vista 2, while a Find My Fit feature within the app means anyone should be able to find a secure fit. 

They sound great and we like that you can customize your experience with an EQ built into the app, which allows you to adjust the sound of the Jaybird Vista 2 as much as you please. 

They're not perfect, especially if you're on a budget, want best in class noise cancellation or you're looking for a long battery life. But they're a solid pair of all-rounder true wireless earbuds that make fantastic exercise companions.

Also consider...

If our Jaybird Vista 2 review has you considering other true wireless earbuds, then take a look at our pick of the best earbud alternatives below.

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Sony WF-1000XM4
The ANC provided by the Jaybird Vista 2 is fine, but it’s not a patch on the Sony WF-1000XM4, our current pick of the best true wireless earbuds. You'll be paying more than $50 / £50 more for this bump up in performance, but if you're looking for the most immersive listening experience, then Sony is a better choice.  
Read our full Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Earbuds review (opens in new tab)

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Lypertek PurePlay Z3
The battery life of the Jaybird Vista 2 true wireless earbuds isn't bad at 8 hours—or a full 24 hours with the charging case too—but you can find better buds. The Lypertek PurePlay Z3 are our current favorites for long battery life, boasting a total of 80 hours with their charging case.
Read our full Lypertek PurePlay Z3 review (opens in new tab)

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EarFun AirPro
The Jaybird Vista 2 aren’t the most expensive buds on the market, but they aren’t cheap, either. Check out the EarFun Air Pro for a pair of budget noise-cancelling earbuds that might not perform quite as well, but sound great if you need a cheaper alternative.
Read our full EarFun Air Pro (opens in new tab) review

  • First reviewed in June 2021