To celebrate the release of both the Endurance & Reflect headphone range, JBL hosted an exclusive workout event, the Weekend Warrior Challenge. Taking place at Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach, warriors participated in four unique sessions to match the four unique headphones, hosted by four influential experts in their field.
Hayden Quinn of The Cube Gym & Master Chef Alumni, increased heart rates with a soft sand run on Bondi Beach, Founder of Retrosweat, Shannon Dooley had people water- grape vining with an 80's inspired water aerobics 'Retro Splash', Milestone Strength Trainer, Nathan McCallum tested the warrior's strength with an endure workout and Founder of The Indigo Project, Mary Hoang allow people to slow down with a reflect meditation session.
After the Weekend Warrior event, I was given a pair of JBL Reflect Mini's to test out myself.
As a runner, I love the sound of the breeze, being aware of my surrounds, being in control of my breathing and pace. Now that I'm clocking the kilometres, I wondered if adding music to my routine would keep me motivated.
My first look at JBL's Reflect Mini 2 showed a headphone in black with silicon tips and wings which looked lightweight and compact. The headphones came with extra silicon tips and wings of different sizes to ensure a good fit for your ear.
I'm not going to lie, it did take a little while to get the hang of placing the earphones into place. They did feel comfortable and didn't feel like they were going to fall out, but once placement was down pat, there was no problem with putting them on and wearing them.
The medium sized silicon tips and wings fitted my ear well and created a tight seal for maximum sound quality. Perhaps a little too well as I had trouble hearing traffic whilst running outdoors.
The sound quality is solid with a deep bass response and bright highs. The added benefit of the earphones being water resistant and sweat proof meant you could run in the rain or give them a quick rinse after your workout.
The cord was a good length and reflective when it caught the light at night. I also liked the well-designed inline remote which only took a few minutes to get used to. It was easy enough to power up, increase and decrease volume as well as skip or rewind tracks and make phone calls. It also came with a soft rubber carry case to tuck the earphones away when not in use.
I was curious about the battery life of 10 hours which is pretty good as I'm hoping that my first attempt of a marathon will only take half that time. There's also a quick charge feature which gives the option of an hour's worth of listening from a 15-minute charge.
Review of JBL Reflect Mini 2
The earphones do jut out slightly and having used them for an 8-kilometre run, they were comfy. I don't recommend that you take a phone call for the last 2km of the run, or you may be asked to repeat yourself as panting your replies isn't the best idea.
The headphone comes in different colours such as black, lime green, teal and blue.
The main feature according to JBL are:
• 5.8mm driver
• 10-hour battery life with Speed Charge
• Bluetooth connectivity
• Three-button remote with microphone to easily control music and calls
• Ergonomic ear-tips and enhancers in interchangeable sizes for a personalized fit
• IPX5 sweatproof
• Lightweight aluminium construction
• Reflective cable for visibility at night
The good - It's lightweight, links via blue tooth and is snug headphone. It has 10 hours of battery life and a reflective cord.
The bad - They were tricky initially to put into place.
Bottom line - I dared to listen and I think the JBL Reflect Mini 2 has its place whether it's at home, working out at the gym or for that long run you need slightly more motivation to get over the line.