Jabra Elite 7 Active earbuds: big improvements coming to the firm's wireless workout headphones

The well-respected audio company's latest earbuds come with a more secure fit, noise cancellation, water resistance, and longer battery life

Man wearing the Jabra Elite 7 Active earbuds while exercising
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Jabra has announced a new set of true wireless earbuds, the Jabra Elite 7 Active, with an improved fit for workouts, exercise, and active lifestyles. 

The company also teased two other devices in an announcement made on Tuesday this week: the Elite 7 Pro and the Elite 3. 

As the makers of some of the best workout earbuds, Jabra has a strong reputation for high-quality, durable sets of true wireless earbuds. However, in-ear comfort and fit are some of the essential features of any set of earbuds, especially if you're using them for workouts and exercising. Most wireless earbuds come with three sizes of interchangeable tips, but this doesn't suit everyone. 

That's why the Jabra Elite 7 Active earbuds come with the company's new ShakeGrip coating for improved fit. This also supports the onboard Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) feature, which allows you to stay focused on whatever you're listening to. The high-performance ANC can also be found on the company's other sets, including the Jabra Elite Active 75t earbuds, one of our favorite sets.

Noise cancellation is great for personal listening, but there are times you might want to hear what's going on around you, like if you're going for a run or walking down a busy street. 

In that case, you'll be able to activate the HearThrough function, an intelligent form of noise cancellation, allowing you to keep aware of your surroundings. You can switch between ANC modes, update firmware, and customize EQ settings using the Jabra Sound+ smartphone app, which you can download on your iPhone or Android smartphone. 

Jabra Elite 7 Active earbuds in a charging case

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You won't need to worry about constantly reaching for a charger either, as, even with ANC active, you should get 9 hours of use from the earbuds and up to 35 hours when including the charging case. When you're exercising, the last thing you want is to have to continually pick up your phone to send messages or make phone calls. So, you'll be glad to hear that the Elite 7 Active come with support for Amazon Alexa and Siri.

Importantly, the earbuds are IP57-rated for water resistance, so you won't have any problems using them during an intense, sweaty workout or while exercising outdoors in the rain. Similarly, the earbuds come with wind reduction, so the elements won't interrupt your listening experience. If you prefer only to use a single earbud in one ear, you can do that too, as the Elite 7 Active support mono listening.

At the same event, the firm also announced the Elite 7 Pro and Elite 3 earbuds. The Jabra Elite 7 Pro are functionally similar to the Elite 7 Active but also come with the new MultiSensor Voice feature. This automatically detects if you're in a windy environment and switches the earbuds to a bone-conduction mode for improved audio clarity. Meanwhile, the Elite 3 are an affordable, entry-level set of true wireless earbuds aimed at first-time users.

The Jabra Elite 7 Active and Elite 7 Pro will be available from October 1st, costing $179/£179 and $199/£199 respectively. Meanwhile, if you're interested in the more affordable set, the Jabra Elite 3 are available from today (September 1st) for just $79/£79.

James Frew
Fitness Editor

James is a London-based journalist and Fitness Editor at Fit&Well. He has over five years experience in fitness tech, including time spent as the Buyer’s Guide Editor and Staff Writer at technology publication MakeUseOf. In 2014 he was diagnosed with a chronic health condition, which spurred his interest in health, fitness, and lifestyle management.

In the years since, he has become a devoted meditator, experimented with workout styles and exercises, and used various gadgets to monitor his health. In recent times, James has been absorbed by the intersection between mental health, fitness, sustainability, and environmentalism. When not concerning himself with health and technology, James can be found excitedly checking out each week’s New Music Friday releases.