After more and more smart phone makers started removing the 3.5mm headphones jack, Bluetooth headphones started to gain more and more popularity. Going with the flow, most of the major headphones manufacturers started paying more attention to this segment. Creative, a popular company in the field could have not turn a blind eye on such an occasion, and thus the Outlier Sports headphones emerged to the surface. It’s waterproof ability, huge battery autonomy and high quality sound offered by the Singapore company makes it one of the best headphones for running outside one could wish for.
The Outlier Sports headphones are tied together through a cable that has installed a tiny remote on it. This includes the volume + and – buttons, a multifunctional scroll wheel and of course the mini usb charging port. One cool feature that got my attention is that if you long press the volume keys, it can skip the song back or forward, and if you short press the wheel, it will pause the song or answer an incoming call. They weight just about 15 grams and are around 50cm long.
The micro USB port has a plastic cap that should and will block sweat and rain drops inside, thus protecting the best headphones for running outside from water. The actual headphones themselves have silicone caps that helps pretty decently in noise cancellation from outside. They come with little wings that you attach around your ear so they don’t drop out when you workout. They come by default with 3 pairs of caps and wings of different sizes.
Sadly, there is one missing part that people really love about bluetooth earphones for running that don’t fall out, it doesn’t offer magnets to keep them together while they hang around your neck.
The cable coating for these headphones is made from a nice adherent material which makes them stick around your neck or skin, thus reducing the risk of losing these babies. You also get some sort of clam to lock them on your clothes if you feel insecure.
Creative Outlier Sports offers a better sound quality compared to the other two bluetooth sport headphones they own. I’m talking about Samsung Level U and Anker SoundBuds. While turning the volume up, the sound is really clear and no delays or lagging occurs like we’ve seen in previous models. One thing tends to be in the lower side, and that’s the bass, but it’s not bad either, I would rate it at least decent.
One other things worth mentioning is that you don’t get those short interrupts when the phone is in your pocket, something I can’t state for their other two bluetooth workout headphone models.
Regarding autonomy, nothing but good words can be spoken about Outlier. I’ve noticed up to 10 hours of battery time with 70-80% volume. This should keep most people good for around two to three days of usage while working out.
I’ve also used these wireless running headphones for audio calls and I’ve been told my voice is very clear. I honestly didn’t expect this given the fact that the mic is positioned on the side rather than on the tiny remote.
Outlier Sports are one of the best mid-range price best wireless running headphones I’ve used in a while. They offer a clear quality sound, more than average autonomy regarding battery, sweat proof and they stay rather nice and tight in your ear. On the down side we have the lack of the magnetic lock which would have been of great use in my opinion, but perhaps that would have taken a toll on the size. They go for around $55 so I would recommend them without second guessing. Here’s a nice presentation video.