Admittedly, when I first tried them, they did seem a bit fiddly, however,no more so than my wired Shures did the first time I tried them. In essence, I'd have to say that all new products do take a bit of 'getting used to', so to speak.
i go to the ...Read moregym 3/4 times a week, for 30-90minutes at a time, so I'm by no means an athlete, but I do need something that will perform well, and stay in place.
Using the Gecko-Grip replacement tips, I've found these stay in place throughout my whole workout, and the buttons are well-postiioned and easily-reachable, allowing me to change track and adjust volume with ease whilst on the treadmill.
Sound-quality-wise, they're pretty good, certainly some of the better ones on the market anyway. Of course something Blutooth will never sound as good as a wired set, and no, I wouldn't ever suggest they are on par with my Shures. But I wasn't naive enough to ever expect them to be comparable to Shure or Klipsch (my two previous wire4d sets). These aren't meant to be, either. These are sport earphones. For use when doing exercise or sport. And they do this very nicely indeed. They sound pretty good, with a decent evel of bass and clarity, and I've yet to hear them distort.
The Jaybird system works faultlessly, My ipod either sits on the machine in front of me, resting on the screen, or on the floor nearest to me. I never ever have my ipod in my pocket, and have never experienced any issues using it this way.
Perhaps not for your commuting audiophile, or your 'sit at home on the couch' audiophile, but for sporting use? Oh yes.
If like me, you find the gym a bit tedious and boring, then I'd definately recommend a set. Pricey but worth it.Probably the best wireless headphones I've found.