This is why there is a need for headphones that deliver excellent sound quality while providing the least amount of stress and discomfort when worn, particularly for long periods of time. Activities that require effort, such as gym workouts, endurance training, and dancing require focus and willful persistence, and more often than not, people use music as a driving force to help them focus and maintain their concentration, so as to better sustain their persistence.
The design allows the material to bend and flex well enough for either fitting properly to your particular head shape, and also for folding and tucking the headphones way in your pocket, without retaining any kind of deformation afterwards. This is a particular point of interest as there are many similar flexible headphones in the market that tend to retain a certain shape when kept or worn in a particular way long enough.
Water and sweat resistance also plays a large part in the flexibility and durability of the headphone material itself. Prolonged or continued exposure to moisture or sweat could promote degradation of the flexible material used in most headphones, leading to some becoming brittle over time. The design of the Plantronics Backbeat FIT allows it to resist soaking or retaining moisture or sweat for up to 30 minutes of non-stop exposure. The ability of the headphones to resist absorption for an extended period contributes greatly to its ability to retain flexibility and also prevents it from developing that “sweaty” pungent odor often associated with gear used in strenuous activities.
While there are headphone and earbud owners who are much more conscientious when it comes to proper removal of their gear, there are those who simply tug and rip off their headphones from their ears once they are done listening. This is one of the leading causes of damage. the dense rubberized audio cable and form-fitting back-of-head design is sturdy enough to resist damage from this practice. The design is such that while the headphones do fit snugly when in use, it can also be easily removed should the wearer wish to do so. It could be worth noting, however, that because the earbuds of the Plantronics Backbeat FIT, there is a tendency for a slight change in the sound profile of the device, although this is mostly negligible at best.
Unlike other sports headphones, however, the Plantronics Backbeat FIT does not come with replaceable tips or stability fins, should there be a need for such in the case of more uniquely shaped ears or head of the wearer. This could prove to be a disappointment for some who prefer to have a change of parts when they want it, although it is not a major pain point for most headphone users.