Pluses: The Arriva LEO headset combines the rugged, sweat-resistant and water-resistant utility of exercise ear buds with the wireless call clarity of a Jawbone ERA. And they’re comfortable to boot. The elastic leads stretch and flex as you move your head to keep the control block seated firmly at the base of your skull, out of the way of hats and helmets. It’s also intuitive to operate. A 100-minute charge via USB translates into eight hours of talk time (seven hours when listening to music) and up to 120 hours of standby.
Minuses: While it’s nice not having to cord issues, the LEO replaces them with Bluetooth connectivity issues, which can range from slightly finicky to downright aggravating. Like when I’m using them while riding, I can’t put my phone in my front left pocket because it won’t connect to the headphones – but putting it in my front right pocket gives me crystal clear reception. It’s not a huge deal, my Jawbone gives me the same issues, but it can be frustrating nonetheless.