The Poly Backbeat Fit 6100’s are beasts in the gym, on the track, or anywhere else you want to push them to the limit. First of all, they check all the essential boxes that make them a great set of over-ear headphones. Plus, they have some fitness-friendly features that we’ve never seen on a set of headphones.
You might not be familiar with Poly (formerly Plantronics), but they’re well known in the commercial industry for their telecommunication headsets, business phones, and other audio/visual conferencing devices. Their attention to detail and dedication to developing devices for very specific uses has translated into one of the best over-ear headphones for working out.
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Their audio quality is top-notch, and their headphones app has a pretty good EQ for further sound customization. They feature industry-standard 40mm drivers, so they have great base and impressive overall audio range.
One thing you’lll notice with the ear cushions removed is that the drivers are angled perfectly to your ear canal, so music is delivered to your ear drums with impressive efficiency. Also, it’s nice that they allow you to customize the EQ, because out of the box their are heavy on the bass.
This is obviously a plus if you like hip hop, pop, electric music, or any other similar genre. Plus, the extra bass is the perfect boost to help keep you energized and in the zone during workouts.
Even though they don’t offer an active noise cancellation feature, their passive noise isolation does a great job of drowning out unwanted background noises. Plus, they still have a great transparency mode to conversate with workout partners or to stay safe and aware during outdoor workouts.
Even though they have great audio quality, these are the features that make them perfect for active listeners (pun intended). They have a lightweight design, a breathable mesh headband, and a unique adjustable pull cord to tighten the fit to your preference.
In fact, the headband and ear cushions are removable and washable. That way, you can give them a quick rinse and let them air dry overnight, or even throw the headband into the gentle cycle if it gets extra soiled.
One major issue with trying to use over-ear headphones for working out is that they tend to fall off when doing harder workouts. The BackBeat Fit 6100’s handy pull cord located on the headband creates a unique adjustable fit, and is strong enough to clamp down for more rigorous workouts.
The benefit of the adjustable clamp strength goes both ways. Once you’re done with your workout, you can loosen up the pull cord for more comfortable and longer listening sessions.
Sweat and Splash Resistant
They are one of the most durable over-ear headphones we’ve ever tested, with an IPX5 dust and water resistance rating. Combined with the removable/washable ear cushions and headband, sweat, rain, and mud are no match for the BackBeat Fit 6100.
The Poly app gives you everything you need to customize your listening experience to fit your genre or activity. Besides the custom EQ, you can customize the touch controls for phone-free music control during workouts.
You can even assign the touch options to control timers and stopwatches, which is something you don’t traditionally see on workout headphones. Let alone over-ear headphones.
Based on the many unique features of the Poly BackBeat Fit 6100s, they’re groundbreaking in many ways. Starting at under $100, they’re not one of the best over-ear headphones for working out, but they’re also the best on a budget.
- Water/Dust Rating – IPX5
- Battery Life – 25 Hours
- Fit Strength – Adjustable
- Driver Size – 40mm
- Weight – 240g
- ANC/Transparency Mode – Just Transparency Mode
- Bluetooth – 5.0