If you're on a budget, and you're looking for solid earbud performance with a few extras, consider the Jabra Elite 25e. In addition to a surprisingly balanced sound profile, these earbuds have an adjustable neckband and an amazingly long battery life of around 14 hours.
While bass notes played in the Elite 25e aren't especially booming, they manage to avoid the tinny quality that plagues many earbuds, which is a feat for a pair of earbuds under $100.
Jabra's take on the neckband is an interesting one. It has "zones" that are flexible, and allow for a slightly better fit for those who are broader in the neck/shoulder area. Additionally, the inline remote is housed in the neckband, making it easier to access by touch, since the remote isn't moving with the wires as you run through the woods. The downside of this design choice is that the remote buttons are really hard to press, and not very responsive. It can take a few jabs before the volume up/down buttons respond accordingly.
The ear tips that come with the Jabra Elite 25e are oblong, rather than circular. These tips are purported to create a better fit, but that wasn't the case in our experience. Because of the unusual shape of the ear tips, they never sat correctly in our ears, and the imperfect seal allowed us to hear shouted conversations on the bus with better clarity than our music. With a poor fit, the earbuds are also more likely to fall out during activities that require bouncing.
These ear tips are a great point of contention for people who purchased the Elite 25e; some found that they really did increase the fit and comfort, while others experienced the same poor seal we did. If circular earbuds have worked well for you in the past, think about swapping the ear tips that come with the Elite 25e for ones that you already know fit you well.
Of the wireless earbuds we've tested recently, the Jabra Elite 25e had the longest battery life, coming in at around 16 hours. This is not a drill. The convenience of having to charge your wireless headphones every couple of days instead of once a day cannot be overstated.
The Jabra Elite 25e is a great product for those with very specific needs and tastes. There may be some form and function problems, but battery life is no joking matter.