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Feb 26, 2017

Panasonic Wings Wireless Bluetooth Headphones review

A few weeks ago I received a pair of the Panasonic Wings Wireless Bluetooth Headphones for review.  Here's what I received:
Panasonic Wings
Headphones, charging cord and soft case

First a few of the features of the headphones:

  • Ultra-light Bluetooth sport clips for high-impact training, indoors and out
  • Premium 9mm neodymium drivers for full rich bass and natural treble and voices
  • IPX 4 waterproof shielding for water and sweat resistance
  • 3d Flex design and quick-fit adjuster bend to your ear and keeps headphones in place during vigorous training
  • Quick charge:  up to 70 minute playback with 15 minute charge (6hrs full charge)
  • Connects to iPhone 7, syncs seamlessly with iPhone/iPod/iPad and Android devices
  • Includes ultra-soft S/M/L earpads, USB charging cord and travel case

The headphones themselves are very light and have a couple adjustments you can make on them to fit well.  As you can see below, the cord itself has an adjustment at the back of your head to fit this how you wish to be comfortable.  I personally didn't feel the need to adjust this but it is nice to have that option for people that like the cord a little tighter or don't want it hanging on the back of their neck.

In addition, the headphones themselves have flexible tubing that allow you to pull the piece that goes over your ear towards your head.  This is needed to keep them from moving around.  I found that once I had the headphones adjusted, they did not move around while I was running.  I also used them to lift weights and it's kind of nice having them be wireless and my phone does not have to be close to me.  I found that I could move about 25 feet away from my phone without any interference with the music.  I also tried them with my iPad just to watch a movie on Netflix and they worked great for this too.
Fully adjustable

Given the adjustments for volume and on/off are at the side of your head, it did take a little getting used to which button was what since you can't see it.  It took me a few runs to get used to this especially for changing songs.  You need to use the same buttons as the volume to change song.  After a few runs, it was fairly easy.
Adjustable volume and on/off
I used the earpad size that is set up with the headphones but they are very easy to change sizes.  The headphones are very comfortable to wear for long periods of time and, since they don't move when running, you don't notice them much.  I will say that the earpads do go into your ear which provide excellent sound but they do tend to cut out most of the exterior sounds.  While that is great for listening to music, you really need to be more aware of your surroundings while running outside.
Headphones have 3 sizes to choose for the earpad

Charging was very easy.  All you do is pull up on the access to the USB charging plug on the headphones and plug the other end either into a computer or a USB charger (as seen below with my Apple charger)  I do like the fact you can charge the headphones for 15 minutes for a quick charge in case you are running low and didn't realize it when you needed them.
In regards to fit, the one drawback that I had with these is the ability to use them when it's really cold outside.  Not that the headphones didn't function in the cold weather, but they are not comfortable at all while wearing a beanie.  The beanie pushes the headphones too hard in your ears.  I tried to find a comfortable fit but just couldn't get it.  For those in cold weather climates, this means you probably won't be using these while running outside.  As a bonus, the last couple of weeks have been amazing in Michigan with temps in the 50's and 60's so I got to use these more than I thought I would outside.  They are great on the treadmill though and when you are just wearing a regular hat.
Not the greatest with a beanie
Overall, I think they are good option for warm weather running or use inside and it's awesome to not have to worry about a cord getting in the way.  I can get my music started from my phone and put the phone away for the duration of the run which is very convenient.

Interest in learning more?

Check out the Panasonic website for more information.  MSRP is $99.99.

Have a great day and....Keep Running

Disclosure:  I received the Panasonic headphones in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a particular opinion other than an honest one.