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The JBL ENDURANCE PEAK II true wireless workout earbuds rest in the open charging case on top of a rock climbing rope.

JBL Endurance Peak 2 review

These workout earbuds are built to endure even your most grueling workouts. We put them through the wringer to see if it lives up to the Endurance moniker.
By
February 25, 2022
7.7
JBL Endurance Peak 2
The bottom line
The JBL Endurance Peak 2 is a great pair of earbuds for intense athletes who require that their earbuds stay in place during all sorts of demanding movements. Anyone in search of a pair of earbuds that will be just as home in the gym as it is out of the gym will want to turn their attention to other options from Bose, Jaybird, and JLab.

JBL Endurance Peak 2

The JBL Endurance Peak 2 is a great pair of earbuds for intense athletes who require that their earbuds stay in place during all sorts of demanding movements. Anyone in search of a pair of earbuds that will be just as home in the gym as it is out of the gym will want to turn their attention to other options from Bose, Jaybird, and JLab.
Release date

October 10, 2020

Price

Original: $99 USD

Dimensions

89 x 57 x 42 mm (case)

Weight

13g (earbud)

77g (case)

Model Number

JBLENDURPEAKIIBKAM

Waterproof

IPX7

What we like
Secure fit
Mono mode with either earbud
Comprehensive touch controls
Workout-friendly sound quality
IPX7 rating
What we don't like
Microphone
Hooks get caught on masks and helmets
Bulky buds and case
7.7
SoundGuys Rating
7
User Rating
Rating Metric
Our Rating
User Rating
Sound Quality
9.7
7.8
8.0
Bass
9.7
6.9
7.0
Midrange
9.8
6.7
7.0
Highs
9.7
7.1
7.0
Isolation / Attenuation
6.2
6.6
7.0
Durability / Build Quality
9.0
7.6
8.0
Value
7.0
6.9
7.0
Design
7.4
6.9
7.0
Connectivity
5.0
6.0
6.0
Microphone
5.3
4.4
4.0
Portability
8.5
7.8
8.0
Battery Life
6.2
7.5
8.0
Feature
6.9
7.4
7.0
Comfort
7.8
7.7
8.0

Motivation is among the most common barriers to establishing a regular workout routine, but JBL is trying to grease the gears with its simple and sturdy JBL Endurance Peak 2. This set of IPX7 earphones has a smart ear hook design and touch controls to minimize how often you have to interact with your phone. Now, you can focus all of your mental and physical energies on the exercises at hand. Let’s take these earbuds for a spin and see if they really are built to endure.

Editor’s note: this JBL Endurance Peak 2 review was updated on February 25, 2022, to add a comparison section with the Beats Powerbeats Pro, update the scoring based on results from our reader poll, and address the Jabra Elite 4 Active and Jabra Elite 7 Active as alternatives.

Who should get the JBL Endurance Peak 2?

A woman wears the JBL ENDURANCE PEAK II true wireless workout earbuds in profile.
Adjustable ear hooks wrap around the back of your ears for an unshakable fit.
  • Athletes are JBL’s target audience with the Endurance Peak 2. While not for swimming, the earbuds can withstand submersion for up to 30 minutes. The stabilizing ear hooks work hard to keep the buds in place during all movement.
  • Anyone can use these earbuds, though the case is a bit bulky to throw into a fanny pack or purse.

What’s it like to use JBL Endurance Peak 2?

A chalky hand reaches for the JBL ENDURANCE PEAK II true wireless workout earbuds in the open charging case.
While the Endurance Peak 2 lacks an official dust-resistance rating, the earbuds remain undamaged after several hours-long rock climbing sessions.

Anyone familiar with JBL products will feel at ease with the Endurance Peak 2. Like the Endurance Peak before it, the second-generation earphones uses JBL’s PowerHook technology. The first time you separate the ear hook tails from the housings, the earbuds flip on and enter pairing mode. From then on, separating the PowerHooks automatically reconnects the earbuds to your smartphone.

Start here: What makes a good set of in-ears?

JBL isn’t shy about reminding you and informing others that you are using a JBL headset: the company logo is embossed onto each earbud and the case. A seam bisects the case, and when you press the button the lid springs open to reveal the earphones. Two large inlets accommodate the buds, which must be placed with some precision for the lid to lock. While the case is still more compact than a pair of on-ear or over-ear headphones, it is larger than most true wireless cases, sharing similar dimensions to the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds case.

How do you control the JBL Endurance Peak 2?

As any good pair of workout earphones, the JBL Endurance Peak 2 doesn’t require much interaction with your smartphone thanks to the comprehensive, yet immutable, touch controls. Those who exercise plenty outside, or who have hearing impairments, may opt for mono playback, which will limit control functionality a bit.

Stereo controls:

Left budRight bud
One tap
Left bud
- Next track
- Answer/end call
Right bud
- Pause/resume playback
- Answer/end call
Two taps
Left bud
- Previous track
Right bud
- Voice assistant access
- Ignore call
Slide
Left bud
N/A
Right bud
- Up: increase volume
- Down: decrease volume
Long press
Left bud
- Mute/unmute mic
Right bud
- Mute/unmute mic

Mono controls:

Left or right bud
One tap
- Pause/resume playback
- Answer/end call
Two taps
- Voice assistant access
- Ignore call
Slide
N/A
Long press
- Mute/unmute mic

Is JBL Endurance Peak 2 good for working out?

A hand holds the JBL ENDURANCE PEAK II true wireless workout earbud by the powerhook, which powers the earbuds on and off.
When you separate the PowerHook from the base of the earbud, the headset automatically enters pairing mode.

Generally speaking, the JBL Endurance Peak 2 is a great workout buddy. The IPX7 rating will grant relief to even the most profusely sweaty people. Interestingly, even though these lack an official dust-resistance rating, JBL depicts a rock climber on the packaging. For the uninitiated, rock climbers frequently chalk up their hands. Even still, I patronized my local climbing gym many times with these earphones and they’re no worse for wear. That said, use them around dust, dirt, chalk, and sand at your own risk.

See: The best workout earbuds

Despite the chunky size relative to other workout earbuds, the JBL Endurance Peak 2 fits comfortably for hours at a time. This is wholly dependent on your ability to find the right ear tips, and since there’s no ear tip fit test available, that may take a handful of attempts.

Should you get the My JBL Headphones app?

The My JBL Headphones app doesn’t support the JBL Endurance Peak 2, so there’s no reason for you to download it. Hopefully JBL adds the Endurance Peak 2 to the list of supported headsets as firmware updates and small features like find my earbuds or EQ presets would add a lot of value. You can read a full rundown of the headset models the app supports here.

Does the JBL Endurance Peak 2 stay connected?

The JBL ENDURANCE PEAK II true wireless workout earbuds hang out of a rock climbing chalk bag behind a pair of rock climbing shoes.
The earbuds support full mono mode, and can stream over SBC or AAC.

The JBL Endurance Peak 2 boasts a reliable connection over Bluetooth 5.0, even through a few layers of drywall. Whether in the gym, surrounded by Bluetooth audio peripherals, or biking around my neighborhood, the earbuds faithfully stay connected to my smartphone.

Akin to most workout earbuds, these buds support both the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. If you have an iPhone, you can enjoy consistent lag-free, high-quality streaming from the Endurance Peak 2 but Android owners might have better luck forcing SBC. Still, most of us don’t place a great deal of importance on high-quality audio when exercising. Instead, we want loud music with an extra hint of bass.

How long does the battery last on the Endurance Peak 2?

The JBL Endurance Peak 2 lasts 6 hours, 2 minutes on a single charge, a near perfect match with the official 6-hour playtime. The USB-C case provides an additional 4 charge cycles, totaling 30 hours of playtime before you need to plug it in. There’s no wireless charging or fast charging here—an odd omission given that fast charging is a sought-after feature in this market. It takes 2 hours to fully charge the earbuds, giving you just enough time to microwave some Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn, sit back, and enjoy Pan’s Labyrinth.

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True wireless earbuds aren’t built for the long haul

While the standalone battery life is above average for the technology, regularly used true wireless earbuds rarely last more than a couple of years. Their tiny battery cells degrade quickly, given the constant charge-deplete cycle they endure. Apple leads the charge in battery optimization, and can do so because of its safeguarded ecosystem. However, any die-hard environmentalist should really stay away from true wireless earbuds and instead invest in a pair of wired earbuds with replaceable cables.

How well does the JBL Endurance Peak 2 isolate?

A chart depicts the isolation performance of the JBL Endurance Peak II, which effectively blocks out high-pitched sounds.
The oblong ear tips create a good seal and block out incidental sounds with ease.

This is above-average isolation performance from the JBL Endurance Peak 2. The earbuds block out unpredictable, high-pitched noises like the clang of a clumsy roommate washing dishes or nearby laughter in a tiny train car, but these aren’t the earphones to use for intercontinental flights or cross-country Amtrak adventures. For those contexts, you’ll want to invest in a pair of noise cancelling true wireless earbuds like the Sony WF-1000XM4, or make room in your luggage for something like the Bose QuietComfort 45.

How does the JBL Endurance Peak 2 sound?

A chart compares the JBL Endurance Peak II (cyan) frequency response to the SoundGuys Consumer Curve V2 (pink), and shows the Peak II has a more boosted bass response than most earphones.
The JBL Endurance Peak II (cyan) boosts sub-bass more than our consumer curve (pink) posits.

A 10mm dynamic driver pumps out a consumer-friendly frequency response from each earbud. The amplified bass notes sound a bit louder than the midrange, but it isn’t so exaggerated as to mask all musical detail around middle-C. Again, JBL doesn’t provide a way to alter the sound profile, but many smartphones have integrated EQ modules (well, except for iPhones, because Apple). Now, if the above looks confusing, check out this guide on reading charts.

Lows, mids, and highs

Bass notes sound very good in Brett Eldredge’s Beat of the Music as the thump and thud of the kick drum can be felt throughout the song’s entirety. Eldredge’s lower vocal register comes through nice and clear, thanks to the mild bump in the upper bass frequencies. However, during the song’s choruses, it’s hard to hear high-pitched sounds like cymbal hits compared to the din of louder sounds in tandem.

The JBL Endurance Peak 2 amplifies bass notes just enough to add emphasis to kickdrums.

Ryann’s song JFK sounds very good through the JBL Endurance Peak 2 too. A chord progression of D-G-Bm-A on guitar rings clearly during the intro, though the finger slides up and down the fretboard are difficult to hear. High-pitched tones reverberate during the chorus at 1:59, when Ryann sings, “… and the magnets ’round my waist that pull to your door.” The first couple of tones come through clearly between the breaks of Ryann’s vocalizations, but become difficult to distinguish as she echos the phrase, “to your door.”

Can you use the JBL Endurance Peak 2 for phone calls?

The JBL ENDURANCE PEAK II true wireless workout earbuds hang from a rock climbing chalk bag behind its open charging case.
The hooks occasionally catch on a mask or helmet straps.

Each JBL Endurance Peak 2 earbud houses its own microphone system, so you can take calls in mono and stereo mode. Sound quality is fine, but it won’t impress your friends on the other end of the call. Take a listen to the demo below and decide for yourself!

JBL Endurance Peak 2 microphone demo:

How does the microphone sound to you?

925 votes

As of February 25, 2022, a majority of respondents rated the above sample as “okay,” which is appropriate for the price.

Should you buy the JBL Endurance Peak 2?

The JBL ENDURANCE PEAK II true wireless workout earbuds rest in the open charging case on top of a rock climbing rope.
The JBL Endurance Peak 2 is a bulky thing to carry all the time, but is great for the gym.

The JBL Endurance Peak 2 is a solid contender among the bevy of workout earbuds available, and if you don’t care for software features, this is a smart buy. The PowerHook design is great and streamlines the reconnecting process while providing a reliable fit. Sure, the earbuds remain fairly clunky, but many athletes usually prioritize fit and stability over svelte designs and aesthetics.

That said, the JBL Endurance Peak 2 may not be your flavor of energy drink: the lack of fast charging is a poor omission and the microphone is unimpressive, to put it kindly. While the large charging case won’t take up too much real estate in a gym bag, it isn’t the most portable option for daily use. Concessions had to be made to keep the pricing below $100 USD, but some may turn their ears elsewhere for more versatile earbuds that also work for exercise.

The JBL Endurance Peak II in black against a white background.
JBL Endurance Peak II
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Beats Powerbeats Pro vs JBL Endurance Peak 2: What’s the difference?

The Beats Powerbeats Pro shares a similar design to the Endurance Peak 2, since Beats’ earbuds also have ear hooks. Unlike the Endurance Peak 2, which performs equally well on Android as it does on iOS, the Powerbeats Pro is optimized for iPhone users because of the H1 chip. With Apple’s proprietary chip set, iPhone owners can access Siri hands free, enjoy audio sharing among compatible devices, and use the Find My app to locate the earphones. These are just a few features that Android owners miss out on with the Powerbeats Pro.

The Beats Powerbeats Pro logo.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro have the same over-ear hook design as the standard Powerbeats, but they ditch the wire connecting them.

Still, there are plenty of things the Endurance Peak 2 has going for it over the Powerbeats Pro. JBL’s earphones have an IPX7 rating that makes them much more water-resistant than the Beats’ IPX4 rating denotes. With the JBL headset, you also pay a lot less than you would for Beats. Ultimately, both are very good workout earphones but if you’re strapped for cash, we recommend the Endurance Peak 2.

See: The best iPhone earbuds

What should you get instead of the JBL Endurance Peak 2?

The JBL Endurance Peak 2 is a great option for athletes and the physically inclined, but it’s not your only option. For $100 USD, you might want to consider the Anker Soundcore Spirit X2. This is an IP68-rated pair of true wireless workout earbuds that mimic JBL’s ear hook design. Alternatively, you may want to consider the Jabra Elite 4 Active, an excellent pair of workout earbuds that doesn’t use ear hooks. With the Elite 4 Active, you get an IP57 rating, SBC and aptX support, and pretty good active noise cancelling all for $119 USD.

Jabra Elite 7 Active next to Jabra Elite 7 Pro
The Jabra Elite 7 Active (left) is another great pair of workout earbuds and with it, you get a wireless charging case, something the Elite 4 Active lacks.

If you’re willing to stretch your budget quite a bit, we recommend the Bose Sport Earbuds and Jaybird Vista 2. Bose’s earphones have an IPX4 rating and extra-secure fit with its StayHear Max ear wings that latch to your ear’s concha, similar to the Beats Fit Pro and Sony LinkBuds. Bose’s earbuds sound very good, though you can’t EQ the sound from the Bose Music app. The Jaybird Vista 2 is as durable as it gets with the buds’ IP57 rating and the MIL-STD-810G certificated case. The Vista 2 also lacks ear hooks and uses a similar ear wing mechanism as the Sport Earbuds. You’ll spend at least $149-$199 USD on either pair of buds depending on if you catch them on sale or not.

Frequently asked questions about the JBL Endurance Peak 2

The first-generation JBL Endurance Peak has a shorter standalone playtime of 4 hours, compared to the second-generation’s 6-hour playtime. With the Peak 2, you get a more modern design and USB-C charging case, whereas the debut Endurance Peak includes a microUSB case. The Endurance Peak 2 has a louder bass response than the original Endurance Peak, and neither headset gets JBL app support.

JBL discontinued the Endurance Peak when it released the Endurance Peak 2, but you can still find the old version renewed for as low as $49 USD. While this is a great deal, it’s worth considering other options beyond JBL’s offerings if you want to stay below a $50 budget.