I can appreciate these earbuds have a very specific purpose, and they could be a solid compliment to a set of over-ear noise-cancelling headphones that allow you to tune in and tune out the world. Of course, that’s the wrinkle: Do you want to invest in two sets of headphones or earbuds? There are plenty of all-around options that are well-suited for both casual listening and exercise. You’ll just have to decide if keeping your ears open is more important than great sound quality.
Innovative in some ways, disappointing in many others, the $199 Bose Sport Open Earbuds is a tough sell for avid fitness buffs.
If you're trying to choose between these and the Frames, which have their own advantages, it's a hard call. It comes down to whether you want to be wed to a pair of sunglasses for your audio. And while I wasn't thrilled that you can't charge the buds in their case on the go, you can store the Sport Open Earbuds in your pocket and wear glasses with them without a problem.