Oladance Wearable Stereo B1 headphones review: fiddly to use, but fit securely and sound good

The secure, splashproof, open-ear oladance Wearable Stereo B1 headphones boast good music quality while allowing you to hear what’s going on around you

Woman wearing oladance Wearable Stereo B1 headphones
(Image: © Claire Maxted)

Advnture Verdict

These headphones provide quality sound without drowning out external noises, while the battery life is great. However, it’s tricky to operate the volume on the run with touchscreen controls rather than buttons.


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    Very light to wear

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    Easy to pair with phone

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    Easy to operate

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    Healthier for ears than in-ear buds

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    Can hear external sounds

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    Can use both or just one headphone

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    Long battery life

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    Grip well on to ears, with additional rubber ear grips available for smaller ears

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    Look stylish


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    Only splashproof, rated IPX4

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    No quick-charge function

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    Moderate wind affects speaking on phone calls

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    Constant white noise heard when volume levels low – app is required to turn headphones off

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    Very easy to accidentally stop playback or end a call when trying to adjust volume

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    Heavier than bone conducting headphones if carrying charging case too

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    Case won’t provide charge without external power (charging case costs £50)

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oladance Wearable Stereo B1 headphones: first impressions

These oladance Wearable Stereo B1 headphones are very interesting because their open-ear design bridges the gap between bone conduction and in-ear running headphones


• List price: $200 (US) / £200 (UK)
• Headphones weight: 25g / 0.9oz
• Weight with case: 59g / 2.1oz
• Colors: Black, Red, Silver, White
• Water protection: IPX4 – splashproof
• Battery life: 16 hours
• Quick charge time: N/A
• Full charge time: Two hours
• Charger type: Case and USB-C cable
• Dual device connection: No
• Compatibility: Gym workouts, commuting, home chores, walking, running outdoors

The main advantage of these sound-wise over bone conduction headphones is the superior quality and volume of the music. However, they are similarly affected by strong wind noise when taking calls, and you can’t hear as much of the outside world as you can when wearing bone conduction phones.

But this does make them very useful for hikers, runners and any outdoors people who want to be aware of the world around them.

You can wear them one at a time, the battery life is long at 16 hours and you charge them in the case via the provided USB-C cable. It would be good if the case also contained some charge for travelling without access to mains power.

The double-tap function to skip tracks or a few seconds forward in podcasts is great, as is the hold-down command for accessing the voice assistant. However, sliding your finger up or down (either side) to adjust the volume or the position of the headphones is harder to get right while running.

oladance Wearable Stereo B1 headphones: on the trails

oladance Wearable Stereo B1 headphones case

Sadly, the case doesn’t store any charge that you could use to top up your headphones while out and about (Image credit: Claire Maxted)

Surprisingly, despite our concerns over the design, these don’t fall off when you’re trail running! When you first put them on they feel like they might just jump off your ear if you turn your head sharply or thump down a steep hill, but they stayed put at all times through woods, quarries, fields and trails. You can also get an additional rubber sheath for them if you have smaller ears or experience any slippage, and sunglasses seem to work fine balanced just on top. 

Unfortunately, sliding your finger up or down (either side) to adjust the volume doesn’t work so well while running – it’s hard not to accidentally stop the sound with a single press as you try to locate the controls, then slide your finger up the touchscreen area while trying not to slow down or trip over.

oladance Wearable Stereo B1 headphones

We thought the design might not be very grippy, but we were wrong – they stay glued to your ears when you’re running (Image credit: Claire Maxted)

It’s also difficult to scratch your ear or adjust the headphones without turning the sound off. With practice this obviously improves, but we find actual buttons are much easier to operate while moving at speed.

For such a high-priced product, you’d expect a better rating than splashproof to make the phones more suitable for use in the rain, and for the case to provide extra on-the-go charge. The other main downside is the gentle fuzz of the white noise that’s audible when you’re not listening to anything. This is only perceptible when you’re indoors, but it would be handy if you could power the headphones off without having to dig out the phone and use the app.

oladance Wearable Stereo B1 headphones

There are little rubber sheaths available if you have small ears and need to bulk up the oladance Wearable Stereo B1 headphones (Image credit: Claire Maxted)
Claire Maxted

The co-founder and former editor of Trail Running magazine, Claire now runs the YouTube channel Wild Ginger Running, creating films about trail- and ultra-running advice, inspiration, races and gear reviews. An award-winning journalist, writing for outdoor and adventure sports magazines and websites, Claire's first book, The Ultimate Trail Running Handbook (5k to 50k), is out now. Her second, The Ultimate Ultra Running Handbook (50k to 100 miles), is out Autumn 2024. Claire also speaks and presents at events and races.