Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport Earphones McLaren Edition review: Perfect for exercise with one problem

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport Earphones (McLaren Edition) are one of three wireless earphones recently released by Klipsch and are built to endure “anything that life throws at them”.

Klipsch, a US-based loudspeaker company, has partnered with British motor racing team McLaren to bring these sporty earphones to the world.

The product promises “pure performance” and the “best sounding, most comfortable earphones on Earth”, according to Klipsch.

It’s a big assertion – but do they live up to the billing?

How do I get it and what will it cost?

Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport Earphones – McLaren Edition retail at A$499

That’s $50 more than the regular True Wireless Sport earphones from Klipsch.

For those considering which product to buy, the two major differences between the earphones are the fact that McLaren Edition comes with a wireless charge pad and with McLaren branding.

Customers can head to the Klipsch website to purchase themselves a pair.

The Klipsch McLaren Edition earphones come with a sleek orange and black design. Credit: Klipsch

Does it come in different colours or styles?

The product comes in one size and with one style, which matches up with the look and feel of the McLaren F1 racing team.

That means sleek orange and black colouring on both the charging case and the earbuds.

Who is it good for?

This product is great for active people who are looking for a robust set of earphones with great sound quality and great durability.

Unlike other earphones, these won’t fall out during your workout, whether your running or jumping around in the gym – even if they’re covered in sweat!

They’re also suitable for general day to day activities but you’ll find better value earphones for your commute if you look around.

McLaren F1 star Lando Norris models the sport earphones.
McLaren F1 star Lando Norris models the sport earphones. Credit: Klipsch


The design of the earbuds and case is mostly great. The charging case is somewhat larger than that of competitors however it holds three full recharges within it.

The biggest flaw with the design is in the ear wings that fit around the outside of the earphones and are built to help the earbuds stay in your ear.

While they perform this function very well, in other ways they can become a nightmare.

Firstly they can slip around during your workout, meaning you can spend ages in the gym attempting to push them back into the perfect spot.

The ear wings (pictured here) are the biggest flaw in the product's design.
The ear wings (pictured here) are the biggest flaw in the product’s design. Credit: Klipsch

Occasionally they can also twist around so much that they completely come off the earphone.

From there the ear wings are an absolute nightmare to re-attach, particularly when you’ve got sweaty fingers halfway through your workout.

With all the other components of the earphones designed so perfectly, this was a flaw that certainly stood out.

The day-to-day

I find these earphones to great for daily exercise use. They’re easy to use and you’re always confident they’re going to be charged up thanks to the battery capacity both within the buds and the charging case.

Runnings on bush tracks with these earphones feel great for several reasons, but mostly because of the knowledge that they’re not going to fall out, no matter how much you’re moving around or sweating.

The Bluetooth reach of the earphones is pretty amazing too. They feature a signal boost antenna which means you’ll always stay connected to your phone.

Also when you put them back in your ears before a workout, they always feel dry and new again – this is thanks to the state of the art moisture removal system in the charging case.

Both the earphones and charge case are incredibly waterproof as well and are rated IP67, which means they can be submerged up to one metre for half an hour.

Klipsch and McLaren teamed up to produce these high-quality sport earphones.
Klipsch and McLaren teamed up to produce these high-quality sport earphones. Credit: Klipsch

Standout feature

The reliability. They don’t fall out, they’re always charged up and they always deliver high-quality audio. Unlike other similar products I’ve used, these earphones seriously never let you down.

How does it live up to the promise?

Klipsch promises big things for the most premium offering in their wireless earphone collection – and for the most part, the company delivers.

One thing I would question is the promise of “most comfortable earphones on Earth”.

Given the issues with the ear wings that need constant tinkering to stay in place, I’d have to say these earphones fall short in that regard.

What’s to like?

  • Sound quality
  • Durability
  • Battery life

What’s not to like?

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