For most running and exercising is much more enjoyable when they are listening to music. When you are in the zone the worse thing is to be distracted by either in the way chords or earbuds that fall or slip out. The great thing is headphone developers have really made strides in creating headphones that cater to the runner. While there are a lot of options out there we are providing your our picks for the best headphones for running.
What to look for?
When choosing the right pair of headphones for your run always think comfort. While you are pushing your body to it’s peak the last thing you want to worry about how the headphones feel in your ear. Most in ears come with adjustable sizes. Try on each one and find the best that fits for you.
Water resistant/Sweat proof
If you ware a sweater having a water resistant/sweat proof in-ear would be beneficial. Moisture can become trapped in the headphone and render them useless. For those that work out vigorously or for long periods this is a must have feature.
Wired or Wireless
For most wireless is preferred. They do not get in the way and have become very easy to pair to android and ios devices. Wired however is not all bad. You do not have to worry about charging them or the possibility of a weak bluetooth signal.
Sound is important to us all. It may be more important to others but we all want to enjoy what we are listening to. Always keep in mind what type of music you will be listening too and what you really want to hear out of your music; bass, highs, a good balance.
Bose – SoundSport wireless headphones
The Bose SoundSport wireless a popular choice among runners. You get the classic Bose sound quality in a wireless form. They have a battery life of 6 hours and feature their trademark StayHear+ tips. The SoundSports do a great job of staying in the ear and are also water resistant. They also feature volume-otpimized EQ that gives you balanced audio at any volume. If you sweat a lot you are ok with these. They are sweat resistant as well. You can also take phone calls and skip tracks with the inline mic and remote. You can also download the Bose Connect app which makes switching between multiple devices easier and gives you more functionality to the headphones.
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JayBird – X3 Wireless In-Ear Headphones
Jaybird has really established a name for themselves. The X3 Wireless In-Ears are a popular options among runners and gym goers. Like the Bose they do come with their version of an EQ app call My Sound. You can choose between many preset options or customize your own. These tend to be more on the bass side so the EQ may be useful to some. They have noise isolation and helps minimize background noise. You can enjoy up to 8 hours of battery life with these and they are sweat proof.
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Beats by Dr. Dre – Powerbeats2 Wireless Earbud Headphones
The Powerbeats2’s are perfect for those that want more bass from their earbuds. They are very lightweight and are designed with flexible earhooks. The headphones do well staying on the ear with vigorous activity. You can easily make hands free phone calls and and adjust music with their no-slip-grip remote talk controls. They can pair with any bluetooth device and has a range of 30′. Despite them being sweat and water resistance some of had issues with moisture ruining the headphone. This was in earlier models and Beats have sense improved on the feature.
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Mpow Cheetah Bluetooth V4.1 Wireless Sport Headphones
The Mpow Cheetah’s are probably one of my favorite headphones on the list. Not only are they a great behind ear wireless headphone but they are also under $25, making this a great value. The behind the ear design make the headphone secure so you never have to worry about them falling out while running, biking or a gym workout. They have a battery life of 8 hours talk/play and are compatible with almost all Bluetooth enabled devices. These are also sweat-proof and water resistant so you can work out as hard as you want with no fear of drowning your earbuds.
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JLab Audio Epic2 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Sport Earbuds
I like these headphones because I do forge to charge my headphones a lot. These have an impressive 12 hour talk/music playback life on one charge. They are water and sweat-proof with comfortable silicone earbud gel tips. In the box you will receive eight sets of gel tips. The earbuds come in single flange, double flange, triple flange and and shallow earbud options. This guarantees that you will find one that fits perfectly for your ear.
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