Who doesn’t like the sound of music running through their ears while jogging early in the morning! Or listening to your favorite tunes while doing one of those tough routines in the gym. Definitely, it gives you a pleasant feeling and ups the fun quotient of the whole session. Having the perfect pair of earphones enhances your fitness experience.
There are a lot of factors that should be taken into account while selecting the best earphones for our personal use. These include the audio experience, sweat-resistance, wireless/wired and perceived comfort while running with them.
Let us take a look at 10 headphones/earphones which we think, are worthy of being your gym or your jogging companion.
1. Pioneer SE-E721
This headphone is reasonably priced at and comes in four different colours and four sized ear tips. It may look tough but it’s much lighter than anticipated. There is no fear of this headphone falling off while running, as its “Active Fit” ensures that the earbud nozzle fits perfectly inside the ear to make it fully secure.
Ergonomics has also been taken into account; the “skull fit” design doesn’t cause any discomfort while wearing it. The sound output may be bassy, but treble-wise the results are satisfactory. Probably the best running headphones you can purchase economy-wise as well as performance-wise.
2. Yurbuds Inspire Limited Edition
This headphone is also rock-solid when subjected to the constant up-and-down while running. It utilizes the Twistlock technology, meaning that it fastens strongly, though it might take some time to position initially. A rugged Kevlar cable makes it easy for adjusting volume, change songs or receive calls.
The only con would be the sound. This would bother runners-cum-audiophiles, as the bass is barely audible and the sound lacks a certain oomph. Other than that, the headphone is durable and perfect for running, be it the bumpiest trail, you can be assured that this headphone won’t fall off.
3. Jaybird Bluebuds X
It comes with sweat and water-resistant earbuds connected by one cord to a remote control that rests behind the neck. Finding the right fitting pair of earbuds can be an exercise in patience, and securing the cord can be frustrating.
The sound, on the other hand, strikes the right balance bass-wise and treble-wise. The 8-hour battery life for Bluetooth use is satisfactory and if only the fit would have been more secure, these would have been one of the best wireless options around.
4. Monster iSport Victory
This monster is quite expensive, but use it once, and you already know the cost is justified. This headphone is perfect for running. Waterproof, secure earbuds and great sound. The noise isolation works like a gem and doesn’t let any outer sound in.
You can get lost in your own personal world while running or stay away from any horrible music playing in the gym. The sound may be bassy, but its detail and clarity are abundant. The ControlTalk in-line mic has iOS support and delivers nice sound for hands-free calls. Might be expensive, but like we said, the performance really delivers.
5. Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless
This one may also be expensive but is definitely worth it. Wireless and the earbuds sit perfectly in your ears. One cycle of charge from the micro-USB port gives you four hours worth of battery life.
Plus, the coolest thing is the heart rate monitoring. The data is pretty accurate and can be transferred to the Pulse Sport app. The sound is perfect, and will please all kinds of audiophiles. It’s certainly one of the best Bluetooth running headphones out there.
6. Bose SoundSport Wireless
Bose has always been a leading name in the audio world. The SoundSport Wireless may fall in the expensive category, but what you get won’t disappoint at all. Audio performance is brilliant, with great bass and clarity. The fit is secure and earbuds are very comfortable.
This may be charged using a micro USB cable, which takes two hours and the battery life is roughly six hours. Bluetooth connection can be easily established and is fairly stable. The only drawback may be the price, but other than that, this is truly one of those earphones which should be on any runner’s radar.
7. Samsung Gear IconX
The Gear IconX by Samsung simply consists of two earbuds packaged in a cylindrical charging case that is very easy to carry around. It can act as a standalone mp3 player. Its other features include having a water-resistant coating and very clever touch controls.
There are no buttons in play here; all you have to do is tap and swipe on the touch-sensitive area of the buds to turn up music, answer calls or change songs. Very convenient indeed.
8. Jaybird Freedom F5
The Jaybird Freedom F5 wireless earbuds are tiny making it very easy to handle. The metal construction makes it very tough and durable. The solid sound quality is backed by a smartphone app with easy-to-use equalizer controls, and an attachable battery clip with a charging connector. There are many color options to choose from, which only adds to its charm.
9. JBL Under Armour Wireless Headphones
This product is the joint venture of Under Armour and JBL, one of the leading companies in the audio industry. The sound quality is, therefore, undoubtedly great. The earbuds use TwistLock technology and remain in place even in the most challenging trails.
Eight hours of battery life, sweat-resistant build, a handy button mic handling volume, music/calls and access to MapMyFitness app, make it more than worthwhile to spend money on this wireless wonder.
10. B&O Play H5
The best thing about this is its design, a beautiful amalgam of aluminum, fabric and rubber. At only 18 grams, the earbuds do not budge once they are placed in the ear. The earbuds are connected with a braided cable, aesthetically-pleasing and tough, and well-placed magnets inside allow them to be connected to form a necklace around your neck when not in use.
When stuck together, the music gets paused automatically, upping the cool factor even more. The downside of this earphone seems to be its battery life. You can get around 5 hours of playback, but even that is not always the case. Sound output is satisfactory, although it succeeds more in the bass department rather than the treble one.
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