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Best Headphones For Running

Updated on October 4, 2014

Before You Buy Running Headphones

On a basic level it really is that easy. When I choose running headphones I care less about style and hifi sound than being able to put them on and forgetting they are there.

Having used several types, the headsets that I personally prefer best for running are the ones that hook over the ear. My earbuds stay where I want them while i jump around. My sports bluetooth headphones have loops that go around the ear and anchor everything in place. They offer a good hearing experience because the tiny loudspeaker sits firmly in my ear where I want.

Headsets with ear hooks are also often sweat resistant which is a bonus.

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The Best Earbuds for Running

In selecting the ultimate running earbuds I have landed on Monster iSport Vicory in-ear headset as my choice.

Sometimes, a higher price really does get you better quality!

Monster makes some serious audio headgear and the iSport Immersion series have everything that a good sports headset requires. The iSport Monster earbuds offer huge sound, quality contacts, they have UV- and sweat-proof construction and a design that fits nicely under helmets or with glasses.

If you are looking for durable earbuds for your Android or iPhone, these sport headphones by Monster have full call functionality.

Want more? These earbuds are washable - throw the whole set in with your clothes and machine wash the sweat from them!

The Ultrafit Sport Victory series from Polk are specially designed for active sports with an ergonomic hook that keeps the earbuds in place even during the toughest outdoor activities.

What I like about these headsets for running is that they are designed to provide perfect sound while allowing surrounding sounds to filter in just enough for spatial security. They are certainly not cheap but if you value audio quality as much as comfort while jogging - the Victory Polk running earbuds fit the bill.

Wireless sport headset for smartphones

These sports earbuds get my thumbs-up because they combine design for sports with wireless bluetooth technology.

The Best Wireless Headphone for Active Sports - Wireless running headset with exceptional fit.

Motorolla bluetooth sports headphones
Motorolla bluetooth sports headphones

Look ma, no wires! Wireless headsets offer the ultimate freedom experience when running. Motorolla has created a lightweight and highly configurable headset specifically designed for active lifestyles.

Very good reviews, excellent sound and ergonomic design makes the the Bluetooth Motorola S11 my nr.1 choice for running headphones.

Free photo by Morguefile
Free photo by Morguefile

How to choose a running headset

When asking what the best headset for jogging might be, the simplest answer is: those that you can use and forget you are wearing them.

The biggest problem with active sports and headphones is overcoming discomfort from chafing, from loose fit and from sweat crystals damaging your earphones. Base your choice more on comfort and functionality rather than on audio specs. Save the hifi headsets for calmer activities.

When buying a set that you will use while running (and doing other sports) you should consider the following requirements in order of importance:

1) The primary thing you need to focus on when choosing an earphone for use while running: they have to stay put while you bounce around!

2)The second thing to keep in mind is that running and sweat go hand in hand. Buy a running headset that can handle moisture.

3) Third, and last, pick on based on sound quality. Seriously, it matter less how the sound quality is if your earplugs keep falling out. On top of that, your body motion will level out the good, the bad, and the ugly sounds. As long as it isn't a toy you will be ok with almost any sound quality.

Running and hearing risks

Running in an urban environment can be dangerous and closing off environmental awareness puts you at risk.

I therefore do not recommend using cup type headphones that cover the ear while running because these suppress environmental sounds almost completely.

Get a pair of earbuds for sports that allow the surrounding sounds to be heard!

Proven to raise performance

It isn't a surprise to see that almost everyone who is jogging is also listening to music.

The beat and rhythm (and to some extent melody) has a proven beneficial effect on all types of sport performance.

Bose Wired Sports HiFi Headphones

Hundreds of reviews is always a good sign and the Bose IE sports earbuds are topping the sales charts with very good customer reviews.

There are 2 verions of the Bose IE headset. One is for Apple products and the other one for all the rest of mobile devices.

My favorite headset has hooks.

When I sport I use earbuds that have a hook that goes around the ear. Needless to say, those buds stay in place no matter what.

So what is your sport headset like?

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Motorola SF200 Sports Headphones
Motorola SF200 Sports Headphones

The SF200 sports headphones are mediaplayer and smartphone compatible and have built-in microphone for hands-free calls.


Sports Headphones for mp3 and smartphone

The Motorolas are excellent running earbuds of the hook type which keeps them steadily in place even during action sports.

Sweat and humidity sealed and offering excellent sound quality from 13 mm drivers with acoustic porting.

Do you listen to music while jogging or in the gym?

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    • tazzytamar profile image


      4 years ago from chichester

      Thanks for this - my headphones tend to only last a week! Great lens

    • Gayle Dowell profile image

      Gayle Dowell 

      4 years ago from Kansas

      Great information. I'll look into these options soon for my summer workouts.

    • janey126 profile image


      5 years ago

      Wow what a great info and lensâ¦just awesome! I would appreciate it very much if you could check out mine about Bose Solo TV Sound System Reviews CNET

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      5 years ago

      Usually in the gym. Really beautiful lens with lots of interesting content. Thank you for publishing it.

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      5 years ago

      I have some that hook over my ears. They can work a bit loose, but that problem is easily solved by taping over my ears with micropore tape. It may look odd, but it cures the problem most effectively.

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      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Great review. The opening Q&A says it all :)

    • Ben Reed profile image

      Ben Reed 

      5 years ago from Redcar

      A great selection.

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      5 years ago

      I like the over the ear ones best too, generally. However after my last pair of headphones died, I picked up a pair of over the ear headphones that were supposed to be made for activities like running and working out. The sound quality is okay when just listening for music, but at the time I got them I was in the middle of trying to play Zombies, Run! which is a great app for running. However, the new headphones made the voice over story parts almost inaudible, making the game pointless. I need to find some better headphones for running so I can start playing the game again!

    • Jo-Jackson profile image


      5 years ago

      I like over the ears ones best.

    • CoeGurl profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      This is such a great list of headphones - thanks for the information!

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 

      5 years ago from Ozun

      jogging is on my to do list, now only the head phones are missing...thanks for your visit and the first like on that gift lens.

    • victoriahaneveer profile image


      5 years ago

      You have plenty of choice on this lens. I always listen to music if I'm working out. It makes it much more fun.

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      heidi lm 

      6 years ago

      Absolutely, listening to music is the only way to pass the time. That, and watching the Biggest Loser on the iPad!

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      6 years ago

      Cool lens. It's is nice to be able to run and not have your headphones come away from your ears!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      My daughter does. What a great gift idea.

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      6 years ago

      I love listening to music as I exercise. It makes it easier and more fun.

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      albinozebra lm 

      6 years ago

      music is the only way i can distract myself to run farther than 5km. nice suggestions on in-ear headphones. nothing worse than having headphones fall out while running. Personally, I really like the sport headphones made by Philips, I found them to be the best at staying in my ears while running hard.

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      darciefrench lm 

      6 years ago

      The other day I got out the door and to the elevator with the headphones I had - that was as far as I made it before they fell out. Do need some that stay put jogging.

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      CoffeeWriter LM 

      6 years ago

      Great lens with lots of detail. Way to go!

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      6 years ago

      yea of course. I use AirBuds which have a memory foam tip. they are less than 40$ and stay in while running, lifting etc. i highly recommend these.

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      6 years ago

      Of course without music running is very boring :P

    • rawwwwwws lm profile image

      rawwwwwws lm 

      6 years ago

      Yes! Thanks for sharing a wonderful lens.

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      6 years ago

      I listen to audiobooks when I go for my long walks - burns the same amount of calories, albeit more slowly, but lets me relax. :)

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      6 years ago

      Fantastic selection! Great job squidlike

    • UKGhostwriter profile image


      6 years ago

      I didn't realise the choices were so vast - well done!

    • Mandy Stradley profile image

      Mandy Stradley 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the great ideas!

    • DanMoriarity LM profile image

      DanMoriarity LM 

      6 years ago

      I prefer to run without them, but you offered some good suggestions here.

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I don't usually, but I think it would help me step up the pace.


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