Best Headphones For Running
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.