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The Best And Most Comfortable Active Headphones For Running

Updated on June 28, 2009

Active People Need Active Headphones

If you're an active person like me, you've probably had the same annoying problem that I always have whenever I'm going out for a run, a hike or even a walk and want to listen to my iPod or other portable music player. The problem is that my headphones always fall out of my ears, which results in me messing with them the entire time that I'm on the move. This gets old really fast and it actually got to the point to where I didn't even want to take my headphones with me at all, which isn't a very good option. 

After dealing with this problem for way too long I decided to do something about it. There had to be some headphones out there that were made for active people who love get out and work up a sweat, I just needed to go find them. Luckily I eventually found two different types of active headphones that have worked great for me and I'm now more than happy to share them with you so that you can solve your annoying headphone issues, too.

Cossh headphones are great for active people and they're comfy!
Cossh headphones are great for active people and they're comfy!

Coosh Active And Comfy Headphones

You may or may not have ever heard about Coosh headphones, but they're one of the best active headphones that I've ever found. Their motto is "Stays On. Feels Good." and they have stayed true to it 100% by creating a set of headphones that not only look good, but feel good and actually stay on your ears no matter how active you are.

They look a little odd at first due to their soft, rubber ring that wraps around your ears, but you'll quickly get used to it. These funky-looking rings are actually what help keep the Coosh headphones on your ears and are the main reason why they are comfortable staying on your ears for long periods of time. It's also probably worth mentioning that I not only run in my Coosh headphones, but I also use them to listen to music while I'm working, too. Sometimes I even forget that I have them on -- they're really that comfortable.

Sony offers a cheaper, less comfy set of active, non-slip headphones
Sony offers a cheaper, less comfy set of active, non-slip headphones

Sony Active Headphones With Non-Slip Design

Sony has also created a great set of headphones with their MDR-J10 model that's designed specifically for active people who want a set of headphones that can keep up with them. Sony is, of course, one of the biggest players with it comes to all things audio and they have many different types of great-sounding headphones, so it's really great to see them create a set of active headphones that have an active type of customer in mind.

I've personally used these headphones many times and the only thing that I found with them is that they were always great for runs, but they started to hurt my ears a little bit if I tried to wear them for several hours straight at work or during long walks. So if you're simply looking for a great option to throw on during your next run and aren't looking to wear them for two hours or more, then these Sony active headphones should work perfectly for you.

Something else to notice is that these are a really cheap option when it comes to other sets of active headphones. The Coosh headphones are basically double that of the Sony, so if price is a big deciding factor for you or if you think you'll go through them quickly, then you could save some cash by going with Sony's offering. Also, even though these active headphones tend to hurt your ears after wearing them for extended periods of time, I would say that overall they stay on better than the Coosh active headphones do. But, overall they're both great options and they'll both actually stay in your ears the next time that you're out on a run.


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      mike 7 years ago

      I think the headphones with the hanger over the ear are painful. I recommend using yurbuds.

      They are silicon buds that fit over earbuds and make sure that they'll never fall out. i wear mine for all of my running and they are great- super comfortable and stay in place. Plus they sound great!

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      Chris Crow 8 years ago

      Thanks for the recommendations. The Coosh headphones look good to me.