Best Running Headphones Compared [2016 Edition]

Best Running Headphones Compared [2016 Edition]

Whether you run on a treadmill or like to venture out into the rain, the right headphones make a huge difference in the quality of your workout. When searching for the perfect headphones for running, there are a few things to keep in mind:

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We’ve organized the best headphones of 2016 in the categories that matter most while running. We know every athlete is different and has various needs for comfort and function when it comes to headphones. This is why we’re giving you the breakdown of the best, so you can choose what matches your needs!

Best At Staying In

No matter where you’re running, it’s a huge inconvenience if your earbuds keep falling out. Look for headphones that are built to create a seal in your ear, or ones that “lock” into place. That way you won’t have to be constantly adjusting as you focus on your run.

#1 UNDERWATER AUDIO SWIMBUDS SPORT

The Swimbuds Sport waterproof headphones are built to stay put, with a watertight seal in your ears that keeps out rain or sweat. They also come with four different kinds of earbuds, so you can choose the fit that you like the best!
Price: $70 USD
Warranty: 1 year

#2 UNDER ARMOR SPORT WIRELESS

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These Under Armor headphones are designed with TwistLock™ technology, and only have a cord behind the neck. This prevents the buds from being pulled out during a run!
Price: $150 USD
Warranty: Not Clear

#3 YURBUDS INSPIRE

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Yurbuds Inspire are also built with TwistLock™ which means they twist into your ear for a secure fit. They also have a silicone base that fits to most ear shapes.
Price: $30-$60 USD
Warranty: 1 year


Best Durability

When you’re putting a lot of wear and tear on headphones from weather, sweat, being pushed the back of your gym bag, etc…. you want to make sure you have a pair that will hold up against potential wear and tear. Waterproof or at least water resistant headphones will go a long way in ensuring you can work as hard as you want, wherever you want. In addition, make sure they are built to be sturdy.

#1 UNDERWATER AUDIO HYDROACTIVE

HydroActive Waterproof Headphones

HydroActive headphones are completely waterproof and designed to hold up even for swimming and water sports. They will withstand any rainy run and you could even try aqua jogging!
Price: $90 USD
Warranty: 1 year

#2 SENNHEISER IE80

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These Sennheiser earbuds are built with a super heavy-duty body on the ears and a strong cord. They aren’t waterproof, but it would be hard to smash these buds.
Price: $200 USD
Warranty: 2 years

#3 BRAINWAVZ M2 IEM

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Brainwavz, in this model, have a hard, metal shell and a braided wire to help them withstand wear and tear. They may look like a normal pair of headphones, but they will last much longer!
Price:  $60 USD
Warranty: 2 years

Best Bluetooth

Bluetooth allows you to listen to music without any wires, which really comes in handy while running. Many athletes find that using Bluetooth allows them to focus more on their workout and less about the accessories.
 

#1 SAMSUNG GEAR ICONX 

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These little things are cutting edge with their completely wireless and hands free design and built in sensors to track various aspects of your workout. Just be careful not to lose them!
Price: $200 USD
Warranty: 1 Year

#2 MONSTER ISPORT FREEDOM

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An over the ear pair is great for using hands free, and the controls are right there on the ears. This is a good pair if most of your workouts are at the gym since it isolates the music a little more.
 Price: $200 USD

#3 JAYBIRD X3

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This pair has a long battery life of 8 hours and comes with an app you can use to save sound settings like base.
 Price: $130 USD
Warranty: 1 year

 Best for Safety

I’t s not always the best thing to be 100% focused on your music. When you’re working out near traffic and other distractions, it’s a good thing to be able to hear what is happening. If you run a lot outside, look for headphones that have strong sound, but also allow you to be aware of your surroundings.
 

#1 PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT FIT

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Clear sound, yet still ambient enough to hear your surroundings. They have a long battery life and will even let you know when it’s getting low.
Price: $105 USD  
Warranty: 1 year

#2 PHILLIPS ACTIONFIT SHQ6500BL

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These buds are ultra lightweight and have a  cord that rests on the neck. They are also designed with a “open acoustic” design, so you can stay safe.
Price: $60 USD  
Warranty: 1 year

#3 KOSS KSC 75

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These wrap around the ear and have a “hear through” sound. They don’t insert into the ear, and are great if you have a smaller budget.
Price: $20 USD
Warranty: Lifetime

Do you have a favorite pair of running headphones that didn’t make it on our list? Let us know in the comments below!
 
 


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