The act of running, for many, is a solitary experience. It’s a chance to let all the stress of the day melt away and just focus on quite literally putting one foot in front of the other. So the last thing you want to have to worry about is whether or not your headphones are going be able to keep up.
Fortunately, brands have known this and have started to ensure that they’re coming to table with plenty of solutions. Bluetooth devices are more prevalent and cost-effective than ever before, so now it just comes down to finding a version that will work for your personal preference. The picks we’ve selected below come in every flavor imaginable: over-the-ear, in-ear, necklace, true wireless–there’s something for just about everyone’s preferred style. All that’s left is for you to hit the road.
1. JABRA ELITE SPORT WIRELESS EARBUDS
Like most running headphones, the Jabra Elite Sport earbuds come with a variety of features that you’d want when running: they’re comfortable, waterproof and have a long-lasting battery. However, unlike most running headphones, they also come with a number of features for fitness fanatics: a built-in heart rate monitor, fitness analyzer and companion app all come together like Voltron to make sure you’re getting the absolute most of your run. It also includes a three year warranty against sweat damage, so you’ll have piece of mind while you push yourself to shave a few more seconds off that mile time.
2. LETSCOM SPORT HEADPHONES
Sometimes, you want to reach for a lot premium features, but rather something that will just get the job done, with ease. These sport headphones from LETSCOM are just for that. Practically a steal at $20, these headphones are fully waterproof–so feel free to sweat away–and also come in almost every color possible for you to express yourself accordingly.
3. CLEER ALLY WIRELESS EARBUDS
BEST SEAMLESS TRANSITION
Cleer’s Ally earbuds are truly wireless set of headphones, boasting up to ten hours of battery life. That means you can go from your house to work and to the gym without stopping playback at any point. And unlike other earbuds, there are a several of different ear tips to help you adjust them to your specific comfort level. Once they’re in your ear, they’ll quickly form that famed headphone seal and will stay in place no matter what level of strenuous activity you’re getting up to. But the best part? Should they come dislodged for any reason, playback will stop, which means you won’t miss a second of your favorite podcast or workout jam while you get them back in.
4. SAMSUNG GALAXY WIRELESS EARBUDS
BEST FOR MUSIC LOVERS
Designed from the jump for audiophiles, the Galaxy earbuds have a number of features to ensure those who want to get the most out of their listening experience won’t have to compromise for something that also works for running. Made with audio tuning from experts AKG, they’ll provide a rich and deep sound that’s sure to really hit their stride when you probably are. Additionally, the adaptive noise control means you can fine-tune the noises you want to hear along the way, adding some great versatility for both in and out of the gym.
5. SKULLCANDY INK’D EARBUDS
BEST NECKLACE EARBUDS
If totally wire free earbuds aren’t your jam, Skullcandy has a really nice necklace earbuds that will provide plenty of stability while you’re on the go. The necklace portion is a breezy and light 24 grams (that’s about as light as a double A battery) and sits right on your collarbone for quick accessibility to audio controls. Additionally, the collar collapses for quick storage in your bag.
6. BEATS POWERBEATS PRO WIRELESS EARPHONES
BEST AIRPODS UPGRADE
While AirPods definitely have their time and place, using them for any sort of intense workout might not be the best option. Which is why until an upgraded version–hopefully one that comes with some element of sweat and/or waterproofing–of those ubiquitous earphones come out, your next best option is the Beats Powerbeats. So comfortable that you’ll almost forget they’re there and they also pair great with any Apple device (as we’ve noted previously). While they’re a different look from AirPods aesthetically, they’re a real, well, powerhouse option for those that are constantly in motion.
7. SOUL X-TRA WIRELESS HEADPHONES
BEST GYM RUNNING HEADPHONES
Great for running on a treadmill, these traditional headphones by Soul are just really clever in their design. The headband is perforated to combat sweat and help cool you down, the entire construction is super lightweight so you won’t even notice they’re there and the earpads are both moisture-wicking and washable should they get too gnarly. Plus, they’ve got a great battery life (up to 24 hours!) and are foldable for extra portability, so feel free to just toss in your gym bag and keep em’ there.
8. SONY WF-SP700N SPORT EARBUDS
BEST NOISE CANCELING
Want to really just focus on your run and cut out everything else? Sony’s WF-SP700N are true noise canceling earbuds, capable of providing you with just what you want to listen to–and nothing else. Their adaptive noise feature does allow you to control what sounds you need to hear, should you need to hear it. And yes, they’ve been tested by experts during workouts to make sure they’ll stay comfortably in your ear throughout, while staying sweat and waterproof.