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Best Heaphones for Running and Working out - Spring 2017
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The best headphones for running and working out should have great stability, and not fall off the listener's ears. Sports headphones should also be comfortable, easy-to-use, and compact enough to carry around on your person. Below are our recommendations for the best headphones for running and working out we have tested so far.

Best Sports Heaphones

Sports headphones in this price range are usually very compact and easy to carry around on your person, where ever you go. They also have a stable, comfortable fit and a decent sound. Premium workout headphones also come with additional features, like different stability tips, a case, wireless audio, or active noise canceling.

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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
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The Jaybird X2 are the best headphones for running and working out we've tested. These sports headphones are easy to carry on your person and will fit in almost any pocket or bag. They have a stable wireless fit which is good for running and reduces the hassle of fiddling with cables before a workout. Once synced with your Bluetooth device of choice just turn them on and they’re ready to go. However, the in-ear fit might not be for everyone, especially since they isolate quite a bit, which is great if you’re in a loud gym but won’t be ideal if you want to monitor traffic while jogging outdoors.

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If you find in-ears a bit uncomfortable and want a completely different fit than most of the recommendations on this list, then the Beats Solo 2 are a good option. They have a well-padded on ear design that’s comfortable yet stable enough to run with and a long-range wireless connection which reduces the hassle of audio cables when exercising. Furthermore, with their great battery life, you can use them throughout the day and still have enough power left for a late afternoon workout.

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Best Budget Sports Heaphones

In this price range, workout headphones are compact and portable. They're also comfortable and maintain a stable fit during exercise. However, their build and sound quality won't be as good as some of the higher end models. They also won't have as many additional features. 

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7.4Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
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The SoundPeats Q9A are a good alternative to the Jaybird X2 if you’re on a tight budget. These wireless headphones are good for running thanks to a stable ear-hook design. They will rarely fall off your ears even during intense workouts. They’re not as well built as the pricier options and do not last as long on a single charge, but they should have enough battery life for most training regiments. 

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Runner-up

If you want even cheaper workout headphones and don’t care about any fancy active features, then the Venstone may be a better choice than the Q9A. They also have a stable ear hook design that’s good for running and easily fit into your pockets. Unfortunately, their sound and build quality are not the best, but they’re so affordable that you can purchase multiple spares for the price of the Q9A, should your current Venstone X1 break.

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Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the headphones for running and working out to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

A few examples of sports/fitness headphones that didn't make the cut:

  • Anker SoundBuds Sport. Good in-ear running headphones with a stable wireless design.  Poor sound quality may be a deal breaker.  See our review
  • Bose SoundSport In-Ear. Stable headphones for runners. Good sound and an open fit to monitor your environment. See our review
  • Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear. Simple and stable earbud design. Good sound and decent passive isolation to block out your environment. See our review

If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for sports/fitness headphones. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference and where you use the headphones will matter more in your selection.

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When will you be reviewing the new Apple AirPods?
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Will you please consider testing quality DACs? For example the Oppo HA-2SE, or RHA Dacamp L1.
At the moment we are focused on reviewing headphones and there's still a lot left to add/improve in our reviews. However, we are open to reviewing other products once our headphones reviews have become more solid and complete.
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