1. Monster iSport Victory
Yes, these are pricey, but in our view you get enough features to warrant the extra investment. The tangle-free cord actually lives up to its billing – many don’t – and while the sportclip design has been modified from the previous model, it still offers a secure fit even when worn under a cycling helmet*. Sound is even better than before, keeping the excellent noise isolation and deep, intense bass of yore, but with added detail and clarity. Last but not least, with a hygienic, anti-microbial coating and sealed housing, they’re easy to keep clean and sweat free.
Price: £130 | Monstercable
Next Yurbuds Inspire Duro
Eight of the best running earphones to plug in and help stay motivated when you are hitting the road, the gym or the muddy fields in the park
For months you’ve been packed into a gym, but now it’s time to liberate yourself from this musk-soaked arena and take your workout outdoors.
If you are planning on lacing up a pair of running shoes and strapping an iPod or smartphone to your arm for some musical motivation, a decent pair of sports headphones might just be a worthy investment - these will keep you company on the long road to fitness, offering – so we hope, anyway – decent sound, a fit that stands up to the vibration and bumps of running and resistance to your ruggedly, manly ear-sweat.
Combining a secure, comfortable fit with the sound performance to keep serious audiophiles happy, we've tested and selected the running headphones that should be top of your shopping list in 2013.