Top running headphones
Some of the best running earphones to plug in and help you 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 as spring is here.
If you are planning on lacing up a pair of running shoes and strapping a 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 2015.
Sennheiser OCX 686G Sports
High output drivers deliver super sounding noise, while a clever mix of cable routing and ear canal coupling reduces the background noise, letting you focus on your tunes and gym session. Ear clips keeps the bud secured even when you're running at speed and a reinforced cable adds an extra hit of durability.
£79.99 | Sennheiser
Yurbuds Inspire Limited Edition
Looking for some running buds that won't budge? These are for you. Twistlock tech keeps everything in place, sitting snug in your ears. Multiple caps are included, a set for noise isolation for example and the cord is constructed from Kevlar. The sound isn't the best though, lacking bass and vibrancy, but they get the job done.
£84.95 | Yurbuds
Sol Republic Relays
If it's fashion you’re concerned about, then it’s difficult to look past these stylish headphones. There are, for now, white, black, blue and yellow options in the range, and they sound great too. Thanks to their FreeFlex technology they are also easy to put in with a universal fit, and stay secure in your ears no matter how tough the workout.
£59.99 | Sol Republic
Taking in-ear headphones to a new level, Bose have covered their earbuds with a hydrophobic cloth that keeps sweat out while not restricting the sound quality and flow. They come with an in-line mic and an extension cable, just in case. The buds come in three sizes and the phones also come with a Reebok arm band made of breathable fabric with a pocket for your keys and loops to keep extra wire out of the way. Your complete gym audio package is now sorted - you're welcome.
£129.95 | Bose
Supporting wireless audio streaming from Bluetooth-enabled devices, these headphones are sweatproof and have an integrated amplifier to deliver great sound quality. The seven-hour rechargeable battery pack makes them suitable for you marathon runners, while integrated controls and microphone make them perfect for on-the-go use. Oh, and they have a reflective back band, so you're visible for safe workouts in the dark.
£79 | Denon
Monster iSport Strive
Adding to the already impressive iSport arsenal comes the Monster iSport Strive. The ear hook design and lightweight cable do a fantastic job keeping them in place, and all without relying on an in-ear bud to do most of the work. They're also cheaper than many similar designs yet offer better build quality and a longer life expectancy, and a great overall sound quality.
£65 | Monster
With a IP64 rating, the sporty buds are resistant to water, sweat and rain, so you can really push them during your workouts. The cord is designed to be tangle proof and the 10mm acoustic drivers pump out some good sound. They're small, light, comfortable and come in a pretty natty yellow and black colour.
£39.95 | Veho
SMS Audio BioSport
Thanks to the introduction of biometric earbuds, we now have wearable tech coming out of our ears and if it means we don’t have to strap health monitors to our chest, wrists, or ankles every time we go for a run, that’s a good thing. In fact, Intel’s inbuilt optical sensor is so subtle, you wouldn’t guess these lightweight, waterproof headphones really can measure your heart rate as you exercise. But they can and they do so without the need of a battery by drawing power from your smartphone, which also displays your HR data via the RunKeeper app. The heart rate monitor appears to be pretty accurate, in that it showed similar numbers to those on the treadmill in the gym. It also drew some pretty informative-looking graphs on my phone, which would no doubt be of interest to a real athlete.
Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless
While they may be pricey (£199? Ouch), these really are some of the best running buds you can buy. First off, as they're wireless, there are no tangly cables to get caught up in your running kit. Sound quality is superb, but it's the nifty heart rate monitoring tech that steals the show. All the data these 'phones collect is beamed back the great iOS and Android app for further perusal.
£199 | Jabra
Suffer from ‘headphones slipping out your ear’ syndrome? Well Skullcandy has the solution, a nifty new ear gel tech that apparently makes these buds ’30%’ more secure. Now, we’re not sure how this is calculated, but we’ve tried them out and they do stay jammed into our ears very well. They’re sweat resistant too, plus they sound pretty good. Especially for the low price.
£24.99 | Skullcandy