Best running bluetooth headphones: Best Earbuds for Runners 2023

Best Running Headphones and Earbuds of 2023

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When we evaluate the best headphones and earbuds for running, we’re looking for models that are designed to stay in your ears or on your head even when you’re really pushing your pace. Your safety is also important, which is why we look for headphones and earbuds that allow you to hear the outside world so you can hear traffic. Many of the latest noise-canceling earbuds also have a transparency mode and some earbuds and headphones feature an open design.

Best running headphones overall

Most of the models on this best list are true-wireless earbuds, but I’ve also included some neckband-style wireless headphones that feature bone-conduction technology or just have an open design. These types of headphones are popular with runners and bikers because they fit securely and their nonoccluded design allows you to hear the outside world.

It’s very hard to say what are the best headphones for running because it largely comes down to what models fit your ears best — and stay on your ears. That said, I personally like the Beats Fit Pro, which have integrated sport fins, the AirPods Pro 2 and the various Shokz bone-conduction models for those who like to keep their ears open. The new Cleer Audio Arc 2 Sport open earbuds with ear hooks are also good for those looking for an open design with an integrated ear hook.

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The 6 Best Headphones For Running – Summer 2023: Reviews

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Intro
  3. Best Headphones

    1. Best Upper Mid-Range

      1. Best Mid-Range

        1. Best Budget

          1. Best Bone Conduction

            1. Best Over-Ear

              1. Notable Mentions
              2. Recent Updates
              3. All Reviews
              4. Discussions

              Updated Jun 30, 2023 at 12:41 pm

              By Kieran Dunn

              Whether you’re a casual jogger or a marathon runner, music can be a perfect companion to help push you to your limits. Running headphones should be stable enough to stay on or in your ear, as well as be comfortable, easy to use, and portable enough to take around with you. While some people like to block out as much background noise as possible when working out, it can be helpful to stay aware of your surroundings if you run outside.

              We’ve tested over 725 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best wireless headphones for running that you can buy. Check out our recommendations for the best over-ear headphones for working out, the best wireless earbuds for running, and the best wireless headphones.

              1. Best Headphones For Running

                Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless

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                The Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless are the best headphones for running that we’ve tested. Their ear hook design makes them almost impossible to shake out during an intense sprint or brisk jog. They’re also lightweight and flexible enough to fit comfortably around your ear for hours without causing any fatigue or discomfort. While they’re only rated IPX4 for resistance against water splashes, they have good durability and feature an h2 chip which allows for seamless pairing with Apple devices, so you won’t have to spend time ensuring they’re connected to your iPhone before starting a run.

                While these headphones don’t have any sound customization options available, they have a very neutral default sound profile. Bass and treble are reproduced with high accuracy, ensuring a rich mix with ample thump and punch to complement pump-up jams. Their battery lasts nearly 12 hours on a single charge, meaning they’re well-suited for longer runs or marathon training sessions.

                They don’t block out much ambient noise passively, but you’ll stay more aware of your surroundings. Check out the Beats Fit Pro True Wireless if you’re looking for ANC and an even more neutral sound, but they aren’t as stable, and their battery lasts half as long as the Powerbeats Pro.

                See our review

              2. Best Upper Mid-Range Headphones For Running

                Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless

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                The Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless are the best upper mid-range running headphones we’ve tested. They have an impressive IP68 rating, meaning they’re dust-tight and protected from submersion in water. They’re also quite comfortable and have stability fins, so they won’t fall out of your ears during runs. Their easy-to-use control scheme has music and volume functions, so you don’t need to pull out your phone during a run to skip a track.

                These buds have a well-balanced sound profile that’s also versatile enough for most kinds of audio content, and their companion app has a parametric EQ and presets, so you can adjust it to suit your tastes. While they have an ANC feature, it’s not very effective, especially when blocking out bass-range sounds like rumbling engines if you’re jogging near a busy road.

                On the other hand, if you’re looking for more spacial awareness, you can turn on their transparency mode. Their battery only lasts half as long as the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless, but they come with a portable case that holds a couple of extra charges. The case is also rated IP54, which helps protect them from dust and water even when stored away.

                See our review

              3. Best Mid-Range Headphones For Running

                Skullcandy Push Active True Wireless

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                If you’re looking for something cheaper, the Skullcandy Push Active True Wireless are the best wireless headphones for running in the mid-range we’ve tested. They aren’t as well-built as the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless, but they feel sturdy and have an IP55 rating for dust and water resistance. Unlike the previous pick, they have ear hooks to stop them from slipping out of place even if the buds pop out of your ears, giving you an extra sense of security if you’re worried about losing your headphones.

                Their slightly bass-rich sound profile is suitable for a variety of genres, and you can customize it with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion app. They also have a long, 9. 5-hour continuous battery life, so you don’t need to worry about charging them as often. However, while their case holds more than three extra charges, it’s not IP-rated for dust or water resistance like the Jaybird.

                The earbuds have a deep in-ear fit and can feel a bit plunger-like, but the ear hooks are flexible, and the headphones have a comfortable fit for most people. If you don’t like the look or feel of ear hooks, the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless are a good mid-range option. They aren’t quite as stable, but will easily stay in place for runs, have a similarly comfortable fit, and are rated IP55 for dust and water resistance.

                See our review

              4. Best Budget Headphones For Running

                Beats Flex Wireless

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                If you’re looking for extra protection against your earbuds falling out, consider our budget pick, the Beats Flex Wireless. These in-ears come with an attacked neckband that makes them easy to take on and off without worrying about a case. They’re lightweight and have similar stability as the Skullcandy Push Active True Wireless. If you wear glasses, they’re likely to be more comfortable than the Skullcandy’s ear-hooks which compete for space behind your ear with glasses’ arms.

                Their sound profile is bass-heavy, with extra thump and punch to complement genres like hip-hop and EDM. Vocals and instrumentals also sound clear and present, making them versatile enough for all kinds of workout playlists. However, their companion app lacks any sound customization features. Fortunately, their battery lasts around 11 hours on a single charge, which will get you through a few long runs before recharging.

                Their W1 chip also allows for seamless pairing with Apple devices, and they can do a decent job of passively blocking background chatter from passing pedestrians; just don’t expect them to isolate you from heavy traffic noise. If you’re looking for even cheaper buds, check out the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless. They aren’t as stable due to their bud-only design, but you can adjust their sound between a number of EQ presets, and their carrying case has a built-in charging cable.

                See our review

              5. Best Bone Conduction Headphones For Running

                Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction

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                Having good spatial awareness is key to avoiding obstacles and staying safe when running outside. Some headphones use transparency mode to help you hear your surroundings, but the sound they create can’t capture your environment perfectly. Unlike some of the other picks on this list, the Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction bypass the ear canal and use bone conduction to send vibrations via your cheekbones, leaving your whole ear unobstructed and able to hear the world around you.

                However, this does mean that they don’t block out any background sound at all. Their unique sound reproduction may not be for everyone, either. These headphones lack low-bass, so music like EDM and hip-hop lacks body and sounds hollow. However, thanks to their fairly balanced mid-range, they can be a solid choice if you listen to vocal-centric content like podcasts.

                These headphones hook around your ear, ensuring they don’t move too much during intense movement outside. They’re well-built and have an IP67 rating for protection against dust and water, meaning you can wear these out in the rain without worrying about damage. They last roughly 13 hours continuously and have a standby mode to help conserve battery life if you forget to turn them off. However, they use a proprietary charging cable, so you’ll need to buy a new one if you lose or misplace it.

                See our review

              6. Best Over-Ear Headphones For Running

                Beats Studio3 Wireless

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                If you find in-ears and earbuds uncomfortable, you may prefer over-ears like the Beats Studio3 Wireless. These wireless headphones have a sturdy build quality and have a comfortable fit for most people. Sports earbuds from this manufacturer, like the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless, are more stable, but they won’t keep you as isolated from outside noise. Their ANC does a decent job at blocking out chatty gym-goers, and they come with a W1 chip for seamless pairing with Apple devices. While they don’t have an IP rating for protection against the elements, they last 23 hours on a single charge, so you can use them through several runs before needing a top-up.

                The Beats have a warm sound profile. There’s a touch of extra bass to compliment your pump-up jams. Unfortunately, an underemphasis in the treble range means instruments and vocals sound muddy and dull. Their companion app lacks sound customization features, like a graphic EQ or presets, so you’re stuck with their sound out of the box. Their control scheme is also hard to navigate because all the buttons are flush with the ear cups’ body. Feedback is tactile and clicky, so you’ll know when you’ve input a command.

                If you like over-ears for running, check out our list of the best over-ear headphones for working out.

                See our review

              Notable Mentions

              • Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless:
                The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless are premium in-ears that are just as well-built as the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless and offer a much better ANC and transparency performance. However, their fit is less stable, and they’re only rated IPX4 for resistance against being splashed with water.
                See our review
              • Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless:
                The Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless are sports-oriented earbuds with an IP57 rating for dust and water resistance. They have better battery life but aren’t as stable or well-built as the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless.
                See our review
              • JBL Live Free NC+ TWS True Wireless:
                The JBL Live Free NC+ TWS True Wireless are a good choice for runs, thanks to their good build quality and an IPX7 rating for water resistance. However, they don’t have stability fins, so they aren’t stable as the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless.
                See our review

              Recent Updates

              1. Jun 30, 2023:
                We’ve replaced and restructured some of the picks on this list to better align with user interest and need.

              2. Jun 02, 2023:
                Reorganized the article to focus on in-ears and earbuds. Added the Skullcandy Push Active True Wireless as the ‘Best Mid-Range’ pick and removed the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless.

              3. May 04, 2023:
                Overhauled the article to showcase earbuds and over-ear headphones, as well as reflect best-of picks in each category’s respective ‘Best For Running’ article.

              4. Mar 10, 2023:
                Checked that the products are relevant and available. Made minor updates to the text.

              5. Feb 09, 2023:
                Made minor updates to the text and checked that the products are in stock.

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              Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best bluetooth headphones for running and the best earbuds for running to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones 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).

              If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all of our headphone reviews, ranked by their suitability for sports and fitness. 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.

              The best wireless headphones for sports: an overview of the top 10 models

              The article collected 9 models of headphones with good reviews and excellent quality from well-known manufacturers. This does not include inexpensive headphones from Chinese brands, we will consider them in a separate article.

              There are several important factors to consider when choosing running headphones:

              • Waterproof and dustproof. Rated by the IP standard, labeled as IPX6 or IP68 on the device. The first number after IP is dust protection (maximum is 6), the second is moisture protection (maximum is 8). For sports headphones, we recommend IPX4 protection.
              • Comfortable fit. The best headphones for sports are completely wireless. Headphones with a headband or wire are less comfortable, but they hold a charge longer and are cheaper for the same characteristics.
              • Decent sound quality.
              • Incomplete isolation from external sounds. This applies to sports in a busy city. If you run alone and like to immerse yourself in music, choose headphones with good noise isolation.
              • Battery life.
              1. Jabra Elite Active 75t
              2. Sony WF-XB700
              3. JBL Under Armor True Wireless
              4. AfterShokz Aeropex
              5. Bose SoundSport
              6. Apple AirPods Pro
              7. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
              8. Beats Powerbeats Pro
              9. Beats Powerbeats

              Jabra Elite Active 75t

              Fully wireless sports headphones with push buttons and IP57 water and dust resistance. Suitable for sports and everyday use.

              Pros

              • High-quality sound
              • Comfortable and secure fit in the ears
              • Works 5-7 hours from one charge + 3 full charges from the case
              • Compact, does not stick out of the ears
              • 9000 7 Active noise reduction and transparency mode, to hear others without taking out your headphones

              • IP57 dust and water resistant, withstands heavy rain and showers
              • Customizable button control
              • Good microphone for talking

              Cons

              • Not suitable for all music, emphasis on bass
              • Only the right earpiece can be used separately
              • When you press the buttons, the earpiece can move, but this is a matter of habit

              BUY JABRA ELITE ACTIVE 75T (from 11000 r)

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              Sony WF-XB700

              Good value for money. Convenient control and decent autonomy. The sound is bass, so not for everyone.

              Pros

              • Good sound
              • Fits securely on the ears
              • Works up to 9 hours on a single charge
              • Stable Bluetooth connection up to 10 m
              • Volume control and track switching button mi
              • Waterproof IPX4 against sweat and light rain

              Cons

              • Large case and headphones
              • Case only lasts for 1 charge
              • No app
              • No noise cancellation
              • Only the left earbud works separately

              BUY SONY WF-XB700 (from 7000 r)

              JBL Under Armor True Wireless Flash

              Sports headphones from JBL and Under Armor. Excellent sound and noise reduction, convenient control and comfortable fit. Ideal for running and gym use. Suitable for everyday use and conversations.

              Pros

              • IPX7 waterproof against heavy rain
              • 5 hours of sound + 6 charges from case
              • Multiple ear cushions for a comfortable in-ear fit
              • TalkThru and AmbientAware technologies that let you hear ambient sounds for added safety
              • Button controls: pause, answer call, skip track

              Cons

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              BUY JBL UA TRUE WIRELESS FLASH (from 10000 r)

              AfterShokz Aeropex

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              Headphones are different from all bone conduction. Sound is transmitted in pulses through the bone rather than as sound waves through the ear. Your ears are always free, you perfectly hear what is happening around and the music at the same time. Therefore, the sound quality in them is only enough to listen to rhythmic music during training. For more complex compositions, it is better to choose other headphones.

              Pros

              • IP67 water/dust resistant, 1m submersible
              • 8 hour battery life
              • Button control keep in touch with colleagues in the office
              • Reliably and comfortably fixed on the head

              Cons

              • In noisy places, music is hard to hear, ear plugs are included for this
              • Connected by a rim at the back of the head
              • In silence, people around can hear music from headphones even at medium volume

              If you want cheaper, check out the budget version of AfterShokz Trekz Air.

              BUY AFTERSHIKZ AEROPEX (from 13000 r)

              Bose SoundSport Free

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              Sports, fully wireless headphones from a well-known audio brand.

              Pros

              • Balanced sound
              • Waterproof IPX4
              • Works 5 hours on a single charge + 2 charges from the case
              • Convenient mobile application for setting up
              • Replaceable ear pads for a secure fit in the ears
              • Button control

              Cons

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            2. Stiff control buttons
            3. Oversized headphones
            4. During a call, sound in only one earphone
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              Apple AirPods Pro

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              AirPods Pro are not sports headphones, but they are popular and versatile, so we could not beat them in our selection. There is everything for sports: completely wireless, controlled by tapping, decent autonomy.

              Pros

              • Works perfectly with iPhone
              • Lasts 4 hours on a single charge + 4 charges from the case
              • Switches automatically between devices
              • All-in-one headphones for sports, everyday use, conversations
              • Good sound quality for versatile wireless headphones
              • Active noise canceling and transparent mode
              • Interchangeable ear cushions in different sizes
              • Headphone tap control
              • IPX4 waterproof
              • 5 minutes charge for 1 hour playback

              Cons

              • Only for Apple devices
              • The sound is noticeably worse than that of “musical” brand headphones

              BUY APPLE AIRPODS PRO (from 16000 r)

              Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

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              Apple AirPods Pro competitors for Samsung ecosystem users, but also suitable for other Android smartphones. Universal headphones for sports, work, home use, negotiations. Perfectly correct wind noise in both speakers and microphones.

              Pros

              • Works 5 hours without recharging + 3 charges from the case
              • Charges in 5 minutes for 1 hour of playback
              • IPX7 water resistant
              • Interchangeable ear pads in different sizes
              • Active noise canceling and transparent mode
              • Wireless charging via Galaxy smartphone
              • Automatic switching between devices
              • Compact design 9 0008
              • Suitable for sports, daily use and conversation
              • Adjustment via own application

              Cons

              • Shape does not fit all ears, but can be adjusted

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              Pros

              • Good, detailed sound, deep bass
              • IPX4 waterproof
              • Works 9hours from one charge + 2 charges from the case. 5 minutes quick charge gives you 1.5 hours of playback
              • Headphone buttons control, voice assistant included
              • Eartips in four sizes
              • Sensors that stop playback when the earphone is taken out of your ear
              • Works perfectly with Apple and Android devices

              Cons

              • Lightning charging, not USB-C
              • Large case
              • Does not let in external sounds (can be dangerous on the streets)

              BUY BEATS POWERBEATS PRO (from 15000 r)

              Not completely wireless, but still great sounding, secure fit and improved battery life. The longest lasting headphones in our selection. Suitable for sports, everyday use and conversations.

              Pros

              • Runs up to 15 hours on a single charge, and 5 minutes of charging is enough for 1 hour of playback
              • IPX4 waterproof
              • Volume control and track switching with buttons
              • Interchangeable ear cushions in different sizes
              • Excellent sound quality

              Cons

              • No noise cancellation
              • Lightning charging, not USB-C
              • Wired
              • Isolate from external sounds

              BUY BEATS POWERBEATS (from 9000 r)

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              TOP 7 best running headphones in 2023

              You might be looking for the best running headphones, but this ranking isn’t limited to the best running headphones, you’ll also find the best headphones for sports in general and the gym. At the end of the day, exercise is exercise, and all of the listening headphones below should endure your sweatiest workouts and most intense runs.

              The best running headphones have all the features you could ever need: they’re often rain and sweat resistant, have long battery life, charge quickly and are comfortable to wear while still providing a secure fit. Most running headphones go the extra mile with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), personalized audio, a self-cleaning case, solar charging and more.

              No matter what you do, rest assured these running headphones will be your soundtrack to getting in shape in 2023! If you’re looking for sports headphones for a more specific purpose, we recommend checking out the best swimming headphones and the best bone conduction headphones. If you’re looking for further sonic inspiration, we also have reviews of the best TWS wireless earbuds and the best wireless earbuds.

              Best running headphones ranking


              1. Jabra Elite 7 Active – Best running headphones in 2023

              Jabra Elite 7 Active

              • Type: Bluetooth in-ear, TWS
              • Battery life: 8 hours + 22 hours in case
              • ANC: Yes
              • Weight (with medium ear gel): 6.7 g
              • Weatherproof: dust, water and sweat resistant IP57

              Pros

              • Noise suppressor adapted to your hearing
              • HearThrough transparency mode
              • Personalized sound MySound
              • Soft touch liquid silicone rubber coating
              • Excellent battery life
              • Quick charger
              • Bluetooth Multipoint

              Cons

              • Not as secure as wing/ear hook headphones despite ShakeGrip technology.

              The Elite 7 Active headphones are a significant upgrade over the Jabra Elite Active 75t and offer more personalized sound, a better fit and even improved call performance with a triple microphone system per earpiece. Active noise cancellation (ANC) can be configured using the Jabra Sound+ app. ANC benefits greatly from this, and if you set it up correctly, i.e. in noisy environments, it will help prevent unwanted sounds from entering your ears so you can get into the zone faster during workouts.

              The battery life of the Jabra Elite 7 Active is also excellent. In fact, given the size of the buds, eight hours of continuous playback is nothing short of impressive. The case provides another 22 hours of battery life, allowing you to go without using your headphones and charger for 30 hours. The Elite 7 Active is significantly cheaper than the Elite 7 Pro, and the only thing you’re missing out on is call quality (the Elite 7 Pro has a better mic setup), which might not be that important from a workout standpoint anyway.


              2. Beats Fit Pro – The best running headphones with wings

              Beats Fit Pro

              • Type: Bluetooth in-ear, TWS
              • Battery life: up to 6 hours of listening time (with noise canceling on) plus an additional 18 hours in charging case
              • Quick Charge: Yes, 5-minute charge provides up to 1 hour playback
              • ANC: Yes
              • Weight (with medium ear gel): 5.6 g
              • Weather resistance: IPX4 sweat and water resistant.

              Pros

              • Powerful ANC
              • Transparency mode
              • Secure fit with built-in wingtips
              • Spatial audio support (iPhone only)

              Cons

              • Mic could have sounded better
              • Will be uncomfortable to wear after a while

              Beats Fit Pro combines a comfortable fit, easy and intuitive pairing and controls, and great sound quality. Battery life is about what you’d expect from running headphones of this size, and the implementation of ANC and transparency is phenomenal. Unfortunately, some features are only available to iPhone users, so if you have an Android smartphone, you’re better off with the Jabra Elite 7 Active – these headphones also have ANC and a transparency mode, but no wingtips.

              As expected from Beats headphones, the Fit Pro has excellent build quality and design. Unlike the Powerbeats Pro, these running headphones have a charging case that’s small enough to fit in your pocket. You will not remain indifferent if you take these headphones to your next workout.


              3. Jaybird Vista 2 – Best Waterproof Running Headphones

              Jaybird Vista

              • Type: Bluetooth Earbuds, TWS
              • Battery life: 8 hours (6 with noise reduction on) + 16 hours in case
              • ANC: Yes
              • Weight (with medium ear gel): 6. 7 g
              • Weatherproof: IP68 and military specification against dust, water, sweat and drips

              Pros

              • Excellent sound performance
              • ANC plus surround modes
              • More or less indestructible

              Cons

              • Fit not as secure as over-the-ear models.

              The Jaybird Vista 2 headphones are a masterpiece. They have managed to improve upon their predecessor, the excellent Jaybird Vista, by adding an ambient sound mode (called SurroundSense) and improving the sound quality without losing the headphones’ signature robust build quality. The Jaybird Vista 2 is IP68 rated so it should withstand even the most intense workouts.

              Battery life is good at 6 hours – or 8 hours if you don’t have noise cancellation or SurroundSense – and the battery compartment will push that to a full 24 hours on a reasonable charge. Vista 2 also has a fast charging feature; 5 minutes on the charger will add up to 1 hour of playback. Jaybird Vista 2 has great sound quality and you can further customize the sound in the Jaybird app.

              Pro Tip: If your Vista 2 headphones are not loud enough, it may be because the headphone volume is not related to the Bluetooth volume. Pressing and holding the multi-function button increases the volume.


              4. SHOKZ OPENRUN – Best bone conduction headphones for running and cycling

              SHOKZ OPENRUN – Best bone conduction headphones for running and cycling

              • Type: Bone conduction
              • Battery life: 8 hours

              Pros

              • IP67 certified waterproof
              • Excellent sound quality
              • Quick charge in 10 minutes
              • Hands-free microphone

              Cons

              • Small control buttons

              Nothing is safer for runners and cyclists than bone conduction headphones like the Shokz OpenRun. If you haven’t tried bone conduction headphones before, these devices fit over your ear and resonate your cheekbones to create sound while leaving your ears open.

              You will be able to listen to music without compromising spatial perception. As for the sound quality, we were pleasantly surprised by the purity of the Shokz OpenRun. It will never be as bassy or clear as when listening to music with “proper” running headphones, but it is clear enough to be heard in not too loud environments.

              On the other hand, once the sound level around you rises, it will quickly surpass the sound coming from OpenRun, regardless of the volume. If you’re a safety conscious runner/cyclist who likes to listen to music while exercising, you’ll love the Shokz OpenRun.


              5. Sennheiser SPORT True Wireless – Best in-ear running headphones with a secure fit

              Sennheiser SPORT True Wireless – Best in-ear running headphones with a secure fit

            6. Battery life: 9 hours + 27 hours with charging case (and quick charge)
            7. ANC: No
            8. Weight: 6.8 g
            9. Weather resistance: IP54 sweat and water resistant.
            10. Pros

              • Interchangeable ear tips allow multiple listening modes
              • Secure fit with wing tips
              • Light (6.8 g per bud)
              • More “natural” sound than ANC headphones

              Cons

              • Bulky charging case – Constantly changing ear tips is stupid
              • No space for extra ear tips in case
              • Passive noise cancellation may be too much for some

              What makes TWS wireless headphones suitable for sports? They should be waterproof and sweatproof, have a secure yet comfortable fit and decent sound quality. The IP54-rated Sennheiser SPORT True Wireless fits the bill and even provides some level of situational awareness with a system of open and closed ear adapters.

              In fact, the Sennheiser SPORT True Wireless is so close that it could be the perfect running and workout headphone. If it wasn’t for the need to change earbuds (and the bulky charging case), it could even reach the top of our running headphone rankings.


              6. Beats Powerbeats Pro – The Best Gym Headphones

              Beats Powerbeats Pro – The Best Gym Headphones

              • Type: Bluetooth TWS Earbuds with Ear Hooks
              • Battery life: 9 hours + 15 hours in charging case
              • ANC: No
              • Weight: 20.3 g
              • Weather resistance: sweat and water proof

              Pros

              • Incredible sound quality
              • Ear hooks for a secure fit
              • Long battery life

              Cons

              • Battery compartment is quite large
              • Significantly heavier than headphones without earhooks.
              • No ANC
              • No ambient noise mode

              The sound quality of the Beats Powerbeats Pro goes beyond amazing – the sound passes through the headphones with the utmost clarity, so you won’t miss a beat – a pun – even when you’re in the middle of the toughest workout in the gym. The behind-the-ear hook design keeps Powerbeats Pro headphones in place, whether you use them for running or weightlifting.

              The only downside we can think of for the Powerbeats Pro is that the battery case is significantly larger than most of the competition. However, with 9 hours of life on a single charge and the ability to charge them for several hours with just a few minutes of plugging in, the case is less of an element than with other TWS wireless earbuds.


              7. Shure Aonic 215 TWS Gen 2 – The best sports headphones for a secure fit

              Shure Aonic 215 TWS Gen 2

              • Type: Bluetooth TWS in-ear headphones with ear hooks
              • Battery life: 8 hours plus 24 hours in case
              • ANC: No (although it does have Sound Isolating technology)
              • Ambient mode: Yes

              Pros

              • Provides a secure fit
              • Excellent sound quality
              • Waterproof IPX4

              Cons

              • Looks and feels like a hearing aid
              • Requires two hands to insert into your ears, especially if you wear glasses.
              • No ANC

              Shure is renowned for the sound quality of its products, and the Aonic 215 Gen 2 is no exception. Sounds amazing, providing a secure fit for training and running. In fact, these are the safest headphones we’ve tested since the Beats Powerbeats Pro. You could even say they sound better than those thanks to the soundproofing fit and the different EQ modes in the ShurePlus PLAY app.

              Even if you don’t agree with the last statement, you should appreciate the sound quality of these headphones. Shure claims that the Aonic 215 Gen 2 components have been “designed for professionals” and that you “hear highs, lows and everything in between” when listening to music or podcasts through headphones. We tend to agree.

              While the large earhooks provide a secure fit, it’s also worth mentioning that they make the headphones quite bulky and nearly impossible to put on with one hand. The body is also quite large and requires two-handed controls. Unfortunately, ANC is also missing, though adding this will certainly degrade audio quality.


              How to choose the best running headphones

              Running headphones need to sound good and stay in place during your most intense workouts; otherwise, you could just get “standard” over-ears or wireless workout headphones. Therefore, before you buy your next running headphones, you should decide on the type of exercise you prefer and the sound quality you need.

              Runners often choose bone conduction headphones because they allow them to hear ambient sound, making running in high traffic areas safer. However, many premium running headphones have a “listening” feature that allows the headphones to let sound through.

              Cyclists are in a difficult situation; they cannot use bone conduction headphones as there is too much wind noise, so they must use in-ear headphones while riding. They are also limited in terms of design. For example, models with ear hooks are perfect for cyclists to ensure they don’t lose them, sunglasses, ears are already busy, so to speak. Cyclists should use headphones with excellent grip and adjustable earcups and wings.

              Gym goers often use full-size headphones to cancel out ambient noise and stay in the zone without having to fiddle with how the headphones fit. They don’t have to worry about cars coming their way when they get up; their main concern is to maintain the connection between the brain and muscles.

              How we test the best running headphones

              Our testing process for running headphones involves listening to music, podcasts and audiobooks during sweat-inducing workouts to see how well they can take our attention away from the pain caused by overtraining. We not only test the sound quality of sports headphones, but also pay special attention to their fit and how well they handle intense head movement during HIIT workouts and sprints.

              The worst thing is when the headphones fall out of the ears while running or lifting weights; as such, headphones that do not fit cannot be included in this guide. Finally, we test the durability of the running earbuds and sweat resistance, as well as their manufacturer’s claim in their promotional materials. And yes, sometimes we shower with headphones to test the water resistance claims.

              FAQ

              Which type is best for running?

              Many runners prefer bone conduction headphones for running because they leave the ears open and the wearer is more aware of their surroundings. For the same reason, these headphones may not be the best in noisy environments, as they let in too much ambient noise, making it hard to hear what’s playing through the headphones.

              Ambient mode running headphones are a good alternative as these headphones often also have active noise cancellation (ANC). When Ambient Sound Mode is on, the headphones use their microphones to pick up sound from the outside world to keep you more aware. When running indoors – like on a treadmill – you can activate ANC and mute the sound to make it easier for you to get into your comfort zone.

              Which waterproof headphones are best for running?

              From a technical standpoint, the best waterproof running headphones are the Jaybird Vista 2 as they are IP68 rated. In fact, unless they change the ingress protection rating system, no future headphones can be more resistant to solids and liquids than the Vista 2.

              However, the fact that some headphones are not IP68 rated does not mean that they are suitable for intense workouts. For example, the Jabra Elite 7 Active is IP57 rated, so if you don’t need earbuds for swimming, these will work too.

              Bone conduction headphones often have superior ingress protection because they don’t have speakers – instead they vibrate your cheekbones to produce sound. The Shokz OpenRun are IP67 rated so you can rinse them under the tap after your workout without any problems.

              By comparison, the Beats Fit Pro are rated IPX4 and even these headphones are said to be sweat and water resistant. To sum it up, if you don’t want your running headphones to be underwater for long periods of time, any headphones rated at least IPX4 will do.