Best Headphones for Runners iMore 2020
If you're a runner, you know that not every set of headphones will work, whether you're completing miles on the track or around town. If you want to listen to your music or podcasts while on the move, you need headphones that are sweatproof, lightweight, and offer great sound. No matter if you're a pro or just getting started with the running lifestyle, these are our favorite headphones for runners.
- Flagship earbuds: Jaybird Vista
- Ridiculous battery life: Powerbeats Pro
- Stretch your dollars: LETSCOM Bluetooth Headphones
- Look ma no wires: Jabra Elite Active 75t
- Active noise cancelation: Apple AirPods Pro
- Neckbud love: Plantronics Backbeat FIT
- Dirt cheap: Mpow Flame
- Bone conducting magic: AfterShokz Trekz Titanium
- Premium sound: Bose SoundSport Wireless
The Jaybird Vista are our go-to pick for runners. First and foremost, they feature IPX7 water-resistance, which means they'll be able to withstand the most intense workouts and sweat without any issue. Not only that, but they also feature up to six hours of battery life on a single charge, with an additional 10 hours of battery life from the included charging case, netting you a total of 16 hours of use.
The Powerbeats Pro offer up to nine hours of battery life, physical buttons for media controls, support for Google Assistant, water resistance, and a robust, fun sound signature all in a true wireless earbuds package. The only real downside to them is that the included charging case is ridiculously large and will likely take up your entire pocket.
For buyers that want to stretch their dollars, it's hard to do much better than LETSCOM's headphones. You'll find deep bass, clear treble, and a seriously impressive battery that lasts up to eight hours on one charge. They also feature IPX7 water resistance and a one-year warranty.
Another good pair of true wireless earbuds are the Jabra Elite Active 75t. They are IP57-rated for dust and water resistance, feature enhanced wireless tech that allows for fewer music dropouts, up to seven and a half hours of battery and built-in Amazon Alexa support.
The AirPods Pro includes four and a half hours of battery life on the buds side, with up to 24 hours total with the ultra-portable wireless charging case. They also feature active noise cancelation (ANC), which helps you really focus on your workout and music.
While most neckbud earbuds aren't great for running, the Plantronics BackBeat FIT manage to break that trend. They are super lightweight, comfortable, and are IP57 rated, which means you'll be able to take them pretty much anywhere and not have to worry when they get wet. They feature up to eight hours of battery life and are super stable and convenient to wear.
The Mpow Flame are among the cheapest headphones on our list, but don't let the small price tag fool you. For their price, the Mpow Flame offer IPX7 water resistance, seven to nine hours of battery, multiple colors, and a snug fit in the ear.
If you often find yourself running on a busy street, it might be worth checking out these AfterShokz bone-conducting headphones. By vibrating your cheekbones, you can listen to all of your music in high-quality glory while leaving your ears open to hear traffic and other potential hazards.
The Bose SoundSport Wireless are easily the best-sounding headphones on this list. The sound that comes out of these is exceptional for their class. Along with that, you'll also get up to six hours of battery and a sweat- and water-resistant design.
Oh listening you will go
If you're looking to continually workout daily, the Jaybird Vista are a no-brainer. They offer great battery life, a charging case that offers up to 10 hours of additional listening, and a secure fit with their hook design.
Another great option are the Jabra Elite Active 75t. They are a set of true wireless earbuds with support for Amazon's Alexa, IP57 dust and water resistance, and a solid 7.5 hours of battery life. The charging case gets you another 20 hours of battery life. Overall, you can't go wrong with anything that's on this list. Whether you're looking for a true wireless set, a pair with a cord between them, or something with excellent call quality and battery life.
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