Some songs make you want to curl up into a ball of sadness, while others will leave you reminiscing about that junior-high slow dance. Typically, these are not the best workout songs. The right music can make or break a workout. However, how you listen to that music is just as important.
Running headphones that fall out every two seconds or pinch are not going to motivate you very much. And frankly, there’s a reason why you never see people with huge over-the-ear models strapped to their heads while running down the street. They get sweaty and aren’t very easy to clean.
For the best workout, you need the proper equipment. Let’s take a peek at four options for running headphones.
Sennheiser OCX 686G Sports
Sennheiser makes a crazy amount of headphones. However, this set should keep you energized through even the most brutal workout. It features high-output drivers, with a frequency response of 18–20,000Hz, 20 ohms impedance, and a sound pressure level of 120dB. Even more impressive is that the ear-canal coupling and cable routing work together to keep unwanted background noise to a minimum. Other features include sturdy ear hooks, an in-line smart remote and mic, and SteriTouch antimicrobial ear adapters.
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JBL Reflect Response BT
The least expensive option on our list packs in some pretty big features for that low price. This in-ear model has Bluetooth, but also motion sensor control. That basically means you can be running along and a simple wave will flip tracks, allow you to take calls, and more. It may even get a few fellow runners to smile in the process. Designed for hours of wear, this model even packs in Bluetooth, up to 8 hours of wireless streaming, sweat-proof technology, and a behind-the-neck ergonomic sports design.
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Monster iSport Freedom
Remember that whole thing mentioned above about not seeing people with over-the-ear headphones running around? These could change all of that. These are water-resistant, sweat-proof and washable, so you don’t have to worry about them getting all funky during your daily run. You also won’t have to worry about them ever slipping off, since the iSport Freedom is an over-the-ear model. Forget getting tangled, either. These pack in Bluetooth aptX, so you can flail your arms and legs, without getting caught up in cords. Other features include Pure Monster Sound, a reflective strip for night runs, and a ControlTalk cable for a passive, battery-free mode.
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Trainer By Gibson
If these newly announced running headphones are good enough for the fastest man alive, they should certainly be good enough for you. These headphones feature CoolTouch climate-regulating cushions with a NASA-styled space technology fabric. The model even has Outlast technology, a material that can absorb, store and release heat as needed. The sound is equally as impressive, with a SafeSound 40mm driver open acoustic system. Other features include WeatherSeal on the drivers, Bluetooth for wireless streaming, and a NightNav LED light for nighttime use.
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Originally published on April 25, 2015 and updated on October 25, 2015.