If you are a keen or even a beginner runner, you will likely have tried running with headphones on at some point.
For many, running in headphones is simply a must as they can only get through the run with the help of some up tempo tunes to power them along with each stride.
For some it is simply about blocking out the sound of their heavy panting to make themselves feel better about their run.
If you have tried running in headphones you will likely have encountered some of the following problems:
- The earphones keep falling out of your ears
- Sweat damages the headphones causing them to stop working correctly
- Wires get caught up in your running gear or connect with the swing of your arms
- The earphones are too heavy and add an extra annoyance to your activity.
If you have experienced any or all of these then you are not alone! They are the most common complaints amongst runners when it comes to wearing headphones when running.
So, now we know the issues, how do we solve them.
We have pulled together our top three picks that we consider to be the best headphones for running. We analyse them across sound quality, usability, durability and price to bring you what we believe to be the best value options.
Lets take a look.
Sennheiser CX Sport Wireless Earphones
The Sennheiser CX Sport Wireless Earphones were a contender in our Best Wireless Earbuds collection due to their appeal for gym goers and runners and they rightly hold their own in our running headphones specific collection.
As you can see in the image above they have that typical sporty feel that many people look for in their running headphones.
In terms of suitability based on our criteria they are lightweight, sweat proof and wireless. The earbuds are connected by a thin wire that runs around the back of your neck so will not interfere with your running technique.
They also come with a variety of different sized ear tips which increases your chances of getting that perfect fit that will prevent them from falling out of your ears mid-run.
In terms of sound quality they perform really well for a sporty headphone and come with noise cancelling – which whilst it does not block out all background sound is very effective. Certainly good enough for running where a little background noise can help prevent you from running into trouble.
In terms of affordability, you can typically pick up a pair of these for under £90 which puts them in the mid-range price bracket in our list.
Anker Soundcore Spirit SweatGuard
The Anker Soundcore Spirit Sweatguard earbuds may be a new one for you but they are slowly building cult status amongst running groups due to their budget price range.
They are typically available online for under £30 but would be our pick for runners that are looking to trial running with headphones and don’t want to invest heavily in their first pair.
You would be forgiven for thinking that due to their price, these are a fairly limited pair of earbuds but you would be very much mistaken.
They tick all the boxes when it comes to our initial criteria, they are sweat proof, lightwight and their ear tip design makes they not only comfortable to wear but also provide a firm hold in your ear to prevent them falling out.
As with the Sennheiser’s listed above, they have the neckband that will not provide you with any problems during your run.
With 8 hours of battery life they will power you through any length of run and deliver an impressive sound quality. You can even take calls on the run with the built in microphone. There is however, no noise cancelling in this model – which is typically low on peoples list when looking for running headphones.
Still not convinced? They also have over 4,500 5-star reviews on Amazon from happy runners!
All round these are a solid purchase and perfect for most runners – they are our pick for the best budget running headphones.
Jabra Elite Active 75t Earbuds
The Jabra Elite Active 75t Earbuds are our pick in the higher-end price market. They are also the only true wireless earbuds to make the list.
They can typically be bought online for somewhere in the range of £170 to £190 – which make them considerably more expensive than the other picks in our list – however they certainly live up to their price range.
In terms of the pick of ‘The Best Headphones for Runners’ – these would be our pick.
They have been designed to fit in any ear shape and engineered to stay put no matter how heavy you are running. They are extremely lightweight, sweat proof and have a battery that can go for 7.5 hours and with the charging case this jumps up to 28 hours.
Their hear through mode means you can always be aware of your surroundings to keep yourself out of danger and are also equipped to allow you to take calls on the go with crystal clear quality.
There are a number of colour options available so you will be able to find a pair that match your style.
The sound quality is the best of those in our selections with very good bass settings that we know many runners love. You will have to shell out a bit more to get your hands on a pair of these but the price is fair versus the quality of headphones you will be getting.
So, in conclusion:
The Best Headphones for Runners in our opinion are the Jabra Elite Active 75t Earbuds.
If you are new to running or wanting to try running in headphones then the Anker Soundcore’s are the perfect entry level headphone at a very affordable price.
What are your favourite running headphones?