Whether they're over-ear headphones, bone conduction or wireless in-ear buds, you'll want a comfortable and secure fit. This is particularly important because losing one earbud on your run can be a tragedy. Decent sound quality is also essential in the best running headphones, as is durability, battery life, noise cancellation and reliable performance with minimal dropouts. And running headphones also need to be sweat-resistant, for obvious reasons, which is why the otherwise awesome Sony WF-1000XM3 isn't on this list. (While Apple doesn't claim water-resistance for the standard AirPods, they're highlighted here because we've found them to handle sweat reasonably well.)
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So let’s jump into the review helps you choose the right product to buy: Best Earbuds For Running
For runners, it's worth noting that there's a transparency mode that allows sound to leak in. You'll still have to lower the volume of your music to hear ambient noise and traffic. The AirPods Pro aren't sweat proof, but they are officially rated as being sweat-resistant. Read our Apple AirPods Pro review.
At first glance, the Elite 75t seems more like an evolutionary upgrade from the highly rated Elite 65t. But the updates turn out to be a little more substantial than I first thought. The Elite 75t's smaller size will allow more people to get a comfortable, secure fit, and its boosted battery life and USB-C charging are significant upgrades. And then there are the smaller changes, like the new charging case design with magnets inside it that make it easier to open and close and to keep the buds inside.
Your gear will also need to be able to withstand sweat and possibly rain, depending on your location. What's more, we believe that the best earbuds for running can improve your performance significantly; there's plenty of research that proves music can transform your runs.
These are “active” versions of the Jabra Elite 75t that were released earlier in 2020. What that means is that they’re identical in every way, except they’re more water-resistant, they have a stickier coating so they stay in your ear better, and they’re slightly more expensive. Aside from that, these are some of the best all-around wireless earbuds you buy in 2020.
The earphones only support one high-quality Bluetooth codec, AAC. This is great for iPhone users but leaves a lot to be desired for us Android fans. Since these are specifically categorized as workout earbuds, we won’t knock the lack of aptX support; no one’s trying to analyze harmonic resonances mid-run. This is further confirmed by the heavily bass-oriented sound. Bass notes are three times louder than mids, which can help keep you focused and motivated.
I didn't necessarily expect much from the Urbanears Stadion headphones from hipsters' favourite, Stockholm's Urbanears. However, this is actually a great pair of headphones for running. Because the Stadion has a solid (but not uncomfortable) neck band, and springy, coiled cables, running to hooked earbuds, it pulls off the unlikely feat of an unshakeable fit, without totally blocking out the world around you.
The usually slightly poorer sound quality of True Wireless headphones is also less important for pumpin', workout-style listening. Obviously, if you work out to Nick Drake or Vangelis, it'll be more of an issue, but I think you may be in a minority, there.
Impressively, Jabra has also now added active noise cancellation via a software update. This is perhaps not from the very top tier of noise reducing technology, but it's a handy and welcome addition nonetheless.
If you’re already an Apple AirPods fan, you probably can’t remember life without them. That’s how exciting it was when they first came out. But before you scroll saying, “been there, done that,” hear us out. The latest version of Apple’s AirPods is one giant leap ahead of the originals. Not only will you get more than 24 hours of battery life in the charging case (something the originals fall short of with use), you’ll have a more customizable fit with interchangeable ear tip options. And more importantly, the sound quality and noise cancellation claim drastically improves.