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Headphones Hound - The Best Headphones for Running


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Headphones Hound - The Best Headphones for Running

  2. 2. THE BEST BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES FOR RUNNING Listening to music while running is one of life’s great pleasures to a lot of people who enjoy exercising. Getting the right headphones is crucial to enjoying this experience to the maximum. But in the past, runners that enjoy a bit of music on the run have had to make do with wired headphones, but with the nature of running involving moving your arms a lot as well as your legs, it’s easy for those wires to get tangled or to just annoy you while running. These days, with Bluetooth 4.0 headphone devices catching up to their wired counterparts quickly in terms of quality and performance, runners have never had it so good when selecting which wireless Bluetooth headphones to wear for running in 2016. But with so many options to choose from, we thought we’d write a useful post on the Best Bluetooth Headphones for Running in 2016. So let’s get to it. THE SCIENCE BEHIND WHY LISTENING TO MUSIC WHILE RUNNING CAN IMPROVE MOTIVATION Firstly, we don’t recommend that you run in the street wearing headphones as that could be dangerous as your overall awareness is limited. Stick to running in the park or in the gym while listening to music on your headphones. However, that said, there is some scientific evidence that listening to music while exercising actually improves your motivation and mood. Sometimes it inspires a harder workout and increased speed while running, not just providing a nice distraction if you don’t enjoy the actual running too much.
  3. 3. It’s pretty clear that most research so far has connected the benefits of music to its effect on motivation and mood. “ “ BEST BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES FOR RUNNING: OVER-THE-EAR, ON-THE-EAR OR IN-THE EAR BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES FOR RUNNING? So let’s first talk about over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones. For most people, over-the-ear will simply be too big and bulky to be appropriate for running. Another thing is, over-the-ear are often very expensive and you’ll want to take good care of them rather than bash them about at the gym. On-the-ear wireless headphones can be a good option for running though. As they don’t normally lock out the outside noise (noise-cancelling) like over-the-ear do, you can still be aware of things around you. For example, when running in the park and that cyclist is shouting out at you to move out of the way. In-the-ear wireless are of course the best suited for running. The latest waterproofed Bluetooth 4.0 earbuds for sports are designed to be rough and tough for gym and outdoor use while having wireless freedom and great sound quality. Moreover, they are the lightest kind. It is a personal preference though if you’d prefer on-the-ear or in-the-ear but 90% of people would take the in-the-ear option for running. BEST BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES FOR RUNNING: BATTERY LIFE (PLAYTIME) It’s very important to consider the playtime capabilities of wireless headphones, especially if you are a long distance runner. This could be your most important factor when deciding on your wireless sports headphones. For a lot of people, 4 hours playtime just isn’t enough but I’ve found that 4 hours is enough for me because I charge them up after each run/workout. It depends if your workout wireless headphones are your only headphones or not really. If they are, you’ll prefer to go for a longer playtime battery. There are some wireless headphones that boast a whopping 14 hours of music playtime in one charge such as the Monster iSport Freedom Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones. But they are on-the-ear and can house larger batteries. A long playtime in the ear-bud variety is around 8 hours such as in the Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones.
  4. 4. SOUND QUALITY With Bluetooth 4.0 and now Bluetooth 4.2 enabled headphones now emerging onto the market, it is possible to transmit data wirelessly at CD quality. Another thing to look out for is headphones that support aptX® audio coding. aptX® have the latest method of transmitting music over Bluetooth, optimizing sound quality and battery life. In this 10 Best Bluetooth Headphones for Running 2016 review, we’ve taken this into consideration and so should you. BEST BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES FOR RUNNING: DURABILITY As mentioned earlier, the durability of headphones for running and working out is paramount. Most ear- buds that are designed for sports are very durable and made of at least sweat-resistant materials with a few offering full waterproof now. Make sure the headphones you choose are built to withstand your running lifestyle. HEADPHONES TYPE AUDIO QUALITY DURABILITY PRICE PLAYTIME RATING 1. Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Sweat resistant but not waterproof in-ear wireless earbuds Bluetooth SHIFT technology Secure and built to withstand a work out $114.95 8 hours 8.2 2. MONZ9 MH ADS IE BL CU3 WW Adidas Originals by Monster Sweat resistant but not waterproof in-ear wireless earbuds Bluetooth with noise- isolating technology Secure and built to withstand a work out $68.15 8 hours 8.0 3. Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless IPX4 sweat and water resistant in- ear wireless earbuds Bluetooth up to 30 feet Tough and built for hard workouts $114.99 6 hours 8.0 BEST 8 WIRELESS HEADPHONES FOR RUNNING
  5. 5. HEADPHONES TYPE AUDIO QUALITY DURABILITY PRICE PLAYTIME RATING 4. Samsung Level U Pro Bluetooth Wireless In- ear Headphones Splash and sweat resistant for active use wireless ear- buds Bluetooth UHQ Audio Lightweight and strong $85.00 9 hours 8.0 5. Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones Wireless sports earbuds made from sweat and water-proof material Bluetooth 3.0 Technology Very tough and comfortable in the ear $83.97 8 hours 7.9 6. Monster iSport Freedom Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones Water resistant, sweat-proof, and washable on-the-ear wireless headphones Bluetooth (Apt-X + AAC) Tough, durable, UV- protected, and sweat proof $146.00 14 hours 7.9 7. Urbanears: Hellas Headphones sweat resistant but not waterproof on-ear wireless headphones Bluetooth SHIFT technology Stay on the head while running but look a bit plastic-y $114.95 14 hours 7.8 8. SoundPEATS Q9A Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Sport Headphones Wireless sports earbuds made from sweat-proof material Bluetooth 4.1 Technology with advanced aptX sound Lightweight but built for sport and gym use $29.99 5 hours 7.5