CNET has prepared a nice list of earbuds for running, and I’m glad that I’m not the only person who gets annoyed because of constantly tangling wired headphones. The most troublesome reason why wired headphones are bad is because they aren’t suitable for running. In easy words, to be hanged during your daily run is not the best treatment. This is the situation where wireless headphones come away with an award. 

Of course, wireless headsets are not all ideal and you should spend some time and money measuring out which one is the best for running. Here is the list of requirements you should pay attention while surfing to the next tech store: the best running headphones should fit comfortably in your ear so you’ll not lose your sports concentration to the pain in your ears. Also, if you’re buying wireless in-ear buds, they should sit firmly in your ears so you won’t lose them. Sound quality as well as the battery life are other must-have requirements. Noise cancellation and other side functions are only your preferences. They should also have a water resistance rating, because if you’re sweating a lot, your newly bought headphones won’t survive. 

After many tests, and many calories burnt, David Carnoy from cnet has prepared a list of worthy headphones. The list has got not only wireless earbuds but also in-ear headphones, on-ear headphones, headphones with noise isolation, bone-conduction headphones, true wireless earbuds, and many others, so there’s a solid list of gadgets you can choose from. 

Best bone conduction headphones

AfterShokz Aeropex

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AfterShockz Aeropex has got an IP67 rating which means they can survive in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes.

When you see AfterShokz for the first time you’ll say “Man, they are broken”, but no. They’re unique because they don’t deliver the sound through your ears but through your cheekbones. It’s a great safety solution because this open design allows you to run and hear ambient noise and what’s going on around you. This feature should help runners to hear oncoming cars or other dangerous things that can chase you during your run. Though the sound quality still can’t catch up with normal headphones, they’re still perfect for running yet weak for daily listening.

Best ear hooks

Beats Powerbeats Pro

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Beats Powerbeats Pro has got an IPX4 rating which means they can survive water splashes.

Beats Powerbeats Pro has got a really huge charging case that you can’t fit freely in your pocket. When we’re talking about the running case, it’s a perfect match for you. The hook shape is a unique feature of these headphones. You should probably try them on before buying because they may not fit all ears perfectly. Also, they’re pretty expensive so take a note to buy Powerbeats Pro around $200.

Best noise-canceling headphones for runners

Apple AirPods Pro

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AirPods Pro has got an IPX4 rating which means they can survive water splashes.

AirPods Pro don’t deliver the sound you’d like to get for $249, but they still do have an excellent sound quality making you enjoy the sweet rainbow of sound streaming into your ear. That is because they’ve got better bass performance and a suitable vacuum design with an active noise cancellation. AirPods Pro have got a silicon tip which should help the headphones sit firm in your ears and it doesn’t fail. 

There’s the function that’ll enable a transparency mode that allows you to hear background noises. You’ll still have to lower the volume of your music to hear ambient noise because the silicon tip is so tight. The AirPods Pro aren’t sweat-proof, but they are officially rated as being sweat-resistant.

Suitable for everything

Jabra Elite 75t

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Jabra Elite 75t has got an IP55 rating, so you can try your luck under heavy sprays of water. 

The Elite 75t is an upgraded version of the highly-rated 65t, and it’s got a slightly smaller size so more people can feel comfortable with them, the battery life is higher and there is also USB-C charging which makes it a significant update. There is also a new charging case design that fits magnets so you can keep the buds inside with more confidence that they’ll not fall out.

The blind spot is that Elite 75t doesn’t have active noise cancellation, though it has better sound in comparison with AirPods Pod. The sound is more accurate and the bass is dynamic and clear. The Elite 75t has also got a feature called HearThru that you can switch on in your app. This feature will allow you to hear some ambient noise, however even with the option enabled you to have to lower the volume of your music to hear a coming car.

Cheaper is not worse

Soundcore Liberty Air 2

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Soundcore Liberty Air 2 has got an IPX5 rating – be sure to try your luck under heavy sprays of water.

Liberty Air 2 is a cheaper alternative for people who can’t afford AirPods Pro for running. The budget variant has got the same noise-isolating design in a “pipe” shape. The sound quality is very close to AirPods if not better, and they’ll fit your ear even more securely. Liberty Air 2 is a perfect alternative that costs $100.

Best value bone-conduction headphone

AfterShokz Trekz Air

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AfterShokz Trekz Air has got an IP55 rating – be sure to try your luck under heavy sprays of water.

AfterShokz Trekz Air is a cheaper model than the previously mentioned Aeropex, but it has the same peculiarity. This pair of around-the-neck headphones does have some design and performance upgrades, but the AfterShokz Trekz Air is still good for a bone-conduction headphone.Again, beware that the sound doesn’t measure up to that of a traditional headphone.

This is the best waterproof rate

Earfun Free

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Earfun Free has got an IPX7 rating, which means it is a totally waterproof pair of earbuds.

EarFun Free has a lot of remarkable features: Bluetooth 5.0, both USB-C and wireless charging, and fully waterproof (IPX7), that should work on paper at least. The sound is far from ideal, as well as far from fantastic. Earfun Free sounds good, not more or less. You can make calls and enjoy the plump bass and enough detail to avoid sounding dull. There’s no complaint to the pair of earbuds with the price less than $50. 

Best audio sunglasses

Bose Frames

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Bose Frames don’t have any water resistance.

Bose’s Frames audio sunglasses are more like a toy with quite noticeable specs for running headphones. I think the best part of these sunglasses is that there’s nothing in your ears and you can hear the ambient sound clearly and have a conversation with them on. The sunglasses don’t make any pressure on your head so it’s very comfortable to wear them. But, that’s it about them. There is also a wind factor so it can spoil the sound quality. The wind factor also makes them less suitable for biking.