The only thing more important to runners than their sneakers is a quality pair of headphones and a killer playlist. Running without music is like some form of medieval torture: it sucks. And cheap, crappy headphones just aren't going to cut it. When shopping for a quality pair of headphones to wear while running, you'll want to look at a few key factors: Are they sweatproof/waterproof? Will they stay in your ears?
The only thing more important to runners than their trainers is a quality pair of headphones and a killer playlist. Running without music is like some form of medieval torture: it sucks. And cheap, crappy headphones just aren't going to cut it. When shopping for a quality pair of headphones to wear while running, you'll want to look at a few key factors: Are they sweatproof/waterproof? Will they stay in your ears?
There is one frustrating truth about our modern, digital age: Wires are annoying. As more of us are trying to end cable clutter, may we suggest you go the wireless route for your headphones too? It's an approach being taken in every aspect of consumer tech, from computer setups to home theater systems. Headphones are proving to be no different. More and more companies are releasing headphones that don't require any auxiliary inputs to output audio. And since many smart devices are eliminating the number of input ports they include (we're looking at your, iPhone), this makes sense. But with all the wireless headphones available on the market, it can be hard figuring out which work best for you. Luckily, we've found some of the best earbuds and over-the-ear headphones on Amazon that deliver, regardless of your lifestyle.
The Apple AirPods Pro stand tall as our pick for the best overall true wireless earbuds right now. Apple's AirPods Pro take everything we love about the traditional AirPods and ramp things up a notch (or three). They sound better than all Apple earbuds before them, deliver excellent noise reduction, and add proper water-resistance (finally). What's more, these are the first Apple earbuds with swappable silicone ear tips, making it easy for just about anyone to get a comfortable fit. While battery life is middling at 4.5 to 5 hours (some competitors offer 10 hours or more on a single charge), the pocket-friendly charging case holds multiple recharges for 24 hours total listening time. In addition, quick charging provides an hour of listening in just five minutes, so you'll rarely need to worry about dead earbuds. In our lab tests, we found the AirPods Pro's noise cancellation was on par with pricier noise-canceling headphones, with a minimal hit to battery life. Their Transparency Mode is also among the most effective and natural-sounding we've experienced, allowing you to pipe in the outside world for those times you want to be aware of your surroundings.
Your message has been sent. There was an error emailing this page. Earbud makers have been busy doing away with wires--a good thing whether or not your phone still has a headset jack. You no longer have to deal with cords if you don't want to. True wireless earbuds connect to one another and your audio source via Bluetooth.