Fitmodo Running Week: The Best Headphones For Running

Fitmodo Running Week: The Best Headphones For Running

[related title=”Fitmodo Running Week” tag=”fitmodo” items=”4″]The best headphones for sitting at your computer or in your home listening to music may not be the best headphones to put in your ears while you’re jogging around town.

Activity will make them fall out and noise isolation or closed ear models will make it hard to hear your surroundings, but you still want good audio quality for your money.

Here are the five best workout headphone options, based on your nominations.



From around $45 in Australia. Prices vary depending on model.

Bose IE2 In-Ear Headphones

We’re no strangers to the Bose IE2 in-ear headphones — they also showed up in our Hive Five roundup of the best overall in-ear models late last year. The Bose IE2 and MIE2 both sport Bose’s StayHear swappable ear tips, which Bose claims will keep them from falling out of your ears even during strenuous activity. They include several sets so you can experiment and find the one best for you. The MIE2s are perfect for listening to music on your phone while you’re out running or working out, but still give you the option to answer incoming calls when you need to.

Those of you who nominated the IE2s and MIE2s specifically praised Bose’s build quality and the design of the headphones, and pointed out that it’s good to be able to buy one great set of earphones and wear them both when you hit the gym and when you’re on the train on the way to work, instead of having to swap out different ones for different uses. $129 AU.

Jaybird Freedom/BlueBuds X

Jaybird Freedom: Around $100 AU | BlueBuds X $180


The ear tips are DIY, so you get them, heat them up in the microwave, and then attach them to your own earbuds (you need a model that support replaceable rubber ear tips. Many of you pointed out that once you got a set of Decibullz tips for your own earphones, you never had a problem with them falling out again. Gizmodo reviewed the headphones not too long ago, and-as you can tell by their headline — didn’t care much for them. The tips however, they loved — and we have to agree with them there. US$60

Motorola S10-HD

Those of you who nominated the S10-HDs pointed out their solid performance, lack of wires or cables, and the fact that they make decent headphones as well as workout headphones, even taking Bluetooth into consideration. Many of you also noted that the way the band fits around the back of your head means the earphones don’t slip out of your ears easily. $100 AU

Sennheiser/Adidas PMX 685i Sports

They could be a little more comfortable, but they’re not bad at all. They sound so good, and fit so securely, that they will be anchored to our skulls on all of our upcoming runs. These are hands-down one of the best headphones for running we’ve ever used.
Full review. $70 AU

Honourable mentions go out to Skullcandy’s In-Ear models, which many of you praised for walking the line between affordability, audio quality and solid design. We also have to give a mention to the various Sony in-ear models that were nominated. No specific models got enough nominations to make the top five, but the line is clearly popular.

Want to make your own recommendation for a great exercise headphone?
We’re all ears (ahem) in the comments…