What are the best wireless headphones for running?

by  Daniel Gniazdo

When you’re out for a run, the last thing you want is to have wires in your way. Not surprisingly, more and more runners are turning to wireless headphones.

Finding the best wireless headphones for running can be tricky. There are simply too many to choose from. Wireless headphones come in a range of wearing styles, designs, and price levels. Each pair has its own feature set.

Overwhelmed yet?

Don’t worry, we’re here to help. When looking for a set of wireless headphones that’s best for you, ask yourself…

Do I care about the price?

Let’s face it: Not all of us can spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of wireless headphones. If your budget is tight, there are plenty of cheaper models available. They might not have all the bells and whistles of expensive wireless headphones, but they’ll get the job done.

If cost isn’t an issue, investing in a higher-end model has its advantages. More advanced headphones come with a whole range of extra features, like a built-in heart rate monitor, which you may find useful.

Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless has an in-ear monitor to track your heart rate

Will I need them for more than running?

Even though you’re getting a pair of running headphones, you might still want to use them for other things. If you want to, say, listen to music on your way to the gym, you’ll want headphones that can be worn throughout the day.

Do you also want to use your headphones for calls? Hardcore runners will probably say “no.” They don’t want their training interrupted. But if you want that option, look for wireless headphones with a mic. These can be paired with your cellphone, so that you can take calls while exercising.

How will I wear them?

Getting a good fit is essential, especially with a pair of running headphones. You don’t want them falling out whenever you turn your head, right?

Having said that, there are many wearing styles to choose from. Most headphones for running have a neckband that connects the two earpieces. This behind-the-neck wearing style works well, because it offers a secure fit while keeping the wires out of the way.

The earpieces themselves can either have clips that curl around the ear or be worn directly in your ear, like a regular pair of headphones. You’ll have to decide what you prefer.

An over-the-head model with a proper headband can also work, as long as your workout isn’t too high paced. The advantage of this wearing style is that you don’t have to worry as much about the earpieces not fitting. Keep in mind, though, that a headband tends to make the headphones a bit heavier.

Jabra Move Wireless has a headband for comfortable over-the-head wear

How tough do I need them to be?

Casual joggers may not care too much about how tough their wireless headphones are, as long as they last. But there are good reasons to look for a pair that can take some punishment.

If you sweat a lot during your workout, you’ll find wireless headphones specifically designed to be waterproof. They’ll last longer and are more hygienic—after all, you can safely wash them once you’re done.

If you mostly run outside, then look for a pair of wireless headphones that can withstand the elements. You can find headphones that aren’t afraid of dust or rain. Some are even built towards US military standards, so they’re as tough as headphones get.

What features are a “must” for me?

There are almost limitless options when it comes to the wireless headphones features. Basic models will stay on your ears while playing music. Advanced models will measure your heart rate, let you control your music by touching the earpiece, and integrate with your favorite fitness apps like Endomondo.

Some headsets come with their own dedicated apps that help you find your resting heart rate, plan your workout, and more. Not all of these features will be useful to you, so look for a pair of headphones that give you what you want.

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28 Responses

  1. Jerome February 20, 2015 / 20:35

    Jabra Sport are awesome for running or any other kind of sports. I like using them for mountain biking. Just me, the hill, the bike and the music, can’t beat that. I’m using small iPod nano with bluetooth and works perfectly. no complaints and if you’re looking for sports earbuds, pick Jabra Sport

    • Daniel Gniazdo September 16, 2015 / 08:35

      Hi Jerome,

      Thanks for your feedback. I’m glad the Jabra Sport is working out well for you!

  2. Domino September 15, 2015 / 17:39

    Jabra headphones are good and for me they are a lot better than the Yurbuds or the overrated Beats headphones from Dr Dre.

    These headphones are quite tough and offer great value for money. Recommended!

    • Daniel Gniazdo September 16, 2015 / 08:36

      Hi Domino,

      I’m happy to hear you like your Jabra stuff!

  3. Chef Mojo Valencia September 17, 2015 / 20:32

    I love listening to my playlist while im of kitchen; but my only problem is that i cant find my code to register on the app. What can I do ? I bought them out of state.

    • Daniel Gniazdo September 18, 2015 / 08:57

      Hi. I can try to help. What specific Jabra headset do you have?

  4. Andrew@MyHearGear October 8, 2015 / 13:35

    Most Bluetooth headphones were designed to be used while working out, which gives them an ultra sleek modern appearance in terms of design. They can look good with any outfit and give you the effect of being completely technologically advanced.

  5. nizam October 20, 2015 / 09:23

    hi. how do i connect my jabra move to jabra sound app?

    pls advise, tq.

  6. Paul Hoskins November 4, 2015 / 07:56

    Bought the Jabra sport Bluetooth about four months ago. Loved them really comfy and easy to use. Today though they hit the bullet, loss of sound in left speaker and significant muting in the right.
    Shame, I thought they would go the distance.

  7. Kay November 9, 2015 / 09:17

    i am looking for sport earphone with inbuilt mp3 player as I am not fond of walking around with other devices.

    kay

  8. Paulo January 3, 2016 / 16:25

    O lost ID sound jabra
    What to do?

  9. Lisa duffy January 5, 2016 / 09:08

    I absolutely love my Jabra sport, I used wired ear buds before and would always hit the cord and pull them out of my ear.. I use these and I love them, they are out of the way and love the program that comes with them.. It keep track of all my progress and my heart rate:) I definetly go longer on the tread mill. Thank you

    • Daniel Gniazdo January 5, 2016 / 13:13

      Hi Lisa,

      Thanks so much for your comment. It’s always great to hear from a really satisfied customer!

      May 2016 bring you lots of success – fitness or otherwise!

      All the best,
      Daniel

  10. Ryan Musgrave January 17, 2016 / 19:04

    For audio quality and secure fit I would say Jaybird Bluebirds or Bluebirds X2. Have had their entire line since the Endorphin Rush line back in 2008.

    I also have a pair of Jabra Sport Pulse headphones and love them as well. Great noise isolation and offer a better and more comfortable fit than the Jaybird X2s.

    Both the X2s and Sport Pulse buds have been awesome for weight training, Les Mills classes like Body Pump and Body Combat if you want your own tunes, running, and most importantly everyday listening.

    I have my buds with me at all times as music is a staple in my life. I generally wear them out in a couple years. Have had my Jabra headphones for about 10 months and just got the X2s a week ago after wearing out my Bluebuds that were 3 years old. Gotta have more than one pair to keep up with the battery life!

    I have toyed with the idea of trying out the new wireless Bluetooth sport ear buds being developed by Kanoa at getkanoa.com but haven’t decided just yet.

    • Daniel Gniazdo January 18, 2016 / 10:58

      Hey Ryan,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the different sports headphones out there. Happy to hear that you’re a satisfied Jabra Sport Pulse user!

      We’ve recently launched the Jabra Sport Pace for people who prefer a behind-the-ear wearing style. If you’re considering something new, you may want to check it out right here: http://www.jabra.com/sports-headphones/jabra-sport-pace

      Happy running!

      Daniel

  11. Matthew Craven January 22, 2016 / 03:49

    Will never buy anything Jabra. I had, well have, Jabra wouldn’t take it back, a set of sport bluetooth ear buds, the yellow ones. Could never get synced, or if it did, it wouldn’t stay synced long and they would not charge. The best headphones I’ve had for running was a $14 pair of on the ear Sony’s. I ran literally hundreds of miles and they still work. They aren’t even water proof yet I sweat buckets on them.

  12. Marc February 28, 2016 / 14:23

    Jabra have produced some top-notch wireless headphones for running which tick all boxes, and are also priced very reasonably!

    • Daniel Gniazdo May 3, 2016 / 11:57

      Hey Marc,

      Thanks for the kind words. It’s always nice to hear from a happy customer.

      Take care,
      Daniel

  13. Cherie E. Woods March 11, 2016 / 09:29

    I love running and I need new headphone because I lost my last one.
    Your post really help me. I just bought new headphone on Amazon and I love it !
    Thank you !

    • Daniel Gniazdo May 3, 2016 / 11:58

      Hey Cherie,

      I’m really happy to hear my post helped you in your search.

      Enjoy your new pair of headphones!

      Happy running,
      Daniel

  14. Aaron Cohen July 25, 2016 / 20:04

    I’ve been using different Jabra headphones for running, biking and working out since 2010. Rox are my favorite ones even for everyday use and now I know exactly – why. Thanks for the great article! 🙂

  15. Noel September 23, 2016 / 14:52

    The more expensive they are the better, thanks for the article!

  16. John Forst October 19, 2016 / 08:08

    I am using water and sweat proff bluetooth earphones for running.

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