Nothing takes a long trail run from good to great quite like the perfect pair of headphones. The crisp, clear sound of your favorite band singing in your ears is enough to make even the most exhausted runner kick it up a notch on that 8th mile. Of course, a bad pair can make an otherwise enjoyable run as excruciating as a heel blister. Bouncing in and out of your ears, a bad connection, or worthless with a few drops of sweat are all issues that you don’t want when it comes to groovin’ on the run. So before you lace up your kicks for your next workout, check out these five great pairs of headphones made specifically for runners.
1. Monster iSport Intensity
These bad boys are just shy of $100, sweat-resistant and have a unique, open design. Unlike noise-isolating earbuds, these don’t go completely inside your ears, allowing for safer activity. Hear traffic, your running partner, and people cheering for you from the sidelines while wearing these.
2. Samsung Level U
Another pair perfect for those who don’t like in-ear headphones, this model is an around-the-neck design. Just $60, this Bluetooth headphone allows you to pick up calls thanks to the mic included.
3. Klipsch S4i Rugged in-ear headphones
This super sporty pair of earbuds goes right in the ear and stays put. Extra rugged, this $99 pair is perfect for everyday use.
4. Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless
No headphone list is complete without including something from the Beats family. Pricey, but worth every penny, these in-ear headphones have a great sound, are sweat-proof, and have a comfortable fit.
5. Audio-Technica ATH-CKP500 in-ear headphones
The least expensive pair on the list, these sporty headphones are comfortable, provide a secure fit and are waterproof. At the low price of $30, you can keep one in your gym bag and lose the other.