More headphone manufacturers are making headphones for an active lifestyle that require a more secure fit, long-term comfort, and durable resistance to sweat and grime. Many of the newer earbud models also include an ergonomic fit that locks into place, preventing the piece from falling out in action. Finally, you can also find silicone-wrapped designs and even waterproof headphones for swimmers. Your workout deserves a soundtrack no matter what sport you choose, so we’ve rounded up this list of our favorite performance-friendly headphones to get you started.
1. Monster iSport LiveStrong (Yellow)
The Monster iSport Livestrong In-Ear Headphones, in yellow, are great for biking, running or snowboarding. iSport LiveStrong won’t shake out or sweat out. It’s right there with you, providing a secure, comfortable fit with its revolutionary SportClip design and rotating OmniTip. The sound-isolating eartips ensure a tight seal that blocks out water and delivers that deep, pulse-pounding bass to help you excel. For those serious about their cycling or game or their workout, Monster delivers the ultimate high-performance sport headphone. LiveStrong was designed to meet the specific demands of today’s top athletes. It’s rugged, sweat proof and washable. If music is what moves you, iSport LiveStrong will turn your tunes into pure audio adrenaline.
2. Klipsch Image S4i Rugged (Blue)
The new Image S4i Rugged Headphones utilize tough rubber moldings and an all-weather design to protect the legendary Klipsch sound from Mother Nature’s bad side. Neither rain, sleet, snow, nor concrete jungle can stop the award winning acoustics and live music experience of the Image S4i Rugged headphones. An extra-large, 3-button remote lets you precisely control iPhone calls and music whether you’re wearing bulky gloves or are simply on the go. And while the headphones’ exterior is built tough, these in-ear headphones have patented oval ear tips to keep you comfortable.
Rock the Klipsch Image S4i Rugged ear buds in yellow, orange, blue or red.
3. Monster iSport Immersion (Blue)
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The Pro Sound Isolating Eartips ensure an impenetrable seal blocking out water and leaving inthat deep, pulse-pounding sound. Whether you’re running, biking, or snowboarding, you’ll go further and never lose focus, thanks to iSport’s revolutionary in-ear SportClip design. Secure and comfortable, it won’t fall out or get in the way of your goggles, glasses or helmet.If music is what moves you, iSport Immersion is the ultimate motivator. Its advanced in-ear speaker and MicroStrand Conductors turn your tunes into pure audio adrenaline. Powerful, clear and full of detail, you’re in the zone.
Go ahead and dominate.
4. Monster iSport Intensity In-Ear Headphones (Green)
When reviewing sports headphones, design can end up carrying a little more weight than performance. The Monster iSport Intensity In-Ear Headphones’ design clearly has its pros and cons. If you prefer not to jam silicone eartips into your ears and are looking for sports earphones that allow some external noise to leak in, these are an excellent choice. They offer a comfortable, secure fit, are easy to slip in and out of your ears, and seem fairly durable. Their sound quality is decent, particularly in quieter environments, but they don’t sound quite as detailed or offer as much bass as Monster’s noise-isolating sports earphones.
I can’t say the iSport Intensity earphones are a steal at $99, but they’re less expensive than Bose’s similarly designed sports earphone models and they’re not grossly overpriced. That may not sound like a ringing endorsement, but I have no problem recommending them, particularly to folks who are looking for a more “open”-designed sports earphone. Unless you’re expecting incredible sound, you shouldn’t be disappointed.
5. JayBird Gear BlueBuds X
Bluebuds X have been designed and developed with every ideal in mind. Wireless Music+Calls coupled with Superior Audio Performance, a revolutionary 8 hour battery play time, Patented Secure Fit for Sports, Sweat Proof Nano coating locks moisture out, and the all new X-Fit, you have the option of lifting the cord off your neck for the perfect workout headphones. As the Official traning Headphone of USA Triathlon, you can be confident knowing you are selecting a trusted and proven sport headphone
6. Bose SEI2i (orange)
Push your workout to the limit with headphones that are up to the task. Bose SIE2i sport headphones, customized for select Apple devices, are specifically engineered for exercise. They’re sweat- and weather-resistant, stay comfortably yet securely in place and deliver robust Bose sound to keep you energized – a combination of benefits conventional sport ear buds can’t match. Plus, the inline remote and microphone let you control music on your iPhone or iPod and take calls with one-touch ease.
7. Denon AH-W150 Exercise Freak (Blue)
Denon’s Exercise Freak in-ear headphones are the ultimate, super-lightweight, sweat proof, wireless fitness headphones that perform the way you do. Listen to your favorite music & answer calls without the inconvenience of cables getting in the way of your workout. These headphones have been tested by frequent exercisers and found to be the most comfortable and provide the most secure fit. Also Included: Mesh Carrying Case with Karabiner, Micro USB cable (for charging battery), and Anti-Microbial silicon ear tips (XS, S, M, L). Further enhance your workouts by downloading the Denon Sport application, available for Apple iPhone, Apple iPad, and Android smartphones.
8. Polk Audio UltraFit 3000 (Orange)
Polk Audio’s new UltraFit Sports Headphone Series is a rethinking from the ground up of performance, comfort and durability – the three characteristics serious athletes need most in a pair of headphones. Serious music lovers too will value the UltraFit Series because of its undeniably impressive sonic performance. The UltraFit 3000 is an in-ear canal design that offers the highest sonic performance and the highest level of noise suppression. SecureFit support and a generous assortment of ear tip materials and sizes means you’ll enjoy a snug yet comfortable in-ear canal fit. A 3 button remote control and in-line microphone enable you to use your iPod or iPhone anytime, anywhere. While an included short (14″) cable means hassle-free and tangle free MP3 sleeve and collar connections.