17: Started August 3rd, 2018 – 17 256,796,456 June 26th, “3” .The Best Sports and Fitness Headphones
When it comes to health and fitness, research has shown that music can have a big impact on your workout, be it running, weightlifting, cycling or whatever else you do to keep in shape. It is important therefore to utilize the right pair of headphones that will allow you uninterupted access to your favorite music to keep you in the zone for the duration of your workout. The right pair of sports headphones will be comfortable, and most importantly securely fit the user, whilst delivering high quality sound to allow you to give your workout 100%.
We’ve compiled a list of the best sports headphones available in 2016, check them out below.Best Sports Headphones of 2016
Bose SoundSport are a moisture resistant, secure and comfortable in ear headphone that produces a surprising amount of bass (that Bose is known for) for the size of the ear piece. They feature a ‘floating bud’ which sits at the opening of the user’s ear canal, held in place by a flexible silicon ‘StayHear’ tip (which comes in S,M,L for user preference).
The Bose SoundSports come in several models including inline microphones and remote options for Apple and Android, as well as a simple audio option for user preference; the cable length is 42 inches. Bose SoundSport in ear headphones come in several colors ranging from classic Charcoal to Power Red.
Overall this product is a great all rounder from a trusted manufacturer, however as a result of a more open ended design, some users have reported experiencing some background noise interference. Bose has developed a solution to this problem being the Bose QuietComfort20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, an extremely well performed and reviewed albeit expensive option to the Bose SoundSports.
Sennheiser have collaborated with Adidas to produce the Sennheiser OCX 685i Adidas Sports In-Ear Headphones, a compact, simplistic and sports oriented premium in-ear headphone that is designed to stay stable when exercising. Silicone buds (comes in 3 sizes) mould to the user’s ear that serve add another layer of stability on top of the over ear hook, as well as provide an almost complete block out of background noise. This in turn allows the high quality speakers that Sennheiser is renowned for to deliver sound without interference at lower volume levels that would normally be needed – also a lifesaver for your battery.
The sound is clear and crisp, with reasonable levels of bass; inline controls allow you to change volume and tracks (double tap play for next, triple tap to reverse) with great ease. A 3.5mm angled jack ensures compatibility with most devices. The Sennheiser OCX 685i Adidas Sports In-Ear Headphones are a favorite amongst runners globally.
The Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones are the evolution of the Jaybird Bluebuds X. So what has changed and what do you get for your money? First the ear fin has been changed to fit in the ear more comfortably, the battery capacity has been updated (now up to 8 hours play time), a little more moisture protection and a new matte finish is thrown in for good measure.
Sound wise, the Jaybird X2 Sports Wireless is a good all rounder that won’t let you down, it hits enough lows and gives reasonable mids to highs.
The make or break with this product is the ability for it to stay in your ear. If you already have a paid of Jaybirds, are happy with the fit, and are looking to replace or upgrade – then go ahead. However if you’ve had issues with in ear headphones sticking in your ear, you might be better off with an over ear sports headphone.
QCY is a lesser known producer of headphones and has a range of products that are very friendly to the back pocket. QCY has a couple of units suitable for fitness and sport use, of these the QCY QY19 V4.1 Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Sport Headphones is incredibly well reviewed for the quality of the headphones for the price point. The built in rechargeable batteries can support up to 6 hours of talk or playback or 160 hours of standby time, the Bluetooth has an effective range up to 33 feet and is easily connectable with your chosen device.
An inbuilt microphone and easily accessible call accept/hang up button makes taking hands free calls easy.
The QCY QY19 V4.1 features a shark fin design to hold the piece in your ear, this comes in three sizes with an additional two sized pairs of ear tips to allow the user to find the right combination for their ears. Throw in the fact that this unit is noise cancelling and you have pretty much ticked every box you need for a good set of sports headphones.
If you are looking for a product that can keep up with your workouts, look no further than the JLab Audio Epic2 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Sport Earbuds. This unit is deigned with functionality in mind, it is ergonomic and light (only 7.2 ounces) and features both an over ear titanium hook and 8 pairs of silicone ear tips so you can get that perfect fit to keep these in place during your workout. Improving on the previous design, the Epic2 is now more waterproof, more durable and they’ve bumped battery life up to 12 hours before it needs a charge.
There is no slacking on the quality of sound just because these are sports headphones either, the Epic2 is well balanced, however some users have reported highs being a little overtuned. A universal microphone and in line controls add to the functionality of these headphones and to top it off they are compatible with Apple or Android. If you take your workouts seriously, the JLab Audio Epic2 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Sport Earbuds will take them to the next level.