The Best Earphones for Running

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The Best Earphones for Running
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Many people listen to music while running. However, earphones often slip or fall off the ear due to the jostling motion. There are several earphones that are meant specifically for runners and that may be easier for athletes to use. If you use earphones while running, remember that you are less aware of your environment and should keep the volume low enough that you can hear what is going on around you.

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Westone makes some earphones that work very well for athletes due to high sound quality and secure fit. The Westone 3 earphones with three-way passive crossover reliably stay in place while running and offer clear sound. The earphones also block out ambient noise, so be careful when using them while running and remain aware of your environment.


There are several Sony headphones, but a few work especially well while running. These includes the Sony MDR-G57 and the Sony MDRJ11G. These headphones fit well, are lightweight and stay put in the ears while running. The sound quality is above average overall.


There are several Sennheiser headphones that work well for running, including the PMX60, PMX80 and PMX100. The earphones are slim and have a comfortable fit. The PMX80 earphones come in a sports fit, which means they sit securely in the ears even while in high motion.


The Shure headphones, particularly the E2C, are lightweight and offer secure fit. The sound quality is above average and the earphones will stay in place while working out. In addition, the cord is designed to fit behind the ears while running. The SE530 earphones offer a high quality of sound.

Ultimate Ears

Ultimate Ears headphones include a cord that tuck behind the ears while running. The sound quality is very good. Comfort and fit are also above average.

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