The Best Headphones for Running

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The Best Headphones for Running
Some earbuds won't stay put. (headphones image by John Keith from

Running has become more enjoyable, thanks to MP3 players, which are small, compact and fun to listen to as you pound the pavement. However, headphones have become an issue all on their own. The motion of running combined with the instability of the typical earbud headphones forces the runner to continually adjust and fidget. Several companies have attempted to provide solutions for the runner with headphone troubles.


Not all earbuds fit all ear shapes, but purchasing headphones with an adjustable neckband can provide comfort and security. Philips offers one of several variations of the neckband earphones, which are extremely lightweight, while still offering clear sound and heavy bass. The longer cable from earphones to MP3 player makes the Philips Nike neckband earphones ideal for running with the player in your armband or pocket.


Another solution to keeping the earbuds from falling out are the softhanger supports. Softhangers hook around the back of each ear, securing the earbuds in place. This removes the need for a band around your neck, which may become bothersome while running and sweating. Furthermore, many models with softhangers come in various sizes so that you can continue to customise them to your perfect fit. Sony offers several variations of the earbuds with softhangers, at several prices and sound qualities.

Ear Canal

Ear canal headphones provide yet another solution to tricky earbuds. Instead of resting just outside the ear canal, these headphones sit inside the ear canal, making it difficult to budge them even with the up-and-down motion of a run. Most ear canal headphones are made with a water-resistant rubber surface and feel comfortable even when inserted deeper into the ear. Finally, ear canal headphones eliminate the need for excess material, such as the neckband or softhangers. Adidas offers sport-specific ear canal headphones and Skullcandy's INK'D model offers both comfort and style.

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