12 Best Earbuds for Running Cycling and other Workouts

Running should be part of your daily workout routine but why not make it a little more bearable? While weather is not always on your side when deciding to go for a run, you could still enjoy running on your favorite playlist and shut down the whole world for a while. However, most regular earplugs or earbuds will not support the intense effort while working out and will easily fall out of your ears when running. Want to know how to avoid this? Simply opt for a special type of earbuds specifically designed for running. Below you will find a selection of the most popular earbuds for running, cycling and other workouts:

Top 5 Earbuds for Running and Workouts

Jaybird BlueBuds X
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Jaybird BlueBuds X earbuds represent an excellent middle choice for those who know what they want. Most importantly, these wireless earbuds sound excellent, but their construction also makes them subtle. They are great for those who like to engage into physical activities, as they are less likely to slip out of their ears. It is up to you to find the right fit, yet you should check Jaybird’s informative tutorials. The manufacturer comes with a lifetime warranty against sweat and other issues, so they are obviously meant for active people.

Apart from the sound and durability, these earbuds are simple to fit and they are not too costly for what they can offer.

Sony MDRAS600BT

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Our best option on the market so far, you can always appeal to your good pal Sony to manufacture a good pair of wireless earbuds specifically designed to meet the needs of a runner. Best for those who do not take trainings too seriously, this pair of wireless Sony earbuds will provide you 100% focus on the gym by covering random gym or street noises. The battery life is quite astonishing – over eight full hours without charging them, which is more than enough for a week of running. Answer all your calls with a simple touch of a button. The Sony package includes three different rubber nubs to fit even the most stubborn ears and not fall off even when sweating a lot.

Jabra Sport Pulse
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Jabra Sport Pulse has a self-explanatory name. These earbuds are meant to push your physical activity to the next level – to be read “will not interfere with your workouts”. The sound is great, while the fit is amazing, regardless of your workouts. They are also lighter than other alternatives, not to mention the built-in heart rate monitor. If you do not have one, these headphones will take care of you.

There is one slight minus though – the battery will not last for too many hours. But then, you do not want to exercise for too much time either. After all, the optimal duration for a workout is under an hour. They are excellent for workouts, yet not too handy for long road trips.

Plantronics Backbeat GO 2
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Plantronics Backbeat GO 2 earbuds have several benefits over their competition – lower costs, some extras and the same quality sound. So far, they look great. If you do not want to spend a fortune on these accessories, this model will work wonders. Make sure that you find the right fit and enjoy your music. The included case is one of the most attractive extras. Apart from storing the earbuds, the respective case acts like a recharger too.

When it comes to sound quality, you cannot tell the difference between this model and better rated ones – unless you are Celine Dion or Dr. Dre. Apart from producers, most people will not spot any changes, but just a great sound quality and a perfect fit.

Reverb Active X Series Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Sport Headset

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Specifically designed for those heavy bouncers and shakers, these Reverb earbuds are made from a hard plastic case which will last no matter how agitated your workout routine is. Simply place the wireless design around your neck and you will enjoy absolute freedom without even having to touch the earplugs. In terms of qualitative sounds, this headset from Reverb will bring into prominence the bass in any play and will help you boost your workout performances. The headset delivers up to 5 hours of nonstop listening without having to charge them and although it may not seem like that much, at least it comes with the loudest volumes you can listen to music. 

Other Good Alternatives

Beats Powerbeats 2 Wireless

Entering into the high quality sound market, Beats by Dr. Dre have easily become in demand ever since their launch. Although most of other Beats generations of headphones and earphones deliver heavy bass with the music, this particular set is quite shy in the department. The easily recognizable design is both durable and convenient, which makes for this particular Beats set to pose securely in our top. 

Bose SoundSport

One of our top 3 preferences, this SoundSport set of earphones nearly smashed all other opponents in all categories. The sound is extremely vivid, realistic and can even compete with a live orchestra. The peripheral sounds are easily diminished while the design is exquisite and youthful which makes this pair of earphones a trustworthy companion for selective runners. 

Klipsch X11i In-Ear Headphones

Not especially made for heavy sweaters and marathon competition, the X11i earphones are by far the best ones in terms of audio performances. The audio realism is quite unique which determines the price tag for these babies to be peppery. Nevertheless, audio fanatics who also like to run once in a while can enjoy a masterpiece quality of sound as long as they do not sweat too much.

Sennheiser MX 686G

Runners who are looking for a slimmer, tailored fit audio portable system which is affordable too can easily appeal to the new Sennheiser ear set. Although they may feel cheap while holding in the hand, the buds deliver qualitative and quite realistic sound. The best part of these earphones is that they stick into your ears whatever you are doing – from a small walk to heavy running sessions and sweaty journeys. For under $100 you can get a hold of one of the company’s plenty designs, no matter the type of sports you are practicing – indoor or outdoor.

Adidas Sport Supernova In-Ear by Monster

Another fruitful collaboration between Adidas and Monster delivers high quality music sounds with extreme bass sounds which can drop to 30 hertz. Those who are in love with loud music and heart bumping audio rates should definitely acquire a pair of these beauties. The design closely follows the shape of your body and ears, delivering not only highly qualitative sounds but also blocking most of the ground noises. Buy these if you want intense workout routines with music rushing through your veins out loud. 

Skullcandy Chops In-Ear

The cheapest design you will find in this list comes in the form of this affordable ear set delivering a very comfy and easy to wear design. The ear-hook design is specially made to enjoy richer, fuller and heavier sound when closing or, on the contrary, more focus while walking on the street if you keep them open. These earphones do not deliver any type of bass so you may want to reorient if you are looking for heavier sounds.

Beats by Dr. Dre Lady Gaga edition

Although discontinued by the manufacturer, you could still put your hands on one of the original version of some of the coolest Beats design for earphones. The design is unique and daring, similar to what Lady Gaga performer offers on stage. These earphones offer exquisite high performance audio quality as well as multiple noise isolation.