What headphones should I buy to run with?
July 16, 2012 2:09 PM Subscribe
What headphones should I buy for running and the gym? Wish list: Sounds better, and doesn't fall out as easily as the Apple earbuds; lets more ambient sound through than those in-ear headphones with silicone tips; includes an inline microphone and controls that actually work with an Android phone.
posted by schmod to Technology (10 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
After many years of hating/despising the Apple earphones, I've finally gotten used to them, and they don't seem to fall out of my ears all that easily when running. However, the fit isn't all that great, and I never seem to be able to get them to stay wedged in the position that gives the best sound. There's got to be something better out there, right?
My new phone (Samsung Galaxy S3) came with a set of in-ear earbuds with silicone tips. Although these fit great, were much more comfortable, and sounded much better than the iPhone earbuds, they created a bit too much suction in my ears, and every stride or bass note would be painful; I felt like I constantly needed to pop one of my ears. I was almost afraid of damaging my hearing with them. Also, they blocked about 95% of any ambient noise out of my ears; while this is great for listening to music, I also want to be able to hear what's going on around me while I'm running. Are there in-ear headphones that don't have these issues?
I don't think I've ever destroyed a set of headphones due to sweat, although that my headphones seem to endure a high probability of being lost, rained on, or stepped on.... So, nothing too expensive or fragile. I've already got a set of very nice over-ear headphones that I use for non-fitness stuff.
Oh, and bonus points if it includes an inline microphone and volume control buttons that work with Android. Not many do....