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9 Best Earbuds for Running In 2022

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I knew it was time to buy some running earphones so I wouldn’t get bored on long runs. I started training this year for an Ironman event that I will do in 2022. I didn’t like a big part of that, which was a shame. Running.

I wouldn’t say I liked the running part of triathlon training. At 6’3″ and 220 lbs, it’s hard on my body, especially over long distances. But over the past few years, I’ve really gotten into podcasts and audiobooks, so I now had something to keep my mind off of pounding the pavement for hours on end.

One problem was that I was always breaking my earphones because I ran for more than four hours every day. I really went through 4 sets in the first half of this year. It was time to stop using whatever was handy and find the best earphones for running. durable earbuds that fit well and sound good.

The list of the 9 best running earbuds for 2022

1. BEATS BY DRE POWERBEATS PRO

 1. BEATS BY DRE POWERBEATS PRO

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The Sony MDR-AS800AP, which has a terrible name (as usual), is one of my surprising favorites for running headphones this year. The wired version is better than the Bluetooth version because it has more cool features for the money.

You can wear the earphones with or without the ear catch loops, which makes them easier to use when you’re not working out. They can handle splashes and sweat (they have an IPX4 rating), which is great for keeping them in good shape during long runs.

They come with a one-button remote that can be used to pause and play the music and a microphone for taking phone calls. The ear tips are the famous hybrid tips from Sony, and they do a great job of holding the 800AP in place.

They have a lively, fun sound with a lot of warmth and a strong bass, which is great for getting your blood pumping when you’re having trouble.

2. BOSE SPORTS BUDS

 2. BOSE SPORTS BUDS

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A few years ago, we reviewed the Brainwavz S1 and said they were the best budget gym headphones. They were made very well, with a strong housing, a strong cable, and very thick strain reliefs. A lot of the things that made these earbuds one of the best for the gym also make them one of the best for running.

The sound is clear and punchy, and the low end is deep and hard-hitting, which is sure to get your blood pumping. The over-ear cable design is perfect for getting rid of annoying cable noise when you’re on the go.

These are one of the gym headphones we’ve used and tested the most, and they’re still going strong after almost 2 years. When you think that you can get them for less than $40, we think they are a great deal.

3. APPLE AIRPODS PRO

 3. APPLE AIRPODS PRO

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The Bose SoundSport earphones have to be one of the most comfortable on the list. Most of the time, we think of Bose headphones as expensive, but the SoundSport costs less than $150, which makes them a good deal.

The earphones can handle both sweat and bad weather, so they should be fine no matter what you sweat or what the weather does. When I was on vacation in Scotland and used them, it rained almost every day for two weeks straight, but they still sounded great.

With no wires to worry about, the custom stay-hear tips did a great job of keeping the headphones in place during sprints and agility drills (these loop behind the neck). They were easy to put in and take out of your ears.

The sound is very natural, and Bose went against the grain of running earphones by tuning the Soundsport to sound more like the music than the others on this list. The treble is pretty clear, and the bass is just a little bit stronger. This makes it a great fit for rock and pop music.

4. Earphones by JABRA called ELITE ACTIVE 75T

 4. Earphones by JABRA called ELITE ACTIVE 75T

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We just finished a full review of the Alpha & Delta D2M, and for the price, it’s hard to find fault with it. The D2M is an earphone made for runners. It costs less than $40, but it has most of the same features as earphones that cost more than 4 times as much.

The D2M is made of durable soft plastic and has strong cables and a remote and microphone that are easy to use. The strain reliefs were great, which is usually a weak point on sports earphones. The whole headphone was also sweat resistant.

The sound is average and about the same as other earphones that cost less than $50, but we like that it’s warm and the bass is boosted. It doesn’t sound as fast as some of the other headphones on this list, but for the price, it’s hard to beat.

5. SONY WF-1000XM4

 5. SONY WF-1000XM4

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The best earbuds on the market are the WF-1000XM4. Not only do they run well, but they also sound good, perform well, and look good. So it’s probably not a big surprise that they also work well as earbuds for running.

Why are they so good at it? Well, of course they can stand up to water and sweat. They have some of the best noise-cancelling technology in the world, but when you enter a busy area, you can use the app to switch to an ambient mode. When fully charged, the battery lasts for 8 hours at 70% volume, and it can be charged more than once from the case that comes with it. Also, 5 minutes of quick charge will give you an extra hour of playback time. Stunning.

This earphone does everything. It came out on top in our tests for the best true wireless earphones and the best noise-canceling earbuds. It’s a high-end IEM with a price tag to match, but the Sony WF-1000XM4 is the best all-around headphone for traveling, playing games, and working out.

6. PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT FIT 3100

 6. PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT FIT 3100

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On this year’s list of the best earbuds for running, the Plantronics Backbeat Fit is my second favorite. These truly wireless earphones are very good and easy to use. I love how secure they are because they have hooks that go over the tops of my ears. I liked this about the Beats model above, too, because it makes me feel so safe when I’m running fast.

They let in just enough outside noise that I felt safe running through crowds and cities. At the same time, they block out enough noise so that you can hear your music.

The backbeat is, of course, waterproof, as it should be. The only reason I didn’t pick them as my winners was because the battery life was only about 5 hours, which I thought was below average. Still, the 3100 batteries are so cheap and last so long that you can’t pass them up. If your runs and cycles don’t last 4 hours, you can still get away with charging them every other day.

7. SONY WFSP800N

 7. SONY WFSP800N

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We recommend the XM4 earbuds as a high-quality everyday model that runners can use. The WF-SP800N, on the other hand, is a model that is made for sports. Sony makes great headphones in general, and this one is no exception.

The WF-SP800N has a really secure fit system that lets you feel confident about going cable-free. They also have an IPX55 rating for sweat and dust, which means they can’t be fully submerged but are more than good enough for our needs. They also have a fun, bassy sound and noise-cancelling technology that works pretty well for earbuds at this price.

The battery life was very good, but you should know that it varies. When ANC was on, we got 8 hours of use between charges. When ANC was turned off, we got 12.5 hours. Lucky for me, they also have a feature I love called “fast charge.” With just 10 minutes of charging, you can listen to music for an hour at a moderate volume.

8. JAYBIRD VISTA REAL WIRELESS

 8. JAYBIRD VISTA REAL WIRELESS

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These Jaybird earphones are made for sports, and running was a big part of their design brief. This is the most advanced sports model the company makes, and it’s a heavy hitter with a lot of features the big boys don’t have.

It was one of the smallest truly wireless earphones we tested, but it still had a loud, powerful sound with deep, rumbling bass. Even so, the rest of our music sounded clean and clear, which was especially clear when podcast voices were playing.

The quality of the build was very good, and they are not only IPX7 waterproof and sweatproof, but also shockproof. If you drop the Vista, it shouldn’t be hard to pick them back up and move on.

The battery life was about average, but the rugged design of the shell and the really good ear hook system that kept the headphones in our ears won us over. One more thing to mention is that the signal strength was the same as the Sony XM4, and we didn’t have any dropouts even when our source device was a few meters away.

9. SHOKZ AEROPLEX

 9. SHOKZ AEROPLEX

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Bone conduction headphones are great for runners because they let you hear everything around you because they send sound through your bones instead of your ears. Because you can still hear cars and people around you, they are great for running or biking in cities.

Aftershokz is a leader in the space, and the new Aeropex is their most advanced model to date. It has a sound that is even more refined and bass that hits harder to give you more energy for your runs. The headphones are wireless thanks to Bluetooth 5.0 and can be used for 8 hours before they need to be charged again.

With an IPX67 rating, I also like that they are completely waterproof. During the test, they showed that they were very strong and fun to play with. At the end of the day, it would be hard to convince me that they weren’t brand new.

MY REQUIREMENTS FOR GOOD RUNNING EARPHONES

I know that my situation is a little different from most people’s because I live in a hot country (Cyprus) and run for long periods every day instead of a few 30–60 minute runs a few times a week. But that gives me the chance to review a lot more headphones and earphones. I have time to try out a lot of models, so I did just that.
So, since June, I’ve changed it up once a week and found the 10 best earphones. Then they kept reviewing those earbuds over and over again. All of these earbuds have been under a lot of stress for a long time. They have been snagged, pulled, and exposed to moisture (humidity and sweat), and they have all been used roughly.

I needed the following things in a pair of earphones and headphones for running:

  • Something that can handle sweat well, ideally with an IPX rating.
  • Earphones that are strong enough to handle being used over and over again.
  • Earphones that come with a remote or other way to change tracks.
  • Wireless headphones for running need to have a long battery life.
  • Comfortable fit and a tight seal, so they don’t move or fall out when you move.
  • Low microphonics, so they don’t make a lot of noise (cable noise)

RUNNING EARBUDS VS. RUNNING EARPHONES

I know that many people like to run with earbuds instead of in-ear headphones because they can hear what’s going on around them.

Even though I agree that it’s important to be aware of your surroundings when running in a built environment, I still prefer to be alone. I like to shut out the world so I can get my runs done.

If you run in a city with a lot of traffic, running earbuds may be the best option, and we’ve included them in our list of suggestions.

The biggest problem for me when running with earbuds instead of earphones was comfort. They never really felt safe enough.

Some people will love earbuds, but I found that they got in the way and were less fun to use on long runs.

WHY NOT USE HEADPHONES FOR RUNNING?

Now, come on. I’m only going to include this section because I know someone will ask about it in the comments. To put it simply, running with headphones is stupid, inconvenient, and awkward. I don’t know how people at my gym can run on the treadmill while wearing full-size Beats headphones. Even smaller models specifically designed for running seem like a terrible idea. Nope, runners who are serious about running wear earphones.

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