best running headphones

The best running headphones we guarantee won’t fall out

Need a beat to move your feet? Then listen up - here are the best headphones for running

Whether you’re a fan of hardcore trance or classic rock, music has been scientifically proven to improve your pace when you pull on your trainers and go for a run. Effectively a way of keeping your feet in time the beat, you’ll feel a performance enhancing effect if you run to songs with an even tempo and lively rhythm.

But, with increased speed comes the risk of losing your headphones. Normal wireless earbuds, as far as you push them into your ears, are prone to dropping out on uneven terrain. Investing in a decent pair designed specifically for the job will infinitely improve your running experience. As such, we’ve rounded up best runnings headphones on the market. Some are sweat proof, others wireless – but all are guaranteed to stay in your ears and keep you racing along at record speed.

Best for a test of endurance: Beats by Dr Dre Powerbeats Pro

Beats by Dr Dre Powerbeats Pro

The totally wireless Powerbeats Pro earphones are built to revolutionise your workouts. With no wires to hold you back, these adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks are customisable for extended comfort and stability. A reinforced design for sweat and water resistance lets you max out your exercise, and each earbud has full volume and track controls — along with up to nine hours of listening time to give a powerful soundtrack to your training.

Beats by Dr Dre Powerbeats Pro

Powerbeats Pro — Beats by Dr Dre

£219

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Best for sound and call quality: Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds

Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds

An early adopter of Bluetooth technology, Jabra has plenty of expertise in wireless sound quality and its Elite Sport earbuds guarantee top notch sound and call quality. The bass-enriched speakers have four advanced microphones for superior call technology that filters out background noise, and make sure only your voice is heard in any environment.

Customisable fitting options enable all-day use and improve the quality of your sound experience while ensuring that, no matter how vigorous your workout, your earbuds will stay put. The Jabra Elite Sport earbuds also boast a 4.5 hours battery life plus two full in-case charges – plenty for even your longest runs.

Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds

Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds

£159.99

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Best for premium comfort: Jaybird Vista True Wireless

Jaybird Vista True Wireless

Jaybird might not yet be a household name when it comes to headphones – but it should be. With the Vista, Jaybird has made a huge leap forward in the world of wireless earbuds. They’re comfortable, sound great and can withstand the abuse of most workouts. They’re more than just good exercise headphones, they’re some of the best wireless earbuds around.

Designed from the ground up with runners and gym goers in mind, while they don’t have the luxurious feel of some sets, they tick all the right boxes when it comes to fit and functionality.

Best for true audiophiles: RHA TrueConnect 2

RHS TrueConnect

The TrueConnect 2 earbuds are ultraportable true wireless earbuds designed with audiophiles in mind. Their sonic qualities set them apart from rival brands, but it’s not only their audio fidelity that makes them stand out.

They’re extremely well designed: from the charging case to their snug fit, RHA’s TrueConnect 2 earbuds tick a lot of aesthetic boxes. Combining stylish, subtle design, excellent call and streaming quality, IP55 sweat and weather resistance, and intuitive device and call control in the earpieces — these truly are the perfect training companions.

For a smart assistant: Bose SoundSport Free

Bose Soundspeed Free

Whether you’re getting in shape for a marathon or circuit training at the gym, the Bose SoundSport Free wireless headphones are sweat and weather resistant, keeping you focused on hitting your goals. Put to your best motivational playlists even in demotivating weather and the rain will simply roll off while your music continues uninterrupted.

Accessing Siri or Google Assistant on your smartphone hands-free is just as easy. Simply hold the main button and ask your Smart Assistant anything from “remind me to cool down after my workout at 6.30”, to “what will the weather be like tomorrow?”

Bose Soundspeed Free

Bose SoundSport Free

£179.95

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