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The 10 Best Wireless Headphones for Running and Working Out


November 5, 2019 Tech By Photo by Chandler Bondurant

This definitive guide to wireless headphones for running and working out covers everything you need to know before buying your next pair of sweatproof Bluetooth headphones, with picks for different budgets and activities.

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Looking for quick recommendations on the best wireless headphones for running and working out? Here are Gear Patrol‘s top three picks of 2019.

1. The Best True Wireless Workout Headphones: Jaybird Vista

The Jaybird Vistas are rugged wireless earbuds for serious athletes. They have an IPX7 rating, meaning they’re fully waterproof and sweatproof. Their lightweight design makes them feel like they’re not even in your ears, and the carrying case is slimmer than that of the competition. They are compatible with a companion app that allows you to change the EQ settings or borrow the EQ settings that have been used by some of Jaybird’s sponsored athletes.

2. The Best Workout Headphones for Running: Beats Powerbeats Pro

The Powerbeats Pro are similar to the AirPods Pro because they’re both made by Apple and have the same H1 chip that makes it easy to pair with an iPhone. Runners, in particular, will appreciate the large ear hooks that grip and hold the earbuds in place. The nine-hour battery life — with up to 20 extra hours from the carrying case — is unmatched, though said carrying case is huge, making these less than ideal for everyday wear. They’re also more expensive than the competition.

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3. The Best Workout Headphones Under $50: Anker Soundcore Spirit X

Anker’s Soundcore Spirit Xs are a great pair of no-frills neckbuds. They are extremely sweat- and water-resistant and have an ear hook design, similar to the Powerbeats3 Wireless, so they’ll fit most people’s ears. And for around $40, the sound quality is actually pretty good.

Why You Need Sports Headphones

Not all headphones work for running or exercising, even if they are wireless. If you have a pair that isn’t sweatproof, there’s a good chance they’ll die on you. And if they don’t fit your ears, well, they’re probably not going to stay in, either.

Sport headphones add a new dimension to your workout. They’re light, comfortable and designed to stay securely in your ears during high-intensity intervals. So if you often find yourself lifting weights, running on the roads or trails, or doing a total body workout, it’s time to swap out your basic buds for a pair that goes the extra mile.

The 10 Best Wireless Headphones for Running and Working Out

Apple AirPods Pro

These “pro-level” AirPods are the first wireless earbuds that Apple has ever made that are sweat-resistant, which is great news for runners, as well as noise-canceling, which is great everybody else. They have a silicone ear tip so they fit tighter than Apple’s regular AirPods. On the sort-of downside, they have the same battery life as regular AirPods (and even less life when noise-canceling is turned on).

Who Should Buy These: Anybody with an iPhone who wants wireless earbuds with a better fit and more features than regular AirPods
Charging Port: Lightning, wireless charging case
Battery Life: Up to 5 hours per earbud, 24 total hours with charging case

Beats Powerbeats Pro

The Powerbeats Pro are very similar to the above AirPods Pro because they’re both made by Apple (who owns Beats) and are integrated with Apple’s H1 chip, making them really easy to pair with any iPhone. The obvious difference is fit — each Powerbeats Pro has a large ear hook that grips and holds the earbud in place — but there other differences as well. The Powerbeats Pro have superior battery life and sound more bass-y. On the downside, the charging case is probably twice the size.

Who Should Buy These: Anybody with an iPhone who doesn’t want AirPods Pro and likes the sound of Beats headphones
Charging Port: Lightning
Battery Life: Up to 9 hours per earbud, 24 total hours with charging case

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Jaybird Vista

Released this past summer, the Jaybird Vista are rugged wireless earbuds for serious athletes. They have a IPX7 rating, meaning they’re fully waterproof and sweatproof, and their slim, lightweight design makes them feel like they’re not even in your ears. They also are compatible with a companion app which allows you to change the EQ settings or borrow the EQ settings that have been used by some of Jaybird’s sponsored athletes.

Who Should Buy These: Anybody who wants the best all-around wireless earbuds for working out and running. Works great with Android smartphones.
Charging Port: USB-C
Battery Life: Up to 6 hours per earbud, 20 extra hours with charging case

Master & Dynamic MW07 Go

Master & Dynamic released the original MW07 last year and we called them “the most beautiful wireless earbuds you can buy.” They’re made of acetate and stainless steel are just gorgeous. The 2019-released MW07 Go aren’t quite as “premium,” but they’re also a bit different. They’re made of an ultra-durable TR90 composite material, which makes them water- and sweat-resistant. They’re also 15-percent smaller and lighter than the original MW07, which will help them better stay in your ears while you’re working out.

Who Should Buy These: Anybody doesn’t want the mainstream wireless earbuds. Or maybe they have an Android smartphone.
Charging Port: USB-C
Battery Life: Up to 10 hours per earbud; 12 extra hours with charging case

Jabra Elite Active 65t

The Jabra Elite Active 65t have been one of our favorite wireless earbuds for almost two years. They’re essentially pricer, more rugged versions of the Jabra Elite 65t earbuds. They have a grippier exterior to help them stay in your ears better, too. As is true with the Jabra Elite 65t, these “active” models boast excellent sound and call quality.

Who Should Buy These: Anybody who wants great all-around wireless earbuds with a really snug fit (and doesn’t mind a micro-USB charging cable).
Charging Port: Micro-USB
Battery Life: Up to 5 hours per earbud, 10 extra hours with charging case

Bose SoundSport Wireless

One of the great things about Bose is that all of its in-ear headphones, whether wired or wireless, fit the same, so if you know they’ll fit in your ears before you even order them (so long as you’ve worn Bose’s earbuds with StayHear+ tips before). The SoundSport Wireless are solid wireless earbuds with Bose signature sound. They also are integrated with Tile’s software, making them easy to find if misplaced.

Who Should Buy These: Anybody who likes the Bose sound but doesn’t want to spend as much on the SoundSport Free ($200)
Charging Port: Micro-USB
Battery Life: Up to six hours

Jaybird Tarah Pro

Released in 2018, these are Jaybird’s highest-end neckbuds and, frankly, some of the best wireless earbuds you can buy. They are completely sweatproof and waterproof, and because they have tremendous battery life — up to 14 hours on a single charge — they’re really designed for ultra runners and endurance athletes. A neat and under-appreciated feature: the two earbuds magnetically stick together so you can wear the Tarah Pro around your neck, as a necklace, when you’re not listening to them.

Who Should Buy These: Anybody who wants the best sweatproof neckbuds with the best battery life
Charging Port: Pogo pin connector
Battery Life: Up to 14 hours

Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless

There are two different versions of the Powerbeats3 Wireless that you’ll find online. The first are models that were released in 2016 (they’ll likely be discounted) and then there are the newer models that have been integrated with Apple’s W1 chip. This chip gives the newer models the ability to fast pair with your iPhone, just like AirPods, but it also enables them to charge faster and get significantly better battery life. As far as design, fit and sound, the Powerbeats3 Wireless are essentially neckbud versions of the new, truly wireless Powerbeats Pro.

Who Should Buy These: Anybody with an iPhone that doesn’t want true wireless earbuds, or doesn’t like the fit or sound of AirPods
Charging Port: Micro-USB
Battery Life: Up to 12 hours of battery life

Anker Soundcore Spirit X

Anker’s Soundcore Spirit X are a great pair of no-frills neckbuds. They are extremely sweat- and water-resistant and have an ear hook design, similar to the Powerbeats3 Wireless, so they’ll fit most people’s ears. And for around $40, the sound quality is actually pretty good.

Who Should Buy These: Anybody who wants a solid pair of workout neckbuds and doesn’t want to break the bank
Charging Port: Micro-USB
Battery Life: Up to 12 hours

Sennheiser CX Sport

The Sennheiser CX Sport are dependable sport neckbuds that were released in 2018. The standout feature of the CX Sport is definitely its sound quality, which you’d expect from a pair of Sennheiser headphones. Additionally, they’re able to simultaneously connect to two different sources, such as a smartphone and a laptop; and they can fast charge: a 10-minute charge will get you roughly an hour of battery life.

Who Should Buy These: Anybody who like Sennheiser’s sound and wants a solid pair of wireless necks
Charging Port: Micro-USB
Battery Life: Up to 6 hours

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