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Best Headphones for Running 2017


Monster iSport Victory

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Reviewed by Richard Easton

23 February 2017

Monster iSport Victory

Key features:

  • Waterproof design
  • Great noise isolation
  • Rich, bassy sound quality
Everything in the robust, durable design is geared to make these ideal for running. The tangle-free cord, secure SportClip earbuds, and waterproof build make them versatile, and it's easy to wash the sweat off them afterwards. They tick the sound performance box as well. The noise isolation works great to drown out exterior noise in the gym and outdoors.

The sound is bassy, but unlike some of the running headphones we’ve tested the detail and clarity really impresses. There’s a ControlTalk in-line mic with iOS control support that delivers decent sound quality for hands-free calls. Yes they are a lot of money, but with the improvements made on the previous Monster iSport headphones, these are some of the best running headphones to buy.

Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £59 | Amazon.com from $54.99

At time of review the Monster iSport Victory was available for £129.95.

Our Score:


Walter Avalos

October 29, 2013, 2:38 pm

Unfortunately the Pioneer SE-E721 are hard to find in America and adds $25+ for shipping from Europe....I've been spending so much money on all types of running headphones that don't work, I'll brake the bank for these, they sound great.


December 21, 2013, 10:32 am

The picture for the Monster cable headphones is for the intensity headphones not the victory ones?

mark tracten

January 17, 2014, 12:52 am

this is supposed to be a review of the best headphones... surprised there arent the sony mp3 headphones, jvc's and so on... how the beats ones got on here are beyond me as everyone knows they are crap!

Frank Peters

May 16, 2014, 9:01 pm

For me, there is only one king for sport headphones. FX-Sport VR1 wireless smart headphones. Genuinely great audio, comfortable, secure, sweatproof, rainproof, no wires, no phone on my arm [8gb mp3 built in], I can upload training sessions directly to the headphones, swim with them [with accessory - and it works!]. I just don't know why more people don't use them. www.fx-sport.net


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Carl Henrik Janson

September 27, 2014, 9:39 pm

I am and Audio professional and an amateur runner. By far the best earphone I have ever used during exercise is the Sony W273, now soon to be replaced with the W610. Why this is the best? Because it most definitely will never ever fall out of your year, they are simply STUCK in proper position. Secondly, because audio quality is more than good enough for a work out. Thirdly, there are no wires. And they are waterproof. Very well done, Sony. My reference is the Sennheizer Momentum over.ear. See here: http://www.sony.co.uk/elect...


December 30, 2014, 6:53 am

Any recommendations for the gym ( the music there coming out the speakers is beyond loud)
Here is the thing I often don't listen to music but watch a film instead and the sound level is always seems low, music I have the volume set about halfway but films even at the loudest settings are difficult to hear, thanks

Carlos Menendez

January 22, 2015, 7:43 am

So the Monsters are the most expensive, or is it the Jabras? I'm confused. Just saying. Contradictory information makes for a less trusted review.


January 29, 2015, 9:47 pm

For shorter distance runners or runners who don't sweat much these are good recommendations. However for serious distance runners or triathletes the reviews for lightweight vertical headband headphones (sony mdr-w08 or sonxtronic xdr-8000 or xdr-8001 ) which don't fill up with sweat and don't fall out seem to be as good ( or better )


February 20, 2015, 5:19 am

I have been using the Yurbuds for the last 4 months and I don't recommend them. They are difficult to get seated properly and will come out if you sweat more than a little. Additionally, the black plastic caps the fit in the ear come off easily and have frequently gotten lost. I will not buy these again.

News Reporter

April 24, 2015, 2:46 pm

I have read over 15 different professional reviews on all the major brands and read reviews on Amazon. I find this TrustedReviews website FULL OF CONTRADICTIONS compared to everything I've read elsewhere and within their own reviews. I really do not trust their statements after going through bluetooth headphone reviews. They are missing other manufacturers!!!


April 29, 2015, 1:13 pm

I agree but I will take it a step further...Yurbuds are copmletly awful. Very, very uncomfortable and the sound is terrible. Nothging good about these. At all.

Mollie James

July 9, 2015, 7:53 pm

I always had troubles fitting headphones and usually they fell off. Truth is I dont' have that problem anymore with Yurbuds, but yes, sound quality can be improved. A lot.

Erlend Thune

July 24, 2015, 3:54 pm

What happened with soft cushioning ear buds? I have Sony MDR-G57, which I came over by luck on ebay. They are however not produced anymore. In this review: http://www.acemyrace.com/he... they are rated #2. But all the first three models have cushioning ear buds and have additional support behind the ear to avoid them falling down. But neither of these are produces anymore and impossible to find anywhere now! WHY!!!???

cooper simith

August 27, 2015, 9:43 am

I saw this Yurbuds has been titled as "best running headphones for secure fit" and I would not agree with that. As far as I know, there are many great sport headphones out there. The Jaybird BlueBuds X, Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless and Axgio sprint would be much better in secure fit and overall.

iT7 Audio

October 13, 2015, 12:10 pm

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Ira Tateu ☻♥☺

October 19, 2015, 3:14 pm

While none of these reviews can be trusted(anywhere) here is mine. I have owned every type of headphone and destroyed them all. Skullcandy= crap. May as well buy a $10 pair off the bargain bin. They will break and you are only paying for marketing. Shure does sound great but when they break you cry. Beats are a waste of time because they whistle in your ear when the wind hits them. Nothing but marketing and not worth their price. Klipsch seems to be a good compromise but their cords are small and need to be reinforced. If you are going to exercise using head phone the mfgs are setting these up to break. Look at BT to avoid cords or just buy them cheap so you can toss them as they break.

Michael Dinsmore

December 29, 2015, 2:08 am

I concur. My last run with my yurbuds, I spent almost the whole time putting them back in my ears after they fell out. Total junk and garbage. Wish I didn't buy them.

Laurence Beattie

January 12, 2016, 8:40 am

Absolutely correct. In Malaysia (tropical climate), I have gone thru numerous headsets, including many supposedly sweat-proof, including Philips Sport, Adidias/Sennheiser, etc. The best, BY FAR, have been Philips EXTERNAL headphones (the cheap ones with the foam cover over the speakers, and which are no longer available), because they keep the sweat out of the speaker. In the past I also bought as cheap as possible to prevent heartache when they failed.
However, I'm currently trying the jabra sport corded. The sound as well as fit is good, and the rubberized feel gives me some confidence, but we'll see how long the speakers last.

Frank Peters

November 25, 2016, 2:33 am

Just crazy not to include the FX-Sport VRX.
Why people want to train with a brick of a phone strapped to their arm, I will never know.
Once you train with the music actually on the headphones, the freedom from your phone is so noticeable. The VRX now has hundreds of workouts preloaded on there as well.


December 13, 2016, 5:06 pm

The review is for In ear phones!!!!

Frank Peters

February 12, 2017, 10:53 pm

The review title says "Best Running Headphones"?
I think there is actually a good argument against "in ear" as the fit is more likely to change once you sweat and in order to get good bass, you have to have them half way down your ear canal, so more likely to noise isolate and not as safe for running.

Freya Osborne

March 20, 2017, 9:39 am

I have used Yurbuds Inspire Limited Edition already. But, I think it's not perfect like it's name or brand.

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