Looking for the best running headphones or gym headphones? We’ve put the top sports-centric headphones to the test.
Whether you’re a seasoned runner breaking marathon records or a nervous beginner pulling on your first ever running shoes, your favourite music can provide the extra motivation you need to push through the pain barrier.
Related: Best wireless headphones
Everyone has their favourite song that can get them motivated, so music can be the perfect companion whether you’re running long distance or working on your sprint speed.
Even if you feel more at home in the weights room than the running track, a pair of secure, sweat-proof headphones can help keep your energy levels up as you’re knocking out explosive power cleans.
Related: Best headphones
But you shouldn’t have to struggle with earbuds that fall out of your ears or big cumbersome cans slipping off your head. You won’t even notice you’re wearing a good pair of exercise headphones, allowing you to concentrate on your workout while your favourite tunes get your heart racing.
Nowadays, more and more ‘truly wireless’ headphones are available, meaning there’s not even a cable connecting the two buds together, making for an even more liberating running experience.
We’ve looked at a whole range of headphones designed for running and exercise, whether that’s pounding the pavement or hitting the gym, and also made sure they can deal with the sweat, rain and everything else you might throw at them.
Related: Best heart rate monitor
Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports
1 of 8
- Slim, lightweight design
- Rich audio
- Flexible, durable neckband
- Review price: £60
When the Sennheiser Adidas PMX 680 headphones were first released they were the best running headphones by some distance. The Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports improve on those neckband-style headphones making them slimmer and enhancing the sound performance. They are extremely light to wear but don’t lose any of its durability. They don’t come with soft cushioning ear buds, but they still manage to sit comfortably in the ear.
Out on a run they are barely noticeable when on and stay secure thanks to the well-designed flexible neckband. It matches the original in the sound department delivering 120dBs of audio, but the sound is richer. It struggles with bass and music can sound a little distorted at higher volumes. If you don’t like the invasive nature of in-ear buds, the Sennheiser PMX 685i are a great buy.