The best training companion is one that keeps pace with your hard-driving workout, motivates you and, ideally, helps you forget how out-of-shape you really are. We’re talking about music here, and good tunes require great-sounding headphones that can hang on through a serious sweat and survive routine punishment. Plenty of companies make rugged, water-resistant, sweatproof headphones that sound like crap, and even more make rich-sounding, high-fidelity models that don’t stand up to exercise. We sampled the sonic spectrum, putting dozens of headphones through their paces on long runs, bike rides and bodyweight exercises to find ten that sound great and keep pace.
1. Westone Adventure Series ADV Alpha
Released at CES 2014, Westone packs an unheard-of six drivers into its top-of-the-line in-ear headphone.The feature-rich Alphas are embedded with audiophile-grade technology, water resistant ear-buds polished with magnesium and have rugged packing. The sturdy and reflective cable not only improves night time visibility but also comes with three-button control for cycling through music and answering on-the-go phone calls.
2. Polk UltraFit 3000
Polk always keeps themselves close to the hearts of their fans and to strengthen the relationship, it comes up with sweat proof workout headphones with seven different ear tips. The key point to observe its atmospheric sealing technology that cut out the external noise completely. Its moldable over the ear hooks gives snug fit and stay intact whether you’re running or push-ups. Keeping price in mind, audio quality is astoundingly well with great mid range bump for high intensity workouts, though the high and low end ranges suffer some.
3. Pioneer DJE-1500
Pioneer is riding high with these honest-to-god DJ-quality in-ear monitors. tangle-free cloth cord and rotating speaker housings that allow for more secure, over-the-ear cable routing. With crisp and precise audio reproduction, these headphones are engineered for discerning DJs however these aren’t workout specific but the sound quality is far better than other workout headphones available in the market.
4. Sennheiser OCX 685i
Paired with adidas-quality sport strength, Sennheiser OCX 685i makes a commendable workout partner. These headphones have almost everything in its place except its cheap appearance. With great audio, they are also water proof, durable, and have adjustable rubber clips loops for secure fit. However, the sound is not at all impressive but one can get thumping bass during workout.
5. JayBird BlueBuds X
JayBird BlueBuds X tries overcome the bad rap that bluetooth headphones posses like die mid-workout, mass of internal batteries, connections dropouts, and yes! they successfully achieve it as well with its newly BlueBuds X. These are the smallest Bluetooth headphones with minuscule weight 4.5 ounces without compromising with sound quality, battery life and durability. Liquipel’s nanotech waterproofing technology guards these against sweat and rain and it supports up to eight hours by USB-chargeable.
6. Monster iSport Freedom
Monster come up with its latest iSport Freedom to fill the gap that personalized industry is facing especially for those love to do hard workout. The headphones have bombproof build constructed with tough plastic and rubber, can be flatten the headband without breaking them-stay in place even on hot, sweaty marathons.
7. Klipsch Reference R6i
Akin to Pioneer, Klipsch is focusing on its sports oriented headphones. Reference R6i is latest add-on to its collection, a lightweight in-earphone designed for low intensity workouts like cycling. Sound idealists may be overpowered by the exaggerated lows that occasionally overwhelm the higher frequencies, however bass lovers will get the spurring kick they need.
8. Bose SIE2i
Bose’s SIE2i has the best sound heard so far in an in-ear model however it doesn’t close you off from the environment. Crisp high notes are balanced by deep bass tones. A hydrophobic, durable build and included Reebok armband round out the workout-friendly features.
9. Skullcandy Fix
Simplicity is the key to Skullcandy Fix, no complicated over-ear hooks and in-ear odds that require extreme level of precision. Just slide them in and you are ready to go. As quoted by Skullcandy company, off-axis fit and stickygel buds provide 30 percent more stickyness than standard silicone earbuds when you sweat.
10. Jays a-Jays Five
Don’t go over the understated Scandinavian style, these made is Sweden headphones are class apart until you put them on. It comes in only two colors- solid black or solid white, actually color is all in the sound. The little bulky but sturdy tangle-free cord, features a three-button control/mic combo that’s among the best we have came across. Best buy in few bucks.
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