If you work on your fitness, you’ll already know how much music can motivate performance. Headphones and earbuds are perfect solutions for delivering the beats you need when you’re in the zone.
However, ear gear designed for exercising differs from what you might traditionally use in the home or on the road, with durability, battery life and water resistance key considerations. With the warm weather upon us and the great outdoors beckoning, getting active for summer with a pair of sports headphones or earbuds will put you on the starting line. This is what you need to know.
Jabra Elite Active 75T
Durable and stylish, the Elite Active 75Ts are at the top of the class for sports earbuds. A great fit, vibrant audio that can be tweaked through the Jabra Sound+ app, waterproof and ANC, these are the complete package.
Style: In-Ear Colour: Dark Grey, Navy, Mint Battery life: 5.5 hours: an additional 24 hours in the case Charging time: 2 hours ANC: Yes Bluetooth: Yes Rating: IP57 Touch Control: Yes True Wireless: Yes
Bose Sport Earbuds
Exceptionally comfortable, the Bose Sports will stay in your ear no matter how hard you push yourself, thanks to the extended tips. Quality drivers deliver a balanced soundstage that will impress.
Style: In-Ear Colour: Baltic Blue, Triple Black, Glacier White Battery life: 5 hours: an additional 10 hours in the case Charging time: 2 hours ANC: No Bluetooth: Yes Rating: IPX4 Touch Control: Yes True Wireless: Yes
JBL Under Armour Train Sport Headphones Rock Edition
Tough wireless headphones with a great fit and sound, these are just as good in the gym as they are walking the spoodle. The fabric on the earcups is quick drying for those intense workouts.
Style: On-Ear Colour: Black Battery life: 16 hours Charging time: 2 hours (5 min quick charge = 1 hour) ANC: No Bluetooth: Yes Rating: IPX4 Touch Control: Yes True Wireless: Yes
It doesn’t matter whether it’s rain or workout perspiration, the earbuds you choose will need to be splashproof at the very least. Every pair of headphones and earbuds will come with either an IPX or an IP rating. IPX relates to the level of water protection and IP to dust. The higher the number, the better the protection, and ratings for consumer technology are generally measured from 0 to 8. If a product is both dust and water resistant, it will be written as IP. So, something with a dust rating of 6 and a water rating of 7 is displayed as IP67. For earbuds or headphones designed for active use, the lowest rating you should accept is IPX4. Everything above that is a bonus.
JLab Epic Air Sport ANC True Wireless
At a price that won’t have the bank manager knocking on the door, the rugged Epic Airs are comfortable, have an extremely long battery life, and perform very well on the audio front.
Style: In-Ear Colour: Black Battery life: 15 hours: an additional 55 in the case Charging time: 3 hours ANC: Yes Bluetooth: Yes Rating: IP66 Touch Control: Yes True Wireless: Yes
Audio Technica SPORT7TW
A heavy-duty build with a flawless fit, the SPORT7TW might’ve been out for a few years now, but the 5.8mm drivers deliver a soundstage that’s still impressive when compared to many of its competitors.
Style: In-Ear Colour: Black, Grey Battery life: 3.5 hours: an additional 14 in the case Charging time: 2 hours (10 min quick charge = 45 mins) ANC: No Bluetooth: Yes Rating: IPX5 Touch Control: Yes True Wireless: Yes
Typically, on-ear headphones will hold a longer charge due to the larger-sized battery. However, while earbuds hold a shorter charge, the storage case that protects them can hold over four times that amount, acting as a portable battery charger. All you need to do is drop the buds into place, close the lid, and bingo!