I never thought the day would come when I would want some headphones in operation. Not because it’s a little frivolous to buy headphones just for running, but because I swore to run as a regular form of exercise a few years ago.
When I can try on the best fitness watches or the best smart watches, I prefer to ride an exercise bike, introduce myself to a pilates studio, or take a long walk to analyze activity tracking methods. Running reminds me of my past sporting career and the memory pains of sprinting the playing field as punishment or recording miles on the treadmill to keep you fit during the low softball season.
But recently I found myself interested in running again. I’m not trying to learn to train for a half marathon or anything, I just want to diversify my cardiovascular training regimen. Also, I live in a city where running is a popular social activity, which is often rewarded with ice milk or green juices afterwards.
Realizing that I needed to train alone before enjoying expensive drinks with my friends, I headed to a track last weekend. I prepared properly, with supportive slippers, charging electrolytes and stretching before.
So, it’s a shame that the experience has been ruined by something as trivial as headphones (and a pretty expensive pair).
AirPods Pro doesn’t cut it on the track
When I take quiet walks, I usually opt for the AirPods Max with an active sound quality that eliminates noise and eliminates noise. But since they’re not sweat-proof, I rely on Apple’s classic EarPods (from when they still came with new iPhones) for bustling daily commutes or hiking trails.
However, buds with wires and prone to tangle are a pain to run. And while I ended up with wireless headphones last year, I’ve kept up with the AirPods Pro for business meetings, train trips, and just about any time I want to listen to music and not move.
So I’m not sure what I was thinking when I brought AirPods Pro for my first test. I guess I had read about an AirPods Pro workout test where Apple’s premium headphones were kept safe during high-impact workouts. But even knowing my proper fit thanks to the ear tip setup process, I still spent half the time on the track retrieving fallen buds (which bounced quite chaotically, depending on how fast I ran) .
Trying AirPods Pro alternatives for running
Despite my rocky start, with no soundtracks, I am now determined to find the best headphones that can’t kick out of my ears every other step I take. Over the next few weeks I will try alternatives, both to find the right pair and to motivate myself to keep up with the pace of training.
These are the running headphones I will be testing and why they have made this list.
AfterShokz Aeropex: $ 159.99 at Best Buy
Maybe my ears are the problem. AfterShokz Aeropex is a pair of affordable bone-conducting headphones that attach securely around the ears but don’t fit into them. They’re not the most attractive headphones I’ve seen, but they have an active battery life of 8 hours and can withstand currents in the rain with IP67 water resistance. See offer
Powerbeats Pro: Amazon for $ 179
I used Powerbeats Pro before and I wasn’t impressed with the convenience, but I’m willing to try it again. Not to mention, I think they look great. They also have a nine-hour battery life and water resistance and feature the Apple H1 Headset chip for easy pairing.
Will I find my perfect headphones? Stay tuned for hands-on testing with all of the above models. I know I can’t be the only one who needs the right equipment to make the most of my workouts.