Best Earphones For Running
Good music can highly encourage and boost your running activity. An important part of the good music experience is a good pair of earphones. A running session can become annoying if the earphones do not fit the ears or keep falling off and slipping due to sweat. There is also the consideration of blocking out sound to some level or completely to increase focus. In order to choose the best earphones for running, you would have to test different earphones yourselves, as it would be an individualized decision depending upon likes and dislikes.
Criteria for Evaluation of Earphones
Sound Quality: This is a key criterion in choosing a pair of earphones be it for running or for general use.
Sound Isolation: While running on the road or in the gym, too much of external noise of cars or equipment can make the music sound feeble. The amount of sound blocking needed depends on the individual. If you are in a gym you may want earphones that create a vacuum and block out all the external sounds. If you are running on the road then you may not want a complete blockage of external sound, as you would need to be aware of the approaching cars and general traffic.
Fit and Comfort: While running the body undergoes a lot of movements, which may cause the earphone to plug off from the ear and fall off. Therefore, it is important to choose a pair of earphones that provide a comfortable fit. The earphones should fix themselves in the ears tight enough to be not pulled out by light jerks. At the same time they should not be too tight as extra pressure on the ear while running can cause uneasiness. There are different makes such as earphones that fit like earplugs and the ones that coil around the ear and the speakers remain at the surface of the ear.
Length of cord: Cord length should be comfortable enough. If the cord is too short, the earphones may not be able to stay put and if it is too long then it may interfere with the leg and body movements. There are earphones with clips that enable you to collect the extra length of the cord and pin it up with your clothes.
Attending phone calls: The earphones should have a microphone, which would let you quickly answer an important phone call even while you are running.
Durability: Since running can lead to jerks, the earphone should not break. A lot of times the wire close to the earphones breaks because of not handling the earphones well.
Some Good Earphones for Running
Here is a list of some recommended earphones based on trials by others. Bose SIE2i, Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones, Klipsch Image X7i, Sennheiser CX 680 Sports,Phiaton PS 20 BT, Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats and Monster iSport Immersion In-Ear Headphones are some of the pricey earphones that come in the range of $80 to $200. There are few cheap models like Apple EarPods and RHA MA150. However, it is advised to make a one-time investment in one of the expensive earphones as they live up to the price in terms of good quality and above all they provide warrantee.
Kcmouli is a freelancer blogger who exercises frequently – here are some of his tips on how to select best earphones for running and other related exercise accessories. For more tips do check out other posts and feel free to post suggestions or share this on web 2.0.
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