Running Headphones Vs. Regular Headphones: What’s The Difference?

August 23, 2009 · Posted in Articles · Comments Off 

Maybe you’ve seen reviews of running headphones on your favorite running blog, or advertisements in a magazine you read at the gym. Having doubts whether running headphones actually are any different than regular headphones?

Certainly, some companies slap the “running” label on regular headphones to try to get in on the marketing frenzy. But there are quite a number of manufacturers that have really taken athletic headphones seriously. They’ve taken the time to listen to runners’ complaints and desires, and the result ahs been some pretty impressive, well performing running headphones.

Here are some of the things that set sport headphones for running apart from the regular kind you would listen to when riding the bus or going for a leisurely walk:

  • More durable. Headphones intended for exercise are meant to be jostled about. A good set of running headphones is made of a durable material, and is designed in such a way that it can resist more knocking about than regular headphones can. Of course, everything will break at a point, but on the whole, these are designed for active people.
  • More comfortable. No headphone set should be uncomfortable, but running headphones are specifically designed not to distract you from your workout. Many are lightweight and minimal, so as not to slow you down with weight or resistance.
  • Secure. This is an especially important point. People who run, jog, use cardio machines at the gym, or lift weights on weight machines move around: a lot. The biggest problem using regular headphones to work out is that they are constantly falling off (or out) of your ear. Running headphones can handle being jostled. They’re specifically designed for people who bounce up and down, twist, turn, and yes, even sweat. You don’t want headphones that fall off or slip off because your sweating either. Getting a good pair of running headphones means you don’t have to worry about this any more.
  • Minimal. Many are even cordless, which while always convenient, is especially so when you’re working out. The less wires, the less to tangle or get caught in, and the less distraction, so you can focus on your run, uninterrupted.