An Overview Of Running Headphones

October 5, 2009 · Posted in Articles · Comments Off 

Whether you’ve heard of running headphones or whether the idea is completely new to you, there is always something new to learn. If you are considering buying a pair, an overview of their purpose and the options available is a good place to start.

The purpose of running headphones is to give runners (and those who practice other exercises, activities, and sports) great sound with comfortable, secure, headphones. Standard headphones may rub against the head, ear, or neck when worn during a particularly active activity. They often fall out of the ear (earbuds) or off the head when the person wearing them jostles or changes direction. And some do not handle sweat well. Running headphones address all of these issues.

Like standard headphones, running headphones come in a few different styles and configurations. Traditional, top of the head headphone bands are becoming less and less popular, with people opting for back of the head and even neckband headphones. Earbuds are very popular, but may fall out in particularly active sports. Many athletes opt for ear clip headphones instead, as they are free of a band but secure solidly to the back of the ear. However, even standard layouts are made more sport-friendly, we extra secure design, construction, and material so that the running headphones stay solidly on the head no matter how active you are (within reason, of course; this does not apply to, say, wrestling).

Sweat resistance is important, especially to runners. Good running headphones will not have ink or coloration that fades or runs due to moisture. They also should be designed with materials that do not soak up moisture and smell (especially the earphone pads).

Finally, noise cancellation and noise reduction are options available in running headphones, just as with other types of headphones. While popular and an advantage for standard headphones, this is something runners should think about. More advanced isn’t always better. If you run outside near traffic, cyclers, and other hazards, it may be better to have an ear on what’s happening around you. It will keep you and those around you safer.