Over the years I've tested a lot of sports headphones and wireless headphones, and some work better for running than others. So what makes for decent headphones for running? Well, for starters, the best running headphones should be wireless -- and ideally true wireless earbuds -- because who needs a wire getting in the way, right? Secondly, and more importantly, they should give you a secure and comfortable fit. Decent sound quality is also a requirement, as are battery life, durability, noise cancellation and reliable performance (with minimal dropouts). And lastly, they need to be sweat resistant, for obvious reasons. That's why the otherwise awesome Sony Sony WF-1000XM3 isn't on this list of the best running headphones.best sports neckband headphones
With those criteria in mind, I've come up with a selection of wireless headphones I've tested that I think are well-suited for running. I'll update these picks of the best running headphones as I review more of them. Jaybird got off to a bumpy start in the world of true wireless -- that's "AirPods-style headphones" -- when it released its Jaybird Run workout headphones back in October 2017. That model, updated to the wireless in-ear Jaybird Run XT earlier this year, was well designed but had some small performance issues that held the wireless earbuds back from being great. But its wireless successor, the Jaybird Vista (cue the Windows Vista jokes), includes design, battery life and performance improvements that make it the product I'd hoped the Jaybird Run would be.
At $180 (£160, AU$280), the Jaybird Vista is a little more expensive than it should be, but it's one of the better true wireless headphones to hit the market in 2019. The Jaybird Vista will appeal to those looking for a more discreet set of totally wireless sports headphones that offer full waterproofing.
AfterShokz bone-conduction wireless headphones deliver sound to your ear through your cheekbones. The big benefit of this technology is that, thanks to its open design, you can hear what's going on around you while listening to music or having a phone conversation through the wireless headphones. That openness allows runners to hear traffic sound, an important safety feature. Also, some race coordinators don't allow runners to wear anything in their ear, which is where over-ear headphones like this come in handy, particularly for people who need to listen to music while they run.