Running Earbuds vs. Running Earphones
I know many people prefer running earbuds to running earphones (in-ear) due to hearing what is happening around them. While I agree that spatial awareness is important if running in a built environment, I still prefer to be isolated from distractions. I like to block out the world and be able to get on with my runs.
If you run in an urban environment with a lot of traffic, running earbuds might be the best choice, and we include those in the recommendations below. For me, comfort was the biggest problem when using earbuds vs. earphones when running. They just never felt secure enough.
For some people, earbuds will be perfect, but I found them more hindered and less enjoyable to use over long runs.
Why Not use headphones for running?
Come on now. I will only include this section because I know it will get asked in the comments section. Simply put, running with headphones is stupid, impracticable, and cumbersome.
I have no idea how those folks at my gym get on the treadmill and run with a full-size set of Beats headphones. Even smaller models specifically designed for running seem like a terrible idea. Nope, serious runners use earphones for running.
If you do insist thought, here are my top 3 headphones that do work well for running:
We do not order our lists as this would make to list of the best running earbuds overly subjective to my own needs. Read below to see why each earphone made the top 10 and make your own needs based on budget and requirements.
Of course, if you want any further questions answered, please drop me a comment in the section below this article.
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