Calling all MacRunners! Please help a very indecisive distance runner with a very expensive decision. I’ve been through many pairs of headphones since I started running, and I’ve recently realized that the “middle of the road” pairs are no longer cost effective. So many have been ruined due to rainstorms, excessive wind, weird run-ins with race tech, etc. etc., that I’m totally done buying replacements in the $50-100 range. I’ve been using cheap headphones for the last few months, but as we head into summer and eventually the fall marathon training season, I’m ready to take the plunge and try a cushy (read: expensive) wireless pair.
I’m looking for a set that’s under $200, comfortable, and that will stay in my (relatively small) ears, with a good but not noise-canceling sound quality—gotta stay safe on those dark NYC runs. And now, the contenders:
|Bose SoundSport Wireless||$149||In-ear, with cord||6 hours||Good||Yes|
|Bose SoundSport Pulse Wireless||$199||In-ear, with cord||5 hours||Excellent||Yes||Built-in heart rate sensor|
|Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless||$199||In-ear, cordless||5 hours (10 w. charging case)||Excellent||Yes||“Find My Buds” tracking feature|
|Apple Airpods||$185||In-ear, cordless||5 hours (24 w. charging case)||Good||Yes||Access to Siri|
|JBL Free Truly Wireless||$149||In-ear, cordless||4 hours (20 w. charging case)||Good||Yes|
|Jaybird RUN In-Ear Wireless||$179||In-ear, with cord||12 hours||Excellent||Yes||Customized sound; tracking feature|
|Under Armour Wireless||$98||In-ear, with cord||5 hours||Good||Yes|
|Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate||$120||In-ear, with cord||8 hours||Good||Yes|
|66 Audio BTS Pro||$99||Over-the-ear||40 hours||Excellent||Yes||Music-control app|
Thoughts? Feelings? Click around for more info via the links above and help a fellow runner out! Cast your vote here.