HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: The 10 Best Running Headphones Available Today

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Sennheiser OMX 680i Sports

The Beat: If you've never tired out a pair of Sennheiser headphones, your ears have been missing out. The brand's collaborative performance-friendly headphone line with adidas provides athletes with a reliable music option in the gym or on the trail—or pretty much any other physical activity. The OMX 680i, in particular, features fully adjustable ear clips that contour the ears, providing a secure, custom fit. The headphones are moisture resistant and come with a built-in mic that's compatible with Apple products. The ultra-durable Kevlar reinforced cables are a plus too.



Yurbuds Driven

The Beat: Over-the-head headphones don't quite have the same swagger as they once did. However, Yurbuds is no stranger to the athletic headphone game, and we have complete faith in their judgement. The brand's Driven model combines the classic, yet contemporary, design of the over-the-head style with the functionality of in-ear buds that are guaranteed never to fall out. Sweat/water resistance, along with a lifetime warranty, make these a must-try this holiday season.



Bose SIE2i

The Beat: With the SIE2i, Bose has taken their exceptional quality speaker sound and put it into an exercise-friendly in-ear headphone set designed to keep pace with your intense training. The weather-resistant earbuds have adjustable StayHere tips that securely and comfortably wedge inside the ear. This upgraded version comes with an inline mic and remote for music and phone calls on your iPhone/iPod. Bose is even throwing in a Reebok fitness armband.



Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones

The Beat: If you're really feeling good about yourself this holiday season, why don't you go ahead and splurge a little with these premium in-ear headphones from Bowers & Wilkins. The C5s aren't your average earbuds, therefore we think the price tag is somewhat justifiable. These noise-isolating headphones bring you amazingly natural acoustics and fit so comfortably and securely you’ll hardly be aware you’re wearing them. Still not convinced? The Micro Porous Filter, which consists of hundreds of microscopic steel balls acting as a sonic diffuser and opening up the sound, might win you over.



Platronics Backbeat 903

The Beat: The Platronics Backbeat 903+ headphones are great for running, both on a treadmill and on the outdoor trail. These noise-canceling headphones can link up to any Bluetooth-enabled smart phone or music device for wire-free access to your favorite audio playlists. The headphones feature easy-touch buttons on the sides, and even give out voice alerts so you know the status of your battery juice, track info, and much more. The flexible design lets you throw these in your gym back without any worries.



Yurbuds Focus LImited Edition

The Beat: The Yubuds Focus headphones come in a more budget-conscious option as well, but if you want to step your game up this winter, we recommend upgrading to the Limited Edition version. Sweat-resistance and a built-in microphone are just the basic features of the Focus Limited Edition headphones. With TwistLock Technology, they are designed to lock securely in place so athletes can focus on their training rather than when their earbuds will slip out. If tangled wires drive you nuts, get ease of mind with the tangle-free woven cloth cord on the Focus.



JayBird Sportsband Bluetooth

The Beat: We simply can't get enough of the JayBird Sportsband, so we decided to feature it again. The Bluetooth-friendly Sportsband features premium wireless music & calls, with warm bass, tuned to “eliminate listener fatigue” during long workouts. The slick, tangle-free design of the Sportsband makes it great for everyday use. In case you’re wondering, yes, it is sweat-proof.



Polk Audio UltraFit 2000

The Beat: For runners who aren’t too keen on in-ear headphones, the UltraFit 2000s from Polk Audio are a reliable alternative. The headphones feature moisture shield technology so you can sweat it out all you want. The SecureFit on-ear design keeps the headphones snug and comfortable during workouts. The convenient on-ear controls give runners the power to browse through their tunes without breaking their stride.



Phiaton PS 20 BT

The Beat: At first glance, the Phiton PS 20 BT headphones may look slightly intimidating to runners. But make no mistake about it—these bluetooth in-ear headphones feature the perfect mix of style and functionality that can be trusted on the trail. The hand-remote allows you to access your music or phone while at the no-slip design of the headphones keeps them connected to your ears.



Sennheiser MX 685 SPORTS

The Beat: Move up the fitness ladder and push yourself harder with the MX 685 SPORTS earphones from Sennheiser. Their unique patent pending Slide-to-Fit holding mechanism ensures a custom fit that is not only comfortable but also remarkably secure, so that you can place your entire attention and focus on the fitness regime that matters most to you. The headphones can be connected to virtually any mobile device, including the adidas miCoach. Durability and ruggedness are present in the form of a sweat/water resistant finish.


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