If they fit your ears securely, Apple’s AirPods are actually great workout headphones because the earbuds are so light and also have an open design, which allows you to hear the sound of traffic noise.
But the combination of incorporating all the features that make Apple’s AirPods great while delivering richer sound quality and better battery life in a wireless workout earbuds design that won’t fall out of your ear (seriously, ear hooks for the win! ) ultimately is a winning proposition for earbuds for running.
This pair of around-the-neck headphones does have some design and performance upgrades, but the sound from the AfterShokz Trekz Air is still good for a bone-conduction headphone (again, beware that the sound doesn’t measure up to that of a traditional headphone). Read our AfterShokz Trekz Air review.
Bose’s Frames audio sunglasses are surprisingly good wireless running headphones, with decent sound quality from their embedded micro speakers.
Even if they don’t sound quite as magical as you’d hope a $249 model would, the AirPods Pro still manage to be a great pair of truly wireless headphones for running.
However, while AfterShokz continues to make small improvements to performance with each new iteration of its wireless headphones, the sound quality still can’t match that of a traditional headphone.
Bose’s totally wireless earphones, the SoundSport Free (the true wireless earbuds version of the SoundSport Pulse), are comfortable to wear and deliver excellent sound for true wireless.
To share my hard-earned knowledge of headphones with great sound, I’ve put together a selection of wireless gym headphones I’ve tested that I think are well-suited to become your go-to exercise headphones.
That model, updated to the wireless in-ear Jaybird Run XT in early 2019, was well-designed but had some small sound performance issues that held the wireless earbuds back from being great.
These SoundSport wireless headphones have a few small downsides (both the wireless earbuds and carrying case are a bit big), but they have a secure fit, work reliably, and are water-resistant.
While I can’t run with the standard AirPods (those in-ear headphones don’t fit my ears securely), I had no trouble running with the AirPods Pro, which have a noise-isolating design with a silicone tip that sits snugly in your ear.
Note that Bose will be bringing out its next-generation true wireless headphones — the Earbuds 500 — in early 2020.
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.
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