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How to choose running headphones?

Jul 21,2023 | David

At least once in our lives, our headphones will fall off on the bus or in the street. When you run, the situation is even worse! Listening to music or selected podcasts while jogging is usually essential for runners. At this time, it is very important to have a more stable earphone that can support your ears!

 How to choose the earphone that suits you best? We will give you some advice on finding the headphones of your dreams. And provide you with a small number of choices.

 Selection criteria for headphone running

There are many suggestions for finding the perfect headphones, and you can filter the ones that work for you based on your needs.

1: Whether it is soundproof

When you run, the noise around you can prevent you from listening to music. But it's also very important to listen to your surroundings (especially when you're outside). You can choose between headphones that block out outside sounds or headphones with an ambient listening mode option, or bone-conduction headphones with a transducer (it is recommended to prefer headphones that can hear outside sounds for more safety and convenience).

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 2: Sound quality

Consider the sound quality you want in your criteria. Active noise cancellation (ANC) can also greatly improve sound quality.

 3: Battery life

This is super important, especially for marathon runners. The battery life of Bluetooth headsets is generally between 5 and 7 hours. On the other hand, some of these headphones have a case that can charge the headphones at any time and get about 25h-30h of battery life.

 4: Waterproof

Sports headphones must be waterproof, shock-proof and, above all, sweat-proof. IP57 standard, can make your headphones perfect waterproof and sweat resistant. There are even headphones with a waterproof rating of 8 (such as the Wissonly Hi Runner sports bone conduction headphones) that can be worn to swim, which is a great advantage for those who like to swim.

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5: Price

As far as price is concerned, everyone has different ideas. If you have a budget, it is recommended to buy more expensive headphones. Because good quality headphones also need to cost to support.

 6: Bluetooth

Almost all running headphones on the market today are equipped with Bluetooth. It is very useful for running and it ensures that you have complete freedom of movement. However, attention needs to be paid to Bluetooth compatibility and connection stability.

 7: Wired or wireless

In terms of experience and sense of experience, I would tell wireless phones are better, they allow more freedom of movement, no sense of bondage. In addition, the cable of the wired headset can be unpleasant, as it has the potential to become entangled during your exercise.

 Some best running headphones are recommended

1:Wissonly Hi Runner sports bone conduction headphone

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Wissonly's team has been researching headphone products that don't hurt the ear as early as 10 years ago and introduced bone conduction technology into the field of headphones. Their products have powerful performance, high-cost performance, and are very strong in core performances such as sound quality, sound leakage reduction, and waterproof level. So I think Wissonly Hi Runner will be the best headphone for runners.

 Wissonly Hi Runner sports bone conduction headphones are open-eared and worn directly on the temples, so your ear canal is completely open, which makes it easy for you to hear the sound of cars and traffic lights outdoors in sports scenes such as running and walking, making you safer to use.

 In terms of fit and comfort, the whole frame of Wissonly Hi Runner is made of adjustable aviation grade titanium steel, which can adapt to different sizes of head circumference and ensure the stability of wearing. Its earphone surface is made of high-tech low-sensitivity silicone material, which contains no chemical components to avoid allergic phenomena. The overall touch of the earphone is as silky as baby's skin, avoiding uncomfortable situations when worn for a long time. Moreover, its weight is very light, less than 30g, and it will not feel heavy when worn. After wearing it, I took it off at the end of the run. This Hi Runner didn't let me have any extra adjustment. As the flagship model of outdoor sports of Wissonly brand, it is the most comfortable and cost-effective one among all bone conduction at present.

 When you sweat a lot when running or doing other sports, or when it suddenly rains when you run or exercise outdoors, then the waterproof performance of sports headphones is very important.As the flagship model of Wissonly,the waterproof grade of Wissonly Hi Runner Sports Bone Conductivity Headphone reaches IPX8 waterproof grade higher than the industry standard. It allows the wearer to work normally when swimming or diving, not to mention sweat prevention or ordinary waterproof.

 It is also equipped with 32G body memory, which can store 5,000 songs, and supports Bluetooth and MP3 working modes. You can use it as a Bluetooth MP3 player for underwater sports or scenes without a mobile phone.

 Wissonly Hi Runner is the flagship product of Wissonly, and its overall function is also the most perfect. In terms of sound quality, this bone conduction earphone uses the latest research results of wissonly laboratory, which increases the vibration area of the vibrator by 35%. At the same time, it also optimizes the sound transmission direction to make the sound more concentrated and the music more spatial, and it has a good performance in both high and low notes.

 Wissonly has made a lot of efforts to reduce its sound leakage. Its all-wrapped design reduces the vibration of the shell, and through structural optimization, the sound waves of the sound leakage are cancelled, thus avoiding 90% of the sound leakage. Wissonly Hi Runner's sound leakage performance is much better than that of the same gear bone conduction headphones on the market.

 In terms of price, it only costs $99.99, which is very cost-effective!

 2:Jabra Elite Active 75t

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Jabra Elite Active 75t is a high-performance wireless headset. They are small and light. The battery life is long, 7.5 hours.

Elite Active 75t is excellent in technical level and sound quality. In fact, you will enjoy excellent durability and fully ergonomic earphone structure, so as to have extraordinary comfort in all situations.

It has a waterproof rating of IP57. No matter what the shape of your ears is, you need stability and excellent sweat and water resistance. These earplugs are equipped with a set of silicone earmuffs, which can fit firmly.

The battery has a particularly high endurance. The small box inserted with USB-C cable makes it very easy to charge these headphones.

It also has active noise reduction technology to eliminate different background noises, so you can hear the sound in the headphones perfectly, and vice versa.

You can use the HearThrough function to keep an eye on the surrounding sounds at any time.

The sound is not as powerful as headphones. For the sake of safety, these wireless headphones can't completely isolate the external noise, which can avoid the imminent danger when running.

It costs $125, which is not very cost-effective.

 3: Shokz OpenRun Pro sports bone conduction headphones

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 Their sound quality is excellent, especially the bass has obvious deep feeling, which is the best sound quality ever in Shokz. They're also equipped with two bass boosters to make the sound richer, and you can enjoy a deep feeling that envelops your entire head. The mid-high frequency sound is very balanced, which allows you to feel the core of each note.

 They are comfortable to wear. They have very little side pressure, and the bone conduction vibrator feels like it's attached to the bottom of the temple, without the feeling of being pressed. They are also relatively light in weight, less than 30g, and they will not feel heavy even if they are worn all day. They fit well and don't slip during movement, making them great for sports.

 They have great battery life, with 10 hours of continuous playback. And they support fast charging, which can be used for about 1.5 hours after connecting for 5 minutes.

 They support IPX5 waterproof rating, and the waterproof performance is not outstanding, but there is no problem with daily sweat and rain resistance. They have no built-in memory, only Bluetooth mode, and no MP3 mode.

 At $179.95, they're relatively expensive.

 4:Sony wireless noise reduction stereo headset WF-SP800N

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 Sony is a leading electronics manufacturer in Japan, and headphones are one of its many products. Sony headphones are attractive because of their high sound quality.

 This is a completely wireless headset that pursues sound quality and ease of use. It has the waterproof and dustproof performance of IP55, which is very attractive. You can use it safely even if you get wet with sweat or rain. Another point is that when the headphones get dirty, you can wash them off with water. It is equipped with "arc support", which can be easily inserted into the groove of the ear and provide a stable fit even during strenuous exercise.

 Equipped with noise reduction function and external sound capture mode. You can use it according to the situation, such as noise reduction in indoor exercise and external sound capture mode when running outdoors.

 The product uses a touch sensor. You can control music playback, pause, etc. just by touching the host. You don't have to take out your mobile phone, and it won't interfere with your exercise.

 The Price is $135.

As for running headphones, choose Bluetooth headphones that allow for better freedom of movement, which provides better listening immersion. But it's important to be aware of what's going on in your surroundings when you're running outdoors, which is why if you're thinking of buying a sports headset, you should check that it can hear ambient sounds.Sports bone conduction headphones are a great option, and I highly recommend you choose them. Because they are safer and more hygienic.

 The above recommended 4 headphones are suitable for wearing during sports, you can choose the right running headphones according to your needs, if you have requirements for sound quality and wearing experience, but also have special requirements for waterproof level, built-in storage, etc., then you must choose those powerful, cost-effective products. For example, the Wissonly Hi Runner sports bone conduction headphones, which is recommended by many Youtube channel hosts and ear doctors, is a good choice.

 Since bone conduction is a new technology, many people may not know much about it, so the next will give you a look at how bone conduction works and common problems.

Sports bone conduction headphones FAQ

1.What is the principle of bone conduction headphones?

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Bone conduction is the use of bones to transmit sound. This is a way for sound waves to travel directly to the inner ear without passing through the eardrum. Bone conduction headphones are headphones that use the "bone conduction" transmission channel to allow us to produce hearing. When bone conduction headphones work, they use a vibrator to vibrate the bone, and the vibration wave will cause the perilymph to make a corresponding fluctuation, thereby touching the spiral device in the cochlea, and finally allowing us to hear the sound.

 2:Who are bone conduction headphones suitable for?

People who love outdoor sports, especially those who love running or walking.

People who require prolonged online meetings or calls, such as salespeople or those who work from home.

People with otitis media and small ears are also suitable for bone conduction headphones.

 3:Do bone conduction headphones leak sound?


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Because the bone conduction headphone transmits sound through the vibration of the skull through the sound unit, in this process, the air around the headphone will be vibrated to cause sound leakage. However, there are still some excellent brands that do a good job in reducing sound leakage, such as brands Wissonly.

4:Are Bone Conduction Headphones Harmful?

As long as they are used normally, bone conduction headphones are not harmful to the body. Moreover, bone conduction headphones are healthier than traditional headphones.

 5:How to distinguish between genuine and fake bone conduction headphones?

Fake bone conduction headphones are headphones that look like bone conduction headphones, but they are actually air-conduction headphones. The way to distinguish is very simple, you put on the headphones and block your ears. If the sound you hear is clearer and louder, then they are true bone conduction headphones. If the sound you hear is lower voice, it's a fake bone conduction headphone.