My advice for a while now to anyone picking the best running headphones for their workouts has been to go true wireless and right now The Mother Of All True Wireless Gym Buds is ready for you to buy. Beats by Dr Dre Powerbeats Pro have better sound quality than any other true wireless bud and are not shakeable from your ears by anything short of a tsunami. They also have no-button access to Siri, if you want that and the same controls on both buds – that sounds simple but it’s a masterstroke.
Once you get used to having no wire at all rubbing on the back of your neck and no snagging on things ever, it is bloody hard to go back to the more traditional styles of running/gym headphones, even older Bluetooth ones. Powerbeats Pro are the clear standout option but there are several supremely good, more affordable alternatives, such as : Jabra Elite 65t, or the less tightly-fitted RHA TrueConnect. Those on a budget should look no further than Anker Soundcore’s Liberty Neo – they’re cheap at £70 RRP and can currently be found with a 20% off deal at Amazon.
The various limitations of true wireless, which make them irritating to use as full-time buds, just don’t apply if you only run, ride or work out in them. The battery life is usually short (although guess what? Powerbeats Pro will go for 9 hours per charge) but it’s more than long enough for gym and running, at least for anyone who’s not doing ultra-marathons. The usually slightly poorer sound quality of True Wireless is also less important for pumpin’, workout-style listening. Obviously, if you work out to Nick Drake, it’ll be more of an issue, but I think you may be in a minority, there.
Those who prefer the old-fashioned, more affordable route to a sweat-soaked soundtrack should get a pair of NuForce. About 18 months ago, I said the Optoma NuForce BE Sport4 is the best pair of