Plantronics BackBeat Fit

Best Running Headphones

Why people love it
  • Deep, rich sound with excellent balance
  • Over-the-ear design ensures that the headphones stay in place
  • Excellent battery life; very comfortable to wear

These headphones stay in place no matter how much you run, as the around the ear design keeps them securely in place. They are water, sweat, and weather resistant, and theyalso are capable of Bluetooth connectivity.

A bit tricky to put on due to too-flexible rubbery material, and the controls take some getting used to.


Design: This is a pair of headphones designed not just for runners, but anyone who leads an active life (including CrossFitters and HIITers). The flexible rubbery material keeps the headphones wrapped around your ears, ensuring that they stay in place no matter how much you bounce around. They're comfortable and built to sit in your ear, but not so close to your ear drum that they cause irritation or pain. The lack of cord (thanks to Bluetooth connection) makes them perfect for any athletic activity, and they're light enough that you won't notice them as you work out. The only major flaw in their design is that they don't fit around your neck when not in use.

Performance: The sound quality of this bad boy is top notch, with a very good balance, solid highs, lows, and mids, and excellent responsiveness. The volume can be raised quite high, making it ideal for both indoor and outdoor workouts.

These headphones are very durable, with a sweat/water/weatherproof design (IP57-rating to withstand fresh water up to 1 meter for 30 Minutes) that can stand up to any amount of rain or sweat. The fact that there's no cord is a major bonus, as there's nothing to break as you move around. However, some users have reported problems with both the speakers and the power button after only a few months of use.

These aren't the best when it comes to noise cancellation. The silicone tips won't block all ambient sounds, so they may not be suitable for use on a train or airplane. If you run next to a busy street, the background noise may interfere with your audio. However, if you run in a park, on a trail, or in a not-too-noisy gym, they'll keep out the noise perfectly.

Features: This pair of running headphones comes with the ability to control volume, play, pause, and skip songs, and even take calls! The built-in microphone has good reception and noise isolation, making it easy to talk on the phone as you work out. The buttons take a bit of effort to figure out, but once you know how to use them, they make controlling your phone/iPod a cinch.

The headphones connect to your device via Bluetooth, and you get a solid 8 hours of battery life per charge. A voice alert will go off when the battery is running low, ensuring you get the headphones charged before you run out of power.

Price: At $93, this is one of the priciest pairs of headphones on the list, but definitely worth it if you are a heavy sweater and do a lot of running in the rain. Durability is one of the headphones' main selling points, and you'll find that they're the best earbuds for running you can find!

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