I just got some pretty cool running headphones that I thought I’d review for everyone. Let me make it clear that I don’t get any affiliate kickbacks for Amazon, Sony, or anything else. I just enjoy telling people about a great product when I find one. And since this product relates to the whole theme of The Dynamic Life, I find it fitting to post here.
I was in need of a new pair of iPod headphones for running. While my previous headphones had great sound, they didn’t stay in my ear, especially when I began to sweat. So I needed to step up to something more secure. After reading reviews on RunnersWorld.com and Amazon.com, I settled on the Sony phones with loop hangers.
I worked out with them in the gym on the first day and ran with them the second, and here’s what I found:
COMFORT: The first couple of times, I had to look in the mirror while I put them on, as they wrap entirely around the ear and were a bit tricky to navigate. After a couple times, I was able to put them on blindly. Once on, they are super comfortable and light and I hardly notice that they’re there. One note is that I’m a 6’0” 200 lb. guy and these fit great on me. If you’re a smaller person with smaller ears, they may be a little big, but that’s just a guess.
SOUND: One of the reasons I chose these headphones is that the earphones themselves (where the sound comes out) are actually pointed forward and not directly into the ear. I like this for two reasons. First, I won’t go deaf. I think this is a lot safer for the eardrums. Second, you can hear things happening around you – your running partner talking, cars, etc… This is a nice convenience and a safety bonus that I love, especially when running early morning in the dark when I need to be aware of my surroundings. The quality of the sound is crisp and solid. Not too much bass, but then again, I’m working out, not at a concert – I don’t need too much bass. I don’t turn the volume all the way up when I work out (or ever for that matter), but I tested it and the max is pretty high!
LOOK: I think they look fine, but then again, I couldn’t care less how my headphones look. They’re all about function for me.
NEGATIVE: The only thing these headphones lack is an in-wire volume adjuster. My other headphones have this and I’ve gotten used to it, especially when my iPod is tucked away in my pocket and I can’t easily adjust the volume when I want.
VALUE: I can’t attest to their longevity, but so far so good. For less than $15, these are a solid buy.
How about everyone else? Are there other headphones out there that are also great for running?