The best headphones for running

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The best headphones for running

21. Denon AH-W150

Smart Rating: 74.95
Price: $99
Wireless: Yes
Weight: 23 g
Available Color(s): Blue, Black, Yellow

20. Polk Audio Nue Era

Smart Rating: 75.35
Price: $45
Wireless: No
Weight: 110 g
Available Color(s): Tortoise, Black

19. SOUL SL99

Smart Rating: 75.48
Price: $55
Wireless: No
Weight: 18 g
Available Color(s): Black

18. Sennheiser CX 686G SPORTS

Smart Rating: 76.91
Price: $70
Wireless: No
Weight: 22.7 g
Available Color(s): Green

17. Westone ADV Alpha

Smart Rating: 78
Price: $250
Wireless: No
Weight: 17 g
Available Color(s): Grey/Black

16. Soul Flex

Smart Rating: 78.72
Price: $69.99
Wireless: No
Weight: 18 g
Available Color(s): Green, Blue

15. Klipsch Image S4i

Smart Rating: 78.8
Price: $100
Wireless: No
Weight: 11.9 g
Available Color(s): Black,White

14. Optoma NuForce BE6

Smart Rating: 79.5
Price: $119
Wireless: Yes
Weight: 16 g
Available Color(s): Gold, Grey

13. Klipsch Image S5i Rugged

Smart Rating: 82.27
Price: $130
Wireless: No
Weight: 11.9 g
Available Color(s): Black

12. Sennheiser OCX 686G SPORTS

Smart Rating: 83.4
Price: $109.95
Wireless: No
Weight: 23 g
Available Color(s): Green

11. Jabra Rox

Smart Rating: 83.83
Price: $79.99
Wireless: Yes
Weight: 18 g
Available Color(s): Black

10. Yurbuds Leap Wireless

Smart Rating: 84.22
Price: $100
Wireless: Yes
Weight: 17.2 g
Available Color(s): Black

9. Klipsch S4i Rugged

Smart Rating: 84.37
Price: $78
Wireless: No
Weight: 14.7 g
Available Color(s): Red, Blue, Orange, Yellow

8. Plantronics BackBeat Go 2

Smart Rating: 84.8
Price: $44.12
Wireless: Yes
Weight: 14 g
Available Color(s): Black, White

7. Phiaton MODERNA MS 200

Smart Rating: 87.09
Price: $82.52
Wireless: No
Weight: 5.6 g
Available Color(s): Black,Red

6. Jabra Sport Coach

Smart Rating: 87.48
Price: $128.99
Wireless: Yes
Weight: 16 g
Available Color(s): Blue/Grey,Red/Grey,Yellow/Grey

5. Sennheiser CX 275s

Smart Rating: 88.41
Price: $39.33
Wireless: No
Weight: 15 g
Available Color(s): Black

#4. AKG K391 NC

Smart Rating: 88.97
Price: $199.95
Wireless: No
Weight: 8 g
Available Color(s): Black/Silver

3. Audio-Technica ATH-CKX9iS SonicFuel

Smart Rating: 92.33
Price: $66
Wireless: No
Weight: 10 g
Available Color(s): Black, Silver

2. Atomic Floyd SuperDarts

Smart Rating: 92.91
Price: $260.15
Wireless: No
Weight: 5.6 g
Available Color(s): Red/Black

1. Logitech UE 900

Smart Rating: 96.63
Price: $299.99
Wireless: No
Weight: 16 g
Available Color(s): Blue


While many over-the-ear headphones offer uncompromising audio, even the most rigid audiophiles must consider fit, battery life, water resistance and durability if they're going for a run. Luckily, some in-ear headphones don't compromise much on quality.

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The team at SpecOut compiled a list of the best headphones for running. Every pair is in-ear style, fits into the "sport" category and features a built-in volume remote. We've included a mix of traditional and wireless headphones, the latter of which are beginning to break into the market as price-competitive alternatives.

The headphones are ranked from lowest to highest Smart Rating, which factors in expert ratings, sensitivity, low and high frequency, and additional features. Note: Though price is noted on each slide, it is not a factor of the Smart Rating.

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21. Denon AH-W150

Smart Rating: 96.63
Price: $299.99
Wireless: No
Weight: 16 g
Available Color(s): Blue

Pricing out all but the most committed audiophiles, the UE 900 provides enough sound quality and accessories to justify the price. Moderately elevated highs back up strong bass performance. Buy them here.

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