It’s that time of year again when a million and one frantic folks take to the streets trying their damnedest to shed the winter pounds and get ready for the summer. As such, it’s also the time of year when tons of us are out looking for the best running headphones to keep up entertained and motivated while punishing ourselves for our winter wrongdoings.
And given the fact that none would probably be willing to spend more than they need to on these essentials, here’s a quick look at the top five running headphone models on the market today that won’t set you back any more than $200:
Sony has always been a name to trust in headphones of all varieties, though it has to be said that the MDR-AS20J Active Style Headphone is one of the most impressive products yet. If you can forgive the rather too complicated name, this addition to the Sony Active Style Headphones range is all about upping the ante regarding sound quality and ruggedness, while at the same time offering sublime comfort. The bass response is as good as ever, and the overall build has even the sweatiest of the head in mind, so there will be no slipping or damage no matter what you get up to.
And for all of the above, you can expect to pay no more than about $35.
Sennheiser PMX 685i
It’s hard not to love the Sennheiser PMX 685i if for nothing more than the seriously cool Adidas branded neckband to make sure that once they’re in place, they’re not going anywhere until you tell them to. The material is some of the softest and most comfortable of any comparable item on the market today and the sound quality delivered is pretty impressive too. They’re also built with the perils of the city streets in mind and therefore, don’t leave you 100% deaf to what’s going on around you when it matters.
These babies can be yours for $79.95, and this is what makes them really worthy of their place among the best running headphones.
Philips ActionFit SHQ1000/28
A little bit cheaper are the Philips ActionFit SHQ1000/28 In-Ear Headphones that are undoubtedly some of the best running headphones to come along in 2013 so far. They’re brilliantly designed to protect themselves from sweat and rain, the sound quality is impressive, and you’ll also enjoy knowing you’re doing something kind for the environment by buying them.
Such goodness weighs in at around $20.
Sennheiser OMX 680
The OMX 680 In-Ear Sports Earclip Headphone is all about simplicity, and that’s why we love them – great sound, a great design and great comfort for a great price.
How great? Try about $25.
And to round off with the daddy of them all, the Monster iSport Livestrong is without any shadow of the doubt the very best running headphones of the year to date. The design is striking and extraordinarily comfortable, they won’t slip a millimeter no matter what you put yourself through and the sound is almost too good to put into words.
The only bad news is the $150 price tag, but now have a good discount – $54.99.