An intense workout can be ruined by many things — you saw your ex at the gym, you realised it’s already happy hour, or your earphones just got in your way — again. While the first two take a bit of discipline to overcome, the last is easily solved by, well, wireless earphones.
Made with the fitness junkie in mind, the five wireless earphones we’ve selected are tailored to withstand just about anything you throw their way, all while delivering your tunes in the best aural quality possible. Besides withstanding blood, sweat and the inevitable tears at the gym, some of these even have built-in heart rate monitors, so they pull double duty as a fitness tracker.
Here are the 5 wireless earphones you need to start making that workout hassle-free.
High-end audio brand Bang & Olufsen is well-known for its immersive and ultra-stylish range of equipment. Now, it confers its expertise on the Beoplay H5. Made with the athlete in mind, these earphones are designed to withstand water, sweat, dust and the occasional thrashing about as you go through almost five hours worth of music per charge. It’s easy to lose them since they’re wireless, but B&O has solved that issue with magnets on each side that attach to each other and can be worn around your neck like a necklace. They also automatically switch off when you do so — talk about convenience.
Besides the mandatory insane aural quality we’ve come to expect from the brand, these sport earphones also feature a built-in heart rate sensor from PerformTek that tracks your performance. Pairing to any Bluetooth device is a cinch with voice prompts or via tapping if you have an NFC-enabled device, and the battery will give you up to five hours of solid hours at the gym, as you muscle your way through your playlist.
Built to easily withstand a marathon, this pair will handle torrential amounts of rain showers and sweat with ease, thanks to its sturdiness. A ‘twistlock’ system — which does away with the tight-fitting earbud and hook concept and replaces it with large rubber ear discs — comes in four sizes and sits snug in the outer area of your ear. Sound quality remains priority to JBL and there’s a good balance of bass and treble, which should fuel your workouts more effectively. Heart rate readings are fairly accurate and should you wish to know your present pulse mid-exercise, simply touch the back of your right earphone for the reading.
The brand’s iconic X-Series gets a third generation, and it might be smaller but packs a bigger punch in the sound, battery and fit departments. A double nano coating and redesigned seams keep rain, mud, sweat and tears out of the buds for extra durability, while the fins get a better ergonomic fit. Battery-wise, the X3 wins with eight hours on a single charge. Even if you’ve forgotten to put the juice back into it, only 20 minutes of a quick charge will give you a full hour of playtime.
Jabra one-ups the earphones game by not only offering zero wires, but also zero cords. The Elite Sport wireless earbuds have customisable fitting options so they stay in place no matter how vigorous your workout is. There are also lots of nifty features, such as four advanced microphones that filter out background noise so only your voice is heard during the phone call. An on-the-go charging case provides an additional six hours of battery over the earphones’ three, and they can be seamlessly connected to any Android or Apple iOS smartphone to track heart rate and rep counts via an in-air audio coaching.