In the market for a pair of workout headphones that won't slip and sound great, too? Our friends at Self tested out three great options for Summer: two for your workout, and one for your rest day!
To me, headphones are a lot like sunglasses and red wine: I was always perfectly happy wearing (or drinking) the cheapest stuff available — the factory-issued buds that came with my smartphone, the $5 shades I bought on the street, and whatever bottle of Two-Buck Chuck had the cutest label. Why would anyone pay upwards of $50 or $100 for these things, I thought?
Then, at some point, I got to actually try some decent headphones (these and these, to name a few) — and I have to admit, it's hard to go back to tinny-sounding, uncomfortable, and generic ear buds once you've gotten used to ones that look, feel, and sound much better. (Likewise, I now have much more expensive taste in sunglasses and vino, too, after being spoiled with the good stuff. Sorry, bank account.)
So that's why I'm always on the hunt for a great new pair of headphones, whether they're for breaking a sweat with my new workout playlist, watching movies on a plane, or just jamming to July's hottest tunes while walking down the street. Luckily, there's a ton for me to choose from, including these three new models I'm loving this month.
Polk Audio Nue Era In-Ear Headphones: Speaking of good sunglasses, that's where these new high-end buds got their inspiration: They're available in sleek black or tortoise finish, and come with three different sizes of rubber eartips to ensure a good fit. Once you find your best fitting tip, these babies stay in really well, thanks to the way they slide into your ears and then rotate to lock into place. The three-button controller and built-in mic makes skipping through music and taking calls a breeze, and the sound quality is top-notch. ($100; polkaudio.com)
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Motorola S11-HD Wireless Stereo Headphones: I'd never exercised with non-earbuds before, so I was a bit skeptical about this around-the-back-of-the-head Bluetooth model. But you know what? So. Cool. Minus the fact that I felt a bit science-fictiony while wearing them, it was awesome to be able to tuck my phone securely in a pocket and not worry about readjusting cords throughout my run. You can even leave your device in your bag while you do a stair workout or short sprints (the worst when your phone is bouncing around) up to 150 feet away. These are also made with something called "hydrophobic mesh," which essentially means you don't have to worry about shorting out a circuit with buckets of sweat. Sold. ($100; motorola.com)
TruEnergy In-Ear Headphones: The idea behind these super-girly gadgets is all social: Each pair of phones has a SoundShare plug that allows a friend to plug her own pair of headphones into yours. (Another friend can then hook into hers, and so on, so multiple people can listen to the same iPod.) Even the basic "Playful" model has decent sound quality and three color options, but the higher-end "Flirty," "Inspired" and "Serenity" models include added features like a microphone and better bass. ($20 - $50; truenergy.la)
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