One of the biggest obstacles runners are facing when using their in ear headphones for running is that the earphones “run” the risk of slipping out of the runner’s ears. Not only the actual movement, caused by running, jumping, or even walking may cause this to happen, but the slipping of the headphones may also be caused or at least facilitated by sweating during exercising or by the environment when exercising outdoors, namely strong winds or rain. This holds true for any Bluetooth headphones for running or any other form of wireless headphones for running. For more general information on top-quality headphones, check out here the Beyer Dynamic DT770 or the Sennheiser RS160.
“Bud Clips” holding the In Ear Headphones for running in Place
One often used solution is a certain design, where ear buds have so called bud “clips” which wrap right around the ears and hold the actual buds in place. They usually work pretty well and are fairly resilient against even major movements and respiration. One downsize is that they often look pretty bulky or feel rather uncomfortable as usually the clip around the ear cannot be adjusted but is made of fairly rigid PVC or other type of plastic. Overall, customer reviews mostly state that this type of ear buds may be not as stylish, but definitely functional.
Adjustable Cord Length for non – Wireless Headphones for Running
Some non-wireless sports headphones / ear buds feature additional, retractable cord, allowing extending or shortening the length of the headphones cord according to the specific sports-activity. This feature comes in handy to adjust the cord length according to where you wear or store the actual mp3 player or media player you are using; for example, some prefer using their iPod / iPhone, or whichever music player they are using, to put it in their butt- or front pockets, which will require a longer cord than for example using a workout / exercise arm-case. Similarly, only a shorter cord is required when using a chest pocket for your music player. Overall, the adjustable cord feature can come in very handy, given that e.g. too long of a cord can be really hindering for e.g. free arm movements and such, when exercising.
Waterproof Headphones for extreme Sport Activities or Swimming
There are also waterproof headphones; primarily designed for swimming, these types of ear-buds can be clipped into an actual headband, allowing them to nicely stay in place, even when utilized under water. Of course, this type of ear buds can also be used outside the water and come in very handy when engaging in sport activities over extended periods of time (think for example running half- or full marathons), or in general when sweating a lot. The sound of this type and style of headphones is usually rather metallic-sounding and definitely not to compare with any HiFi headphones; yet, for certain clientele and certain sport activities, these types of earphones certainly have their place and justification.
Different-sized Ear-buds for different kinds of Activities
One good advice is also to see if different sized ear buds should be utilized for different kinds of activities. For example, as sweating and in general any form of activity usually results in swelling of e.g. also the ears, wearing slightly larger sized ear-buds as compared to when not-exercising, can often also help for them to stay in place during exercises. In essence, you would also always have two different sized earphones. Smaller-sized ones for any day-to-day “wearing around town”, and slightly bigger ones for wearing during exercising.