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Being at the coal face of fitness as it were, or should I say as one of Berkshire’s leading personal trainers, I haver tried (and destroyed) many, many pairs of earphones over the years. From rowing to weights to running to climbing to kitesurfing (yes, really) I have test ridden earphones for exercise from the expensive to the cheap. So what are the best earphones for working out?
Not many can deal with lots of sweat. One good dousing is enough for most to start coughing, spluttering, or not working altogether. Some are specifically marketed as “sports” headphones” but can barely handle a 5 minutes run in anything over 10 degrees.
Some to avoid: the expensive version of the iPod headphones look good, sound great, but trust me, they will break. Sooner rather that later. I have been through 3 pairs of these (more fool me), and you would be better off saving your money and going on an underwater basket weaving course. Here they are
Rated as very highly recommended in the media are the Marley jamming collection. What hifi gave them 5 stars. However mine broke after 1 use. Although the earphones carried on working the remote did not. Here they are.
I’ve tried may different types of high level ones too, Denon and Shure sound great but don’t exercise in them, they can’t take the sweat.
Over the ear types like these are pretty good, but I find that they get a little uncomfortable after more that 45 minutes use.
So what’s the DDW top recommendation. Not only are they cheap as chips at £9.99 but they sound very nearly as good as earphones well over £100. They can take the sweat of 5 sets of 10 minute intervals on a rowing machine in a hot gym, and I have even put them through a 40 degree cycle on the washer and they came out tops. They sit in the ear well and still feel OK even after an hour.
The DDW choice is the Maxell Metallics digital earphones. If they should ever break, just get another pair. Good top end, nice rounded lows, not the usual dominant brassy middle that so many earphones have and great value.
PS Apple MP3 players, although marketed for “Sports” use, do not like sweat either. The slightest drop can be fatal, and when you take it to the store they will get their doctor’s ear microscope out, sigh, comment that the water indicator has gone off and say that you are not covered for water damage. Get a gel case!