Finding the Right Earbuds
For some athletes, music is a must for any workout. We found the best headphones for a variety of different sports so you'll be ready whenever the urge to crank "Eye of the Tiger" strikes.
The controls on the Klipsch Image S4i Rugged headphones are big enough to use with gloves, and there’s a mic for chairlift calls. The resilient earbuds also deliver rich audio and are comfy under a helmet. ($100)
Water muffles sound, but the Underwater Audio Swimbuds’ ($30) triple-flanged design keeps H2O out of your ear canals and the tunes crisp. Pair it with UA’s waterproofed iPod Shuffle ($149).
A twist-lock system keeps the Yurbuds Ironman Inspire earpieces in place even if you’re doing backflips (verified). They’re also water-resistant and have a built-in mic. Bummer: they’re plenty loud but light on the bass. ($60)
The strength of Skullcandy Cassette headphones is in their versatility: the removable headband (not shown) collapses for easy stashing, the ear pads are comfortable during long hauls, and the speakers snap off, so you can slip them into almost any audio-compatible helmet. ($50)
The AfterShokz Sports M2s use bone-conduction technology—the speaker rests in front of your earlobe, and the audio reverberates through to your inner ear—to keep your sound field unobstructed. The result: you can hear what’s going on around you, which is critical when you’re sharing the road. ($70)
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